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 Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned or even nonsensical laws on the books, and they can come about for a variety of reasons.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.
Ice cream cone No one may carry an ice cream cone in their back pocket if it is Sunday.
Teasing an idiot No one may tease an idiot. (Columbus)
Sadomasochistic abuse The term “sadomasochistic abuse” is defined so broadly, that it could possibly be applied to a person handcuffing another in a clown suit.
Eating chicken Chicken must be eaten with the hands. (Gainesville)
Picnics Picnics are prohibited in graveyards. (Columbus)
Reading your favorite book If you want to read your favorite book in public to your friends, do it before 2:45 AM. (Athens-Clarke County)
Wearing hoods Persons may not wear hoods in public. (Dublin)
Sex toys All sex toys are banned.
Profanity It is illegal to use profanity in front of a dead body which lies in a funeral home or in a coroners office.
Swimming in a pond To swim in any pond in the city, one must wear a ‘suitable bathing suit’. (Columbus)
Oh Boy It is illegal to say “Oh, Boy. (Jones Boro)
Selling corn flakes It is illegal for stores to sell corn flakes on Sunday. (Columbus)
All citizens must own a rake. (Acworth)
Massage businesses Massage businesses may not sell alcohol on the side. (Athens-Clarke County)
Carving your initials It is illegal to carve your initials on a tree, even if it is on your own property. (Columbus)
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 Bud Lights for $5 special. (Athens-Clarke County)
Living on a boat You cannot live on a boat for more than 30 days during the calendar year, even if just passing through the state.
Model airplanes Model airplanes may be flown so long as they stay on either private property or city property adjacent to the county morgue. (Columbus)
Adult bookstores Adult bookstores may not sell alcohol. (Athens-Clarke County)
Indians All Indians must return to their shore of the Chattohoochee River by nightfall. (Columbus)
Person buried No person may be buried under a sidewalk of a cemetery. (Columbus)
Playing Pinball Persons under the age of 16 may not play pinball after 11:00 PM. (Athens-Clarke County)
Barber shops Barber shops may not open on Sundays. (Columbus)
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