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Published 10:59 am EDT, Tuesday, September 10, 2019
- Some laws were written decades ago, and are more hysterical than intimidating. Others are relatively new, but still just as strange.
- From making sure cheese is “highly pleasing” to only allowing fried chicken to be eaten with your fingers, these US laws exist but are hard or impossible to enforce.
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You might be surprised to find out swearing in public or honking your horn near a local deli may result in fines or arrests in some US states. But they can!
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We scoured the internet and official government websites to find some of the strangest laws that exist today.
Here are 15 that are not only odd, but probably difficult or impossible to enforce.
In Alabama, stink bombs are outlawed.
Anyone who grew up in the 90s or earlier is probably aware of the childhood pastime of throwing stink bombs at friends or unsuspecting passerby as a prank. However, in Alabama, it’s against the law to sell or use stink balls — or anything like it that intentionally creates a bad odor.
According to Code 1965, § 41-60, it’s unlawful to “sell, dispose of, give away or use within the city or its police jurisdiction articles known as stink balls or funk balls or anything of like nature, by whatever name known or called, the purpose of which is to create disagreeable odors to the great discomfort of persons coming in contact therewith.”
In Arkansas, you can’t honk your horn near a sandwich shop after 9 p.m.
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According to one law set in place by Little Rock, Arkansas, “no person shall sound the horn on a vehicle at any place where cold drinks or sandwiches are served after 9:00 p.m.” It’s unclear how enforced this law is, but the likelihood is that a cop would have to be at the right place at the right time to truly enforce this law. Stay on the safe side and avoid honking your car horn near any Subways after-hours.
In Delaware, it’s illegal to whisper in church.
According to a law enacted in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, whispering in a church is illegal and is seen as disturbing the act of peaceful worship.
However, while this law may technically still stand, it would take a particularly angry churchgoer to call the police on you for some quiet whispering.
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