Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Weird State Laws #1: Alabama

This is the first in a fifty-part series of posts about the weird laws that are technically still in place our fifty weird states. We'll be going in alphabetical order like in that song "Fifty Nifty United States" that you've probably heard back in your grade school years.

Here to start is Alabama:
Bear wrestling matches are prohibited
Here's the text of that law. Was there some sort of epidemic of illegal bear-fighting rings back in the days when Alabama was part of the Yazoo lands? Were they part of the Yazoo Land Scandal? The world may never now.
You must have windshield wipers on your car
As opposed to on your…bicycle? And why wouldn't you have them on your car? Alabama isn't known  for its lack of precipitation.
It is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle
I would hope there wasn't some sort of driving while blindfolded craze in Alabama back in the day that necessitated the creation of this law!
It is considered an offense to open an umbrella on a street, for fear of spooking horses
Odds are that when this law become obsolete, you probably weren't born yet. Alabama is behind the times socially, not technologically.
Incestuous marriages are illegal
 Well, I guess this means we have to retire a certain stereotype, huh?
Dominoes may not be played on Sunday
But apparently drag racing is A-OK! In all seriousness, dominoes is clearly a gateway drug to greater evils such as Bingo. Watch out for it.

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