January 02, 2008

More Humor for Dreaded Wednesday

Since Election time is in full swing... how about some dumb laws? Pan sent me THIS LINK... here is what you can read at the end of the article:

The ridiculous

An assortment of seemingly crazy state driving laws exists and can be found easily across the Internet. Most of these examples are sourced from newspapers and come from the site www.dumblaws.com, whose editors did not respond to a call for comment. Here goes:

In California, no vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.

In Florida, if an elephant, goat or alligator is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.

In Montana, it is illegal to have a sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperone.

In Oregon, a door on a car may not be left open longer than necessary.

In Tennessee, it is illegal shoot any game other than whales from a moving automobile.

Yep, I live in Florida...

Posted by vw bug at January 2, 2008 05:10 AM | TrackBack

Well, if I want to practice archery on a village green in England, I have to be wearing Lincoln Green. Oh, and the Constable is the arbiter of what colour that is ...

Or, if I enter the Dining Hall of certain ancient colleges without my sword I may be ejected or fined the sum of five shillings, or both for failing to be properly attired at dinner ...

And we won't even get into the modern ones ....

Posted by: The Gray Monk at January 2, 2008 11:28 AM

Ok, now that is funny. Wearing a sword to dinner... LOL!

Posted by: vw bug at January 2, 2008 12:49 PM

Heh - that Montana law is just so the sheep doesn't get dumped on a date. ;)

Posted by: Richmond at January 3, 2008 07:22 PM

I think the lawmakers in Tennessee had a sense of humor. And if you have your alligator tied to a parking meter, you ought to pay for the spaces in front and behind it too...at least pay for any space it can reach. I don't understand the goat or elephant part though...maybe due to Florida being the winter home of many circuses?

The California law would make sense if it covers vehicles being towed.

The Oregon law sounds like something a cranky parent or spouse got passed. Or someone who got tired of listening to someone else's stereo blasting with all the doors and windows open. I can just imagine the lawmaker politely asking someone to close their car door for whatever reason and getting a smart-mouthed reply that "there's no law against it, you can't make me...".

This is why I should never go into politics. Personal satisfaction through stupid laws would be too tempting to me.

I don't even want to speculate on the reason for the Monana law.

Posted by: marybeth at January 4, 2008 05:20 PM

... I can hardly recall the last time that a whale was harvested here in Tennessee.... it seems like eons ago....

Posted by: Eric at January 5, 2008 08:35 AM

Yup, I can understand the California one... without thinking into it surely makes no sense, though!

The Tennessee one seems made up.

Whenever I read these I think that someday I'd like to find something so dumb that's on the books, commit the crime and then tell the police about it and insist that they arrest me and that I must have a court appearance. I think that would be fun, especially for something like wearing your socks too long on Sunday or something like that!

Posted by: Zooomabooma at January 6, 2008 01:02 PM