World's Biggest Collection of Strange and Dumb State Laws

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California Georgia Iowa Maryland Missouri New Jersey Ohio South Carolina Vermont Wyoming

All cited laws are real and currently in effect, and have been verified for authenticity by practicing attorney Nathan Belofsky, Esq., the world's leading authority on strange laws.

  • In Iowa, it’s illegal for parents to exhibit deformed children in a circus
  • In California, it’s a crime to pickle a spiny lobster
  • In Walnut City, California, a man wishing to cross-dress must first obtain permission from the sheriff
  • In Tibet, monks wishing to reincarnate must first register with a government agency
  • In Everett, Washington, it’s a crime to exhibit a hypnotized person in a window
  • In Oregon, it’s illegal to strap children to the fender or roof of an automobile 
  • In New York City, election laws prohibit candidate nudity
  • In Minnesota, the length of a frog must be measured from the tip of his nose to the end of his toes
REAL Recognition
  • An “Our Pick” on, America’s leading journal of politics and culture, with a multipage Slide Show featuring excerpts from the book
  • Recommended by the Book Bench, the New Yorker’s prestigious list of notable reads
  • Full page feature article in the Sunday New York Post, about New York City’s strange laws 
  • Review in San Francisco Book Review: "Belofsky enthusiastically gathers hundreds of the most mindboggling laws...Whether it’s unions for psychics or robot-caused fatalities, Belofsky ably presents the facts and falsehoods with charm. If only more lawyers were this much fun"
  • Article about Portland, Oregon’s strange laws in the Pulitzer-Prize winning Portland Oregonian
  • Multiple radio appearances, including: CBS Radio, St. Louis; Joe and the Poorboy, Michigan; Afternoon News Journal, Baltimore; Lanigan & Malone, Cleveland; Enrique Santos, Mix 98.3, Miami; Valley Talk, Oregon; KRBZ, Kansas City



  • European Union lifts ban on curvy cucumbers!
    (EEC) 1677/88
  • Prohibition on hunting humans repealed in New Hampshire!
    Fish and Game, Sec. 207.37
  • English court prohibits Stuart Hunt from clapping his hands slowly!
    Anti-Social Behaviour Act
  • Urine Farms now legal in Vermont, but Foreign Fats still taboo!
    Chapter 153, Foreign Fats Prohibited
  • Rule Against Perpetuities Still in Effect!
    New York EPTL, 9-1.1(b)