“No Sir, They’re Just Wire Cutters!”

Have you ever put “weird laws” into Google? If not, you should definitely try it sometime. There are hundreds of strange, weird, odd and flat-out dumb laws out there. It’s a fun thing to do if you have some down time.

You will come across some real funny stuff. For example, it is illegal to run out of gas in Youngstown, Ohio.  People who make “ugly faces” at dogs will be fined in Oklahoma.  You may not bathe without clothing from neck to knee in Oregon. All birds have the right-of-way on all highways in Utah. It is even illegal to pretend that your parents are rich in the state of Washington.

Where do these seemingly silly laws come from? Well, it turns out that most of these unusual rules were actually enforced in the past. Most of these laws were made many years ago. The laws were simply over-looked and never taken out of law, so they stayed, leaving us with a lot of laughs. Think about it, what horrifying event happened that made it illegal to whistle underwater in Vermont? Sometimes the “why” is funnier than the “what.”

So does Abilene have any weird laws of its own? It sure does!

There are two laws that Abilene has that makes you wonder. The first one is: it is illegal to carry wire cutters in your pocket. I think it is safe to assume that this law came into being when Abilene was mostly farm land. Still, it’s an interesting thing to think about and has probably been broken thousands of times.

The second weird Abilene law is: it is illegal for anyone to loiter within corporate city limits for the purpose of flirting. Something must have gone terribly wrong for such a specific law. Every time I think of this law I try to imagine the worst possible situations that made this activity illegal, but I just can’t come up with one.

So there you have it, two no-no’s to avoid when headed to work today. Before you walk into the building, please check your pockets. And be sure you mind your manners during lunch break.

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