While we can all agree that the majority of U.S. laws exist to keep citizens safe, there are a number of laws—some archaic, some still enforced—whose purpose is a little more befuddling. If you want to get a chuckle out of your friends and neighbors at Meetinghouse, tell them about these eight wacky American laws.
1. Traveling to Texas? Set a notification in your phone to remind yourself that it’s illegal to sell your eyeball.
2. Here’s a weird one: In Denver, Colorado, it’s against the law to share your vacuum with your next door neighbor.
3. In Florida, residents who own an elephant are advised to keep a bag of change on hand. Why, you ask? People who tie their elephant to a parking meter have to pay the meter.
4. Walking backwards after sunset is illegal in Devon, Connecticut.
5. Your mom always told you not to eat with your hands, but in Gainesville, Georgia, it’s illegal to eat fried chicken with a fork!
6. Should you come in contact with Bigfoot while hiking in Washington state, be sure to mind your manners: Harassing the mythic creature is punishable by jail time.
7. Is there anything better than the combination of beer and pretzels? Well, if you’re a fan of the combo, don’t travel to North Dakota. The two may not be served at the same time at any of the state’s bars or restaurants.
8. Common sense should already dictate this, but in Alabama, it’s illegal to drive a car while blindfolded.