Wacky Laws - San Diego Attorney Jeff IsaacThe Wacky World of Laws” is a compilation of U.S. and international and laws and court cases that are decidedly out of the ordinary.

Did you know that in Boise, Idaho fishing from a camel or giraffe’s back is illegal, that in Malibu, California laughing out loud in a movie theater could be considered disturbing the peace, and in Massachusetts tomatoes are not allowed in clam chowder? These are among the many laughable laws and wacky court cases detailed in this humorous new book written by Jeff Isaac, AKA “The Lawyer in Blue Jeans.” Check out a few more of the wacky laws here.

With the current legal landscape dominated by a glut of hard and downright depressing news, Americans are sorely in need of a quick chuckle on the “softer side of the law,” notes author Jeff Isaac. “With the United States churning out upwards of 500,000 new laws each year and 2 million regulations annually, this book is written for those who want a good laugh at the expense of the legal system and who relish being the hit of water cooler conversation.”

Just a Few More Wacky Laws in the United States

  • In Portland, Oregon people may not whistle underwater
  • In Nebraska, if a child burps during church, his parent may be arrested
  • In Norco, California it is not permissible to carry a fish into a bar
  • In Wyoming you may not take a picture of a rabbit from January to April without an official permit
  • In Los Angeles, California it’s illegal for a man to beat his wife with a strap wider than 2 inches without her consent
  • In Nebraska doughnut holes may not be sold
  • In Texas, when two trains meet each other at a railroad crossing each shall come to a full stop, and neither shall proceed until the other has gone
  • In West Virginia no children may attend school with their breath smelling of “wild onions”
  • In California it is forbidden to spit on the ground within 5 feet of another person
  • In New Jersey it is illegal to slurp soup
  • In Los Angeles it is against the law to complain through the mail that a hotel has cockroaches, even if it is true
  • In Ventura, California it is illegal to make “ugly faces” at dogs that are found “freely roaming the community”
  • In Oregon drivers must yield to pedestrians who are standing on the sidewalk