1. In Mississippi You Can Be Put in Jail for Having Illegitimate Children
Did you know that Mississippi has a set of laws detailing crimes against public morality? Neither do most people in Mississippi actually. But one of these laws mentions that having a second illegitimate child can be punished by no less than 30 days in prison. It’s great they let you have the first one for free because we all make mistakes (the law is both fair and just). But still, it’s crazy this law ever existed, let alone that it’s still active in the year 2017.
2. You Have to Pay Taxes on All Income (Emphasis on All)
So you’re a drug dealer. A big guy with a big house and a big bank account and not a penny was earned legally. One day the IRS knock and start poking around. Oh yes, they recognise you’re a big powerful drug dealer who makes his money off smuggled cocaine, but, you still need to pay tax. All income, legal or not, is taxable as far as the IRS is concerned. You could’ve earned it by smuggling cocaine, illegal poaching, or selling uranium to a supervillain, it doesn’t matter. The government’s owed a slice!
3. It is Illegal to Collect Rainwater in Many States
You would think collecting rainwater is pretty harmless. If anything it’s quite ecologically friendly, and should be encouraged! But according to US Government officials “that rainwater belongs to someone else.” Who that someone else is, is never made clear. Nor is it made very clear how collecting rainwater takes it away from someone else, or in any way diminishes the community. But, that’s the law. So you better make sure that any buckets outside in a rainstorm get turned over or else you could be on the wrong side of the law!
4. It is Illegal to Own Six or More Dildos in Texas
We can’t say why anyone would need six or more dildos but it’s fair to say that people have their reasons. Maybe they never want to be in a room without one. Maybe they like to keep them on hand as an emergency weapon. Maybe they just feel that their genitals deserve a selection box of wobbly treats. Still, regardless of the reason, it feels fair to ask if there’s a need for a law regulating the amount of dildos one owns. On a similar note, it’d be nice to know when, where and how officials decided that five was a reasonable amount, but six was just too much.
5. In Hawaii it is Illegal to Own a Hamster as a Pet
This is one of those laws that appears, at first, as flat-out silly. What’s wrong with a hamster? They’re cute, friendly and easy to care for pets that make great gifts to children. But, to be fair to Hawaii, this law is in place to protect against invasive species. It’s a small series of islands with a delicate ecosystem and there are lots of examples of pet being released into the wild and causing massive amounts of damage to the local wildlife. Hamsters, amongst many other small animals (mainly lizards), are all illegal for this very reason.
6. There is a Cheeseburger Bill
No, the Cheeseburger Bill isn’t a bill dedicated to a cheeseburger-centric holiday (we wish), or a bill that guarantees cheeseburger-access as a fundamental human right, or anything else that’s going to result in you getting some delicious cheeseburgers. It is, however, a law that prevents people from suing fast food companies for making them fat, stating clearly in US law that your weight is a matter of personal responsibility. Huh… maybe that’s not such a silly law to have.