Kern County, California’s government takes morality very seriously. Chapter 9.12.010 of the County Code states that “No vendor shall vend stuffed articles depicting the female breasts (sold as “boobie pillows”) within one thousand (1,000) feet of any county highway.” The punishment for each offense is a fine of up to $500 and/or up to 90 days in jail. Worse, “Each day of violation shall constitute a separate offense.”
The purpose of the boobie pillow ban, according to the Finding of Fact Leading to Enactment that accompanies the text, is to prevent children on their way to church from seeing such adult-themed merchandise.
Strangely, boobie pillows are the only adult-themed merchandise subject to the ban. So, according to the law, purveyors of smut can still set up shop almost anywhere they please. They just can’t sell “stuffed articles depicting the female breasts.”
In other news, Kern County is currently running a budget deficit in the $25-30 million range. If the county liberalized its strict boobie pillow policy, it could increase its sales tax revenue and tame its deficit.
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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