15 Strange State Laws That Still Exist Today



5. The Lights at Mount Vernon, Iowa’s Softball Diamond Must be Turned Off By 10:30 p.m.

Section 47.06 clearly states that “the lights at the Mount Vernon softball diamond shall be used only for organized games and tournaments unless permission is obtained from the Parks and Recreation Director. In no event shall the lights at the ballpark be on after 10:30 p.m. on any night.

If nothing else, this is good news for the city’s electric bill; those lights can be seriously expensive to run for extended periods. I would like to meet the guy who fell asleep at the switch one too many times for city council; alternatively, I would like to meet the guy that shuts the lights off in the bottom of the 11th inning of the annual softball tournament because it’s 10:35. I don’t envy either of them, but it’s a toss up as to who has the worse end of the deal. At least softball games in Iowa are short and sweet.

6. The Sale of Dyed Chicks, Rabbits, Or Other Fowl Is Prohibited In Kentucky (unless there are 6)

Kentucky takes it’s chick-dyeing very seriously; according to section 436.600 of the Hawkeye state’s laws, “No person shall sell, exchange, offer to sell or exchange, display, or possess living baby chicks, ducklings, or other fowl or rabbits which have been dyed or colored; nor dye or color any baby chicks, ducklings, or other fowl or rabbits; nor sell, exchange, offer to sell or exchange or to give away baby chicks, ducklings or other fowl or rabbits, under two (2) months of age in any quantity less than six (6), except that any rabbit weighing three (3) pounds or more may be sold at an age of six (6) weeks.”

It seems to me like they have all of their bases covered on this one; this must be a pretty lucrative market in Kentucky, but this law seems to be basically loophole-proof, so don’t fret any of your seasonal dyed animal sales this spring.