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Silly laws

StaceyB
August 13th, 2005, 12:05 AM
Does anyone know any laws in their city that are out to lunch but can still be enforced.

In Kanata is is illegal to hang underwear on the clothes line.
On Bank St it is illegal to wear stilettos.

chico2
August 13th, 2005, 09:39 AM
Well,here in Oakville in the hoity-toity neighborhoods,the grass has to be kept a certain way,definetly no clothes-lines period!!!
I fortunately live in the older area,where whatever I want to do on my property,is my business,as long as I don't decide to get a goat to keep the grass short :D

SnowDancer
August 13th, 2005, 10:12 AM
StaceyB - I lived in Ottawa until 1980 - my husband's family still lives in Nepean. I used to wear 3 inch heels on Bank Street - would they now be classified as "stilettos"? My husband visits Ottawa a couple of times a year - I never go with him. But in the event I should and I stay in a hotel while he stays with his family, I would be downtown. Should I leave my shoes at home? Have they put down some sort of brick with an old fashioned appearance that women would say ruins their heels when caught in the crevices - this does happen? Haven't heard this one.

BMDLuver
August 13th, 2005, 10:34 AM
This isn't an old law, it's a current one in the suburb I live in...

Lawnmowing may only be done on Sundays between 12 and 4. No power tools or construction allowed on Sundays period. Removal of a tree on your property requires a permit. I kind of like the last one as it makes sure that mature trees are not cut down unnecessarily. :thumbs up

mafiaprincess
August 13th, 2005, 12:12 PM
Where do you live BMD? I like the mowing one.. even with dead grass here our backyard neighbour mows 2x a week.. not sure what he thinks he is doing... I haven't had anything to mow in 2 months..

Writing4Fun
August 13th, 2005, 12:33 PM
This one is clearly very old, but (not surprisingly) still in effect today...

"In Toronto, it's illegal to drag a dead horse along Younge Street on Sunday."
(courtesy Uncle John's Ahh-Inspiring Bathroom Reader)

They have a whole slew of wierd and interesting facts in these books. I highly recommend them! :D

StaceyB
August 13th, 2005, 12:52 PM
Ottawa-Illegal to eat icecream on Bank St. on Sundays.
Cobourg-If you have a water trough in your front yard it must be filled by 5am.
Etobicoke- It is illegal to have more than 3.5 inches in a bathtub.
Toronto-You can't drag a dead horse down Younge St. on a Sunday.
Uxbridge-You can't have an internet connection faster than 56k.
Oshawa-It is illegal to climb trees.
Canada-Citizens may not remove bandages in public.
You may pay for a fifty-cent item using only pennies.
Guelph is considered a no pee-zone.

Prin
August 13th, 2005, 01:21 PM
Isn't there a state in the south US where it is illegal to keep ice cream in your back pocket? LOL

StaceyB
August 13th, 2005, 01:55 PM
Massachusetts-No gorilla is allowed in the back seat of a car.
Louisiana-An alligator may not be tied to a fire hydrant.
Georgia-You may not tie a giraffe to a telephone post or street lamp.
California-It is a misdemeanor to shoot at any game from a moving vehichle unless the target is a whale.
Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1500 feet from a tavern, school or place of worship.

Is anyone here from Conneticut- Law says you may not educate dogs.

StaceyB
August 13th, 2005, 09:36 PM
Anchorage-A pet dog may not be tied to the roof of a car.
Juneau-Owners of Flamingos may not let their their pet into barber shops.
Arizona-Donkeys are not allowed to sleep in bath tubs.
Arkansas-Alligators can not be kept in bath tubs.

www.dumblaws.com

Prin
August 13th, 2005, 11:36 PM
Arkansas-Alligators can not be kept in bath tubs.
Crap! Now I have to MOVE him??! Oh, no wait, I'm not from Arkansas. Whew!! :D

kandy
August 15th, 2005, 06:57 PM
We have all sorts of weird laws that are still on the books. The only ones I can think of right now are: that you can still be hanged for cattle rustling here, and it's illegal to spit on the sidewalk in front of a lady. :p

Freyja
August 15th, 2005, 08:00 PM
I would imagine the stilleto law has something to do with Ladies of the Evening, however, what happens if they decide to wear more sensible shoes???? :cool:

StaceyB
August 15th, 2005, 08:04 PM
It has to do with the grates on the sidewalk.

Freyja
August 15th, 2005, 08:07 PM
Really?! It always amazes me that there has to be laws to prevent human stupidity. Same with signs ie: "Do not lean over railing", "Stand back from platform edge"

CyberKitten
August 15th, 2005, 08:29 PM
When I was a child, there was a CBC program called This is the Law or something like that about weird laws in Canada. One was that any women under 100 lbs in some city could not go out if the wind was so many mph. That's the only one I recall, lol

Nova Scotis is the only province that outlaws Sunday shopping - a referendum recently upheld this (Halifax residents mostly voted yes but the rest of the prov (except the "French" shore who voted oui to Sun shopping) voted no. It was No by a slim margin. No to Sunday shopping. It's a pain in the but when I am in Hfx, sighh - since I am used to it in NB!! NB also gains tho since so many Bluenosers go there on Sunday. :)

StaceyB
August 15th, 2005, 08:32 PM
I think we should have kept the no sun shopping.

Byrd
August 15th, 2005, 08:54 PM
Lawnmowing may only be done on Sundays between 12 and 4.

My dad would have freaked! :eek: He would not cut the lawn on a Sunday, said it should be a quiet day.

I like Sunday shopping, a lot of people (like my ex for example) work on Saturdays so don't get much time to go shopping with family members. If they get rid of Sunday shopping, they would have to keep the stores open later on Saturday.

BMDLuver
August 15th, 2005, 09:15 PM
Sorry about that, I'm in the west island of montreal. We actually have neighbours who police those sunday rules. Our one neighbour breaks them all the time... he's such a rebel, lol :highfive:

Puppyluv
August 15th, 2005, 09:54 PM
In Calgary, if you own a business/building along the Stampede Parade route, law says you must provide stations for horses to be tied.

CyberKitten
August 16th, 2005, 12:16 AM
The prob with no to Sunday shopping is that it discrimates against those who are not Christian for one thing. Why not close the stores for the Jewish Sabbath? Or other religious holidays It is an antiquated law in that regard. I find it one of the few days I have time to shop. I know unions hate it and I understand their position - and it IS kind of quaint in NS - but not entirely practical.

Joey.E.CockersMommy
August 16th, 2005, 12:53 AM
In our neighbourhood you can't park RVs in your driveway. My neighbour would freak at the Sunday rule for grass he cuts it every 48 hours into perfect squares. :)

Byrd
August 16th, 2005, 11:10 AM
We have the trailer/RV rule too. I actually got a letter from the city for parking my pop up camper in the driveway (far back corner). But, it only applies if your neighbours actually complain.

It's at my mom's now, with a big FOR SALE sign on it.

jessi76
August 16th, 2005, 12:17 PM
I'm very proud to say we have NONE. I have a clothesline, and I hang underwear on it. I can mow my lawn whenever I want, anyday, anytime, and in any fashion I like (someday I may even make my own crop circles at midnight on a Sunday). I can chop down any tree I want, as long as it is on my property. I can run any and all power tools I want, any hour of any day. I frequently shop on Sunday. and if I had an RV, I could park it wherever I wanted, in my driveway, on my front lawn, as long as it's on my property.

by the way, I live in Mass, and I'm fairly certain I could have a gorilla in my backseat, provided it had it's seatbelt on. ;)

Freyja
August 16th, 2005, 12:55 PM
It is illegal for a teen to walk down main street for Fort Qu'Appelle with their shoes untied.


Found on a website, weird hey??

Freyja
August 16th, 2005, 12:58 PM
Sorry Jessi76, but I also found this: :p :p

Massachusetts:
1. Mourners at a wake may not eat more than three sandwiches.
2. Snoring is prohibited unless all bedroom windows are closed and securely locked.
3. An old ordinance declares goatees illegal unless you first pay a special license fee for the privilege of wearing one in public.
4. Taxi drivers are prohibited from making love in the front seat of their taxi during their shifts.

StaceyB
August 16th, 2005, 01:01 PM
lol, but the back seats are ok.

jessi76
August 16th, 2005, 01:12 PM
Sorry Jessi76, but I also found this: :p :p

Massachusetts:
1. Mourners at a wake may not eat more than three sandwiches.
2. Snoring is prohibited unless all bedroom windows are closed and securely locked.
3. An old ordinance declares goatees illegal unless you first pay a special license fee for the privilege of wearing one in public.
4. Taxi drivers are prohibited from making love in the front seat of their taxi during their shifts.

so me & my goateed cabi bf shouldn't of gotten it on after we pigged out at that wake????.... oh dear.... now we've done it.... thanks for the heads up! :)

Luvmypit
August 16th, 2005, 02:19 PM
so me & my goateed cabi bf shouldn't of gotten it on after we pigged out at that wake????.... oh dear.... now we've done it.... thanks for the heads up! :)


LOL Jessi76. Very funny.

Jackie467
August 16th, 2005, 03:39 PM
I live in a deed restricted area so we have a lot of rules. Can't cut down trees without a permit unless they are replaced with another tree in the same place, no RVs anywhere, lawn must be mowed or you can be fined, nothing higher than the 6 foot fence can be built without a permit, no above ground pools, no cloths lines, and no more than two gates to a fence. And that is just what I can remember.

Once my neighbor got in trouble and got a warning for having a car facing the wrong direction in their garage. What happend was her husband was restoring an old truck. He didn't have it running yet and kept it in the garage.
Well they were cleaning out the grage so they put the truck up on those things that make it so you can push it around, so they pushed it so it went long ways in the garage (so that it was sideways, the way you could never drive the car in) and had the garage door open and the home association happened by and saw it and wrote them a warning. I can't understand that one to save my life.

Jackie467
August 16th, 2005, 04:17 PM
Here is a few others I found online.
In Chicago, it is illegal to eat in a place that is on fire.



In Indiana, it is illegal to go to a theatre within four hours of eating garlic.

In Nebraska, it is illegal to go whale fishing. (it's land locked)

In Lehigh Nebraska, it is illegal to sell donut holes.

In Utah, it is illegal for first cousins to marry before they reach 65.

In France, at least 70% of the music radio stations broadcast must be by French composers.