Friday, December 20, 2013

Weird State Laws #4: Arkansas

Arkansas, home of Bill Clinton, Mike Huckabee, Douglas MacArthur, and Johnny Cash, is also home to an array of strange laws. Hell, the very first one on the list is this:
It's strictly prohibited to pronounce "Arkansas" incorrectly
Did you hear that? It's not just prohibited, it's strictly prohibited. Correct state pronunciation is serious business, apparently. Pronounce it as "Are-Kansas" and get ready to head for the hills!
A man can legally beat his wife, but not more than once a month
Jesus Christ, not even Mississippi allows that. Seriously Arkansas, if Mississippi is ahead of you socially, than there's some changes that need to happen ASAP!
Alligators may not be kept in bathtubs
Just out of curiosity, how big are those bathtubs? How would you fit an alligator in a regular sized bathtub? I imagine this law was made based on some sort of hypothetical scenario.

Here's some local laws in Little Rock
Honking one's car horn at a sandwich shop after 9 PM is against the law
Why just a sandwich shop? I can see that the point of this kind of law is to keep the peace and respect the people who are sleeping, but it's only illegal if it's at a sandwich shop? That seems needlessly arbitrary.
Flirtation between men and women on the streets of Little Rock may result in a 30-day jail term
Little Rock, Arkansas. Boldly looking ahead to the 19th Century.
Dogs may not bark after 6 PM
Well, my dog would be a hardcore outlaw if we lived in Little Rock, huh.
 It is unlawful to walk one's cow down Main Street after 1 PM on Sunday
If someone walks their cow down Main Street during the weekdays, there's no cause for alarm. Walking cows down the main throughway of a city of almost 200k is a regular occurrence, I'm sure. They're probably very useful for helping the blind navigate.

Tune in next time for California. Since Cali is already well known for being a weird state I'm sure I'll find some really bizarre laws to make fun of.

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