Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Weird State Laws #2: Alaska

Next up in my weird state laws series, Alaska, where one can see Russia from their house provided that one has binoculars, one is looking in exactly the right direction, one's house is located on the edge of the land in Cape Prince of Wales, and the day is unnaturally clear. Interestingly, Alaska is the second state in the Union alphabetically, and the second-to-last state chronologically.

More interestingly, Alaska has some bizarre laws:
While it is legal to shoot bears, waking a sleeping bear for the purpose of taking a photograph is prohibited. 
I don't think this needs to be a law. I think Natural Selection will take of anyone who ever had that brilliant idea.
It is considered an offense to push a live moose out of a moving airplane
Just out of curiosity, how big of an "offense" would this be? Would it just be a misdemeanor? Would you get a $25 fine and a slap on the wrist? "Oh, I'm sorry about this officer, but you know these kids just like to have fun. Smashing mailboxes, TPing houses, aerial moose punting, the usual!" Or would it be a felony? Also, I like how the law makes sure to mention that it's a moving airplane. Apparently the good folks at the Alaska Department of Law are cool with people pushing live moose out of stationary airplanes! Why, it must be a fun pastime!

Some laws at the local level are great, too. Here's one from Anchorage:
No one may tie their pet dog to the roof of a car 
Damn, Mitt Romney would have some 'splainin' to do if he lived there.

Here's my personal favorite, from Haines:
A person may only carry a concealed slingshot if that person has received the appropriate license
 A license for carrying slingshots? I tell you, this is the socialist nanny state gone amuck. What right does some group of big government bureaucrats have to tell us when we can and can't carry a slingshot? This is just the beginning, I tell you. Soon they'll ban slingshots entirely. That's how all the famous dictators came to power. Hitler, Stalin, Mao…the first thing they did was take away our slingshots! I know that this information is true because I just posted it on the internet. And everything on the internet is true. If it wasn't true before, it's true now. Also Obama is Cthulhu.

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