Massachusetts January 15, 2016
These 16 Crazy Laws in Massachusetts Will Leave You Scratching Your Head In Wonder
From parking tickets to
Kinder Eggs, sometimes the law works in mysterious ways. With a little help from Dumblaws.com, we’ve gathered together some of the most bizarre laws and regulations in Massachusetts. Most of these laws are still on the books, though they may not be enforced much these days. Check them out and make sure you’re living within the law.
1. At a wake, mourners may eat no more than three sandwiches.
You're there to mourn, not munch. Nothing more unsightly than a grieving person eating more than three sandwiches.
2. It is illegal to give beer to hospital patients.
Violators may be fined up to $50 and sentenced to not more than 2 months in jail.
3. Snoring is prohibited unless all bedroom windows are closed and securely locked.
I'm assuming this one is to spare passerby from the tremendous din of one's snoring.
4. An old ordinance declares goatees illegal unless you first pay a special license fee for the privilege of wearing one in public.
I'm sure the livestock was exempt.
5. All men must carry a rifle to church on Sunday.
Don't you remember that part in the Bible?
6. No gorilla is allowed in the back seat of any car.
There's definitely a story behind this one.
7. A woman may not be on top during sexual activities.
She might topple off and hurt herself. Safety first.
8. Candy may not contain more than 1% alcohol.
"Chapter 270: Section 8. Selling candy containing alcohol.
Section 8. Whoever sells to a person any candy enclosing or containing liquid or syrup having more than one per cent of alcohol shall be punished by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars."
9. Tattooing and body piercing is illegal.
This one was repealed in 2000....but still, that's pretty behind the times.
10. Boston: No one may cross the Boston Common without carrying a shotgun in case of bears.
Those are ACTUAL bears in Boston Common in 1929. Was this a thing??
11. Boston: It is illegal to play the fiddle.
Nothing like a bit of illicit fiddling to get the blood pumping.
12. Boston: Duels to the death permitted on the common on Sundays provided that the Governor is present.
I'm sure Governor Baker has his Sundays booked 'til Spring.
13. Concord: One may not sell or distribute bottled water in Concord, MA.
Instead, all residents must rise with the sun every morning and dig the day's well.
14. Marlborough: One may not detonate a nuclear device in the city.
Well, there go my weekend plans.
15. Newton: All families must be given a hog from the town’s mayor.
Politicians just don't deliver on their promises anymore.
16. And finally....tomatoes may not be used in the production of clam chowder.
It would be against the laws of nature. I'm looking at you, New York.
Nothing like a list of weird laws to show you how much things change with the passage of time. Are you in favor of bringing back any of these old-timey edicts? Share with your friends and let us know in the comments!