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Our Pick: Top 10 Craziest State Food Laws To Know

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Apr 07, 2021
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We've rounded up the 10 craziest state food laws across the country from eating peanuts in the church to illegal burgers on Sunday.

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We know that people in different states have very different opinions on what, where, and how certain foods should be eaten.

We already know sandwich traditions and the wide variety of them across the US. But have you heard about the most absurd food laws? We've rounded up the top 10 strangest ones.

Arkansas

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Photo by why kei on Unsplash

In Little Rock, Arkansas, it is against the law to honk a car horn in front of a sandwich shop after 9 p.m. How crazy is that?

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We aren't really sure why this legislation exists in the first place but we can't deny that it's more pleasant to finish a sandwich in peace, isn't it?

California

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Photo by Austin Santaniello Bucholtz on Unsplash

If you're taking part in a frog jump competition (which is already something weird) in the Golden State, you aren't allowed to kill any frog participant.

Another crazy law was the ice cream prohibition on public streets. The legislation lasted until Clint Eastwood became mayor in 1987 and repealed the silly law.

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Connecticut

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Photo by little plant on Unsplash

Connecticut's most famous food law isn't real -- it is actually a myth. However, some people still believe in it. It says that a pickle isn't a pickle unless it can bounce.

Some say that the myth was invented to keep vendors from selling expired or subpar pickles. Clever or BS?

Delaware

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Delaware has two strange (to not say absurd legislations). One is forbidding restaurants to serve margarine unless they have a sign warning customers that it's not butter.

The other one says it's illegal to have a picnic on the highway. It makes me wonder if people have already attempted to do that…?

Florida

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Photo by Jakub Kapusnak on Unsplash

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Just like Delaware, Florida also has two weird laws. It's against the law to sell any food from open-air stands anywhere in Miami Beach.

The other is to prevent clumsy dishwashers from being more careful while working. You aren't allowed to break more than three dishes a day or chip the edges of more than four cups or saucers.

Georgia

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It's not that we find it better to eat chicken wings with cutlery but we couldn't imagine that there would be a law for that.

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In Gainesville, Georgia, also known as the Poultry Capital of the World, chicken must be eaten with the hands instead of a fork and knife -- Yeah, it's a law!

Indiana

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Photo by Sanjay Dosajh on Unsplash

I think it is unanimous in saying that bad breath isn't something we're comfortable with. Apparently, in the city of Gary, in Indiana, there's zero tolerance for bad breath.

If you've eaten garlic in the last 4 hours, you're not allowed to go to a movie theater or ride a public streetcar.

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Massachusetts

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Photo by Nagesh Badu on Unsplash

In Boston, it's illegal to eat peanuts in church. Do not break this rule. If you get caught, you can go to jail!

Another stupid law forbids residents who are grieving the loss of a beloved one to eat more than three sandwiches at a wake.

Minnesota

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According to the law, it's illegal to eat hamburgers on Sunday in St. Cloud. If your craving hits and you want to indulge yourself with a burger, wait until Monday.

Another crazy law in Minnesota says it's against the legislation to sleep naked! So, put on some clothes before going to bed or after sex!

Nebraska

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Photo by katiuska viera on Unsplash

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Welcome to the Cornhusker State, where it's illegal for bar owners to sell alcohol unless they're cooking and serving soup.

If you're planning to go to Nebraska and want to have a beer somewhere, ask if they're serving chicken soup.

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