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More Ridiculous Laws That Are Still on the Books in the U.S.

April 21, 2015

All United States citizens are obligated to follow the nation’s laws. That said, there are some pretty goofy laws out there. Some laws are so goofy that they seem more like dares than legislation designed to safeguard public health. Here are a few silly laws from around the country that are still in effect.

Late Christmas Lights in Maine

In most parts of the country, folks are growing weary of the ever-growing Christmas season. However, no jurisdictions in the U.S. are taking steps to limit it—except Maine. In Maine, it is illegal to have Christmas decorations up past January 14th. Keeping decorations up past that date will result in warnings and fines.

Buying Drinks in Nevada

Considering how Las Vegas is the self-proclaimed “Entertainment Capital of the World,” you’d think the laws governing Nevada booze would be free-flowing. However, not all of Nevada is as much fun as Sin City. In the ghost town of Nyala, it is illegal for a person to buy drinks for more than three people other than himself.

Serving Butter Substitutes in Wisconsin Prisons

Living in a small cell? Fine. Only spending a few minutes outside each day? A-OK. But margarine? That’s cruel and unusual. This must be the thought process of legislators in Wisconsin, where it is illegal to serve butter substitutes in state prisons.

Waking a Sleeping Bear for a Photo Op in Alaska

Most people understand that waking a sleeping bear is probably a bad idea under any circumstances. This is why it’s all the more puzzling that Alaska would have a law forbidding folks from waking a bear for the purpose of taking a picture.

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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?