by Joyce Tremel
Last week, when I was researching some Pennsylvania laws, I came across some strange ones. It's hard to believe that some of these are still on the books.
In Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, it is illegal to walk backwards while eating peanuts in front of Barnstormers Auditorium while a performance is going on.
It is illegal in Morrisville for a woman to wear any kind of cosmetics without acquiring a special permit.
You cannot use dynamite to catch fish.
All liquor stores in Pennsylvania shall be run by the state government. (This one explains a lot.)
Housewives are not allowed to clean by brushing the dirt and dust underneath a rug. (What about brushing it under the furniture?)
It’s illegal to have more than 16 women living in the same domicile. It would be considered a brothel if there were more than that.
It is illegal to discharge a cannon, firearm or any kind of explosive device at a wedding.
A person is not eligible to become Governor if he/she has participated in a duel.
All fire hydrants must be checked one hour before all fires. (Firemen have ESP?)
Any motorist who sights a team of horses coming toward him must pull well off the road, cover his car with a blanket or canvas that blends with the countryside, and let the horses pass. If the horses appear skittish, the motorist must take his car apart, piece by piece, and hide it under the nearest bushes.
In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania it is illegal to have sex with a truck driver inside a toll booth. (Don't you wonder WHY they had to come up with this law?)
In Philadelphia you can't put pretzels in bags.
In the Mount Pocono region any group of 5 or more Native Americans are to be considered a raiding party and may be killed on the spot.
In York, Pennsylvania you can't sit down while watering your lawn with a hose.
In Pittsburgh it is still illegal to bring a donkey or a mule onto a trolley car. No one is allowed to sleep on a refrigerator.
In Tarentum horses are not to be tied to parking meters.
The state law of Pennsylvania prohibits singing in the bathtub. (What about the shower?)
You may not catch a fish by any body part except the mouth.
I'm sure there are more of these out there. How about all of you? Care to contribute silly laws from your own states?