8 Odd State and Local Laws

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Back in the day, it was illegal in some places to spit on public sidewalks. Probably that was because diseases like tuberculosis were rampant, but the laws may remain on the books.

Technically it’s against the law to use a catapult in Aspen, Colorado. However, the code actually focuses on throwing stones, snowballs or other objects in various ways.

And some unusual laws exist for the sake of publicity. For example, a 1961 law in the city of Gainesville, Florida, made it illegal to eat fried chicken with a fork, to promote the poultry industry there.

No one will really arrest you for spitting on the ground, flinging a snowball or eating chicken with utensils, right?

Probably not, but who can say? Some odd laws might land you in front of a judge, trying to explain why you thought it was a good idea to start importing skunks. Here are some examples of very offbeat legislation.

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