Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Strange Laws

I'm short of time today so, for my 100th post, I present a section from the January 2006 issue of the magazine Arizona Highways.

Life in Arizona - Territorial Days
Strange Laws

Although some of these Arizona Territorial laws have been taken off the books, they were actually enforced at one time. Better check to see if you are in violation.

  • No hunting camels.
  • Any crime committed while wearing a red mask was a felony.
  • Donkeys could not sleep in bathtubs.
  • When attacked by a criminal, you could protect yourself only with the same type of weapon as the criminal was using.
  • It was illegal to refuse a person a glass of water.
  • No hunting rattlesnakes without a license.
  • No suspenders, in some small towns.
  • In Prescott, you were not allowed to ride horses up the county courthouse stairs.
  • In Tombstone, it was illegal for adults to smile with more than one missing tooth visible.
  • In Mohave County, anyone caught stealing soap had to wash with it until it was all used up.
  • In Glendale, cars could not be driven in reverse.
  • In Globe, no card-playing in the street with a Native American.

Yes, there were camels in Arizona. They were brought in as an experiment.

This list makes me wonder how many laws we currently enact that will be seen as humorous, strange and mysterious in another hundred years.

8 Comments:

Blogger Thom said...

When i was a boy, in the 50s, Minnesoata still had a law that said if you were driving a car at night someone had to walk 50 feet in front yelling 'Here comes a car, here comes a car'

12/20/2005 09:06:00 AM  
Blogger Round Belly said...

It was illegal to refuse a person a glass of water.

That law makes perfect sense to me. As long as you had water to give.

12/20/2005 11:08:00 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

Is this a wind-up?

12/20/2005 12:18:00 PM  
Blogger Buffalo said...

Silly? They seem very reasonable to me.

12/20/2005 01:13:00 PM  
Blogger kathy said...

LOL @ buffalows comment! :)

I found those laws funny! "In Tombstone, it was illegal for adults to smile with more than one missing tooth visible". no wonder most old photo shots have them looking so serious! no teeth showing LOL

12/20/2005 01:18:00 PM  
Blogger Twyla said...

Ha! And in Florida, it's illegal to have sex with a porcupine. Which is probably a very sensible law, but funny.

12/20/2005 04:31:00 PM  
Blogger Gaye said...

Happy 100th post!! Okay not being able to drive a car in reverse could cause a problem; I guess the answer is to get out and push when forward wasn't an option... I'd be doomed!!

12/20/2005 06:06:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Any crime committed while wearing a red mask was a felony.

- As opposed to all other crimes? lol

When attacked by a criminal, you could protect yourself only with the same type of weapon as the criminal was using.

- You gotta be kidding lol

In Glendale, cars could not be driven in reverse.

- LOL!!

Oh man thats funny! lol

Great post! lol

12/20/2005 10:08:00 PM  

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