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South Carolina | South Dakota

South Carolina

  • It is a capital offense to inadvertently kill someone while attempting suicide.
  • Every adult male must bring a rifle to church on Sunday in order to ward off Indian attacks.
  • Fortune tellers are required to obtain a special permit from the state.
  • A railroad my not remove itself from a town of more than five hundred people.
  • Railroad companies may be held liable in some instances for scaring horses.
  • By law, if a man promises to marry an unmarried woman, the marriage must take place.
  • It is illegal to communicate with a woman using obscene messages.
  • It is perfectly legal to beat your wife on the court house steps on Sundays.
  • When approaching a four way or blind intersection in a non-horse driven vehicle you must stop 100 ft from the intersection and discharge a firearm into the air to warn horse traffic.
  • It is illegal to give or receive oral sex in South Carolina.
  • It is illegal to sell any alcoholic beverages on Sunday, unless you own a private club.
  • Horses may not be kept in bathtubs.
  • It is considered an offense to get a tattoo.
  • Performing a U-turn within 1,000 feet of an intersection is illegal.
  • Musical instruments may not be sold on Sunday.
  • No work may be done on Sunday.
  • An exception to the above law is that light bulbs may be sold.
  • All schools must prepare a suitable program for Francis Willard Day.
  • Dance halls may not operate on Sundays.
  • Merchandise may not be sold within a half mile of a church unless fruit is being sold.
  • It is illegal to display a confederate flag on a courthouse.
  • Charleston — It is against the law to drive a motorized vehicle on King Street.
  • The Fire Department may blow up your house. This law was made so that the fire department could create a fire brake.
  • Fountain Inn — Horses are to wear pants at all times.
  • Lancaster County — It is illegal to dance in public in Lancaster.
  • Spartanburg — Eating watermelons in the Magnolia Street cemetery is forbidden.

South Dakota

  • No horses are allowed into Fountain Inn unless they are wearing pants.
  • It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep in a cheese factory.
  • Movies that show police officers being struck, beaten, or treated in an offensive manner are forbidden.
  • If there are more than 5 Native Americans on your property you may shoot them.
  • Spearfish — If three or more Indians are walking down the street together, they can be considered a war party and fired upon.