I recently wrapped up our “Weird laws: True or False edition.”  It was fun discovering weird laws from 5 different states each week.  I enjoyed sharing my interpretations of strange laws from across the nation so much that I decided to start back from the letter “A” and provide new strange laws from all the states again.  Enjoy!

True or False:

Alabama

“No person may spit on the floor of a church.

TRUE.  According to the law, a person may not spit on sidewalks, the floors of places of worship, buses, theaters or other public places.  In my opinion, spitting is a disgusting habit.  More states should enact laws banning spitting in public.

Alaska

“The mayor of Alaska is a cat.”

TRUE.  This may not be a law, but it sure is strange!  For the past 15 years, Mayor Stubbs (the cat) has been serving as mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska.  How can a cat serve as mayor?  Well, the residents rejected the human candidates on the ballot and voted Stubbs into office in a write-in election instead.  To visit Mayor Stubbs’ facebook page, click here.

Arizona

“There is a possible 25 years in prison for cutting down a cactus.”

FALSE.  Even though this law may have been true at some point, according to a website about disputed Arizona’s laws, it is not currently in effect.  However, cutting down a cactus may still be considered a class four felony.  This law was probably enacted to safeguard Arizona's Saguaro cactus, which is an expensive cactus native to Arizona.

Arkansas

“Honking one’s car horn at a sandwich shop after 9 PM is against the law.”

TRUE.  According to the laws of Little Rock, Arkansas, “no person shall sound the horn on a vehicle at any place where cold drinks or sandwiches are served after 9:00 p.m.”  This law sure is strange!  What could have possibly provoked the councilman of Little Rock to enact this weird law?

California

“Ice cream may not be eaten while standing on the sidewalk.”

TRUE.  In Carmel, CA, ice cream may not be eaten while standing on the sidewalk.  According to several websites, this law was repealed when Clint Eastwood became mayor.  The law was likely enacted to keep the sidewalks of Carmel clean.

Are there any weird laws that you thought were false but ended up being true?

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