Just something fun – some laws that are “supposedly” on the books in PA. Some may be repealed by now, some may be made up…but they are fun to read about!
In certain sections of Pennsylvania many years ago, the Farmer’s Anti-Automobile society set up some “rules of the road. In effect, they said:
1. “Automobiles traveling on country roads at night must send up a rocket every mile, then wait ten minutes for the road to clear of livestock.”
2. “If a driver sees a team of horses, he is to pull to one side of the road and cover his machine with a blanket or dust cover that has been painted to blend into the scenery.”
3. “In the event that a horse refuses to pass a car on the road, the owner must take his car apart and conceal the parts in the bushes.”
More PA “laws”…
~ A person is not eligible to become Governor if he/she has participated in a duel.
~A special cleaning ordinance bans homemakers from hiding dirt and dust under a rug in a dwelling.
~All fire hydrants must be checked one hour before all fires.
~By law, “watch stuffers” are unwelcome in McKeesport, Pa. Now, no one is quite sure what a watch stuffer does, but whatever he does, he better do it somewhere else.
~Carlisle: In the middle of town, one must pay a fee of $50 dollars a year to park on a particular block. At night, however, the cars must be moved for street cleaning. This law is enforced even if snow or ice prevents the cars from being moved.
~In Morrisville Pennsylvania It is required that a woman have a permit to wear cosmetics.
~Danville: All fire hydrants must be checked one hour before all fires.
~Dynamite is not to be used to catch fish.
~Fireworks stores may not sell fireworks to Pennsylvania residents.
~In Bensalem, Pennsylvania it is illegal to race mufflerless go-karts after 6PM on Sunday.
~In Hazelton, Pennsylvania, there is a law on the books that prohibits a person from sipping a carbonated drink while lecturing students in a school auditorium.
~In Pennsylvania, “any motorist driving along a country road at night must stop every mile and send up a rocket signal, wait 10 minutes for the road to be cleared of livestock, and continue.”
~In Philadelphia, you can’t put pretzels in bag.
~In the Mount Pocono region any group of 5 or more Native Americans are to be considered a raiding party and may be killed on the spot.
~In York, Pennsylvania, you can’t sit down while watering your lawn with a hose.
~It sounds like the title of a rock album or something, but “Coasting on Beaver Street” is illegal in Edgeworth, Pa.
~It is contrary to Pennsylvania law to discharge a gun, cannon, revolver or other explosive weapon at a wedding.
~It is illegal to have over 16 women live in a house together because that constitutes a brothel. However up to 120 men can live together, without breaking the law.
~It it illegal to sleep on top of a refrigerator outdoors.
~Millville: One may not shoot any dog that is found wandering the streets. The sale of alcohol is prohibited.
~Ministers are forbidden from performing marriages when either the bride or groom is drunk.
~Morrisville: It is required that a woman have a permit to wear cosmetics.
~Motorized vehicles are not to be sold on Sundays.
~No man may purchase alcohol without written consent from his wife.
~Pittsburgh: It is still illegal to bring a donkey or a mule onto a trolley car.
~Ridley Park: You cannot walk backwards eating peanuts in front of the Barnstormers Auditorium during a performance.
~Tarentum: Horses are not to be tied to parking meters.
~The state law of Pennsylvania prohibits singing in the bathtub
~Though you do not need a fishing license to fish on your own land, a hunting license is required to hunt on your own land.