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Voting and the Glory of Weird Laws

Election day is here, so let the voting begin on important issues like… teaching polygamy, giving beer to a moose, and eating roadkill? Yes, the Good Ol’ US-of-A has states that considered these to be worthwhile legal issues at some point in time. While we have many crucial issues on this year’s ballot like funding education and that other small thing about choosing the new leader of the free world, sometimes it’s those seemingly trivial things that matter as well, enough for the state to recognize them. So let us pay homage to voting and our heritage by reflecting on our momentary lapses in judgment when we decided the following were important enough to put before voters.

  • It is illegal to sell colored chickens. (Ohio)

What? I suppose Ohio residents prefer their chickens au naturel, with no dyeing of any sort. So you might say their intentions are somewhat admirable, right? Right?

  • It is legal to eat roadkill. (Tennessee)

That’s not a typo there. Voters did not think this was a weird law but rather something that every citizen should have a right to.

  • Fortune tellers need a license from the state to perform services. (South Carolina)

I wonder if they saw that one coming.

  • Picketing is not allowed at funerals. (Kansas)

Aw, really? You mean we can’t protest the licenses forced on fortune tellers at the funeral service of a loved one? At least the law prohibits picketing 60 minutes before and after a funeral– I mean, we can’t be political all the time, right?

  • Moose cannot drink alcoholic beverages. (Alaska)

More for us!

  • Teaching polygamy to others is subject to a fine or jail time. (Mississippi)

There seems to be a little ambiguity in this weird law: do they mean talking about or demonstrating?

The only thing worse than the fact that these weird laws either existed or are still on the books is that something happened that prompted this legal action. Whether we shake our heads in disbelief or shrug off the embarrassment, just remember that, all jokes aside, voting is still an important political process, so make sure you do your research before heading to your nearest voter polling place, even if there are weird laws to be decided on!

Did you?

Sources: http://www.dumblaws.com/laws/united-states, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/02/17-ridiculous-laws-still_n_481379.html#s71645&title=In_Missouri_It
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8 comments on “Voting and the Glory of Weird Laws

  1. Al Eddy
    November 4, 2012

    I live In Chatt. TN and I still don’t why someone would want to eat something that was found on the side of the road.

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  2. Tom W.
    November 4, 2012

    This was a hilarious post, I never knew these laws even existed or were trying to be passed…lol…Just a few days ago after watching yet another political commercial for pres obama I thought to myself is there anyone to pass certain laws in congress that are never heard of, smaller stuff like the stuff mentioned in your post…and I guess it isnt done by congress but some of the smaller states and cities that do…great read..thanks

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    • Super Sasha
      November 5, 2012

      I aim to please! Thanks! (P.S. I would be very concerned if Congress was debating over the appropriate days of the week for ice cream!)

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  3. Oscar
    November 6, 2012

    Laws regulate every aspect of our daily lives. Our legal system can be somewhat ignorant, moronic, or just plain abnormal. The one law that we have in California, that I’m sure many of us don’t have control of and may be in disbelief is animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship. I wonder how this law came about?

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  4. Jimmy
    November 6, 2012

    Just looked up the colored chickens on Youtube and they are freaky! Neon green chickens is just not right.

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  5. gratis nu
    November 8, 2012

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  6. carly (@czamanac)
    November 12, 2012

    I love the colored chicken law! I wonder what the rationale for it was. Most chickens seem to be the same color, more or less, anyways.

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  7. Daniel
    November 27, 2012

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