Letter of the Law

Sharon Lathan

Sharon Lathan is the best-selling author of The Darcy Saga, a ten-volume sequel series to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.

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Tom Williams

My wife actually works for the Law Commission. Most of their work is technical stuff more closely related to the modern world, but they do, indeed, have a team getting rid of old statutes. The bales of hay in taxis went a while ago.

Stephanie L

The old ridiculous laws always crack me up, no matter what country they are for. Oklahoma (the state I live in has some kickers. In Oklahoma:
Females are forbidden from doing their own hair without being licensed by the state (soooo I break the law every day *gasp*)
Dogs must have a permit signed by the mayor in order to congregate in groups of three or more on private property. (Really?)
Oklahoma will not tolerate anyone taking a bite out of another’s hamburger. (No sharing people!!)
It is illegal to have the hind legs of farm animals in your boots. (okay…um…is this a problem? I mean, even in the Territory days?)
Thanks for sharing the stuff you find in your research. Just so fun. I want to hang #4 on my front door.
Illegal to willfully and wantonly disturb people by ringing their doorbells or knocking at their doors. Go away, I’m reading! O:-)


Thank you for the information! I also live in Oklahoma and some of these are new to me even though my professor in government actually taught idiotic laws of Oklahoma as part of the class, I guess Okie’s need a lot of laws to keep us in line. Please forgive me if these are not worded exactly the way they are in the law books after all it has been 20 years since I was in government.
These are a few of my favorites are:
1. It is illegal to have pink flamingo lawn ornaments in the front yard.
2. It is illegal in Oklahoma to be involved in or observe any “marital relations” in any position other than missionary.
oh any can’t forget the one law that gets me every time…
3. Men in Oklahoma can not have sex with a Bison. The way I was told any other animal was free game…

Hope you enjoy these little gems! Have a good week!

Joy Dawn King

I loved “paying lip service” to the no kissing law. Thanks for the information and for generously sharing your research. Job well done, Sharon.


I thought Americans had a law about not putting US flag postage stamps upside down?

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