Five of the Strangest State Laws


There are some odd laws in this world and you’ll find a lot of them right here in the US. If you’re easily shocked, you may want to sit down before reading this article. You probably aren’t aware of these 5 strange state laws.

No Bear Wrestling in Alabama

I’m not sure how many people have every considered wrestling a bear, but just don’t try doing it in the great state of Alabama. It seems this was a fairly popular pastime in the 1800s, so the powers that be decided to put a stop to it to avoid the exploitation of these defenseless animals. Alright, maybe they’re not defenseless, but you get the point. Wrestling a bear is considered a felony and can result in a fine, and your bear will most likely be taken away from you. If you’re a wrestling fan in Alabama, it’s probably best to stick to other human opponents. You have been warned.

Watch What you Feed the Pigs in Arizona

Apparently pigs are pretty fussy eaters in Arizona. It’s illegal to feed pigs garbage in this desert state without the proper permit. These aren’t easy to get, but if you are lucky enough to have one you will have to renew it every year. For everyone else, they’ll have to get a little more creative.

Hard to Advertise in Hawaii

Hawaii is a beautiful state surrounded by natural wonders. It seems the state legislature wanted to do everything it could to conserve this pristine environment, and one of the initiatives lawmakers came up with was to ban billboards. This is a law that dates back to the roaring 20s and one Hawaiians take very seriously. There are some exceptions, but not many. If you want to advertise a product in Hawaii, it’s probably best to stick with TV commercials or print advertising to avoid a brush with the law.

Water and Liquor Don’t Mix in Indiana

Did you know you can’t buy cooled water in a liquor store in Indiana? If you’re like me you probably get your bottled water (if you drink it at all) from the grocery store anyway, but one thing’s for sure – you won’t find it in the liquor store in this state. The reasons for this statute aren’t really clear, but it is a real law nonetheless.

Don’t Touch the Seaweed in New Hampshire

There are some beautiful seaside communities in New Hampshire, and that’s probably why this state wants to do everything it can to preserve things just the way they are for their visitors. How do they do this? Well, one thing they came up with was to ban the removal of seaweed from the shores. It seems at one time they had a real problem with people taking seaweed to use as natural fertilizer on their properties. Unless you’re looking for a fine, you’ll have to buy your fertilizer from the local hardware store if you live in New Hampshire.