Crazy Ohio Laws
A little-known fact about the Buckeye State, AKA Ohio; it was officially granted statehood in 1953! While its boundaries were approved way back in 1803, the state of Ohio became an official state more than a century after. With its rivers and gorgeous landscapes, Ohio has gems all around that make people return to visit it time and time again. And, just like other states, Ohio has some very strange laws established throughout its existence. Take a walk in the state, and get to know the craziest Ohio laws.
Weirdest Laws in Ohio
It is illegal to kill houseflies near a church
If you have houseflies buzzing around you within 160 feet of a church, you are not allowed to whack them. Unless you have a license for it. Then it's okay.
Cars cannot scare horses
Those of you who like to play pranks on horses, don't do it in Centerville, Ohio. Scaring horses with cars is against the law!
No more than five women will reside in the same house
This is a relic of the brothel era; this law, still in effect today, prohibits women from living in groups with more than 5 members.
You cannot drive toy cars down the streets of Canton
03 11. 03. 00 USE OF COASTERS, ROLLER SKATES, OR SIMILAR DEVICES IN STREETS.
'No person upon roller skates or riding in or by means of any coaster, toy vehicle, skateboard, or similar device shall go upon any roadway except while crossing a street on a crosswalk."
It is illegal to have a bathtub in your home
Back in the day, family members used to wash in the same bathwater (insert "ew" here). When cholera and other diseases spread throughout the nation, the practice caused the death of entire families. Since then, there is a law in the state of Ohio that stipulates that you cannot have a bathtub in your home.
Ducks cannot parade down Ohio Avenue
In the city of McDonald, people who have ducks cannot let their pets waddle down Ohio Avenue.
You cannot get fish drunk
We are no sure how exactly one can get a fish intoxicated, but even if you find a way to do it – it's illegal to get fish hammered.
You cannot sell colored chickens
Still on the bird front, in the city of Akron, it is illegal to sell dyed chickens; Section 92.06 COLORING RABBITS AND BABY POULTRY; SALE OR DISPLAY.
"No person shall dye or otherwise color any rabbit or baby poultry, including, but not limited to, chicks and ducklings. No person shall sell, offer for sale, expose for sale, raffle, or give away any rabbit or baby poultry that has been dyed or otherwise colored. No poultry younger than four weeks of age may be sold, given away, or otherwise distributed to any person in lots of less than six. Stores, shops, vendors, and others offering young poultry for sale or other distribution shall provide and operate brooders or other heating devices that may be necessary to maintain poultry in good health, and shall keep adequate food and water available to the poultry at all times."
It is illegal to ride the roof of a Taxi
There is actually a law in Youngstown that prohibits people from riding cab roofs. We wonder what led to this weird Ohio law.
Policemen can bite dogs to get them to be quiet
Yes, this is no typo; in Paulding, Ohio, police officers can bite rowdy dogs to make them be quiet.
You cannot walk your cow down Lake Road
When in Bay Village, please refrain from walking your cows down Lake Road. It is illegal.
Roller-skating should first be cleared with the police
If you like roller-skating, you better ask permission from the police when you are in North Canton. Otherwise, you could be thrown in jail.
You cannot get arrested on Sundays or on the fourth of July
Section 2331.12, General Assembly: 100, Bill Number: House Bill 1, Effective Date: 10-1-53
"No person shall be arrested during a sitting of the senate or house of representatives, within the hall where such session is being held, or in any court of justice, during the sitting of such court, or on Sunday, or on the fourth day of July."
You cannot solicit sex from another person of your gender
If the solicitation offends the other person. If not, well, enjoy!
Women cannot appear in public if they are unshaved
In Oxford, only clean-shaven women can appear in public. And yes – that includes facial hair.
Dogs cannot pee on parking meters
The dogs in Marysville must be devastated by this one.
Well, what did you think about Ohio's craziest laws? Do you think the laws where you come from can top it? If you want to read about more of the craziest laws in the United States, go to GoLookUp.