In Arizona, it is illegal to hunt camels.
It was not until 1941 that fingerprints were allowed as evidence in court in the U.S..
The city of Cincinnati has a law prohibiting discrimination against “Appalachian Americans.”
In 1996, the California South Coast Air Quality Management
District attempted to ban spray paint. A California judge ruled that the
ban could not be put in place, since the increased use of paint
thinners and solvents that would result when people switched to brushes
would have a negative impact on water quality.
In Kansas, it's against the law to catch fish with your bare hands.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, if a boat owner invites
friends on his boat and if the guests bring refreshments or pay for
fuel, they are passengers, requiring that the boat owner get a license
as a passenger ship.
According to Federal law, a person can be fined for modifying
or mutilating any painting, sculpture or photograph without consent of
the artist, even if the person has purchased the artwork.
To comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Dade
County, Florida had to spend $18,500 to provide wheelchair access to the
county’s only nude beach and $30,000 to provide special parking for
All guns sold in Fulton County, Georgia, must carry a warning
label stating that owning a gun increases the chances that the gun owner
or a relative may be shot.
A radio station in Springfield, Missouri was having financial
problems. Some of its loyal listeners showed up to work in the station,
for free, because they wanted it to stay on the air. In 1995, the Labor
Department discovered the situation, fined the station $20,000 plus
penalties, and warned that having volunteers work for a non-charity
business is a violation of minimum wage laws.
In one year alone, Milwaukee police gave out more than 3,000
citations for the offense of jay-walking. In the same year, New York
police issued only 25 tickets for the crime.
The city of Greenfield, California has a law that requires home builders to put two bicycles in every house they build.
The first legal case in the world in which plant DNA was
admitted as evidence was a 1992 murder case in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Palo verde seed pods found in a suspect’s truck linked him to the
murder scene, and he was convicted.
It is against federal law to use or sell the feathers of a bald eagle,
even if the feathers are obtained from a bird after it has molted.
In 1994, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that police officers
could not ask suspected drunk drivers to prove sobriety by reciting the
alphabet from C to W. The court said that asking for the whole alphabet
would be acceptable, since that would be a simple request for
Legislators in West Virginia were flooded with calls opposing a
state law banning stalking. The callers retracted their objections when
it was explained that the law would not affect the stocking of state
waters with fish.
Marriage licenses in West Virginia are stamped with warnings against spousal abuse and domestic violence.
Every year, about 12% of the U.S. population is arrested.
The city of Los Angeles has ordered a nude dancing club to
redesign its dancing area, since it is not handicapped accessible. The
platform will have to be redesigned so that a naked woman in a
wheelchair can perform on it.
For several years, a California man named Charles Plunkett
gave rides to bar patrons too drunk to drive themselves. In 1992, he was
ordered by the state Public Utilities Commission to get a permit to
carry passengers or go to jail.