The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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April 14, 2014

In Indiana you are required to pour your drink into a glass

- — 1. "Spiteful Gossip" and "talking behind a person's back" are illegal.

2. A man over the age of 18 may be arrested for statutory rape if the passenger in his car is not wearing her socks and shoes, and is under the age of 17.

3. A person who dyes, stains, or otherwise alters the natural coloring of a bird or rabbit commits a Class B misdemeanor. (Ind. Code 15-2.1-21-13(b)

4. A sports agent is supposed to give a college 10 days notice before luring a star athlete into the professional ranks.

5. A three dollar fine per pack will be imposed on anyone playing cards in Indiana under the Act for the Prevention of Gaming.

6. All males 18 to 50 years old must work six days a year on public roads.

7. 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.

8. Auburn: It is illegal to bike, roller-skate, skateboard, or inline skate in a commercially zoned area. For these offenses, there is a fine of no more than $5 or the impounding of one's bicycle for a period not to exceed 30 days.

9. 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.

10. Bathing is prohibited during the winter.

11. Baths may not be taken between the months of October and March.

12. Beech Grove: It is forbidden to eat watermelon in the park.

13. Check forgery can be punished with public flogging up to 100 stripes.

14. Citizens are not allowed to attend a cinema or theatre nor ride in a public streetcar within at least four hours after eating garlic.

15. Drinking from your own bottle in a bar can lead to your arrest.

16. Drinks on the house are illegal.

17. Due to a typographical error, a routine ordinance in Shelbyville, Ind., about charging for bad checks started out: "Whereas, the city of Shelbyville through its various governmental fascists receives numerous checks..." This was changed to "governmental facets."

18. Elkhart: It is illegal for barbers to threaten to cut off kid's ears.

19. Evansville: While driving on Main Street you may not have your lights on.

20. Fort Wayne: You may not sell or play on a radio broadcast, the record "It's In the Book".

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