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Weird Laws in Oklahoma 

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Updated November 13, 2019 6.4k votes 1.2k voters 38.6k views 27 items

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 Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned or even nonsensical laws on the books, and they can come about for a variety of reasons.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.

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Tip over a casket is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Weird Laws in Oklahoma
Tip over a casket
One may not tip over a casket at a funeral. (Oklahoma City)
2
Whaling is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Weird Laws in Oklahoma
Whaling

Whaling is prohibited.

3
Reading a comic book is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Weird Laws in Oklahoma
Reading a comic book
It is against the law to read a comic book while operating a motor vehicle.
4
Ugly faces is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Weird Laws in Oklahoma
Ugly faces
People who make “ugly faces” at dogs may be fined and/or jailed.
5
Farm animals is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Weird Laws in Oklahoma
Farm animals

It is not allowed to have the hind legs of farm animals in your boots.

6
Taking a bite is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Weird Laws in Oklahoma
Taking a bite
Oklahoma will not tolerate anyone taking a bite out of another’s hamburger.
7
Hypnotized person is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Weird Laws in Oklahoma
Hypnotized person
It is unlawful to put any hypnotized person in a display window. (Hawthahorne)
8
Pretending to get busy ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Weird Laws in Oklahoma
Pretending to get busy

It is forbidden for the owner of a bar to allow anyone inside to pretend to have relations with a buffalo.

9
Dog is run over by a car... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Weird Laws in Oklahoma
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)
10
Touching a car is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Weird Laws in Oklahoma
Touching a car

Inappropriately touching an automobile is prohibited. (Clinton)

11
Soliciting a pro is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Weird Laws in Oklahoma
Soliciting a pro

Anyone taken in for soliciting a pro must have their name and picture shown on television.

12
Horse tripping event is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Weird Laws in Oklahoma
Horse tripping event
One may not promote a “horse tripping event”.
13
Spitting is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Weird Laws in Oklahoma
Spitting
14
Wearing your boots is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Weird Laws in Oklahoma
Wearing your boots

It is not allowed to wear your boots to bed.

15
Stink bomb is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Weird Laws in Oklahoma
Stink bomb

It is prohibited to own a stink bomb. (Oklahoma City)

16
Annoying vibrations is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Weird Laws in Oklahoma
Annoying vibrations

You cannot cause “annoying vibrations” in the city limits. (Bartlesville)

17
New York Jets clothing ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Weird Laws in Oklahoma
New York Jets clothing
If you wear New York Jets clothing, you may be put in jail. (Ada)
18
Gambling for women is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Weird Laws in Oklahoma
Gambling for women

Women may not gamble unclothed, in lingerie, or while wearing a towel. (Schulter)

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Fish on a fishbowl is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Weird Laws in Oklahoma
Fish on a fishbowl
Fish may not be contained in fishbowls while on a public bus.
20
Honk your horn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Weird Laws in Oklahoma
Honk your horn
While passing another vehicle, you must honk your horn. (Yukon)
21
Owning cats is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Weird Laws in Oklahoma
Owning cats
No person may own more than two adult cats. (Bartesville)
22
Tissues is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Weird Laws in Oklahoma
Tissues
Tissues are not to be found in the back of one’s car.
23
Soda bottle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Weird Laws in Oklahoma
Soda bottle
You may not open a soda bottle without the supervision of a licensed engineer. (Tulsa)
24
Forbidden to do hair is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Weird Laws in Oklahoma
Forbidden to do hair
Females are forbidden from doing their own hair without being licensed by the state.
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Dogs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Weird Laws in Oklahoma
Dogs
Dogs must have a permit signed by the mayor in order to congregate in groups of three or more on private property.