Before you go off enjoying music in New Hampshire or chugging beer in Texas, here are 20 weird U.S. state laws you should know about.
As a Canadian who buys and sells U.S. real estate, here are a few state laws you might want to know before visiting your properties.
1. Careful When You Eat That Orange in California…
Sure, California grows some of the best oranges but it’s illegal to eat an orange while taking a bath. Eat that orange responsibly.
2. Watch out for the fun police in Virginia
Get a room! It’s illegal to tickle any female in the state of Virginia.
3. Respect the mighty cactus in Arizona
In Arizona, cutting down a cactus may earn you a twenty-five-year prison term.
4. Get your own burger in Oklahoma
In Oklahoma, burgers are no trifling matter. It’s illegal to take a bite out of someone else’s hamburger so get your own.
5. One drink at a time in Hawaii
You are legally only allowed to have one alcoholic drink in front of you at all times in Hawaii (but you are allowed to chug).
6. Sleep barefoot in North Dakota
Take off your shoes before dozing in North Dakota – it’s against the law to sleep wearing footwear.
7. Bring extra dog toys to Vegas
As of March 2012, dogs are banned from the Las Vegas Strip except between 5am and noon.
8. No soup for you in New Jersey
Just leave that last bit – it is illegal to slurp soup in New Jersey.
9. Poker face in New Hampshire
Careful dining in New Hampshire. It’s illegal to tap your feet or bob your head with music in restaurants and coffee houses.
10. Avoid pillow talk about marriage in South Carolina
If a man promises to marry an unmarried woman, by law, the marriage must take place. Men are subject to fine and possible imprisonment if the marriage does not take place.
11. Wyoming takes art seriously
All new buildings that cost over $100,000 to build must have 1% of funds spent on art work for the building.
12. Social conduct in NYC
In New York City, while riding in an elevator, one must look at no one, fold your hands and stare at the doors. Men who look at woman “in that way” are subject to fines and imprisonment.
13. Singing prohibited in Florida
Going to the sandy beach? No singing in public while wearing a bathing suit in Florida.
14. Steer clear of Iowa in Movember
A man with a moustache may never kiss a woman in public in Iowa.
15. Be yourself in Washington
It is a fineable offence to pretend one’s parents are wealthy in Washington.
16. No one wants to hear it in Vermont
Atheists beware! It is illegal to deny the existence of God in Vermont.
17. Bad breath is an offence in Indiana
Got mints? Anyone who consumes garlic has to wait 4 hours before catching a streetcar, theatre performance or a movie in Indiana or pay a fine.
18. Ohio rules of the road
Renting a car in Ohio? You must honk the horn whenever you pass another car, according to the state’s driver’s education manual.
19. Fashion police in Georgia
Low-slung pants or skirts that sit three inches or more below your hips, displaying your underwear or skin will land you a $25 fine on your fist offence, then a $200 ticket if caught doing it again.
20. Sip that beer slow
Say what? Canadians beware, not only is all American beer light, but in Texas, it’s illegal to sip your beer more than three consecutive times while standing.
Now I’m off to slurp garlic soup, catch a movie, chug beer and shamelessly speak to people in elevators…