Thankfully it’s Friday! We get to play another round of Weird Laws: True or False Edition!  Last week we saw some strange laws from Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, and Maryland.  Let’s see some weird laws from these next 5 states!

True or False:

Massachusetts

“Candy may not contain more than 1% of alcohol.”

TRUE.  According to the law, whoever sells candy containing liquid or syrup with more than one percent alcohol will be punished by a fine of up to one hundred dollars.  I am very interested to know which candies contain alcohol.

Michigan

“Persons may not be drunk on trains.”

TRUE.  People may not be drunk on trains.  According to the law, “no person shall while in an offensive state of intoxication enter or be on or remain upon any railway train or interurban car as a passenger.”  If you want to get intoxicated on a train, you should probably ride the Amtrak toward San Diego, CA where they serve unlimited booze.

Minnesota

“Residents of even numbered addresses may not water their plants on odd-numbered days excluding the thirty first day where it applies.”

TRUE.  According to the City Ordinance of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, “the watering and sprinkling of lawns and/or gardens shall be permitted on even-numbered days for property with even-numbered addresses and on odd-numbered days for property with odd-numbered addresses.”  However, any property may be watered on the thirty first day of the month.  If residents are found watering their plants on the forbidden days, they will be guilty of a petty misdemeanor.  My guess is that this law was enacted to stop people from overwatering their plants in order to conserve the Cities water supply.

Mississippi

“It is illegal to teach others what polygamy is.”

TRUE.  According to Mississippi law, if any person teaches another person the doctrines, principles, or tenets of polygamy, if they induce or persuade another to embrace or adopt polygamy, or move to any other state or country for the purpose of practicing polygamy, they will be fined up to five hundred dollars, or imprisoned in the county jail for up to six months, or both.  I wonder if this law also applies to the teachings of polyamory.

Missouri

“In Marquette, Missouri, it is illegal for more than four unrelated persons to occupy the same dwelling.”

TRUE.  I’ve read many laws similar to this Missouri law.  However, I doubt they are actually enforced today.  It most likely dates back hundreds of years and was possibly enacted to deter prostitution and brothels.

You’ll have to wait until next week for more weird laws from the next 5 states!  Are there any weird laws that you thought were false but ended up being true?