List of strange state laws on the books in Oklahoma. These rules and regulations were passed by the Oklahoma state legislature, or in an individual Oklahoma 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 Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned or even nonsensical laws on the books, and they can come about for a variety of reasons.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 Oklahoma, let me know in the comments below.
list ordered by
Tip over a casket One may not tip over a casket at a funeral. (Oklahoma City)
Reading a comic book It is against the law to read a comic book while operating a motor vehicle.
Taking a bite Oklahoma will not tolerate anyone taking a bite out of another’s hamburger.
Hypnotized person It is unlawful to put any hypnotized person in a display window. (Hawthahorne)
Ugly faces People who make “ugly faces” at dogs may be fined and/or jailed.
Dog is run over by a car If one's dog is run over by a car, the owner must pay for the dog’s disposal. (Bartelsville)
Pretending to have sex It is illegal for the owner of a bar to allow anyone inside to pretend to have sex with a buffalo.
Whaling Whaling is illegal.
Wearing your boots It is illegal to wear your boots to bed.
Farm animals It is illegal to have the hind legs of farm animals in your boots.
New York Jets clothing If you wear New York Jets clothing, you may be put in jail. (Ada)
Statutory rape It’s statutory rape for a man over 18 to have sex with a female under the age of 18, provided she’s a virgin.
Soliciting a hooker Anyone arrested for soliciting a hooker must have their name and picture shown on television.
Tissues Tissues are not to be found in the back of one’s car.
Stink bomb It is illegal to own a stink bomb.(Oklahoma City)
Fish on a fishbowl Fish may not be contained in fishbowls while on a public bus.
Forbidden to do hair Females are forbidden from doing their own hair without being licensed by the state.
Gambling for women Women may not gamble in the nude, in lingerie, or while wearing a towel. (Schulter)
Annoying vibrations It is illegal to cause “annoying vibrations” in the city limits. (Bartlesville)
Owning cats No person may own more than two adult cats. (Bartesville)
Molesting Molesting an automobile is illegal. (Clinton)
Honk your horn While passing another vehicle, you must honk your horn. (Yukon)
Oral sex Oral sex is a misdemeanor and is punishable by one year in jail and a $2,500 fine.
Horse tripping event One may not promote a “horse tripping event”.
Sex before married It is illegal to have sex before you are married.
Soda bottle You may not open a soda bottle without the supervision of a licensed engineer. (Tulsa)
Cars Cars must be tethered outside of public buildings.
Dogs Dogs must have a permit signed by the mayor in order to congregate in groups of three or more on private property.
Tax for furniture Residents are taxed for the furniture in their homes, and any other personal belongings.