13 Crazy Wisconsin Laws Every Wisconsinite Has Probably Unknowingly Broken At Least Once

Wisconsin is home to some fairly odd and unusual laws. The story of weird laws is always interesting because there are as many false stories about what is and isn’t illegal as there are true ones. For every law that is on the books, there were weeks or months of law writing, arguing and convincing for the law to actually get put on the books. Never forget that these laws are almost always in response to more than one situation in which the law would have been useful and that a number of people had to agree on the law in order for it to make it into the books.

Most folks cite our strict butter and margarine laws, which seem funny now, but were enacted very seriously in order to protect the dairy industry and Wisconsin’s spot as the top dairy producer. We’ve written about how folks along Wisconsin’s borders used to make runs to procure large amounts of margarine to share with their neighbors – something that was technically illegal.

But those aren’t the only head-scratching rules Wisconsinites have to follow. Here’s a list of 13 laws that aren’t exactly intuitive and might make law-breakers of all of us:

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What is your favorite “I can’t believe that’s illegal” Wisconsin law? Did reading this list inform you that you’ve actually broken the law? Let us know in the comments!