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List of strange state laws on the books in Georgia. These rules and regulations were passed by the Georgia state legislature, or in an individual in Georgia city, and for one reason or another, were never overturned, remaining active on the books until this day. Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned or even nonsensical laws on the books, and they can come about for a variety of reasons. Most frequently, the laws appeared in the books following a court ruling on a specific case, that then set a common law precedent from that point on.

Strange or unnecessary laws have become a popular source for humor, online and more generally in popular culture. TV shows like "The Simpsons" have had a lot of fun with the notion of small towns having peculiar regulations on the books. (In one episode, Mayor Quimby is surprised to find out the town charter mandates that all ducks wear long pants.)

Often, "dumb laws" as reported on websites and in humor books have been shown to be inaccurate. This sometimes happens because a real, sensible law has been exaggerated or misunderstood, turning into something that sounds silly or ridiculous. Other times, it is simply the result of a hoax being repeated enough times to gain some kind of credibility. If you think any of the laws on this page are not accurate or do not remain active in Georgia, let me know in the comments below.
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    Donkey in bathtubs

    Donkeys may not be kept in bathtubs.
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    Teasing an idiot

    No one may tease an idiot. (Columbus)
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    Rake

    All citizens must own a rake. (Acworth)
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    Sadomasochistic abuse

    The term “sadomasochistic abuse” is defined so broadly, that it could possibly be applied to a ... more
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    Illegal selling of beers

    It is illegal to sell two beers are once for a single price. For example, a bar can’t run a 2 ... more
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    Indians

    All Indians must return to their shore of the Chattohoochee River by nightfall. (Columbus)
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    Sex toys

    All sex toys are banned.
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    Person buried

    No person may be buried under a sidewalk of a cemetery. (Columbus)
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    Oh Boy

    It is illegal to say “Oh, Boy. (Jones Boro)
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    Wearing hoods

    Persons may not wear hoods in public. (Dublin)
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    Playing Pinball

    Persons under the age of 16 may not play pinball after 11:00 PM. (Athens-Clarke County)
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    Swimming in a pond

    To swim in any pond in the city, one must wear a ‘suitable bathing suit’. (Columbus)
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    Ice cream cone

    No one may carry an ice cream cone in their back pocket if it is Sunday.
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    Profanity

    It is illegal to use profanity in front of a dead body which lies in a funeral home or in a ... more
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    Model airplanes

    Model airplanes may be flown so long as they stay on either private property or city property ... more
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    Carving your initials

    It is illegal to carve your initials on a tree, even if it is on your own property. (Columbus) ... more
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    Peanut Products

    At Nickajack Elementary School, all peanut products are banned, even peanut butter and jelly ... more
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    Living on a boat

    You cannot live on a boat for more than 30 days during the calendar year, even if just passing ... more
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    new! Reading your favorite book

    If you want to read your favorite book in public to your friends, do it before 2:45 AM.
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    Eating chicken

    Chicken must be eaten with the hands. (Gainesville)
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    Massage businesses

    Massage businesses may not sell alcohol on the side. (Athens-Clarke County)
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    Adult bookstores

    Adult bookstores may not sell alcohol. (Athens-Clarke County)
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    Spitting

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    Picnics

    Picnics are prohibited in graveyards. (Columbus)
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    Whistling loud

    On Mondays, it is illegal for one to whistle very loud after 11:00 PM. (Athens-Clarke County) ... more
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    Chicken’s head

    Can’t cut off a chicken’s head on Sunday. (Columbus)
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    Selling corn flakes

    It is illegal for stores to sell corn flakes on Sunday. (Columbus)
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    Erotic dancing

    Erotic dancing is prohibited on Sundays. (Roswell)
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    Tattooing

    No one may practice the business of tattooing on Sunday. (Columbus)
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    Barber shops

    Barber shops may not open on Sundays. (Columbus)
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