The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.
~ Robert Frost
40 Craziest Small Town Laws in America
1 Eating Peanuts and Walking Backwards During a Concert Is Banned; Greene, NY
Apparently, you can eat peanuts and walk backwards any time there isn't a concert happening, but once the band strikes up, you better turn around and walk right in Greene, NY.
2 It's Illegal Not To Smile; Pocatello, Idaho
Pocatello passed this law after an exceptionally hard winter as a little joke and somehow managed to remain on the books. A local reporter wrote about it in the Idaho State Journal, and news of the law spread around the country. The American Bankers Association found out about the law and used the town in a national advertising campaign, which led to the town being known as the U.S. Smile Capital. The punishment for not following the ordinance is a joke "arrest."
3 No Fancy Bike Riding; Galesburg, Illinois
In Galesburg, Illinois, you have to ride your bike with both hands on the handlebars and no acrobatics or anything like that. Both feet must remain on the pedals, and don't even thing about doing anything "fancy." Riders under the age of 16 who get busted for fancy riding will be fined a staggering $1, which they have 24 hours to pay. After that, the fine goes up to… $3. And if the fine isn't paid up after 72 hours, it then leaps to the rate that is charged adults, which ranges from $30 to $100.
4 Hitting a Vending Machine Is Prohibited; Derby, Kansas
The folks in Derby really want you to fight your every animal instinct and resist the urge to hit a vending machine, even if it rips you off. Doing so is a Class A violation, which is punishable by up to a year in the county jail.
5 Don't Bite Your Landlord; Rumford, Maine
It should go without saying that you can't bite your landlord, but apparently it needed to be said in Rumford, Maine, where they explicitly put that law on the books. Fighting with your landlord will earn your home the designation of a "disorderly house," which is punishable by a fine of up to $2,500.
6 You Can't Paint Sparrows; Harper Woods, Michigan
Painting or dyeing birds in order to market and sell them as another type of bird is against the law in Harper Woods, where—and this is just a guess, for the record—somebody probably tried to make a fortune marketing gussied-up sparrows as parakeets. Selling painted birds is a misdemeanor.
7 Don't Give Beer to Elephants; Natchez, Missouri
Once upon a time, a man in Natchez invited the town over to his place for a live elephant show. Turns out, somebody got the elephant drunk first, which inspired the town to pass this law. Interestingly, the law states that you can't give beer to the elephant on the street. Maybe if you did so in your backyard it would be fine?
8 No Parking in Front of Dunkin' Donuts; South Berwick, Maine
There's no room for parking in front of the Dunkin' Donuts in South Berwick, Maine, but that apparently didn't stop people from trying, so the town passed a law. And that's not the only law on the books featuring the Dunkies, which must be an extremely popular place to visit. It's also against the law to make a left turn out of the Dunkin' Donuts parking lot. Hopefully that business never shutters, or the city is going to have a few laws to amend.
9 Stay Off Ugly Horses; Wilbur, Washington
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but you better make sure everyone thinks your horse is good looking in Wilbur, Washington, where it's against the law to ride an "ugly horse," whatever that means. Doing so is punishable by a fine of $300.
10 Fighting Words Are Okay With Cops; Boulder, Colorado
In Boulder, Colorado, it's against the law to tease, taunt, or threaten somebody with the hope that your words will start a fight. There is one exception, though. It's perfectly legal to say fighting words to a cop, until the cop asks you to stop, at which point you are legally required to knock it off. The law has been amended a few times over the years, to make sure it's constitutional and doesn't restrict anyone's First Amendment rights, so now the intent to harass or annoy must be very clear.
Good morning everyboomie.
We are half way through the first month. These are the days when I really love my morning coffee.
It's cold here. We were supposed to heat up to 50 today but I'm not sure we made it.
How about those football games huh?
That Titans and Ravens game was a real eye-opener, and the Texans and Chiefs was too.
The Chiefs were incredible Terri. Congrats on your team winning. Mahoms had 7 straight touchdown drives.
I'm watching Greenbay and Seattle now and pulling for the Seahawks, which is probably the kiss of death to them.
Have a happy week everyone.