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Regulation Roundup

Here’s another batch of regulatory bloopers:

  • In Seattle, Washington, the maximum length allowed for concealed weapons is 6 feet.
  • The federal government has a Shell Egg Surveillance Program.
  •  In Pocatello, Idaho, “The carrying of concealed weapons is forbidden, unless same are exhibited to public view.”
  • In Memphis, Tennessee, it is against the law for frogs to croak after 11:00pm.
  • In Oregon, it is illegal to wipe your dishes with a cloth or towel to dry them. They must drip-dry.
  • In Norfolk, Virginia, it is illegal for hens to lay eggs outside the hours of 8am-4pm.
  • In Jamestown, New York, dentists can be fined $250 for hypnotizing their patients.
  • In Utah, birds always have right of way on all state highways.

Regulation Roundup

Here’s a fresh batch of regulatory bloopers:

  • Flirting is illegal in Haddon, New Jersey. (see § 175-12)
  • It is illegal to play cards on the street in Madison, Iowa.
  • In Haverbill, Massachusetts, it is illegal for women to wrestle.
  • It is a felony for bears to wrestle in Alabama.
  • You may now sit outside year-round in Stratford, CT if you like.
  • Talk about attention to detail. Massachusetts state law requires gift certificates to be valid for at least 7 years.
  • In Florida, it is illegal to release 11 helium balloons per day. 10 is ok, though.
  • Adams County, CO requires all male massage parlor workers to wear white shirts and white pants. Transparent clothing is expressly forbidden.

Regulatory Roundup

Here’s another batch of regulatory bloopers:

  • In Little Rock, Arkansas, it is illegal to honk your horn at a restaurant after 9:00 pm.
  • It has been illegal for men to walk dogs in public in Saudi Arabia since 2008.
  • Until 1975, wearing a swimsuit on a Kentucky city street without a police escort meant a fine of up to $25.
  • In New Jersey, you need a license to break eggs at work.
  • In Walnut City, California, cross-dressing is only allowed if you get a permit from the sheriff.
  • §10-1.2 of Honolulu’s city code makes it “unlawful to annoy any bird” in a public park.
  • In Naples, Italy, the law requires pizzas to be round.
  • It is illegal to play bingo while drunk in Kern County, California. Only sober people may play.

Regulation Roundup

Some of the stranger regulations I’ve dug up recently:

  • In Delaware, it is a felony to wear a disguise while committing a felony.
  • In New Orleans, it is illegal to inflate meat.
  • In England, it is illegal to turn off someone else’s lamp if you’re both on or near a city street.
  • In Connecticut, it is illegal to use a white cane unless you can’t see it.
  • Minnesota regulations prohibit washing teflon-coated cookware with abrasive sponges.
  • In Indiana, it is a class B misdemeanor to dye birds and rabbits.
  • Vertical integration has been a regulatory no-no for a long time. In 16th century England, it was illegal to be both a tanner and a currier.
  • If you’ve ever been in a duel, you may not work as a first responder in Kentucky.