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#1 MacCGStudy

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Posted 26 August 2016 - 01:54 PM

Strange, don't know why this was posted twice?

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Posted 26 August 2016 - 02:02 PM

Yes it's true, I come from the land of weirdness. I guess that's why I fit in so well.

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1. At a wake, mourners may eat no more than three sandwiches.

2. It is illegal to give beer to hospital patients.

3. Snoring is prohibited unless all bedroom windows are closed and securely locked.

4. An old ordinance declares goatees illegal unless you first pay a special license fee for the privilege of wearing one in public.

5. All men must carry a rifle to church on Sunday.

6. No gorilla is allowed in the back seat of any car.

7. A woman may not be on top during sexual activities.

8. Candy may not contain more than 1% alcohol.

9. Tattooing and body piercing is illegal.

10. Boston: No one may cross the Boston Common without carrying a shotgun in case of bears.

11. Boston: It is illegal to play the fiddle.

12. Boston: Duels to the death permitted on the common on Sundays provided that the Governor is present.

13. Concord: One may not sell or distribute bottled water in Concord, MA.

14. Marlborough: One may not detonate a nuclear device in the city.

15. Newton: All families must be given a hog from the town’s mayor.

16. And finally....tomatoes may not be used in the production of clam chowder.

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Posted 26 August 2016 - 02:18 PM

Here are some more.

17. Shooting ranges may not set up targets that resemble human beings.

18. Quakers and witches are banned.

19. An old ordinance declares goatees illegal unless you first pay a special license fee for the privilege of wearing one in public.

20. Bullets may not be used as currency.

21. Taxi drivers are prohibited from making love in the front seat of their taxi during their shifts.

22. Massachusetts liquor stores can only open on Sundays if they are in Berkshire, Essex, Franklin, Middlesex or
Worcester counties and are within 10 miles of the Vermont or New Hampshire borders.

23. Alcoholic drink specials are illegal.

24. Hunting on Sundays is prohibited.

25. Public boxing matches are outlawed.
26. It is illegal to go to bed without first having a full bath.

27. Children may smoke, but they may not purchase cigarettes.

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And some more.


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28.  Alcoholic beverages are illegal in The Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

29.  It is illegal in The Commonwealth of Massachusetts to scare a pigeon.

30.  It is illegal to defecate on your neighbor in Massachusetts.

31.  Anyone who wishes to rob a bank needs to receive written permission from their doctor.


32. One cannot spit on the sidewalk in Massachusetts.  Its illegal.

33. False teeth must be removed during sexual intercourse.

34. Defacing a milk carton is punishable by a $10 fine in Massachusetts.

35. Its illegal to take a lion to the movies.

36. In Boston, its illegal to bathe unless your doctor gives you a prescription.

15. In Boston, its illegal not to bathe before going to bed.

37. Christmas has been illegal in Massachusetts since 1659.  If you celebrate Christmas, you will be fined five shillings.

38. Dogs are forbidden from riding in ambulances.

39. Roosters may not go into bakeries.

40. In Marlboro, Massachusetts, squirt guns are illegal to be bought, sold, or owned by anyone.

41. In Boston, its illegal to play the fiddle.

42. In Marblehead, Massachusetts, its illegal to cross the street on Sunday unless its an absolute necessity.

43. Stopping for red lights is not required by law unless they are flashing.

44. Native Americans were banned from the Boston city limits until a few years ago.
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45. Swearing is illegal inside city limits.

46.  In Boston, you can take no more than two baths in one month within the confines of the city.
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47. Its illegal to hang a vending machine on a utility pole.

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48. In Boston, it is illegal to eat peanuts in church.

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Posted 26 August 2016 - 02:22 PM

Haha I'm guessing my beer IV is out of the question, and I'd better get my goatee permit! I bet most of those laws are broken multiple times a day!

But I agree with the last..tomatoes do not belong in clam chowder!
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Posted 26 August 2016 - 02:27 PM

Yup. Pretty much all of them... lol.

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Posted 26 August 2016 - 02:36 PM

Hi, Mac:  Thought I would join the party.

Dumb Laws in Michigan

Persons may not be drunk on trains.

It is illegal to kill a dog using a decompression chamber.

Adultery is illegal, but can only be punished upon a complaint by the affected husband or wife.

No man may seduce and corrupt an unmarried girl, or else he risks five years in prison.

The last Sunday in June of every year was named ?log cabin day?.

Cars may not be sold on Sunday.

A woman isnít allowed to cut her own hair without her husbandís permission.

There is a 3 cent bounty for each starling and 10 cent bounty for each crow killed in any village, township, or city in the state. (Repealed, 2006)

It is legal for a robber to file a law suit, if he or she got hurt in your house.
You may not swear in front of women and children. (Repealed, 2002)

Any person over the age of 12 may have a license for a handgun as long as he/she has not been convicted of a felony.

City Laws in Michigan

Clawson

There is a law that makes it legal for a farmer to sleep with his pigs, cows, horses, goats, and chickens.


Detroit

Apparently the good folks in Detroit did not quite know what ‚??new‚?? meant.

Putt-putt golf courses must close by 1:00 AM.

Security guards at Joe Louis Arena will confiscate any item they feel might be thrown onto the ice.

Couples are banned from making love in an automobile unless the act takes place while the vehicle is parked on the coupleís own property.

Willfully destroying your old radio is prohibited.

It is illegal for a man to scowl at his wife on Sunday.

It is illegal to let your pig run free in Detroit unless it has a ring in its nose.


Grand Haven

No person shall throw an abandoned hoop skirt into any street or on any sidewalk, under penalty of a five- dollar fine for each offense.


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Posted 02 September 2016 - 04:18 PM

MacCG, Being a fellow Mass resident, I'm not surprised that we have such weird laws on the books. Although, I don't think #22 is true anymore. I live in Bristol County (in Lizzie Borden's hometown) and the liquor stores started opening on Sundays a few years ago.

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Posted 02 September 2016 - 04:45 PM

Here's another great Massachusetts factoid. According to a 2014 survey by Allstate, three of Mass' cities ranked among the four worst driving cities in the country. We rock!
#1, Worcester, #2 Boston, #4 Springfield. Having driven in all of these cities, I tell you, it's all true. Some would say that driving on our roads is a contact sport. ;)

Oh and Menet, Killing a dog using a decompression chamber? That must mean someone did just that, resulting in that law. Yuck.

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Posted 02 September 2016 - 05:04 PM

Hi, Sully.  You've got a few spooky places in Massachusetts too.  More than your fair share it looks like.
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Posted 02 September 2016 - 05:18 PM

Hi Menet, Yes, we do have many spooky places here. I'm going to do a write up soon on an area nearby called the Bristol Triangle. I did a search of the forums and I can't find any topics on it. I have to do my research before I post.

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Posted 03 September 2016 - 05:22 PM

View Postsully, on 02 September 2016 - 04:18 PM, said:

MacCG, Being a fellow Mass resident, I'm not surprised that we have such weird laws on the books. Although, I don't think #22 is true anymore. I live in Bristol County (in Lizzie Borden's hometown) and the liquor stores started opening on Sundays a few years ago.

That's true, they abolished that particular Blue Law. About number forty-four: "Native Americans were banned from the Boston city limits until a few years ago."  I've been to Boston many times in the past... I never knew I was breaking the law...Posted Image

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Posted 07 September 2016 - 05:39 PM

Oh man, I'm reading these again. I love the Commonwealth. No gorillas in the  back seat, no lions in the movie theater, no detonating nuclear devices. We just can't have ANY fun. I also like the stop light law. Goes right along with the worst drivers survey.

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Posted 08 September 2016 - 01:24 PM

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Posted 15 September 2016 - 12:24 AM

whats wrong with Roosters? Why aren't they allowed in ?!
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Posted 15 September 2016 - 06:43 PM

View PostMenet, on 26 August 2016 - 02:36 PM, said:

How do you do that "Source" thingamabob, Mac?  I've admired it every time you use it.

First go to the page you wish to link with. Using your mouse left click on the URL, it should turn blue. Now right click on the highlighted URL. A little box pops up and asks if you want to cut, copy, paste, paste & go, delete or select all. Click on copy.

Next type the word Source on the page you wish to add the link to. Okay now, using the left button on your mouse, highlight the word. Now click the link icon on the task bar; a small box will pop up, asking you for the URL. Now right click on the URL line, a new smaller box will ask the copy, paste,etc. Click on paste, the URL should appear in the line, now you click OK and it'll automatically turn the word into a link.

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