Federal statutes and regulations

No matter how much law research you do, you’re never going to know each and every legal statute out there. That’s just flat out impossible. At the same time, if you don’t, you run the risk of breaking a law you didn’t know existed, and could face heavy fines, or even jail time.

Fortunately for you, there’s a good chance you already have, and have already gotten away with it. Here are just a few legal statutes you might have already broken without knowing it.

Women Can’t Appear Unshaven in Public.

In Carrizoz, New Mexico, there’s a legal statute barring women from appearing in public unless they’re shaved. Of course, legislative history research couldn’t figure just exactly how shaved a woman is supposed to be, so there’s a good chance you can get away with your hair intact even if you visit there.

Don’t Get Drunk in a Bar.

Believe it or not, the United Kingdom actually has a legal statute forbidding its subjects from getting drunk in pubs. Although the legislative intent is obviously to prevent public intoxication, it is a bit much. Then again, the legal statute does date back to the Licensing Act of 1872, so it is a bit outdated, which means you can probably get away with having one too many. (Just don’t drive if you do.)

No Eating Garlic or Onions Before Leaving Your House.

If you live in Indiana, don’t eat garlic or onions if you plan on leaving your house that day. According to perhaps the weirdest of all the laws that appear on this list, it’s totally illegal to attend any public event or even use public transportation within four hours of eating onions or garlic.

These are just a few of the weirdest laws out there that you’ve probably broken. If you know of any other strange ones, feel free to share in the comments.

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