In the US, most states create laws to accommodate social needs and maintain civility and order. Sometimes these laws end up being so outlandish that they force us to ask ourselves “Wait… is that really a law?” Here are 10 of the most bizarre state laws of US history:

10 – Arizona

Pigs

Pigs


In Arizona, you cannot lawfully feed garbage to a pig without a permit unless the pig is for your personal use, and the garbage is taken from your personal trash.

09 – Florida

Alcohol

Alcohol

One state law in Florida prohibits establishments that serve or distribute alcohol, from engaging in games, promotion, or contests that involve endangering the welfare or safety of any person with dwarfism.

08 – Iowa

Hops

Hops – By No machine-readable author provided. LuckyStarr assumed (based on copyright claims). [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

If you are looking to ship large quantities of hops in the state of Iowa, you must comply with state law that requires any boxes containing hops to be no more than 36 inches long.

07 – Connecticut

Pickle

Pickle

A pickle is not legally considered to be a pickle in Connecticut, if it does not bounce when dropped from 1 foot above the ground.

06 – Wisconsin

Butter

Butter

Wisconsin takes their dairy so seriously, that it is illegal for restaurants to serve margarine as a butter substitute, unless requested by the customer.

05 – Utah

Bar

Bar

To protect minors from seeing alcoholic beverages being prepared, establishments that serve alcohol in Utah must create a large visual barrier in front of their bar called the “Zion Curtain”.

04 – California

Frog Jumping

Frog Jumping – By Frank Schulenburg (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

If you participate in a “frog jumping” contest in the state of California in which the frog dies, it is illegal to consume or reuse the frog in any way.

03 – Alaska

Bear

Bear

If you ever find yourself close enough to a sleeping bear in Alaska, think twice before you wake it up to take a picture, because it’s illegal.

02 – Maine

Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations

Christmas enthusiasts may not love living in Maine, as it is illegal to keep your Christmas decorations up after January 14th.

01 – Massachusetts

Golf ball

Golf ball

If you get caught selling exploding golf balls in Massachusetts, you could face fines and in some cases, face jail time.

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