Tennessee April 09, 2018
12 Embarrassing Facts About Tennessee That Will Make Your Cheeks Burn
Every state has their embarrassing facts and laws, and despite how wonderful Tennessee is, we’re not exempt from that rule. For example, did you know that a small town in East Tennessee once tried and hanged an elephant for murder? You read that right — an elephant. If you think that’s embarrassing, just wait until you read the rest of these facts that we found.
12. It is illegal to eat roadkill.
So ... was this a big enough problem that we really needed to make a law for it? Thanks for clarifying this might not be the best idea, Tennessee.
11. Whales are the only animal you can shoot from your car.
It's illegal to shoot any animal from a moving vehicle, unless it's a whale. Let's be honest, if you see a whale in Tennessee while in your car, you should probably shoot it because it's likely an alien invader using a cloaking device.
10. You can't carry skunks across the border.
Again, at what point was this such a problem that we created a law to specifically punish people that tried to carry a skunk across the border?
9. Jack Daniels died from kicking a safe.
Yep. THE Jack Daniels, creator of one of the most famous whiskies in the world, died after he injured his toe by kicking a safe. The injury led to a blood infection, which ended up killing him.
8. We claim the first impeached president.
The first President of the United States to get impeached was Andrew Johnson, who was, of course, from Tennessee.
7. Schoolkids can't hold hands.
It's illegal for children to hold hands in school in Tennessee. Why? It's considered a "gateway sexual activity."
6. Women can't drive in Memphis.
In Memphis, women technically aren't allowed to drive unless a man runs in front of the car waving a red flag to warn other motorists and pedestrians. Obviously this isn't enforced, but really, Memphis?
5. Women can't call men for a date in Dyersburg.
In the small town of Dyersburg, it is illegal for a woman to call a man for a date. So, Dyersburg men, the ball is in your court!
4. We're the birthplace of a recognized hate group.
Pulaski is the birthplace of the KKK, which was founded following the Civil War. Not our proudest moment, and in fact, many parks and monuments to Confederate soldiers who helped found the Klan have been renamed and taken down in recent years.
3. We tried and hanged an elephant for murder.
On September 13, 1916, the town of Erwin hung a vicious killer nicknamed "Murderous Mary." She was an elephant. They hung an elephant for mauling one of her keepers.
2. We're the home of the Scopes Monkey Trial.
In 1925, John Scopes was tried in Dayton for the crime of teaching Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. He was found guilty and fined $100 (over $1300 in today's dollars). The Supreme Court didn't rule it was unconstitutional to ban teaching evolution until the 1960s.
1. We're one of the worst states to find love.
Tennessee was recently ranked as one of the worst states for single people in the country. According to WalletHub, Tennessean singles just might be like the '80s country song and are lookin' for love in all the wrong places.
Pretty embarrassing, right? Don’t be too embarrassed — Tennessee has plenty of truly wonderful facts as well. Here’s
20 Facts About Tennessee You Never Knew Were True.