Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Even More Dumb Laws

Today's New York Times has more coverage of the Washington state "woman slander" law I discussed yesterday. The truly great info in the Times story, however, is it's impressive list of similar dumb laws from other states:

Florida has struck down a law forbidding unmarried women from parachuting on Sundays. Michigan has done away with a law making it illegal to swear in front of women and children. Texas women no longer face 12 months in prison for adjusting their stockings in public. And the ladies of Maine can now legally tickle a man under the chin with a feather duster.
I can add to that a West Virginia statute making it a crime to wear a hat in a theater. One can only imagine where these laws come from. Was there, at some point in the distant past, an epidemic of feather duster tickling in Maine?

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