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You May Not Tie an Alligator to a Fire Hydrant: 101 Real Dumb Laws

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You May Not Tie an Alligator to a Fire Hydrant is a collection of the 101 dumbest real federal, city, and state laws in America, compiled by Jeff Koon and Andy Powell, a couple of high school seniors with a Web site visited by hundreds of thousands of browsers every month. These laws will astonish, possibly outrage, and certainly amuse citizens everywhere.
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Overview

You May Not Tie an Alligator to a Fire Hydrant is a collection of the 101 dumbest real federal, city, and state laws in America, compiled by Jeff Koon and Andy Powell, a couple of high school seniors with a Web site visited by hundreds of thousands of browsers every month. These laws will astonish, possibly outrage, and certainly amuse citizens everywhere.
Here you will learn that forgetting to close a gate is against the law in Nevada; that flying a kite is illegal in Schaumburg, Illinois; and that shaking carpets in the street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is strictly forbidden. You probably haven't tried cutting off your arm to make people feel sorry for you — but if you live in Alabama, it is against the law. Many Texans will be surprised to learn that their hoes must be no less than four feet long. Perhaps more disturbingly, Indianans will be forced to recognize that being sexually aroused in public could get them arrested. With so many potential legal pitfalls around us all, it is comforting, finally, to learn in these pages that, in Alaska, the people who make laws have sagely concluded that emergencies are "held to a minimum and are rarely found to exist."
This hilarious compilation features forty-six original illustrations by award-winning artist Ward Schumaker that brilliantly capture the absurdity of so many of our laws with a light and elegant touch.
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These laws, all verified by the authors and presented along with a reference to the corresponding federal, state, or city statute, may cause readers to lose any desire to pursue a career in law.

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When two high school students decided to collect weird laws in their spare time, the result was pure fun. Add in illustrations by Ward Schumaker, whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, and you've got a hilarious book. This is a perfect gift for the lawyer in your life and great fodder for cocktail party conversations.
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In Utah, first cousins can marry, but only after they're 65 years old. Training a bear to wrestle is a felony in Alabama. In Delaware it's illegal to sell perfume as a drink. Seventeen-year-olds Jeff Koon and Andy Powell collect these and other wacky laws in You May Not Tie an Alligator to a Fire Hydrant: 101 Real Dumb Laws. Some of the laws show compassion (in Florida's Jupiter Colony Inlet, you can't launch missiles at birds), while others are just plain bizarre (in Oklahoma, hamburgers purchased on Sunday can only be eaten in the restaurant). (June) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743230650
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2002
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 7.32 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Koon will graduate from high school in 2002. His favorite subject is history. Appearing on the Montel Williams Show with Andy in summer 2001 crowned his dot.com career. He lives in Georgia.

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By Alaksan law, the entire state rarely has emergencies.

Section 44.62.270 State policy.
It is the state policy that emergencies are held to a minimum and are rarely found to exist.


Arkansas must be pronounced Ar-kan-SAW.

Section 1-4-105
Be it therefore resolved by both houses of the General Assembly, that the only true pronunciation of the name of the state, in the opinion of this body, is that received by the French from the native Indians and committed to writing in the French word representing the sound. It should be pronounced in three (3) syllables, with the final "s" silent, the "a" in each syllable with the Italian sound, and the accent on the first and last syllables. The pronunciation with the accent on the second syllable with the sound of "a" in "man" and the sounding of the terminal "s" is an innovation to be discouraged.


In Texas, a $25 a year license is required to possess a dead alligator.

Chapter 65.00. In this chapter "Alligator" means a living or dead American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis). 65.006. License Required:
(a) No person may take, attempt to take, or possess an alligator in this state unless the person has acquired and possesses an alligator hunter's license. 65.007. License fees. The fees for the licenses issued under this chapter are in the following amounts or in amounts set by the commission, whichever amounts are more: (1) $25 for a resident.

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