|During the 6th Century, it was customary to congratulate people who sneezed because it was thought that they wereexpellingevil from their bodies. Duringthe great plague of Europe, the Pope passed a law to say "God bless you" to one who sneezed.
There still are someweirdlaws on the books. In Washington state, it is against the law toboastthat one's parents are rich. In Maryland, it's illegal to play Randy Newman's "Short People" on the radio. In Alabama it is illegal to play Dominoes on Sunday. And in Minneapolis,double-parkerscan be put on achain gang.
An old statute in Kentucky states that men who push their wives out of bed for inflicting their cold toes on them can be fined or jailed for a week. A 100-year-old law in Willowdale, Oregon makes it illegal to swear during sex. An odd law in Minnesota makes it illegal to hang male and female underwear on the same washing line. In Melbourne, Australia it is illegal for men to parade in strapless dresses - but they are allowed to cross-dress in anything with sleeves.
An old law in Russia allows a police officer to "beat apeeping tomsoundly." In Texas, two categories of men are exempt from peeping tom charges: men over 50 and men with only one eye.
In Normal, Oklahoma you could be sent to prison for "making an ugly face at a dog."
And if you're in Hawaii and laughing at these odd laws, stop! In Hawaii it is forbidden to laugh after 10pm.