Every jurisdiction has some strange laws on the books. Sometimes they were written long ago. and no one has bothered to check back and remove the sillier ones. Others may have been left in place to give historians and researchers a chuckle.
These regulations are still on the books in New York, although it is doubtful that they are enforced any longer:
Laws Regarding Dress
* Women may go topless in public, providing it is not being used as business.
* In Ocean City, it is illegal for a man to go topless in the center of town.
* It is illegal for a woman to be on the street wearing “body-hugging clothing”.
* A person may not walk around on Sunday with an ice cream cone in her/her pocket.
*Slippers are not to be worn after 10:00 P.M.
* In Carmel, a man may not go outside wearing a jacket and pants that do not match.
* In Sag Harbor, it is illegal to disrobe in a wagon.
Laws Regarding Behavior
* The penalty for jumping off a building is death.
* A fine of $25 can be levied for flirting. A man is prohibited from turning around on any city street and looking “at a woman in that way”. A second conviction for this crime calls for the violating male to be forced to wear “a pair of horse-blinders” wherever and whenever he goes outside for a stroll.
*It is against the law to throw a ball at some one’s head for fun.
* Citizens may not greet each other by ” putting one’s thumb to the nose and wiggling the fingers”.
* On Staten Island, you may only water your lawn if the hose is held in your hand.
* While riding on an elevator, one must talk to no one, and fold his hands while looking towards the door.
* You may not smoke within 100 feet of the entrance to a public building.
* On Staten Island, it is illegal for a father to call his son a “faggot” or “queer” in a effort to curb “girlie behavior”.
* A license must be purchased for hanging clothes on a clothesline.
* In Ocean City, it is illegal to eat on the street and in residential neighborhoods. The only beverage you can drink on the beach is water, in a clear plastic bottle.
* A marriage in New York cannot be dissolved due to irreconcilable differences, unless both parties agree on it.
Before you collapse with laughter over some of New York’s more ridiculous regulations, you might want to check those of your own state or province. It well may be that they will provide even more material for unbridled hilarity.