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Ten Bizarre Food Laws

As times change, the government needs to make laws to allow for safe growth and positive development of its local jurisdiction. Or sometimes, someone just does something asinine to upset the peace. In order to avoid future upsets and to promote safety (and sanity), the government takes action by putting laws in place. However at times certain laws are taken out of context, or some are left on the books for decades to make absolutely no sense to future generations. Take these ten examples of food and you be the judge: weird, bizarre or comical?

1. Massachusetts- Those in mourning may eat no more than three sandwiches during a wake. 

Either Shaggy is brilliant in combing three into one, or what he's doing to drown his feelings are downright illegal.

Either Shaggy is brilliant in combing three into one to maximize his experience, or what he’s doing to drown his feelings is downright illegal.

2. Connecticut- Pickles must bounce to officially be considered pickles. Every, single, pickle.

Do you suppose there's a cucumber bouncer out there deeming yay or nay to hopeful pickles?

I want this guy checking all the pickles. He gets it.

3. Kansas- It’s against the law to serve wine in teacups. 

Morticia's indulgence of wine in silver will just not look the same in mason jars.

Morticia’s indulgence of wine in silver will just not look the same in mason jars.

4. Louisiana- No one may pour a drink out on the ground at any drive-in movie. 

It's basically to illegal to litter, but the fact that it's law makes me want to guzzle every last drop.

It’s basically to illegal to litter, but the fact that it’s law makes me want to guzzle every last drop.

5. Massachusetts- It is illegal to give beer to hospital patients

No beer, no liquor, nothing? Seriously, what is this world coming to?

No beer, no liquor…nothing? Seriously, what is this world coming to?

6. Indiana- Apparently it’s illegal to eat fried chicken with anything but your fingers.

And this is totally acceptable. Go Ron, go!

I can only eat chicken with my hands? Don’t mind if I do.

7. North Carolina – It is a felony to steal more than $1000 of grease

It's a good thing we only took $999 of grease Robin. However, we better not take any chances.

It’s a good thing we only took $999 of grease Robin. However, we better not take any chances.

8. Washington – It is illegal to attach a vending machine to a utility pole without prior consent from the utility company. 

Guess the squirrel didn't give consent to the outdoor vending machine.

Guess the squirrel didn’t give consent to the outdoor vending machine.

9. West Virginia – Roadkill may be taken home for supper. 

It's a law promoting what?

It’s a law promoting what?

10. Wisconsin – Margarine may not be substituted for butter in restaurants unless it is requested by the customer. 

Ugh, that's not butter!

It’s how I feel when someone tries to substitute for the real thing too.

 

Note: I did research these laws and only listed those of which were supported by sufficient legal jargon and by real news stories. My fact checking may not be 100%, but I did initial due diligence and had fun along the way. I hope you did too and are understanding that this was meant for fun!

Written by Tarte Chic

Author Kat Nielsen (formerly Kat Wojtylak) is a creative type with an immense love for food. She maintains a day job handling marketing and brand support to various companies while enjoying her evenings and weekends writing recipes and blogging all about her culinary experiences.

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