Wednesday, October 15, 2014

"A suitable bathing suit . . . "

Location: Throughout The State
Year: Timeless

Just as the State of New York has passed all sorts of really peculiar State laws, local municipalities have done the same. A few of the oddest ones:

Town of Hempstead: 

It is illegal to be naked or fondle yourself in public unless you are breastfeeding or under 10 years old.

It is unlawful to operate a mechanical bull.

Town of Babylon: 

Anyone under the age of 16 cannot play commercial video games during school hours on any weekday that school is in session. 

It is illegal to shoot a bow and arrow. 

Residents must remove snow, ice, dirt or any other object or material from the sidewalk between the property line and curb line within four hours of its appearance, except from 9:00 PM to 7:00 AM.

Town of Kendall: 

During a concert, it is illegal to eat peanuts and walk backwards on the sidewalks.

It is against town ordinances to camp out on your own land more than 72 hours a month. If you want to camp out for 2 weeks you need a permit, which can only be obtained once a year.

Village of Sag Harbor: 

It is illegal to disrobe in your horse-drawn carriage, farm wagon, or gas-powered car. 

If one wishes to bathe within the municipal limits, they must be clothed in a “suitable bathing suit”.

Village of Head of the Harbor: 

It is illegal to hold a picnic in public.

Richmond County (Staten Island): 

It is illegal for a father to call his son a “faggot” or “queer” in an effort to curb "effeminate" behavior.

You may only water your lawn if the hose is held in your hand.

Nassau County: 

It is illegal to sell trading cards to minors depicting a heinous crime, an element of a heinous crime or a heinous criminal.

It is illegal to feed migratory waterfowl.

It is illegal to sell broad tipped markers to minors in fear of vandalism.

It is illegal to possess a deceptively colored handgun.

An employee is allowed seven days paid leave to donate bone marrow or 30 days paid leave as an organ donor. They can do this only if they provide their supervisor with written notice no less than 14 days before the surgery unless it is an emergency.

Suffolk County: 

You cannot release 25 or more helium balloons within a 24-hour period.

It is illegal to perform a concert under another band's name.

You cannot sell marijuana-flavored candy.

It is illegal to sell alcohol to an habitual drunkard.

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