There are many laws across the United States that are old, outdated, ridiculous and downright weird. These laws have been on the books for so long, many people have forgotten why they were created, while others have forgotten that they even exist. Aside from the punishable
offenses that we’re all aware of, like theft, murder, robbery and burglary; there are a host of
other wacky laws that still exist across the nation.
One of the most comical laws we discovered was enacted in the city of Champaign, Illinois. Lawmakers in the city decided to make it illegal to urinate in your neighbor’s mouth. We can’t help but wonder what offense made this law come into play. Perhaps the fact that Champaign is a college town has a little bit to do with this absurd law. You may think it’s common sense to not use your neighbor’s mouth as a toilet, but in Champaign, there were clearly some issues with rowdy coeds who were putting their urine in inappropriate places.
When it comes to being in love, getting married or simply living with your partner; there are many states that have ridiculous laws that are beyond weird. In Florida, cohabitation between a man and a woman is illegal. The law states that any couple who lives together before getting married will be guilty of a second-degree misdemeanor crime. Lawbreakers will be penalized with a $500 fine and up to 60 days behind bars!
Meanwhile, in Washington D.C., they don’t care if you and your partner want to live together
before getting married. However, the city is more concerned with your intimate activities. There is a law in place that prohibits a man and a woman from engaging in any sexual position other than missionary. We find it hard to believe this law is still enforced today. As long as you per-form your intimate encounters behind closed doors, you’ll never run the risk of getting punished.
Another law that has to do with couples in love is a Utah law that prohibits first cousins from
getting married until they are both over the age of 65. We’re not quite sure why there’s an age limit on this law, but there is an exception. The state will allow cousins as young as 55 to tie the knot as long as one of the partners is sterile.
By far, one of the craziest laws we uncovered comes from the city of Gainesville, Georgia. Thankfully, this ordinance was created as a personal relations stunt for the city, and lawbreakers aren’t seriously penalized. But that probably didn’t stop a woman named Ginny Dietrick from completely freaking out when she was placed under arrest on her 91st birthday. Ginny was
visiting the city and enjoying some fried chicken in a cafe when an officer told her it was against the city’s 1961 ordinance to eat the sacred delicacy with anything other than her fingers. Ginny was eventually released with some help from the mayor, and was free to go without having to pay any fines.