1. If you want to kill someone in New Jersey, you probably shouldn’t wear a body vest. In addition to the legal problem of, you know, killing someone, New Jersey law forbids an offender to use or wear “a body vest while engaged in the commission of, or an attempt to commit, or flight after committing or attempting to commit murder, manslaughter, robbery, sexual assault, burglary, kidnapping, criminal escape or assault.”
2. A law in Missouri bans the sale of yellow margarine. This prohibition dates back to the 19th century, and while it isn’t upheld, such a crime can smack the offender with a $500 fine and six months in the slammer if he or she dares peddle the imitation spread multiple times.
3. Joan Rivers has met her match with Flint, Michigan Chief of Police David Dicks. In 2008, Dicks set his sights on crimes of fashion when he ordered his department to arrest anyone wearing saggy pants. Said Dicks, “This immoral self expression goes beyond free speech. It rises to the crime of indecent exposure.” Other states tried to follow suit on banning this affront to fashion sensibilities, but given the fact that such a directive disproportionately targets young black men and raises constitutional hackles, it’s been hard for them to stick.
4. Blue Laws are an umbrella term for laws established to prohibit certain behavior on Sabbath, or “God’s Day”. Though these are hardly upheld, some states across America do still have laws in the books that advocate propriety on Sunday. Among those still in existence include:
– No eating candy less than half an hour before church service in Salem, West Virginia
– No ice cream eating on the counter in Winona Lake, Wisconsin
– You can’t order a slice of cherry pie a la mode in Kansas
– Banning of marbles, dominoes and yo-yos across several states