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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 Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned or even nonsensical laws on the books, and they can come about for a variety of reasons.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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Mistreating is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Weird Laws in Ohio
Mistreating
It is illegal to mistreat anything of great importance.
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Lost pet tiger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Weird Laws in Ohio
Lost pet tiger
If one loses their pet tiger, they must notify the authorities within one hour. (Canton)
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Throwing a snake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Weird Laws in Ohio
Throwing a snake
Throwing a snake at anyone is illegal. (Toledo)
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Arresting is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Weird Laws in Ohio
Arresting
No one may be arrested on Sunday or on the Fourth of July.
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Colored chicken is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Weird Laws in Ohio
Colored chicken
It is illegal to display colored chickens for sale. (Akron)
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Riding on the roof of a taxi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Weird Laws in Ohio
Riding on the roof of a taxi
Riding on the roof of a taxi cab is not allowed. (Youngstown)
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Slot machines is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Weird Laws in Ohio
Slot machines
Ordinance number 223, of 09/09/19 prohibits the installation and usage of slot machines in outhouses. (Bexley)
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Duck is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Weird Laws in Ohio
Duck
Your duck may not paraded down Ohio Avenue. (McDonald)
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Skateboarding is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Weird Laws in Ohio
Skateboarding
Skateboarding in the city limits after dark is prohibited. (Akron)
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Drive around the town square is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Weird Laws in Ohio
Drive around the town square
It is illegal to drive around the town square more than 100 times in a single session. (Oxford)
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Posting signs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Weird Laws in Ohio
Posting signs
Posting signs at swimming pools is illegal.
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Soliciting sex is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Weird Laws in Ohio
Soliciting sex
No person shall solicit sex from another of the same gender if it offends the second person. (Akron)
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Honk the horn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Weird Laws in Ohio
Honk the horn
The Ohio driver’s education manual states that you must honk the horn whenever you pass another car.
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Five women is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Weird Laws in Ohio
Five women
It is illegal for more than five women to live in a house.
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Anal intercourse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Weird Laws in Ohio
Anal intercourse
Anal intercourse is banned. (Cincinnati)
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Duel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Weird Laws in Ohio
Duel
Participating or conducting a duel is prohibited.
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Fishing for whales is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Weird Laws in Ohio
Fishing for whales
It is illegal to fish for whales on Sunday.
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Playing any game is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Weird Laws in Ohio
Playing any game
It is a misdemeanor to play any game in a public park without the Superintendent’s permission. (Canton)
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It is illegal to get a fish dr... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Weird Laws in Ohio
olgonzales0923 added It is illegal to get a fish drunk.
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Roller skating is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Weird Laws in Ohio
Roller skating
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is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Weird Laws in Ohio
Catch 22 is banned. (Strongsville)
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Breast feeding is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Weird Laws in Ohio
Breast feeding
Breast feeding is not allowed in public.
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Catching mice is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Weird Laws in Ohio
Catching mice
It’s illegal to catch mice without a hunting license. (Cleveland)
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Fishing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Weird Laws in Ohio
TannerWright added Fishing

In Newrichmond Ohio it is illeagle to fish on the river bank, form 10:30 pm to 12:30 am

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Electric fences is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Weird Laws in Ohio
Electric fences
Electric fences are banned. (Canton)