Here are some regulatory bloopers I’ve uncovered recently:
- Burping in church is illegal in Nevada unless it’s accidental.
- In Arkansas, it is illegal to spend more than 5 minutes voting.
- Los Angeles city regulations place a limit of one rooster per household.
- If you buy a burger on a Sunday in Oklahoma, you are legally required to eat it in the restaurant. No takeout or drive-through allowed.
- In Texas, “No person may possess, manufacture, transport, or sell an illicit beverage.” Licit beverages are allowed.
- Reptile sellers in Illinois are required by law to advise customers to not “muzzle or kiss your pet reptile.”
- The Texas House of Representatives once unanimously passed a resolution honoring the Boston Strangler. The resolution’s sponsor wanted to point out to his colleagues that they should read bills before voting on them.
- In 2008, the city of Brighton, Michigan made it illegal to be annoying.
Some of the stranger governmental goings-on I’ve dug up recently:
-Since 1960, it has been illegal to fly a kite in Schaumburg, Illinois.
-If you are a tree in need of help, the federal government has a Tree Assistance Program.
–$18,881 of stimulus money spent on a single sign in Wyoming.
-Concerned about your fecundity? Consult the federal government’s Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee.
-Northern Arizona University spends $75,000 in stimulus funds to install electronic sensors to see if students skip class. (hat tip to The Wall Street Journal‘s Kim Schatz)
-In Alabama, it is against the law to sell artificially colored potatoes.
-Need help with your math homework? Consult the government’s North American Numbering Council.
-In Yukon, Oklahoma, it is illegal for a patient to pull a dentist’s tooth.
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