TNB Night Owl – Weird State Laws INDIANA

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Let’s take a drive through Indiana to find some weird state laws! Read to the end to find comment highlights from last Friday’s post!

  • “Spiteful Gossip” and “talking behind a person’s back” are illegal
  • All males 18 to 50 years old must work six days a year on public roads
  • Bathing is prohibited during the winter
  • In Warsaw, No one may throw an ottoman across the street at their neighbor
  • In Beech Grove, It is forbidden to eat watermelon in the park
  • Citizens are not allowed to attend a cinema or theatre nor ride in a public streetcar within at least four hours after eating garlic
  • Hotel sheets must be exactly 99 inches long and 81 inches wide
  • In Indianapolis, One may only throw a stone at a bird in self-defense
  • If any person has a puppet show, wire dancing or tumbling act in the state of Indiana and receives money for it, they will be fined $3 under the Act to Prevent Certain Immoral Practices.
  • Waitresses may not carry drinks into a restaurant or bar
  • Anyone 14 or older who profanely curses, damns or swears by the name of God, Jesus Christ or the Holy Ghost, shall be fined one to three dollars for each offense, with a maximum fine of ten dollars per day
  • You can get out of paying for a dependent’s medical care by praying for him/her
  • You may not back into a parking spot
  • In French Lick Springs, All black cats to wear bells on Friday the 13th
  • Smoking in the state legislature building is banned, except when the legislature is in session
  • Pedestrians crossing the highway at night are prohibited from wearing tail lights
  • In Indianapolis, It is illegal to ride a horse in excess of ten miles per hour
  • Men are prohibited from standing in a bar
  • Drinks on the house are illegal
  • State government officials who engage in private duels can be dismissed from their post
  • Mustaches are illegal if the bearer has a tendency to habitually kiss other humans
  • In Elkhart, It is illegal for barbers to threaten to cut off kid’s ears
  • Evansville, While driving on Main Street you may not have your lights on
  • In Fort Wayne, You may not sell or play on a radio broadcast, the record “It`s In the Book”

Fun Fact: Back in 1924, a monkey was convicted in South Bend of the crime of smoking a cigarette and sentenced to pay a 25 dollar fine and the trial costs.

Living on the border of Ohio, I do a lot of time in Indiana and I will tell you for all the men 18 – 50 working on roads, THE ROADS SUCK. The last time I went to Indiana for a movie, I had Fizoli’s right beforehand…

And now, a soothing selection of comment highlights featured by TNB 102.8
Questions of the night:
  1. What are your best theories to explain these weird laws?
  2. If you were dictator for a day, what law would you create?
  3. If you were dictator for a day, what law would you abolish?

Sources: Forest Grove Strange LawsFun Laws 50 Weird Laws

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