From Sunday Car Sales to Frog-Jumping Contests: America’s Strangest Laws Revealed

JACKSON, Missouri: Did you know that selling a car on a Sunday is illegal in Missouri? This strange law is just one of many bizarre and interesting laws that exist across the United States. In this three-part series, we will explore some of the most peculiar laws from Alabama to Missouri, revealing the unique and often just plain weird regulations that Americans must abide by.

In Alabama, it is illegal to impersonate a member of the clergy, including priests, nuns, or rabbis. Breaking this law is considered a misdemeanor and can result in a fine or imprisonment. Meanwhile, in Fairbanks, Alaska, operating loud instruments such as power saws or motorcycles between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. is strictly prohibited. Violators can be charged with disturbing the peace and privacy of others.

Arizona has a law specifically targeting the popular game of claw machines. It is illegal to alter the game or manipulate the prizes to make it impossible to win. Misrepresenting the value of prizes or awarding cash as a prize is also forbidden. In Arkansas, honking a horn at a sandwich shop after 9 p.m. is against the law, while in California, it is illegal to eat frogs that die in frog-jumping contests.

In Colorado, it is prohibited to keep upholstered furniture outside unless it is specifically manufactured for outdoor use. In Connecticut, it is illegal to sell “silly string” or similar products to a minor without the accompaniment of a parent or legal guardian. And in Delaware, whispering or using profane language in a place of worship is considered a disruption of religious worship and can result in legal consequences.

Feeding alligators in Florida is strictly forbidden, unless done by licensed individuals for educational, scientific, commercial, or recreational purposes, while Georgia prohibits chickens from running at large in public places without the consent of the property owner. In Hawaii, outdoor advertising is generally not allowed unless under special circumstances.

In Idaho, only individuals who are completely or partially blind are permitted to use red or white canes. It is against the law for anyone else to carry or use such canes. Illinois has a unique law that prohibits the sale of dyed baby chicks, ducklings, or rabbits, as well as the practice of giving them away as prizes.

In Indiana, fishing with bare hands is prohibited, and a net, dynamite, or explosives cannot be used either. Iowa has a law against selling or passing off fake butter as real butter. In Kansas, individuals over the age of 14 are not allowed to use playground equipment designed for children, with exceptions for parents and guardians accompanying their children.

In Kentucky, displaying, handling, or using any breed of reptile during religious services is illegal. Louisiana prohibits the presence of reptiles, including alligators, near Mardi Gras parades. In Maine, gambling at the airport is against the law. Maryland bans the manufacture, sale, or trade of “stench bombs” that emit offensive odors.

Playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” on an instrument in any public space other than as a whole and separate composition is a fineable offense in Massachusetts. In Michigan, riding a railway train while inebriated is strictly prohibited. Minnesota has an interesting law that states no person can be charged with the offense of drunkenness or public drunkenness.

Mississippi has a law that prohibits the use of profanity, with fines of up to $100. Missouri, like New Jersey and some other states, prohibits the sale of vehicles on Sundays. This law applies to dealers, distributors, and manufacturers who are not licensed.

From Alabama to Missouri, these peculiar laws highlight the unique and sometimes perplexing regulations that exist across the United States. These laws serve as a reminder that laws can vary widely from state to state, and it is important to be aware of and respect the legal requirements wherever you may be.