SPECIAL REPORT: Crazy, Funky Laws

(WTVM) - This may be a strange question to ask in February, but have you taken down your Christmas decorations?

Believe it or not, there's a law on the books in Maine that makes it illegal in that state to leave them up past January 14.

And Maine is not alone – other states have crazy laws on the books too, including Georgia and Alabama.

Our Chuck Leonard shows us more in this special report.

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign. A friendly reminder that we are nation of laws, and if we break those laws, we get to meet a friendly police officer, maybe wear a set of bracelets and eventually go before a not-so-happy judge.

Most of us are familiar with everyday laws, like how fast we can drive, where we can walk, what we can and cannot yell inside a theater. Those we've known about most of our lives. But there are other laws that deal with completely ridiculous behavior, and incredibly they're still on the books.

Try this one on for size: Did you know that in Columbus, GA it is illegal to carry a chicken by its feet down Broadway? You just have to ask what bizarre occurrence led to this law.

Or this one from Quitman, GA where it's against the law for chickens to even cross the road. Yes, cross the road. Sounds like the city fathers lost their sense of humor somewhere along the way.

Be advised that Georgia doesn't have a monopoly on these crazy, quirky laws. Here are a couple from Alabama.

You may not know that in nearby Lee County, it is illegal to sell peanuts after sundown on Wednesday. We assume this got in the way of church night at some point.

Drivers also can't be blindfolded while operating a vehicle in Alabama, although that might explain the driving habits of a few.

Also in Alabama you can't throw salt onto railroad tracks, and if you're convicted, it's punishable by death.  Now that's a tough law!

Here's another one in Georgia: We know it's a shocker, but you can't keep an ice cream cone in your back pocket on Sunday. It must be okay the other six days of the week.

By the way, other parts of the country aren't immune from this sort of thing either.

 For instance, it's illegal to tickle a woman in Virginia. Donkeys can't sleep in bathtubs in Arizona, and in Idaho, it's against the law to give your sweetheart a box of candy weighing more than 50 pounds.

That's nice to know with Valentine's Day here.

You've probably already wondered why these laws are still on the books and if there's a way to get them off.

The short answer is probably not. Many go back a 100 years or more, and while they're fun to laugh at, is anyone really being hurt by them? Other than the person throwing salt on the railroad tracks that is?

While it is hard to believe that some of these laws are still on the book, one of the crazy laws that we didn't mention is that in Ohio it is illegal to get a fish drunk.

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