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Don’t Mess with Texas’s Crazy Laws!

October 28, 2015

Texas has a reputation for being set in its ways, which may explain why the state has its fair share of strange laws that could bring up some rather odd court cases. For example, the state of Texas prohibits shooting a buffalo from the second story of a hotel. This oddly specific law is just one of many that exists in the state, proving that there are many different ways one might attempt to mess with Texas. Read on for a closer look at the quirky laws that exist in the Lone Star State.

The Encyclopedia Britannica is banned in Texas

If you have a quest for knowledge in the state of Texas, you’d better reach for the World Book, because the Encyclopedia Britannica is banned in the state. Why you ask? The encyclopedia contains a formula for making beer at home, which, incidentally is not illegal so long as you keep the yield of your batch under 200 gallons. When drinking beer, be careful how frequently you sip, because drinking more than 3 sips of beer at a time while standing is also prohibited by state law.

The state flower has an official song

You probably know that every state has an official flower, insignia, flag, and coat of arms, but lawmakers may have too much time on their hands when they start declaring official mushrooms, microbes, dinosaurs, tartans, cooking implements, and firearms of the state. Texas took this one step further by giving the state flower, the bluebonnet, an official song of the same name. In case you were wondering, the officially preferred cooking implement of the state of Texas is the Dutch oven, which is frequently used to fire up batches of the state dish, chili con carne.

Criminals must declare their intent to commit crimes

In an effort to reduce crime in the state, a law was passed requiring criminals to give their victims 24 hours’ notice of their intent to commit a crime. So far, it seems that the law has not effectively cut down crime rates in the state of Texas.

This article is part of a collection of The Most Ridiculous Laws in the United States! Some of these laws are downright hard to believe. Do you know what might be illegal in your state?

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