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Weird Laws in Oklahoma

Updated November 13, 2019 7.2k votes 1.3k voters 41.3k views27 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 Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned or even nonsensical laws on the books, and they can come about for a variety of reasons.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

    One may not tip over a casket at a funeral. (Oklahoma City)
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    Whaling

    Whaling is prohibited.

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    Reading a comic book

    It is against the law to read a comic book while operating a motor vehicle.
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    Farm animals

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

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    Touching a car

    Inappropriately touching an automobile is prohibited. (Clinton)

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    Ugly faces

    People who make “ugly faces” at dogs may be fined and/or jailed.
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    Hypnotized person

    It is unlawful to put any hypnotized person in a display window. (Hawthahorne)
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    Taking a bite

    Oklahoma will not tolerate anyone taking a bite out of another’s hamburger.
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    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.

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    Horse tripping event

    One may not promote a “horse tripping event”.
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    Stink bomb

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

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    Annoying vibrations

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

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    Spitting

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    Wearing your boots

    It is not allowed to wear your boots to bed.

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    Gambling for women

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

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    New York Jets clothing

    If you wear New York Jets clothing, you may be put in jail. (Ada)
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    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)
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    Soliciting a pro

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

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    Fish on a fishbowl

    Fish may not be contained in fishbowls while on a public bus.
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    Honk your horn

    While passing another vehicle, you must honk your horn. (Yukon)
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    Owning cats

    No person may own more than two adult cats. (Bartesville)
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    Tissues

    Tissues are not to be found in the back of one’s car.
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    Tax for furniture

    Residents are taxed for the furniture in their homes, and any other personal belongings.
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    Soda bottle

    You may not open a soda bottle without the supervision of a licensed engineer. (Tulsa)
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    Forbidden to do hair

    Females are forbidden from doing their own hair without being licensed by the state.