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Weird Laws in Connecticut 

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Updated January 2, 2018 3.8k votes 875 voters 26k views 17 items

List of strange state laws on the books in Connecticut. These rules and regulations were passed by the Connecticut state legislature, or in an individual Connecticut 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 Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned or even nonsensical laws on the books, and they can come about for a variety of reasons.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 Connecticut, let me know in the comments below.
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Pickle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Weird Laws in Connecticut
Pickle
Its illegal for a pickle to not bounce.
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Biking is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Weird Laws in Connecticut
Biking
You can be stopped by the police for biking over 65 miles per hour.
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Crossing on the street ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Weird Laws in Connecticut
Crossing on the street
You aren’t allowed to cross a street while walking on your hands. (Hartford)
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Selling liquor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Weird Laws in Connecticut
Selling liquor
It's illegal to sell liquor in the city hall.
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Alcohol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Weird Laws in Connecticut
Alcohol
You cannot buy any alcohol after 9pm or on Sundays after noon on Sunday.
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Walking backwards is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Weird Laws in Connecticut
Walking backwards
It is unlawful to walk backwards after sunset. (Devon)
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Razor Blades is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Weird Laws in Connecticut
Razor Blades
It is illegal to dispose of used razor blades.
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Humming is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Weird Laws in Connecticut
Humming
It is illegal for any beautician to hum, whistle, or sing while working on a customer. (Waterbury)
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Discharge a firearm is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Weird Laws in Connecticut
Discharge a firearm
It is illegal to discharge a firearm from a public highway.
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Firing of guns is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Weird Laws in Connecticut
Firing of guns
You can't be fined more than $100 for firing a gun on public highway.
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Town records is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Weird Laws in Connecticut
Town records
Town records may not be kept where liquor is sold.
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Christmas lights is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Weird Laws in Connecticut
Christmas lights
Only white Christmas lights are allowed for display. (Guilford)
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Educating dogs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Weird Laws in Connecticut
Educating dogs
You may not educate dogs. (Hartford)
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Silly string is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Weird Laws in Connecticut
Silly string
Silly string is banned. (Southington)
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Kiss is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Weird Laws in Connecticut
Kiss
It is illegal for a man to kiss his wife on Sunday. (Hartford)
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Fire trucks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Weird Laws in Connecticut
Fire trucks
It is illegal for fire trucks to exceed 25mph, even when going to a fire. (New Britain)
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Arcades is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Weird Laws in Connecticut
Arcades
An arcade may not have more than a total of four amusement devices such as ping-pong tables, pinball machines, or shuffleboard tables. (Rocky Hill)