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Weird Laws in Wisconsin 

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Updated January 2, 2018 2.5k votes 420 voters 19k views 27 items

List of strange state laws on the books in Wisconsin. These rules and regulations were passed by the Wisconsin state legislature, or in an individual in Wisconsin 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 Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned or even nonsensical laws on the books, and they can come about for a variety of reasons.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 Wisconsin, let me know in the comments below.

Check out more lists like Most Absurd State Laws, Weird Laws in Other Countries, and shock yourself with the Strangest Laws in the U.S.
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Livestock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Weird Laws in Wisconsin
Livestock
Livestock have the right-of-way on public roads.
2
Throwing rocks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Weird Laws in Wisconsin
Throwing rocks
It is illegal to throw rocks at a railroad car.
3
Prank phone calls. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Weird Laws in Wisconsin
Prank phone calls.
It is unlawful for one to allow another to use the first person’s telephone in order to make prank phone calls. (Brookfield)
4
Unclothed mannequin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Weird Laws in Wisconsin
Unclothed mannequin
It is illegal to display an unclothed mannequin in a store window. (La Crosse)
5
Offensive looking is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Weird Laws in Wisconsin
Offensive looking
If one is thought of as offensive looking, it is illegal for him to be in public during the day. (Milwaukee)
6
Butter substitutes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Weird Laws in Wisconsin
Butter substitutes
Butter substitutes are not allowed to be served in state prisons.
7
Sitting on parked vehicl... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Weird Laws in Wisconsin
Sitting on parked vehicle
No one may sit on another’s parked vehicle without expressed consent of the owner. (Hudson)
8
Manual flushed urinals ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Weird Laws in Wisconsin
Manual flushed urinals
The government may not prohibit manual flushed urinals.
9
Worrying a squirrel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Weird Laws in Wisconsin
Worrying a squirrel
You cannot “worry a squirrel. (La Crosse)
10
Apple pie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Weird Laws in Wisconsin
11
Camp in a wagon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Weird Laws in Wisconsin
Camp in a wagon
One may not camp in a wagon on any public highway or risk a fine of up to ten dollars.
12
Putting litter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Weird Laws in Wisconsin
Putting litter
You are not allowed to put litter into someone else’s trash receptacle without express permission. (Hudson)
13
State of arousal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Weird Laws in Wisconsin
State of arousal
No male is allowed to be in a state of arousal in public. (Kenosha)
14
Returning books is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Weird Laws in Wisconsin
Returning books
If a person shall fail to return books he/she has checked out from the library, that person should return their library card to the library until the books are returned. (Wauwatosa)
15
Tattooing is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Weird Laws in Wisconsin
Tattooing
Tattooing is illegal unless it is done for medical purposes. (Brookfield)
16
Riding a bicycle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Weird Laws in Wisconsin
Riding a bicycle
Persons may not ride a bicycle with their hands off the handlebars. (Sun Prairie)
17
Parking for over two hou... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Weird Laws in Wisconsin
Parking for over two hours
An old ordinance forbids parking for over two hours unless a horse is tied to the car. (Milwaukee)
18
Playing flute and is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Weird Laws in Wisconsin
Playing flute and
It is against the law to play a flute and drums on the streets to attract attention. (Milwaukee)
19
Cats in cemetery is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Weird Laws in Wisconsin
Cats in cemetery
Cats are forbidden from entering cemeteries. (Sun Prairie)
20
Unremoved snow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Weird Laws in Wisconsin
Unremoved snow
Unremoved snow on one’s property is considered a public nuisance. (Sun Prairie)
21
Screens on windows is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Weird Laws in Wisconsin
Screens on windows
Screens are required on all windows from May 1 to October 1. (Hudson)
22
Kissing on train is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Weird Laws in Wisconsin
Kissing on train
It is illegal to kiss on a train.
23
Wake a fireman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Weird Laws in Wisconsin
Wake a fireman
It is illegal to wake a fireman when he is asleep. (Racine)
24
Definition of rape is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Weird Laws in Wisconsin
Definition of rape
The state definition of rape stated that it was a man having sex with a woman he knows not to be his wife.
25
Wearing anything red is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Weird Laws in Wisconsin
Wearing anything red
Women are not allowed to wear anything red in public. (St. Croix)