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Finding Ridiculous Laws Throughout the States

March 4, 2015

Most of the time, the law is serious business. Every once in a while, however, you come across a law so ridiculous that you can’t help but laugh a little. Each state in this great nation has its own book of laws, and each book has a few genuine head-scratchers and knee-slappers. Without further ado, here are a few silly laws from across America.


Most people will agree that winning a free game of pinball is a true blessing. In Arkansas, how however, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. No pinball machine is allowed to give a player more than 25 free games. How are pinball wizards supposed to work their magic with a measly 24 free games?


If you plan on becoming a salamander collector, you should probably stay away from Illinois. According to an oft-quoted Illinois rule, it is illegal to own more than $600 worth of salamanders in the state. To be fair, the law actually pertains to all illegally captured aquatic life. In any case, Illinois probably won’t make salamanders their official state currency anytime soon.

New Hampshire

How often do you get the urge to collect seaweed? Pretty often, right? Well, if you visit New Hampshire, you’ll need to seriously curb your maritime harvesting—at least until daybreak—for it is illegal to collect seaweed at night. So if you wake up in the middle of the night with an insatiable craving for fresh homemade sushi, you’re fresh out of luck.


Don’t even think about shooting a missile at a bus or bus station in Utah. You’ll get in trouble. Come to think of it, you’ll probably get in trouble if you hurl a missile at anything. Strangely enough, commercial security personnel are exempt from this law. Huh.

Though we didn’t include them here, Arizona has its fair share of goofy laws. If you ever find yourself accused of a crime in Arizona, reach out to Tucson criminal defense attorney Janet Altschuler. Our office handles a wide variety of cases, from domestic abuse to drunk driving.


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