If you ever find yourself thinking, "There oughta be a law ...," you're not
alone. The truth is, there are lots of laws out there--and many of
them can seem pretty silly and inconsequential. But they're bona fide laws
nonetheless that, when broken, carry some stiff penalties. Crazy, but true,
these are some of the laws they DON'T teach you about in law school...
LAW: It is illegal to transport a skunk across state lines.
COUNTRY: USA / STATE: Tennessee
CITATION: 70-4-208. Unlawful importation of skunks - Penalty.
ACTUAL: (a) It is unlawful for any person to import, possess, or
cause to be imported into this state any type of live skunk, or to sell,
barter, exchange or otherwise transfer any live skunk, except that the
prohibitions of this section shall not apply to bona fide zoological parks
and research institutions.
LAW: It is illegal to taunt someone for refusing to participate in a duel.
COUNTRY: USA / STATE: West Virginia
CITATION: §61-2-24. Taunting for nonparticipation in duel; penalty.
ACTUAL: If any person post another, or in writing or in print use
any reproachful or contemptuous language to or concerning another, for not
fighting a duel, or for not sending or accepting a challenge, he shall be
guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction, shall be confined in jail not
more than six months, or fined not exceeding one hundred dollars.
LAW: There is a one-dollar fine for every instance of public drunkenness
COUNTRY: USA / STATE: West Virginia
CITATION: §61-8-15. Profane swearing and drunkenness; penalty.
ACTUAL: If any person arrived at the age of discretion profanely
curse or swear or get drunk in public, he shall be fined by a justice one
dollar for each offense.
LAW: It is illegal for a bingo game to last longer than five hours, unless
the bingo is being played at a fair.
COUNTRY: USA / STATE: North Carolina
CITATION: §14-309.8. Limit on sessions.
ACTUAL: The number of sessions of bingo conducted or sponsored by
an exempt organization shall be limited to two sessions per week and such
sessions must not exceed a period of five hours each per session. No two
sessions of bingo shall be held within a 48-hour period of time. No more
than two sessions of bingo shall be operated or conducted in any one
building, hall or structure during any one calendar week and if two sessions
are held, they must be held by the same exempt organization. This section
shall not apply to bingo games conducted at a fair or other exhibition
conducted pursuant to Article 45 of Chapter 106 of the General Statutes.
LAW: A man may not seduce a woman by lying, and claiming he will marry her.
COUNTRY: USA / STATE: Mississippi
CITATION: 97-29-55 Seduction of female over age of eighteen by promised or
ACTUAL: If any person shall obtain carnal knowledge of any woman,
or female child, over the age of eighteen years, of previous chaste
character, by virtue of any feigned or pretended marriage or any false or
feigned promise of marriage, he shall, upon conviction, be imprisoned in the
penitentiary not more than five years; but the testimony of the female
seduced, alone, shall not be sufficient to warrant a conviction.
6. Not Southern Redneck, but maybe an
indication of Northern Rednecks...
LAW: It is illegal to wear a bulletproof vest while committing a murder.
COUNTRY: USA / STATE: New Jersey
CITATION: 2C:39-13 Unlawful use of body vests.
ACTUAL: A person is guilty of a crime if he uses or wears a body
vest while engaged in the commission of, or an attempt to commit, or flight
after committing or attempting to commit murder, manslaughter, robbery,
sexual assault, burglary, kidnapping, criminal escape or assault under
N.J.S.2C:12-1b. Use or wearing a body vest while engaged in the commission
of, or an attempt to commit, or flight after committing or attempting to
commit a crime of the first degree is a crime of the second degree.
Otherwise it is a crime of the third degree.