Most laws make a lot of sense, like, you know, don’t take stuff that doesn’t belong to you, but there are some laws that are passed in the United States that make you scratch your head and wonder how they came to be.

North Carolina

Bingo games cannot last more than 5 hours.

It’s against the law to sing off-key.


Policemen are allowed to bite a dog if they think it will calm the dog down.

(Like… what?)


You are not allowed to eat fried chicken any other way than using your hands.


You may not take a picture of a rabbit from January to April without an official permit.


If you are found stealing soap, you must wash yourself until the bar of soap has been completely used up.


You can be arrested or fined for harassing Bigfoot.

(There’s an epidemic of Bigfoot harassers.)


It is illegal to take a lion to the movies.

(Sorry, but all you lion-owners are going to have to leave your pet at home)


It is illegal to have a sleeping donkey in your bathtub after 7pm.

(Keep the donkey awake, then it’s fine.)


For a pickle to legally be called a pickle, it must bounce.

(It’s not so easy to graduate from being a cucumber.)

North Dakota

You may not knowingly clone (or attempt to clone) another human.

(“I’m sorry, officer, it just happened by accident!”)

Rhode Island

One may not dye a duckling, a chick, or other live poultry.


It is illegal for any beautician to whistle, hum, or sing while working on a customer.


It’s illegal to drive blindfolded.

(I thought this would be obvious, but I guess some people need things spelled out a little more clearly.)


It’s illegal to ride a horse above 10 MPH.

(“I’m telling you, Officer, I was only going 9.”)


It’s illegal to send a surprise pizza.

(If you want to live on the edge and be a rebel… send a surprise pizza.)


It’s illegal to give a rat as a present.

New Jersey

Bullet-proof vests are banned while committing a crime.

(“Guys, here are bullet-proof vests to wear while we rob that bank.” “We can’t wear these, it’s illegal!”)

South Dakota

It’s illegal to sleep in the cheese factory.