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 Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned or even nonsensical laws on the books, and they can come about for a variety of reasons.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.
Tip over a casketOne may not tip over a casket at a funeral. (Oklahoma City)
Whaling is prohibited.
Reading a comic bookIt is against the law to read a comic book while operating a motor vehicle.
It is not allowed to have the hind legs of farm animals in your boots.
Touching a car
Inappropriately touching an automobile is prohibited. (Clinton)
Ugly facesPeople who make “ugly faces” at dogs may be fined and/or jailed.
Hypnotized personIt is unlawful to put any hypnotized person in a display window. (Hawthahorne)
Taking a biteOklahoma will not tolerate anyone taking a bite out of another’s hamburger.
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.
Horse tripping eventOne may not promote a “horse tripping event”.
It is prohibited to own a stink bomb. (Oklahoma City)
You cannot cause “annoying vibrations” in the city limits. (Bartlesville)
Wearing your boots
It is not allowed to wear your boots to bed.
Gambling for women
Women may not gamble unclothed, in lingerie, or while wearing a towel. (Schulter)
New York Jets clothingIf you wear New York Jets clothing, you may be put in jail. (Ada)
Dog is run over by a carIf one's dog is run over by a car, the owner must pay for the dog’s disposal. (Bartelsville)
Soliciting a pro
Anyone taken in for soliciting a pro must have their name and picture shown on television.
Fish on a fishbowlFish may not be contained in fishbowls while on a public bus.
Honk your hornWhile passing another vehicle, you must honk your horn. (Yukon)
Owning catsNo person may own more than two adult cats. (Bartesville)
TissuesTissues are not to be found in the back of one’s car.
Tax for furnitureResidents are taxed for the furniture in their homes, and any other personal belongings.
Soda bottleYou may not open a soda bottle without the supervision of a licensed engineer. (Tulsa)
Forbidden to do hairFemales are forbidden from doing their own hair without being licensed by the state.