Song: Comfortably Numb
Artist: Pink Floyd
Album: The Wall
Paula McFadden: “I thought you said you were decent!”
Elliot Garfield: “I am decent. I also happen to be naked.”
from The Goodbye Girl, with Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason
UK ‘most ludicrous laws’
A few examples:
~ In the UK, a pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants.
~ The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the King, and the tail of the Queen.
~ It is illegal not to tell the tax man anything you do not want him to know, but legal not to tell him information you do not mind him knowing.
Though the British have been enacting ludicrous laws longer than we have, I think we Americans have probably taken it to an art form.
~ In Illinois, it is illegal to take a french poodle to the opera.
~ In Kansas, it is illegal to practice knife throwing at any man wearing a striped shirt.
~ In Kentucky, it’s illegal to marry the same man four times.
~ Maryland has a statute against mistreating oysters.
~ Mississippi bans killing squirrels with a gun in a courtroom.
~ It is against the law to pump your own gas in New Jersey.
~ North Carolina prohibits using elephants to plow cotton fields.
~ In Fargo, North Dakota, you can be jailed for wearing at hat while dancing or at a party where there is dancing.
~ Women are forbidden from wearing patent leather shoes in Cleveland, Ohio.
~ You can be arrested in Oklahoma for making ugly faces at a dog or for getting a fish drunk. (I think there’s a similar law regarding fish in Ohio.)
~ Pennsylvania does not allow you to fire a cannon at your wedding.
~ It is illegal in South Dakota to lie down and fall asleep in a cheese factory.
~ In Texas it is illegal for children to have unusual haircuts.
~ In Utah, birds have the right of way on all highways and it is against the law to fish from horseback. (Nothing about getting the fish drunk.)
~ A Vermont statute prohibits whistling underwater.
~ Apparently, they take their religion seriously in West Virginia because members of the clergy are not allowed to tell jokes or humorous stories from the pulpit.
~ Wisconsin does not allow butter substitutes in state prisons.
Sign of the week:
It’s now a bi-way.