Never tie a giraffe to a street lamp

It looks like you’re out of luck if you own a donkey in Georgia — the braying animal can’t be kept in bathtubs.


Via Flickr user jpellgen

This is just one of many strange laws in the Peach State, and we’re not alone. All 50 states have weird laws that bring up cosmic questions such as, What was the legislator thinking? Why can’t I keep my donkey in my bathtub?

This post is in honor of some of my favorite weird laws in Georgia.

  • No one may carry an ice cream cone in their back pocket if it is Sunday. I can’t imagine in what scenario this law would have been useful. Was there an epidemic of children skipping church to eat ice cream and then put the cone in their pocket?
  • In Athens-Clarke County: Goldfish may not be given away to entice someone to enter a game of bingo. Because at all those retirement home bingo nights, people have practically begun a black market in goldfish. The government probably should have included Betta fish in that law too.
  • In Atlanta: It is against the law to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole or street lamp. That’s a relief. I can still tie my giraffe to bike racks.
  • In Columbus: No one may tease an idiot. Does that include the person who wrote this law? I think the definition of “idiot” is open for interpretation.
  • In Acworth: All citizens must own a rake. I like to think that policemen go door-to-door every October to make sure people are complying. Your yard looks a little messy, sir. Can I see your standard-issue rake?

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