In line with our current trend of discovering weird laws across the nation, let’s continue our true or false edition of weird laws. Last week we saw some strange laws from Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, and New Jersey.  Let’s see what weird laws these next 5 states have in store for us!

True or False:

New Mexico

“It’s forbidden for a female to appear unshaven in public.”

TRUE.  In Carrizozo, New Mexico, women are not allowed to be in public while unshaven.  I wish the legislators clarified which part of the body they were referring to.

New York

“It is against the law to throw a ball at someone’s head for fun.”

TRUE.  I wonder what the penalty is for hitting someone in the head during a friendly game of dodge ball.

North Carolina

“No one may be a professional fortune-teller, and if one wishes to pursue the practice as an amateur, it must be practiced in a school or church.”

FASLE.  However, this law was once true before Session Laws 2004-003 repealed it.  According to the law, it was unlawful for any person to practice the arts of phrenology, palmistry, clairvoyance, and fortune-telling.  Anyone in violation of the law would be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor.

North Dakota

“It is legal to shoot an Indian on horseback, provided you are in a covered wagon.”

TRUE.  However, this law is probably outdated today.  It most likely dates back to the late 1800’s when the American pioneers and settlers were moving westward.


“Women are prohibited from wearing patent leather shoes in public.”

TRUE.  According to various websites the apparent reason for this law was to deny men from seeing up ladies skirts.  They were probably worried that the reflection from the patent leather shoes would allow men to see up ladies skirts.

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?