Weird Laws

There are tons of weird laws in the United States, and it's always a bit strange when you realize that there had to be a reason every single one of them was made. Creating a bill, getting it through the legislators, and having it signed into law doesn't always come easily. People have very distinct reasons to make any strange laws. Let's look at why a few of them exist.

No Bear Wrestling

In Alabama, it's not only a crime to train a bear to wrestle, but it can carry a felony charge. And we're not talking about bears wrestling each other; this refers to bears wrestling men. Why does it exist? Back in the 1800s, this sport saw a surge in popularity, and lawmakers needed to put an end to it. They obviously did, as it sounds insane by modern standards.

Don't Eat Jumping Frogs

In California, if a frog enters into a frog-jumping contest and competes so hard that it dies, no one can eat it. This is likely tied to an 80-year-old event in Angels Camp, an old mining town, called the Calaveras County Fair and Frog Jumping Jubilee. The law is simply a health code to keep people from eating unsanitary frogs and getting sick.

No Dwarf Tossing

If a dwarf-tossing contest is held at a bar in Florida -- or anywhere that sells alcohol -- the owner of that bar could be fined $1,000. Shockingly, this law isn't nearly as old as the two listed above, and was just passed in 1989. Apparently, it was a big fad in Australia at the time, and people in southern Florida started doing it as well. In 2011, there was a movement to take the law off the books, but it didn't work.

Practical Reasons

As you can see, some of these laws are actually in place for practical reasons, as outlandish as they seem. Most of the time, it's to keep people safe from their own bad decisions. If accused of breaking these laws, though you may argue your decisions are your own, you could face fines. Make sure you know what legal options you have to defend yourself.