List of strange state laws on the books in Ohio. These rules and regulations were passed by the Ohio state legislature, or in an individual Ohio 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 Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned or even nonsensical laws on the books, and they can come about for a variety of reasons.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 Ohio, let me know in the comments below.
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It is illegal to mistreat anything of great importance.
Lost pet tiger
If one loses their pet tiger, they must notify the authorities within one hour. (Canton)
Throwing a snake
Throwing a snake at anyone is illegal. (Toledo)
No one may be arrested on Sunday or on the Fourth of July.
It is illegal to display colored chickens for sale. (Akron)
Riding on the roof of a taxi
Riding on the roof of a taxi cab is not allowed. (Youngstown)
Ordinance number 223, of 09/09/19 prohibits the installation and usage of slot machines in outhouses. (Bexley)
Your duck may not paraded down Ohio Avenue. (McDonald)
Skateboarding in the city limits after dark is prohibited. (Akron)
Drive around the town square
It is illegal to drive around the town square more than 100 times in a single session. (Oxford)
Posting signs at swimming pools is illegal.
No person shall solicit sex from another of the same gender if it offends the second person. (Akron)
Honk the horn
The Ohio driver’s education manual states that you must honk the horn whenever you pass another car.
It is illegal for more than five women to live in a house.
Anal intercourse is banned. (Cincinnati)
Participating or conducting a duel is prohibited.
Fishing for whales
It is illegal to fish for whales on Sunday.
Playing any game
It is a misdemeanor to play any game in a public park without the Superintendent’s permission. (Canton)
olgonzales0923 added It is illegal to get a fish drunk.
Catch 22 is banned. (Strongsville)
Breast feeding is not allowed in public.
It’s illegal to catch mice without a hunting license. (Cleveland)
TannerWright added Fishing
In Newrichmond Ohio it is illeagle to fish on the river bank, form 10:30 pm to 12:30 am
Electric fences are banned. (Canton)
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