In my last post, I picked on Boston because, well its Boston.  But stupid laws are not a Massachusetts thing.  Let’s look a little closer to home. Here are a few from Pennsylvania:

  • It is illegal to catch a fish by any body part other than the mouth. There’s also a law forbidding the use of dynamite (no mention of Nuclear Devices so Three Mile Island is okay!)
  • In Pennsylvania declares that anyone driving a vehicle who sees a team of horses coming must pull off the road, cover the car with a blanket that blends in with the countryside, and then let the horses pass. I’ll bet none of you even have a blanket that large so stay out of Lancaster County.
  • Motorists on country roads are required by law to stop every mile, send up a signal (I guess this is when you shoot your gun into the air), then wait 10 minutes for livestock to clear before moving another mile up the road.
  • It is illegal to sing while in a bathtub.
  • An individual may not become Governor if they have participated in a duel.
  • More than 16 women cannot legally live together, as it constitutes a brothel.
  • It’s illegal to discharge a cannon, revolver, or gun at a wedding.
  • In Pittsburgh, it is illegal to bring a mule onto a trolley car.
  • In Ridley Park, you may not walk backwards while eating peanuts in front of Barnstormers Auditorium while a performance is taking place.

Just like the Evening News, this stuff is not an April Fool’s Joke.

We’ll go back to the 18th Century now. The 21st is scary!

Published by Michael Carver

My goal is to bring history alive through interactive portrayal of ordinary American life in the late 18th Century (1750—1799) My persona are: Journeyman Brewer; Cordwainer (leather tradesman but not cobbler), Statesman and Orator; Chandler (candle and soap maker); Gentleman Scientist; and, Soldier in either the British Regular Army, the Centennial Army, or one of the various Militia. Let me help you experience history 1st hand!

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