Weird State Laws
Weird North Carolina Laws
  • No one may be a professional fortune-teller, and if one wishes to pursue the practice as an amateur, it must be practiced in a school or church.

  • It's against the law to sing off key.

  • Elephants may not be used to plow cotton fields.

  • While having sex, you must stay in the missionary position and have the shades pulled.

  • If a man and a woman who aren't married go to a hotel/motel and register themselves as married then, according to state law, they are legally married.

  • All couples staying overnight in a hotel must have a room with double beds that are at least two feet apart.

  • It is illegal to have sex in a churchyard.

  • Oral sex is considered a crime against nature.

  • A marriage can be declared void if either of the two persons is physically impotent.

  • A three dollar tax must be paid on all white goods sold.

  • Persons in possession of illegal substances must pay taxes on them.

  • Organizations may not hold their meetings while the members present are in costume.

  • Bingo games may not last over 5 hours unless it is held at a fair.

  • Serving alcohol at a bingo game is not allowed.

  • In Ashville - It is illegal to sneeze on city streets.

  • In Barber - Fights between cats and dogs are prohibited.

  • In Chapel Hill - It is a misdemeanor to urinate or defecate publicly.

  • In Charlotte - Women must have their bodies covered by at least 16 yards of cloth at all times.

  • In Dunn - It is illegal to drive cars through city cemeteries for pleasure.

  • In Dunn - No one may visit their departed loved ones late at night.

  • In Dunn - Cars may not be driven on sidewalks.

  • In Dunn - It is illegal to throw rocks at a city street.

  • In Dunn - No person shall spit on a city street.

  • In Elon College - There is to be no rollerblading during daylight hours, on the roads, or on the bricks.

  • In Forest City - You must stop and call City Hall before entering town in an automobile.

  • In Greensboro - Restaurants "with on sidewalk dining" must post their menu so that it is clearly readable from the sidewalk, but is not readable from the street.

  • In Kill Devil Hills - You may not ride a bicycle without having both your hands on the handle bars.

  • In Rocky Mount - It is required that you must pay a property tax on your dog.

  • In Southern Shores - It is against the law to rollerblade on a state highway.

  • In Zebulon - It is illegal to stand outside the police station for any purpose after dark.

  • In Zebulon - No person may walk on top of the water tank of the city.




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