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 Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned or even nonsensical laws on the books, and they can come about for a variety of reasons.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.
LivestockLivestock have the right-of-way on public roads.
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)
Throwing rocksIt is illegal to throw rocks at a railroad car.
Unclothed mannequinIt is illegal to display an unclothed mannequin in a store window. (La Crosse)
Sitting on parked vehicleNo one may sit on another’s parked vehicle without expressed consent of the owner. (Hudson)
Offensive lookingIf one is thought of as offensive looking, it is illegal for him to be in public during the day. (Milwaukee)
Worrying a squirrelYou cannot “worry a squirrel. (La Crosse)
Butter substitutesButter substitutes are not allowed to be served in state prisons.
Manual flushed urinalsThe government may not prohibit manual flushed urinals.
Camp in a wagonOne may not camp in a wagon on any public highway or risk a fine of up to ten dollars.
Returning booksIf 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)
State of arousalNo male is allowed to be in a state of arousal in public. (Kenosha)
Putting litterYou are not allowed to put litter into someone else’s trash receptacle without express permission. (Hudson)
Cats in cemeteryCats are forbidden from entering cemeteries. (Sun Prairie)
Riding a bicyclePersons may not ride a bicycle with their hands off the handlebars. (Sun Prairie)
Parking for over two hoursAn old ordinance forbids parking for over two hours unless a horse is tied to the car. (Milwaukee)
TattooingTattooing is illegal unless it is done for medical purposes. (Brookfield)
Playing flute andIt is against the law to play a flute and drums on the streets to attract attention. (Milwaukee)
Unremoved snowUnremoved snow on one’s property is considered a public nuisance. (Sun Prairie)
Kissing on trainIt is illegal to kiss on a train.
Screens on windowsScreens are required on all windows from May 1 to October 1. (Hudson)
Wake a firemanIt is illegal to wake a fireman when he is asleep. (Racine)
CheckersIt is illegal to play checkers in public. (La Crosse)
Definition of rapeThe state definition of rape stated that it was a man having sex with a woman he knows not to be his wife.