It's that time of the week when we continue our true or false edition of weird laws across the country. Last week we saw some very weird laws from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, and California. Let’s see what weird laws these next 5 states have in store for us!
True or False:
“No liquor may be sold on Sundays or election days.”
FALSE. However, before 2008, this was actually true. Luckily for Broncos fans, it’s no longer illegal for Colorado residents to buy alcohol on football Sundays.
“An arcade may not have more than a total of four amusement devices.”
TRUE. In Rock Hill, Connecticut it is illegal for an arcade to have more than four “amusement devices.” “Amusement devices” include, ping-pong tables, pinball machines, or shuffleboard tables. According to the law, “no person shall have in any place within a permanent structure open to the general public more than four mechanical amusement devices.” All you video game junkies should probably steer clear of Rocky Hill, Connecticut!
“It is illegal to pretend to sleep on a bench on the boardwalk.”
TRUE. In Rehoboth Beach, Delaware it is illegal to pretend to sleep on a bench on the boardwalk. At first glance, I assumed only “pretend sleep” was prohibited. However, the law states, “no person shall sleep, lie or occupy as a sleeping quarter, or under the guise of pretending to sleep on the boardwalk, any bench located on the boardwalk or on any bench located on any street.” So the law prohibits people from sleeping on public benches in general. It doesn’t limit it to “pretend sleeping.”
“It is illegal to commit any “unnatural acts” with another person.”
TRUE. According to the law, if a person commits any unnatural and lascivious acts with another person, they will be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree. V for vagueness! I’m really not sure which lascivious acts this law seeks to prohibit.
“It is illegal to promote a private lottery.”
TRUE. The law basically prohibits a person, partnership, firm, or corporation from selling, distributing, televising, or broadcasting, any advertisement containing a solicitation for participation in any lottery declared to be unlawful by the laws of this state. Every person who does so is guilty of a misdemeanor. However, one may promote a lottery if the promotional material includes the words “void in Georgia” on it.
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