Weird Laws in Michigan

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 Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned or even nonsensical laws on the books, and they can come about for a variety of reasons.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

    Decompression chamber

    It is illegal to kill a dog using a decompression chamber.
  • Scowling
    227 votes


    It is illegal for a man to scowl at his wife on Sunday. (Detroit)
  • Men seducing women
    175 votes

    Men seducing women

    No man may seduce and corrupt an unmarried girl, or else he risks five years in prison.
  • Painted sparrow
    242 votes

    Painted sparrow

    It is illegal to paint sparrows to sell them as parakeets. (Harper Woods)