5-weird-lawsIn line with our weekly blogs of weird laws from across the country, let’s continue looking at some other weird laws.  Last week we saw 5 weird driving laws from all around the US.  Let’s see what other weird laws are out there!

Here are this weeks weird laws.  Enjoy!

Louisiana: It is illegal for a person to partake in the business of fortunetelling, palm reading, astrology and similar activities in the city of Alexandria, Louisiana.

Violators of the city ordinance were subject to fines of up to $500 a day.  Luckily for fortunetellers in Alexandria, “U.S. Magistrate James Kirk concluded that fortunetelling is free speech protected by the First Amendment.”  According to Huffington Post, “U.S. District Judge Dee Drell's ruled that the ordinance is unconstitutional.

Illinois: Taxi drivers may charge a $50 cleanup fee to passengers who puke in their taxis.

Make sure to have some cash on you if you intend on cabbing it home after a night of drinking in Chicago.

Rhode Island: It is illegal to lie on the Internet.

In 1989, state lawmakers enacted a law that made telling a lie on the Internet a misdemeanor.  Violation of the law carried a punishment of up to $500 in fines and up to a year in prison. According to Huffington Post, the law “was written to stop fraud, con artists and scammers.”  This law was recently repealed and white lies are no longer considered a crime in Rhode Island.

Missouri: It is illegal to drive with an uncaged bear.

Why would anyone drive with an uncaged bear?  I wonder what happened to compel legislators to enact this into law.  Any ideas?

Massachusetts: It is illegal to swear in public.

Violating the law can result in a $20 ticket.

What do you think about these weird laws?  Are there any weird laws that you find unusually strange?