10 Of The Most Ridiculous Laws In America

January 28, 2019

If you look hard enough, you can find some really bizarre laws that are still in effect despite being kinda weird or outdated. GOBankingRates put together a list of the weirdest laws from every state, so we figured we pick out our top 10.


1) Throwing Confetti (Alabama)
In the city of Mobile it’s illegal to use or sell confetti within city limits. In 2018, they kinda sorta adjusted the law...paper confetti is okay, but if you’re caught with the plastic stuff you’ll be subject to a fine.

2) No Spitting On The Sidewalk (Arizona)
Spitting anywhere on a public walkway, street, park or in a public building in the city of Goodyear can earn you up to six months in jail and a $2,500 fine.

3) Throwing Dwarfs (Florida)
Once a popular bar game, getting caught dwarf tossing will get you a $1,000 fine. One lawmaker actually tried to repeal the ban, but that didn’t really work out.

4) Whistling in Public (Georgia)
Wanna do a little whistling in Athens-Clarke county? Any noise that can be heard from a distance of 300 feet or more will cost you a $1,000 fine. From 7am - 11pm Sunday through Thursday (and 7am - midnight on weekends) you aren’t allowed to shout, hoot, sing, whistle or create any noise on public streets, sidewalks or public property.

5) Don’t Sniff Glue (Indiana)
You should probably know by now that it sniffing glue really isn’t a good idea, but Indiana law says that doing so for fun will earn you...you guessed it...a $1,000 fine.

6) Stealing Kitchen Grease (North Carolina)
Only in North Carolina would there an underground kitchen grease racket exist. Anyone caught stealing less than $1,000 worth of grease is charged with a misdemeanor; if you steal over $1,000 worth of grease you’ll be charged with a felony.

7) Setting Off Fireworks After 11pm (North Dakota)
If you want peace and quiet, just head to Devils Lake, ND since it’s illegal to set off fireworks there after 11pm. If you’re looking for peace and quiet on July 4th though, you’re gonna be out of luck...the law isn’t in effect July 1-5.

8) Coughing on Public Transportation (Ohio)
Coughing on people on public transportation, or in a facility or vehicle will get you a $150 fine if it’s your first offense.

9) Sharing Netflix Passwords (Tennessee)
Tennessee is the only state where sharing any passwords is a criminal offense. The law is really aimed at hackers who steal and sell passwords, but better safe than sorry!

10) Illegal Butter (Wisconsin)
The state of Wisconsin is still old school when it comes to laws about...butter? The law requires that all butter be tested and graded for quality, which pretty much means all butter from outside the U.S. isn’t allowed on store shelves. Irish butter is so popular there that residents cross state lines just to get their hands on it.