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Bizarre Food and Drink Laws
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There are many things in the legal world you'll probably disapprove of no matter your political persuasion or criminal track record. The site dumblaws.com lists a host of ridiculous laws they claim to be (or have been) on the books. The site's goal? They're "dedicated to bringing you the largest collection of stupid laws available anywhere." And among the many cited there's no shortage of seemingly ridiculous food and drink-related laws gathered from newsgroups, websites, and city governments.
Now they make no claims as to how accurate or current the laws on their site actually are, but some of them are pretty funny. For instance, it's supposedly illegal in Lee County, Ala. to sell peanuts post-sundown on Wednesdays. In California, it's said to be illegal to bring a fish into a bar. In Georgia, you may get in trouble for carrying an ice cream cone in your back pocket on Sunday. Chicago law forbids eating in a place that is on fire, and in Connecticut (if one citation is to be believed), a pickle must bounce to be considered a pickle.
It would take several months in law libraries, and weeks trolling government websites, to confirm every single bizarre food and drink law that has been reported, but we did the research and found that these doozies were definitely on the books. And when you start researching, a few laws actually make sense. It's probably a good thing offensive drunkenness on a train is illegal in Michigan — anyone who has ridden the Long Island Rail Road at 1 a.m. on a Friday night would agree. Likewise, you'd think somebody has to be happy there's a law on the books making it illegal to send pizzas via a deliveryman to a friend without them knowing. And that there's someone out there making a living on crawfish who is glad there's a law making it illegal to steal a haul valued at more than $1,500. But other laws don't make as much sense. (Photo courtesy Flickr/Bistrosavage, MichaelDeOz)
Some laws don't come right out and say things as plainly, or in as funny a way as they're stated on dumblaws.com, but when the following eight laws were fact-checked on the relevant city and state legislature websites they did in fact seem real. Check out the citations linked on each slide. So until the reasons behind these laws are made clear, watch out where you spit your orange peels.
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