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February 14, 2014
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Why Do Crazy Laws Remain On The Books?
There are many laws in the US that when the average citizen reads them just look ridiculous. You might wonder why would such crazy laws still exist on the books. The fact is that some of these are genuinely unexplainable. There was likely a reason at the time the laws were enacted but now most people can’t find any reason for them. But there are others that may look to be crazy laws but have real value.
One example of a law that might seem a bit foolish but has value, would be one in the state of Alaska. In this state, there is a law on the books that says that no one is allowed to wake a sleeping bear to take a photo. I think it would be very dangerous. but the fact is that Alaska gets a lot of tourists and they are there to see all the natural wonders Alaska has to offer.
For this reason, a tourist might unwittingly wake the bear to take a picture of it. They may think that the bear looks adorable and not think about the danger. For this reason, they may wake the bear and attempt to take its picture and then the bear could unwittingly attack the person.
In the state of Connecticut is a law that says that for a pickle to be legally considered a pickle, it must bounce. I can’t imagine what reason this law was enacted. But there is a chance that there was some reason.
In the state of Florida, there’s a law that that states if an elephant is tied to a parking meter then the meter needs to be paid. This might seem silly but the fact is that in the past there were situations where these animals were being used and sometimes a person would tie an elephant to a parking meter. So for that reason, these laws had to be enacted.
Many people feel that the laws needed to be put on the books many years ago but they wonder why they remain there now. That’s a good question but the fact is that once a law is put on the books it’s not so easy as one might think to have it removed. But in the end, these seemingly crazy laws either serve a purpose or at the very least cause little or no harm.