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List of strange state laws on the books in Virginia. These rules and regulations were passed by the Virginia state legislature, or in an individual Virginia 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 Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned or even nonsensical laws on the books, and they can come about for a variety of reasons.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 Virginia, let me know in the comments below.

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Corrupt practices of Bribery is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Weird Laws in Virginia
Corrupt practices of Bribery There is a state law prohibiting “corrupt practices of bribery by any person other than candidates.

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Spitting on a sea gull is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Weird Laws in Virginia
Spitting on a sea gull Spitting on a sea gull is not tolerated. (Norfolk)

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Animal hunting is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Weird Laws in Virginia
Animal hunting No animal may be hunted on Sundays with the exception of racoons, which may be hunted until 2:00 AM.

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Sex with the lights on is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Weird Laws in Virginia
Sex with the lights on Not only is it illegal to have sex with the lights on, one may not have sex in any position other than missionary.

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Drunk and driving is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Weird Laws in Virginia
Drunk and driving If you are drunk and not driving your car, and the person who is driving the car is drunk as well, you may both receive DUI’s. (Virginia Beach)

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Flipping a coin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Weird Laws in Virginia
Flipping a coin It is illegal to flip a coin in a restaurant to see who pays for a coffee. (Richmond)

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Woman driving a car is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Weird Laws in Virginia
Woman driving a car It is illegal for a woman to drive a car up Main Street unless her husband is walking in front of the car waving a red flag. (Waynesboro)

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Engaging in business is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Weird Laws in Virginia
Engaging in business You may not engage in business on Sundays, with the exception of almost every industry.

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Cuss about another is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Weird Laws in Virginia
Cuss about another It is illegal to cuss about another. (Prince William County)

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Skunk as a pet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Weird Laws in Virginia
Skunk as a pet No person may keep a skunk as a pet. (Prince William County)

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Tickling a woman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Weird Laws in Virginia
Tickling a woman It is illegal to tickle women.

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Legal to beat wife is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Weird Laws in Virginia
Legal to beat wife It is legal for a man to beat his wife on the courthouse steps so long as it is before 8:00 pm. (Stafford County)

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Honk the horn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Weird Laws in Virginia
Honk the horn Citizens must honk their horn while passing other cars.

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Washing a mule is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Weird Laws in Virginia
Washing a mule No one may wash a mule on the sidewalk. (Culpeper)

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Trick-or-treats is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Weird Laws in Virginia
Trick-or-treats Children are not to go trick-or-treating on Halloween.

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Pool is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Weird Laws in Virginia
Pool Any person who owns a pool risks a $2500 fine for not closing the gate to the pool when they get done swimming in it. (Frederick)

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Oral and anal sex is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Weird Laws in Virginia
Oral and anal sex You may not have oral or anal sex.

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Special license is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Weird Laws in Virginia
Special license A special license is required for persons wishing to sell such items as tableware and coins. (Frederick)

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Patting a woman’s derriere is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Weird Laws in Virginia
Patting a woman’s derriere A man may face 60 days in jail for patting a woman’s derriere. (Norfolk)

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Riding on the handlebars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Weird Laws in Virginia
Riding on the handlebars It is illegal for a person to ride on the handlebars of a bike. (Virginia Beach)

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Driving by the same place is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Weird Laws in Virginia
Driving by the same place It is also unlawful to drive by the same place within 30 minutes on Atlantic Avenue. (Virginia Beach)

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Person of color is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Weird Laws in Virginia
Person of color A person of color may not be oustide or within the city limits after 7 pm. (Dayton)

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Corset is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Weird Laws in Virginia
Corset Women must wear a corset after sundown and be in the company of male chaperon. (Norfolk)

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Sexual relationship for single... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Weird Laws in Virginia
Sexual relationship for singles If one is not married, it is illegal for him to have sexual relations.

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Radar detectors is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Weird Laws in Virginia
Radar detectors Police radar detectors are illegal.