Ohio is known for many important things, such as for being the birthplace of 7 presidents and 24 astronauts. Did you know, however, that this state has numerous weird laws? It is still illegal for women to wear patent leather shoes. In Columbus, Ohio, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes cannot be sold on Sundays.
There are some general state laws that anyone in the state should know about so that they do not run into legal trouble unaware. Other laws are specific to the city or region. Many laws may appear quite strange, but some would make sense if we were given greater context. There must be a story to why Lima, Ohio requires all maps sold in the area to have “Lima” clearly marked.
Strange State Laws
As a woman looking for a place to live in Ohio, keep in mind that it is illegal for more than five women to live in a house together. Another restriction women should note is that they are prohibited from breast feeding in public.
Fish lovers should keep in mind that it is illegal to get a fish drunk and when planning a day to go fishing for whales, make sure not to choose Sunday. You probably will not get arrested for doing so, however, because no civil arrest can occur on Sunday.
Here are some other laws to note:
- You cannot kill a housefly within 160 feet of a church unless you have a license
- Police officers can bite dogs to quiet them
- Participating or conducting a duel is not allowed
- Tiger owners must notify authorities within an hour if their tiger escapes
City Laws in Ohio
Outside of the overall state laws, individual city laws can be quite interesting as well. Here are some of the specific laws throughout the cities in Ohio:
- In Canton, you can be charged with a misdemeanor fi you play a game in a public park without the permission of a superintendent.
- Crossdressing is illegal in Ironton
- Akron does not allow colored chickens to be displayed for sale
- In Marion, eating a donut while walking backwards is illegal on city streets
- In Cleveland, it is illegal to catch mice without a hunting license
Charged with Any Crime in Ohio?
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