​Outdated Laws Still On The Books

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April 2, 2011

Outdated Laws Still On The Books. Outdated laws are still around and could be enforced since they are on the books. Most of them were made more than fifty years ago, but don’t serve any common practice for today.

The state of Alabama says that putting salt on a railroad track may be punishable by death. It is also against the law to drive the wrong way down a one-way street if you have a lantern attached to the front of your automobile. This one is really outdated: Children of incestuous couples are deemed legitimate.

Arkansas has some strange ones. For example, a man can legally beat his wife, but not more than once a month. The Arkansas River can rise no higher than to the Main Street bridge in Little Rock.

In California, animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship. Also, no vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour. Arizona has one for animals — donkeys cannot sleep in bathtubs.

Mustaches are illegal in the state of Indiana, only if the bearer has a tendency to habitually kiss other humans. One-armed piano players must perform for free in Iowa. It is also illegal in the state of Louisiana to rob a bank and then shoot at the bank teller with a water pistol.

One outdated law that’s still on the books is found in New York. However, it makes the most sense. The penalty for jumping off a building is death.

The entire Encyclopedia Britannica is banned in Texas because it contains a formula for making beer at home.