I can’t believe we are down to the final 4 states for our “Weird laws: True or False edition.”  We started alphabetically with Alabama and will end this week with Wyoming.  It was fun discovering weird laws from 5 different states each week.  I enjoyed it so much I may start back from the letter “A” and provide new strange laws from all the states again.  So you’ll have to wait until next week to find out.  Until then, enjoy these weird laws!

True or False:


“No person may walk about in public if he or she has the common cold.”

TRUE.  According to the law, if a person affected with a contagious or infectious disease willfully exposes themselves to another in public without the others knowledge will be guilty of a misdemeanor.  I actually have no problem with this law.  I’ve never enjoyed getting the flu vaccine anyways.

West Virginia

“A person may be placed in jail for up to six months for making fun of someone who does not accept a challenge.”

TRUE.  According to the law, a person will be guilty of a misdemeanor if they taunt another for not fighting a duel, or for not accepting a challenge.  If the individual is found guilty of a misdemeanor, he will be jailed for up to six months.  I’m going to think twice before playing truth or dare in West Virginia.


“It is illegal for restaurants, prisons and schools to serve margarine instead of butter unless a customer requests it.”

TRUE.  This law banning margarine was apparently enacted in 1895 to protect Wisconsin’s dairy industry.  According to the law, serving margarine as a substitute for table butter is prohibited, unless a customer or a superintendant requests the margarine.  Any person caught breaking the law will be punished for up to three months in jail.  This ban apparently led to margarine moonshining.


“If one is drunk in a mine, he or she could land in jail for up to a year.”

TRUE.  If a person is drunk in a mine in Wyoming, they will be guilty of a misdemeanor.  I wonder why this law was enacted.  Maybe mines are a good place for under age drinkers to sneak into?  Your guess is as good as mine.

Thanks for playing Weird laws True or False Edition with me.  I enjoyed sharing my interpretations of strange laws from across the nation.  Hope you did too!