Weird Countries with Weird Laws

If you think we have it bad, check out some of these weird and wacky laws from the United States (bloody yanks) 😉

ALABAMA

About two of every three counties in Alabama are dry. That is, they prohibit the production, distribution and sale of any alcoholic beverages.

However, Alabama permits the sale of fireworks, tobacco and firearms and it does so with virtually no restrictions or regulations.

For example, there is no state permit required to purchase or carry rifles and shotguns, no licensing of owners of rifles or shotguns, and no registration of such deadly weapons. Similarly, there is no state permit needed to purchase a handgun, no licensing of handgun owners, and no registration of handguns. Even young children can carry and use dangerous firearms.

Alabamans apparently view a drink as more dangerous than fireworks, tobacco, or rifles, shotguns and pistols. Is a drink in the hand of a mature adult more dangerous than a gun in the hand of an immature child

ALASKA

There are 83 dry towns and villages in Alaska.  In addition, Fairbanks is a dry town for moose, where it’s illegal to feed a moose any alcoholic beverage.  Apparently they can’t hold their alcohol.

DELAWARE

A traveller through the Delaware Valley in 1753 compiled a list of the drinks he encountered; all but three of the 48 contained alcohol.

INDIANA

It’s illegal in Indiana for liquor stores to sell milk or cold soft drinks. They can, however, sell unrefrigerated soft drinks.

IOWA

Iowa has its share of temperance-oriented laws, of which here is a sample:

  • It’s illegal to run a “tab.”
  • If a law enforcement officer is having a drink in a bar in Iowa and an employee pours water down the drain, the water is legally considered an alcohol beverage intended for unlawful purposes.
  • It’s no easier after work. An owner or employee of an establishment in Iowa that sells alcohol can’t even legally consume a drink there after closing for business.
MICHIGAN

It’s illegal in Michigan for a person under the age of 21 to give a gift of alcohol beverage to anyone, even to a person of legal age.

Permitting diners to take home an unfinished bottle of alcohol beverage, rather than consuming it all before leaving to prevent “waste,” encourages moderation and discourages intoxication. However, this is strictly prohibited in Michigan.

MISSOURI

Anyone under the age of 21 who takes out household trash containing even a single empty alcohol beverage container can be charged with illegal possession of alcohol in Missouri.

NEBRASKA

Nebraska state law prohibits bars from selling beer unless they are simultaneously brewing a kettle of soup.

NEW YORK

The longest recorded champagne cork flight was 177 feet and 9 inches, four feet from level ground at Woodbury Vineyards in New York State.

NORTH DAKOTA

State law of North Dakota prohibits serving beer and pretzels at the same time in any bar or restaurant.

PENNSYLVANIA

In Pennsylvania the tax on wine and spirits is called the Jamestown Flood tax because it was imposed in 1936 to raise funds to help the city of Jamestown rebuild and recover from a devastating flood that year. The city of Jamestown quickly rebuilt and recovered but the tax still continues. It currently costs the taxpayers of the state over $160,000,000.00 each year.

TEXAS

The county in Texas with the highest DUI arrests among young drivers is “dry;” that is, prohibits the sale of alcohol.

Texas state law prohibits taking more than three sips of beer at a time while standing.

VIRGINIA

George Washington was apparently the largest distiller of whiskey in the new American nation during the late 1700s. In 1798, the year before his death, Washington’s distillery at Mount Vernon produced 11,000 gallons of whiskey and produced a profit of $7,500. That was an enormous sum of money over 200 years ago.

WISCONSIN

In Wisconsin, an adult under the age of 21 who is married to one age 21 or older can legally drink with his or her spouse.

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