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West Virginia Strange Laws


This month we travel to West Virginia to see of some of the weird and crazy laws on the books there. I know, it’s West Virginia, this ought to be fun.

Let’s begin with couples who cohabitate without being married. If they participate in “relations”, they can both be jailed for up to a year. Note: This law was repealed in 2010.

Ahh…West Virginia. I knew you wouldn’t let me down. Roadkill may be taken home for dinner.

It is legal for a man to have “relations” with an animal as long as the animal weighs under forty pounds.

If a railroad passes within one mile of a city or town that has at least one hundred people in it; the railroad must build a station and stop at the station regularly to pick up and drop off passengers.

If someone challenges another person, it is legal for him to decline said challenge. However, if the challenger laughs at the person for not accepting the challenge, then the person laughing can be placed in jail for up to six months. This law was also repealed in 2010.

If a person ever participates in a duel, it is unlawful for that person to hold public office in West Virginia.

It is illegal to nap on a train and if anyone swears in public, that person will be fined a dollar for each word he/she spews forth.

If you wear a hat in a theater, you can be fined for it. This law was repealed in 2010. Too bad. This is a law I happen to agree with. No one should be wearing a hat in a theater unless he/she is sitting in the very last row of the theater.

Now we will visit some cities in West Virginia to see their laws.

In Alderson, West Virginia, it is unlawful to walk a tiger, a lion or a leopard, even if it is on a leash. Can I move there and walk my Cheetah?

In Huntington, it is okay for a man to punish his wife, physically, as long as it is on Sunday, in public and on the court house steps.

Also in Huntington, West Virginia, firemen may not whistle at or cat call at women who pass the firehouse.

Nicholas County, West Virginia. No member of the clergy may stand at the pulpit in church and tell jokes or humorous stories.

There you have it West Virginians. Take heed of this article and stay out of jail.
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