Our legal system is in place to keep order and all that, and you could say that it works pretty well (most of the time, of course). But sometimes, laws don't make a whole lot of sense, no matter how long you spend thinking about them. What's even more confusing? The fact that they remain in place long after everyone realizes that they make no sense. Below are some of the strangest things that are still illegal today. Believe it or not, every state in the U.S. has its share. I'm not even going to try and pretend that I can explain all of these, but in some cases, I tried to come up with some possibilities. Here are 11 super strange things that are considered illegal.
11 California: Riding A Bike In A Pool
There are a lot of safety laws in place to make sure that transportation is as seamless as possible, but California takes things to the next level. In that state, it's illegal to ride a bike in a pool. Besides the fact that it pretty much sounds impossible to ride a bike in a pool anyway, what does law enforcement have to do with it? The worst that could happen is that your bike sinks and you can't get it back out or the gears rust when you do.
10 Hawaii: Putting Coins In Someone's Ear
This law just has to be the result of a magic trick gone wrong or something -- someone was fed up with this coin coming out of the ear nonsense every time they saw their uncle. In Hawaii, it is literally illegal to put coins in someone's ear. This actually makes some sense since this wouldn't be super polite.
9 Minnesota: Sleeping Without Clothes Outside
"Don't sleep outside naked" sounds like good advice for most people most of the time, but Minnesota took this to the next level and straight up outlawed it. In many places it's illegal to be naked in public, so maybe this has something to do with that. This law does make sense because it's not like you want people to camp in your town totally in the buff or anything, especially in the summertime when everyone's hanging out in the great outdoors.
8 Houston: Body Odor In A Library
Now this is just cruel. Don't get me wrong, body odor can be offensive anywhere, and libraries are no different. But pity the poor fool who doesn't realize that his deodorant wore off and tries to check out a book and gets fined for smelling bad or something. But how exactly would this even happen? The librarian puts in a call and the cops come running with a speed stick?
7 North Carolina: Bingo Games For Five Plus Hours
In this state, you can't play bingo for longer than five hours. Thank goodness! If they had to put this law into place, they must have felt it was super necessary. So just think, how many people were playing so much bingo and for so long that someone had to lay down the law and give them a cut-off point? Maybe a cheater was claiming to be at a 24-hour bingo match but their significant other couldn't catch them in the act so they enacted a law to limit bingo games so the cheater couldn't use that as an excuse anymore. I have an active imagination.
6 Georgia: Chickens Crossing The Road
Wait a second. Here we are with the most popular joke on the planet (other than knock-knock jokes) about chickens crossing the road, and in Quitman, Georgia they're not even allowed to? How do you even place a law on an animal anyway, as if the chickens know or care what you think about where they walk? Good grief.
5 Alabama: An Ice Cream Cone In Your Back Pocket
Who doesn't like to stick their half-eaten ice cream cone into their pocket to save for later on a hot summer day? In the state of Alabama, you can't carry an ice cream cone in your back pocket while walking somewhere. It's pretty much impossible to figure out how this law came to be. It doesn't seem like anyone would really want to do this since, obviously, the ice cream would melt... Plus, it seems unlikely that enough people were engaging in this daredevil behavior that a law had to be enacted about it. And why is it such a problem? The state of Alabama is trying to protect us from messy pants? Maybe it's a public transportation thing.
4 Arizona: Cutting Down A Cactus
In the state of Arizona, you're not allowed to cut down a cactus. This makes sense since it's all about the preservation of nature, but the punishment is pretty intense. If you get caught cutting down a cactus in Arizona, you could be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison. That's more time than for a lot of more obvious crimes. "What are you in for?" "Cutting down a cactus." Can you imagine?!
3 Ohio: You Won't Believe What's Legal
This is an interesting law since it gives you permission to do something instead of taking something away, which is more common. In Ohio, the law plainly states that a police officer is within his rights to bite a dog if he thinks that biting the dog would calm it down. WTF?! How could an already fired up dog be calmed down by the fact that a human is now biting him and throwing off the whole balance of everything he knows? Not to mention this sounds dangerous for everyone involved.
2 Texas: You Won't Believe This One, Either
Oh, Texas. In this state, it's illegal to sell your own eyeballs. How would this even happen? Who's buying eyes? Not only that, it seems pretty unlikely that someone without any eyeballs can even manage to get anywhere to sell them. Can you imagine serving a client who walks in with their own eyeballs in their hands? Wow! We're not even sure we want to know what's going on here. How often do you even hear about people selling their own body parts? Not very often, right? You want to tell me that someone has considered selling their own eyeballs?
1 Rhode Island: Buying Toothpaste And A Toothbrush On Sunday
This is an interesting one. In Rhode Island, it's actually illegal to sell the same customer both a toothbrush and toothpaste on a Sunday. Is this on account of it being God's day? Like take a break man, it's too much work on a Sunday to brush your teeth. But if you already have one-half of the duo and then buy the other, what's the difference, really? Or you could go to two different stores. Or have a friend buy one. Do they really enforce this law? How could you even do that? We have so many questions. Sigh.