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Sample Essay on 7 Weirdest Laws of USA

January 22nd, 2016

stupid lawsRumors and legends about how weird some of the US laws are have already spread all over the globe. But the truth is that you can’t believe in what they write on the web. Let’s take a quick look at the laws in America that seem to be hard to believe in.

  1. Imagine you’re in a crowded bar, but you can’t get drunk! Well, if you’re in Alaska, it’s completely against the law to get drunk and remain on the premises, while staying in a local bar. According to the law, an intoxicated individual may not “knowingly” enter the place where alcohol drinks are sold – so, in case one is drunk enough, he can get away with the fact.
  2. Going to Florida for a week-end? Well, keep in mind that there is no dwarf-tossing allowed in the state. The citizens can be faced with the fine that reaches $1000 in case they get involved in any sort of dwarf-tossing for the reason that it was banned in 1989. The state legislator has actually tried to repeal this law a couple of years ago; however, he didn’t succeed.
  3. When in Maryland, remember that any person, who tries to sell non-latex condoms in a vending machine will most likely be accused of misdemeanor as well as faced with being fined up to $1000.
  4. There’s bad news for married people, who would like to have some one-night stand in Michigan – it is completely illegal! According to the law of 1931, adultery is banned, as well as punishable with 4 years in prison and a fine that reaches $5000. And in case a married man has sex with an unmarried woman (or if it happens vice versa), even a single man or woman will be faced with punishment.
  5. When in Minnesota, make sure to stay away from oiled or greasy pigs. Thing is that any game in which you’re required to capture a little friend of Winnie-the-Pooh is against the law. Besides, the same law bans turkey scrambles. Probably, in the past the legislators were more concerned about animal cruelty than how stupid human beings might be.
  6. Before you start swearing in front of two or more people while staying in Mississippi, make sure you don’t mind spending up to 30 days in a jail. As an alternative, you may be required to pay a hefty fine into the Mississippi swear jar. The fine usually reaches the level of $100. While some people tend to believe the law actually violates the 1st Amendment, authorities claim it directly protects the public.
  7. Unless you’re a married person, say goodbye to sex while having a nice week-end in Virginia. Thing is, it’s completely banned in the region. No matter the age or who your partner is, once you break this law, you will be faced with a Class 4 misdemeanor.

When traveling remember to always check the state of your stay for stupid laws. You never know what trouble you’ll get yourself into.


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