I am indebted to http://www.dumblaws.com as the source of my material.
There are many many more, I’ve just selected a small selection of the strangest/funniest.
City Laws in New York City & California
It is illegal to eat in the street in residential neighbourhoods, and the only beverage you can drink on the beach is water in a clear plastic bottle.
You may only water your lawn if the hose is held in your hand.
In New York, adultery is still a crime.
The penalty for jumping off a building is death.
New Yorkers cannot dissolve a marriage for irreconcilable differences, unless they both agree to it.
A person may not walk around on Sundays with an ice cream cone in his/her pocket.
Women may go topless in public, providing it is not being used as a business.
While riding in an elevator, one must talk to no one, and fold his hands while looking toward the door.
Slippers are not to be worn after 10:00 PM.
Citizens may not greet each other by “putting one’s thumb to the nose and wiggling the fingers”.
It is against the law to throw a ball at someone’s head for fun.
During a concert, it is illegal to eat peanuts and walk backwards on the sidewalks.
Eating while swimming in the ocean is prohibited.
California prison workers will no longer be allowed to have sex with inmates
It’s unlawful to let a dog pursue a bear or bobcat at any time.
You may only throw a Frisbee at the beach in Los Angeles County, CA with the lifeguard’s permission.
It is a misdemeanour to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.
Women may not drive in a house coat.
No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.
Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.
Peacocks have the right of way to cross any street, including driveways.
Nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool.
City Council order reads: “No dog shall be in a public place without its master on a leash.
It is illegal to spit, except on baseball diamonds.
A man can’t go outside while wearing a jacket and pants that do not match.
Ice cream may not be eaten while standing on the sidewalk. (Repealed when Clint Eastwood was mayor)
No one may have sex in the back of an ambulance if it is responding to an emergency call.
It is against the law to fish from horseback.
It is illegal to detonate any nuclear weapon.
Birds have the right of way on all highways.
It is a felony to persistently tread on the cracks between paving stones on the sidewalk of a state highway.
It is illegal to cause a catastrophe.
Alcohol may not be sold during an emergency.
City Laws in Utah
Women may not swear.
Daylight must be visible between partners on a dance floor.
Only animal services officials and policemen may molest animals
No one may walk down the street carrying a paper bag containing a violin.
Pharmacists may not sell gunpowder to cure headaches.