**Many of these laws were established during the end of the 1800s and early 1900s, when the United States was rapidly changing from an agricultural to industrial nation. Some of the laws went out of date or were repealed. Many are still on the books but not enforced.
1. Before 1920, it was illegal for women in the United States to vote. When women’s rights advocate Susan B. Anthony tried to vote in the 1872 election, she was arrested and fined $100.
2. It’s illegal to ride an ugly horse in Wilbur, Washington.
3. It is illegal for chickens to cross the road in Quitman, Georgia
4. In Mohave County, Arizona, if anyone is caught stealing soap, he must wash himself with it until the soap is gone.
5. In North Dakota, no one can be arrested on the Fourth of July, a holiday that is commonly known there as “Five Finger Discount Day.”
6. In Tennessee, it is illegal for children to play games on Sunday without a license.
7. It is illegal in Tennessee for an atheist to hold office.
8. It is illegal in California to lick toads. Apparently, some people were licking toads to get high. Unfortunately, some people were being harmed by the toads’ poison.
9. It is against Michigan state law to tie a crocodile to a fire hydrant.
10. An old Colorado law states that a person must have a doctor’s prescription before taking a bath.
11. Colorado law states that a man cannot marry his wife’s grandmother.
12. In Kansas, when two trains meet at a crossing, “both shall come to full stop and neither shall start up again until the other has gone.”
13. A woman in a housecoat is forbidden to drive a car in California.
14. According to Minneapolis law, a person who double parks a car will be put on a chain gang with only bread and water to eat.
15. In Michigan, a woman’s hair belongs to her husband
16. In Morrisville, Pennsylvania, it is illegal for a woman to wear cosmetics without a permit.
17. In Challis, Idaho, it is illegal to walk down the street with another man’s wife.
18. Flirting in Little Rock, Arkansas, can land someone in jail for 30 days.
19. In Truro, Mississippi, a man must prove himself worthy before getting married by hunting and killing either six blackbirds or three crows.
20. There are still laws in Pueblo, Colorado, stating that it is illegal to grow dandelions.
21. A woman in Memphis, Tennessee, is not allowed to drive a car unless a man is in front of the car waving a red flag to warn people and other cars.
22. It is illegal for children under the age of 12 to talk on the telephone unless accompanied by a parent in Blue Earth, Minnesota.
23. In Eureka, Nevada, it is illegal for men who have mustaches to kiss women.
24. It is illegal in Waco, Texas, to throw a banana peel onto the street because a horse could slip.
25. In Texas, the Encyclopedia Britannica was banned because it contained a formula for making beer.