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Weird Laws in Wisconsin

Updated January 2, 2018 2.7k votes 428 voters 19.2k views27 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 Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned or even nonsensical laws on the books, and they can come about for a variety of reasons.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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  • 1
    Livestock
    133
    68

    Livestock

    Livestock have the right-of-way on public roads.
  • 2
    Prank phone calls.
    107
    61

    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)
  • 3
    Throwing rocks
    103
    58

    Throwing rocks

    It is illegal to throw rocks at a railroad car.
  • 4
    Unclothed mannequin
    87
    61

    Unclothed mannequin

    It is illegal to display an unclothed mannequin in a store window. (La Crosse)
  • 5
    Sitting on parked vehicle
    49
    32

    Sitting on parked vehicle

    No one may sit on another’s parked vehicle without expressed consent of the owner. (Hudson)
  • 6
    Offensive looking
    73
    62

    Offensive looking

    If one is thought of as offensive looking, it is illegal for him to be in public during the day. (Milwaukee)
  • 7
    Worrying a squirrel
    48
    39

    Worrying a squirrel

    You cannot “worry a squirrel. (La Crosse)
  • 8
    Butter substitutes
    62
    59

    Butter substitutes

    Butter substitutes are not allowed to be served in state prisons.
  • 9
    Apple pie
    63
    61
  • 10
    Manual flushed urinals
    53
    50

    Manual flushed urinals

    The government may not prohibit manual flushed urinals.
  • 11
    Camp in a wagon
    42
    38

    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
    Returning books
    39
    34

    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)
  • 13
    State of arousal
    47
    48

    State of arousal

    No male is allowed to be in a state of arousal in public. (Kenosha)
  • 14
    Putting litter
    45
    46

    Putting litter

    You are not allowed to put litter into someone else’s trash receptacle without express permission. (Hudson)
  • 15
    Cats in cemetery
    37
    38

    Cats in cemetery

    Cats are forbidden from entering cemeteries. (Sun Prairie)
  • 16
    Riding a bicycle
    40
    42

    Riding a bicycle

    Persons may not ride a bicycle with their hands off the handlebars. (Sun Prairie)
  • 17
    Parking for over two hours
    39
    42

    Parking for over two hours

    An old ordinance forbids parking for over two hours unless a horse is tied to the car. (Milwaukee)
  • 18
    Tattooing
    40
    44

    Tattooing

    Tattooing is illegal unless it is done for medical purposes. (Brookfield)
  • 19
    Playing flute and
    36
    41

    Playing flute and

    It is against the law to play a flute and drums on the streets to attract attention. (Milwaukee)
  • 20
    Unremoved snow
    31
    34

    Unremoved snow

    Unremoved snow on one’s property is considered a public nuisance. (Sun Prairie)
  • 21
    Kissing on train
    33
    39

    Kissing on train

    It is illegal to kiss on a train.
  • 22
    Screens on windows
    28
    34

    Screens on windows

    Screens are required on all windows from May 1 to October 1. (Hudson)
  • 23
    Wake a fireman
    28
    37

    Wake a fireman

    It is illegal to wake a fireman when he is asleep. (Racine)
  • 24
    Checkers
    31
    48

    Checkers

    It is illegal to play checkers in public. (La Crosse)
  • 25
    Definition of rape
    30
    49

    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.