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Did You Know? Part 3: Strange City and State Laws

Maryland is the only state in the union which specifically outlaws mixed-race, same-sex cohabitation. That is, a black man and a white man cannot live together, but two white women, or a white woman and a black man, can.

In Arizona, Jews are not allowed to ride horses until they have completed a two-week training course.

U-turns after 9pm are illegal in Tallahassee, FL.

Up until 1972, residents of Sacramento, CA who wished to build an addition onto their home had to obtain the signature of at least one local religious leader.

Anchorage, AK allows you to deduct cat-care expenses on your state taxes if the cat sleeps in bed with you.

Portsmouth, NH considers cinnamon a vegetable, for sales tax purposes.

For a short while in Toledo, OH, spaghetti became legal tender due to a typo in a spending bill. When the mayor refused to take responsibility and instead began blaming his staff, the public lost all faith and termed it a horrible case of "pasta buck."

If you have an alcoholic drink in each hand in Lansing, MI, be careful! The drinks are required to match.

Running shoes worn by the citizens of Tacoma, WA must be licensed and inspected annually by a trained cobbler.

Police officers in Chicago, IL cannot go on patrol without a pair of handcuffs, but they are not required to have the key.

If you want to play the blues in public in Memphis, TN, make sure you don't start before 5pm or you could end up paying a $3 fine.

The city council of El Paso, TX recently voted to ban any and all chainsaw carvings visible from the highway.

Boise, ID once outlawed lemons to help promote the ailing Texas lime industry.

In Georgia, if you ask someone for change for a dollar, you cannot refuse to accept dimes and nickels.

For a food item to be considered a "sandwich" in Boston, MA, it must measure at least five inches in either length or width and be no less than half an inch thick. This law was made to officially classify the hotdog as a sandwich.

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