Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Blue Laws

For today, we're sharing with you something called Blue Laws: Laws which are still on the books, but make little sense or are rarely enforced due to their rampant idiocy.

In Seattle, WA it is illegal to:

Carry a concealed weapon over six feet in length.

Ride the bus with an aquarium on your lap.

Women who sit on men’s laps on buses or trains without placing a pillow between them face an automatic six-month jail term.

Lean up against lamp posts.

In New York City:

It is illegal for a woman to be on the street wearing “body hugging clothing.

Citizens may not greet each other by “putting one’s thumb to the nose and wiggling the fingers”.

Flirting may cost you a $25 fine. (I'm not going to be happy...)

In Staten Island:

It is illegal for a father to call his son a “faggot” or “queer” in an effort to curb “girlie behavior.

In Boston:

It is illegal to play the fiddle.

No one may cross the Boston Common without carrying a shotgun in case of bears.

No one may take a bath without a prescription.

Also, Quakers and Witches are banned from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Sigh.

The point of all of this, is that really, does the government need to legislate these things? Am I really so silly as to think that I should sell my eye after it's removed, or does the Texas government actually need to make a law about it?

In Clarendon, TX it is illegal to dust a public building with a feather duster. So the question is, why do we bother? Would the world crash down on our heads if we dusted buildings? Does it really matter how many dildos we own (multiple southern states) or is anyone really ridiculous enough to push a moose off of an airplane (Alaska. Also, how would one get the moose ON the airplane?)

In short, these laws make no sense, but they're certainly fun to dissect as part of constitutional law and civil rights research. If you know a law you're fond of laughing at ,post in the comments.


  1. I've broken at least four of those. Boston Common looked relatively bear free, the girl in NY was cute, I wasn't in the habit of carrying pillows with me on the Metro, and the aquarium... lets just say it's a long sotry involving April Fools Day my senior year.

  2. Oh yeah. And the lamp post was convenient and I was tired.