Sillyman: enforcing silly laws one state at a time

Just like silly signs and silly news, silly laws do exist in the United States. Regular citizens are helpless to resist the awesome power of silly laws to make us all smile. But there is one man who can protect us . . . Funnier than fiction, sillier than Superman – It’s Sillyman! – enforcing silly laws one state at a time.



Alaska  No one may tie their pet dog to the roof of a car.


Arizona    Donkeys cannot sleep in bathtubs.


Arkansas   Dogs may not bark after 6 PM.



California    It is a misdemeanor to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.


Colorado  One may not mutilate a rock in a state park.


Connecticut  It is illegal to dispose of used razor blades.

 Delaware        Rehoboth Beach city law – One may not whisper in church.


 Florida            Men may not be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown.


 Georgia          No one may carry an ice cream cone in their back pocket if it is Sunday.


 Hawaii            Coins are not allowed to be placed in one’s ears.


 Idaho              You may not fish on a camel’s back.


 Illinois            You may be arrested for vagrancy if you do not have at least $1 on your person.


 Indiana           Liquor stores may not sell milk.


 Iowa               Kisses may last for no more than five minutes.


 Kansas            If two trains meet on the same track, neither shall proceed until the other has passed.


 Kentucky       Throwing eggs at a public speaker could result in up to one year in prison.


 Louisiana        Spectators at a boxing match may not mock one of the contestants.


 Maine             You may not step out of a plane in flight.


 Maryland        Baltimore city law – It’s illegal to take a lion to the movies.


 Massachusetts  Bullets may not be used as currency.


 Michigan        You may not swear in front of women and children.


 Minnesota      Citizens may not enter Wisconsin with a chicken on their head.


 Mississippi      Private citizens may personally arrest any person that disturbs a church service


 Missouri         Purdy city law – Dancing is strictly prohibited.


 Montana         It is illegal to have a sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperone.


 Nebraska        It is illegal for bar owners to sell beer unless they are also brewing a kettle of soup.


 Nevada           Elko city law – Everyone walking the streets is required to wear a mask.


 New Hampshire      It is illegal to pick seaweed up off of the beach.


 New Jersey     It is illegal to wear a bullet-proof vest while committing a murder.


 New Mexico  Idiots may not vote.


 New York      A fine of $25 can be levied for flirting.


 North Carolina    Elephants may not be used to plow cotton fields.


 North Dakota      Beer and pretzels can’t be served at the same time in any bar or  restaurant.


 Ohio               It is illegal to fish for whales on Sunday.


 Oklahoma       People who make “ugly faces” at dogs may be fined and/or jailed.


 Oregon           Dishes must drip dry.


 Pennsylvania     It it illegal to sleep on top of a refrigerator outdoors.


 Rhode Island     One must make a loud noise before passing a car on the left.


 South Carolina   Every adult male must bring a rifle to church on Sunday to ward off Indian attacks.


 South Dakota     It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep in a cheese factory.


 Tennessee       Driving is not to be done while asleep.


 Texas              Encyclopedia Britannica is banned  because it has a formula for making homemade beer.


 Utah               It is illegal to detonate any nuclear weapon.


 Vermont         At one time it was illegal to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole.


 Virginia          It is illegal to tickle women.


 Washington    It is illegal to pretend that one’s parents are rich.


 West Virginia    All lollipops are banned.


 Wisconsin       At one time, margarine was illegal.


 Wyoming       You may not take a picture of a rabbit from January to April without an official permit.


 These laws have been compiled from numerous sites. While they are all accurate to the best of my knowledge no guarantee can be made as to authenticity. Click For More Stupid Laws.


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About robertstevenson

Dr. Robert Stevenson is a Professor of Journalism and Director of Student Publications for the Department of Mass Communications and Theater at Lander University in Greenwood, SC. He received the Distinguished Faculty of the Year award for 2007-'08, and the Lander University Young Faculty Scholar Award in 2005-06. Stevenson also serves as chair of the Lander University American Democracy Project. First and Formost I am a dad of two wonderful boys.
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1 Response to Sillyman: enforcing silly laws one state at a time

  1. timethief says:

    It’s certainly looks as if it’s way past time to have these nonsensical laws repealed.

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