THOU SHALT NOT REMOVE BUILDINGS BY WRITING ON THEM, AND OTHER STRANGE LAWS
There is a proverb that states that the pen is mightier than
the sword. And I am sure that many writers would agree with that sentiment. Apparently
the state of Maryland feels strongly about it, too. So strongly, in fact, that
they seem to think the pen is mighty enough to remove a building, simply by writing
The law actually states that a
person may not deface, injure, or remove any fence, gate, railing, porch,
building, or other structure upon public land, by writing on it. While it is
probably a safe assumption that the law means that vandalizing property with graffiti
is illegal, it is definitely an odd way to word it.
As strange as that law sounds, though, it’s not the only
unusual law that the state has. In Maryland, it is also illegal to take a lion to
the movies, be in a public park while wearing a sleeveless shirt, and use
profane language while on the highway.
It seems that the laws in Maryland are tame compared to some
of the crazy laws in other states, though.
In Wisconsin, there are some very strict rules and laws
regarding margarine and butter substitutes. For example, butter substitutes are
not allowed to be served in state prisons, and margarine cannot be substituted
for butter in restaurants, unless a customer specifically requests it. Wisconsin’s
wacky laws don’t stop at just margarine, though. They, naturally, have several
cheese-related laws, too. My personal favorite is the state law that makes it
illegal to serve apple pie in restaurants without cheese.
When examining strange state laws, one can’t help but wonder
how a specific laws came into effect.
Some laws, such Maryland’s ban on Quakers and witches, are
clearly just out-of-date and need to be updated. Others, though, are not so
clear. Take Utah’s law against hunting for whales, for example. —Kind of an odd
law for a land-locked state, don’t you think?
Both Arizona and Georgia have law against donkeys in
bathtubs, and several states outlaw the practice of fishing from a giraffe’s
How such laws came to be may be unknown, but we cannot deny
that they are entertaining, to say the least. If you want to know more about strange
laws in each state, check out dumblaws.com.