Strange Laws in Georgia

The State of Georgia is located in the south-eastern region of the United States.  Its borders touch Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and the Atlantic Ocean. Known as the peach state, Georgia was named in honor of King George II of England.

The State is noted for being the birthplace of Jimmy Carter, America’s 39th president, and also for some strange and unusual laws. If you’re planning to visit Georgia, you’d be well-advised to take note of the following:

On Mondays, it is illegal for one to whistle very loud after 11:00 PM.  Could it be some Georgians are resting up after a wild weekend?

No one may carry an ice cream cone in their back pocket if it is Sunday. That doesn’t really seem to be extravagantly wild.

Georgia law provides that it is a misdemeanor for any citizen to attend church worship on Sunday unless he is equipped with a rifle and it is loaded.  Does that law guarantee against boring or offensive sermons?

Actually, Georgians, on the whole, seem to be a moral and upright group, at least they’d like to convey that impression.  In the State of Georgia:

All sex toys are banned.

It is illegal to change the clothes on a storefront mannequin unless the shades are down.

In Columbus, it is illegal to sit on one’s porch in an indecent position.

It is illegal to use profanity in front of a dead body which lies in a funeral home or in a coroners office.

In Marietta, it is illegal to spit from a moving car or bus, but is okay from a moving truck.

It is against the law to slap a man on the back or front.

However, in Georgia, as in many other jurisdictions, politicians have seen to it that their positions merit a perk or two:

Members of the state assembly cannot be ticketed for speeding while the state assembly is in session.

Then, there are some laws in Georgia that just defy understanding:

In Quitman, it is illegal for a chicken to cross the road. What if a farmer sells his property and moves across the road?  Must he leave his flocks for the new owner?

Donkeys may not be kept in bathtubs. Can they just take a quick shower?

It is illegal to say “Oh, Boy” in Jonesboro, Georgia.  Can they cuss as desired?

Owners of mules may not allow their animal to roam around Athens unsupervised.  Is it possible a mule on the rampage could pose a threat to public safety?

Unemployment must not be a big problem there because:

All males in the state between the ages of 16 and 50 are required to work on public roads. Would that be in addition to, or instead of holding down regular jobs?

In Dublin, it is illegal to drive through playgrounds. At last- a law that is just plain common sense.

When you visit Georgia, be sure to see Habitat for Humanity’s Theme Park at Americus, the Crime and Punishment Museum at Ashburn, and Babyland General Hospital, birthplace of the Cabbage Patch Kids, at Cleveland.

To ensure that your visit is enjoyable and that you’ll be free to leave when you are ready, be sure to remember and observe the above laws.