Every state has some strange, seemingly-stupid laws that, on the surface, lack an explanation. Many of these laws have been on the books since the early days of the state and simply have not been changed over time, and thus are hardly ever enforced any more.
Texas is no different—we have plenty of laws on the books that are technically enforceable but usually are not given any kind of attention. These laws tend to be extremely old and irrelevant to today’s society, but in many cases they’re simply not worth taking the time and energy to repeal, given the lack of enforcement.
Here are just a few examples of some of those weird Texan laws from an attorney in Lubbock, TX:
- One must acknowledge the existence of a supreme being before being allowed to hold public office in the state of Texas.
- It is illegal to sell one’s eye.
- It is illegal in Texas to take more than three sips of beer at a time while standing.
- It’s illegal in Texas to shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel (just in case you were considering this on your next outing).
- One can be charged with a felony for either promoting the use of or owning more than six female pleasure devices.
- The state of Texas has a blanket ban on the Encyclopedia Britannica, because it contains a homebrewing recipe.
- It is illegal to drive without windshield wipers in the state, meaning technically you could have a vehicle without a windshield but still need windshield wipers (an obvious example of a law that would never be enforced).
- It is illegal to milk another person’s cow in Texas.
- You can be legally married in the state of Texas by publicly introducing a person as your husband or wife on three or more separate occasions.
- In Abilene, it is illegal to loiter anywhere for the purpose of flirting.
- In Clarendon, it is illegal to dust any public building with a feather duster.
- There are a number of odd rules in Galveston. It is illegal to throw trash from an airplane, or to land an airplane on a beach. Offensive gestures are illegal at public events, and one cannot drive a motor car down Broadway before noon on Sundays. One must get special permission from the director of parks and recreation in the city before getting drunk in a city park. Sitting on the sidewalk carries a fine of up to $500.
- In Mesquite, children are not allowed to have “unusual” haircuts.
- It is illegal to perform a U-turn in Richardson.
- Temple still has laws in place that allow for cattle thieves to be hanged, and allowing for people to ride their horse into a saloon.
- In San Antonio, it is illegal for people of any sex to flirt or respond to flirtation using the hands or eyes.
For more examples of dumb and bizarre Texas laws, contact the Law Office of Rob Biggers to speak with an attorney in Lubbock, TX.
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