In spite of being the land of the free, the United States has practically a law for everything; however, sometimes legislators go to extremes that we could consider stupid. Here are five useless laws that only served to justify the salary of legislators and leave us with a question mark over our heads.
And if you don't believe us, we linked to the original sources so you can check each one with your own eyes:
Dumb Law #1: In Alaska, it is Illegal to be Drunk... In a Bar.
Yeap... Alaska lawmakers consider bars to be a place where people don't get drunk at all, and after a moment of enlightenment they decided to prohibit bartenders from serving alcohol to drunk people.
Sec. 04.16.030. Prohibited conduct relating to drunken persons:
(a) A licensee, an agent, or employee may not with criminal negligence
(1) sell, give, or barter alcoholic beverages to a drunken person
Dumb Law #2: In Chico, California it is Illegal to Drop a Nuclear Bomb
Yes... Chico, California may be the safest place in the entire world thanks to the wise decision of its legislators to prohibit terrorists from dropping an atomic bomb in the city. And if the fear of decimating an entire city is not enough to prevent terrorists from bombing, perhaps the fine that this generates could be: 1000 bucks per nuclear bomb.
An article published by United Press International in 1983 explains that the idea was to impose a $500 fine but lawmakers had to be more severe after they became the country's laughing stock:
“Violation of the Chico proposal would be a misdemeanor, punishable under state statutes that provide fines up to $1,000 and a year in jail ...
A provision that would have imposed a penalty of $500 and six months in jail for detonating a nuclear bomb in Chico was dropped after it became the brunt of jokes by Johnny Carson and others.”
Dumb Law #3 In Massachusetts You Need a License to Become a Professional Fortune Teller.
It is not enough to talk to the death or master the mystic arts of the occult. In Massachusetts, if you want to profit from your superhuman gift… you must have a properly issued license.
According to the Massachusetts Law about Fortune Tellers it is illegal to tell the fortune professionally, if the authorities catch you, you will have to pay 100 dollars in damages
Section 185I. No person shall tell fortunes for money unless a license therefor has been issued by the local licensing authority
Dumb Law #4: In Rockville, Maryland, it is illegal to Curse While Driving
Did you say “Fuck”? in the highway? You’d better not be in Maryland because according to the Laws of Rockville, that’s illegal… If someone hears you.
Sec. 13-53. Profanity; violation of section declared misdemeanor.
(a) A person may not profanely curse and swear or use obscene language upon or near any street, sidewalk or highway within the hearing of persons passing by, upon or along such street, sidewalk or highway.
(b) A person may not act in a disorderly manner by profanely cursing, swearing or using obscene language.
(c) Any person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor.
Dumb Law #5: Do You Own a Porn Mag and Live in Sandy Springs? Better Be Careful Not To Sell It
Yes, we know sometimes a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do, but that is not enough to prevent you from breaking the law if you live in Sandy Springs... That is, of course, unless you can prove your stack of porn has "serious artistic value":
A person commits the offense of distributing obscene material when the following occurs:
(1) He sells, rents, or leases to any person any obscene material of any description, knowing the obscene nature thereof, or offers to do so, or possesses such material with the intent to do so
(3) (...) Undeveloped photographs, molds, printing plates, and the like shall be deemed obscene notwithstanding that processing or other acts may be required to make the obscenity patent or to disseminate it.