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Weird Laws in Connecticut

Updated January 2, 2018 4.4k votes 905 voters 27.1k views17 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 Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned or even nonsensical laws on the books, and they can come about for a variety of reasons.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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  • Pickle1
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    211

    Pickle

    Its illegal for a pickle to not bounce.
  • Biking2
    228
    141

    Biking

    You can be stopped by the police for biking over 65 miles per hour.
  • Crossing on the street3
    182
    128

    Crossing on the street

    You aren’t allowed to cross a street while walking on your hands. (Hartford)
  • Selling liquor4
    171
    129

    Selling liquor

    It's illegal to sell liquor in the city hall.
  • Discharge a firearm5
    112
    79

    Discharge a firearm

    It is illegal to discharge a firearm from a public highway.
  • Alcohol6
    144
    113

    Alcohol

    You cannot buy any alcohol after 9pm or on Sundays after noon on Sunday.
  • Walking backwards7
    135
    106

    Walking backwards

    It is unlawful to walk backwards after sunset. (Devon)
  • Humming8
    125
    103

    Humming

    It is illegal for any beautician to hum, whistle, or sing while working on a customer. (Waterbury)
  • Razor Blades9
    147
    129

    Razor Blades

    It is illegal to dispose of used razor blades.
  • Firing of guns10
    107
    97

    Firing of guns

    You can't be fined more than $100 for firing a gun on public highway.
  • Town records11
    84
    75

    Town records

    Town records may not be kept where liquor is sold.
  • Educating dogs12
    100
    133

    Educating dogs

    You may not educate dogs. (Hartford)
  • Christmas lights13
    112
    149

    Christmas lights

    Only white Christmas lights are allowed for display. (Guilford)
  • Silly string14
    84
    122

    Silly string

    Silly string is banned. (Southington)
  • Kiss15
    95
    151

    Kiss

    It is illegal for a man to kiss his wife on Sunday. (Hartford)
  • Fire trucks16
    75
    131

    Fire trucks

    It is illegal for fire trucks to exceed 25mph, even when going to a fire. (New Britain)
  • Arcades17
    47
    100

    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)