Friday , October 22 2021

Clear the Books

There are still a lot of very strange laws on the books, and Kentucky has more than its share of them:

    A state law mandating that people take a bath once a year is just one of many unusual – some bizarre – statutes that are or have been on the books in Kentucky.

    ….Another state law, for example, stated that “No female shall appear in a bathing suit on any highway within this state unless she be escorted by at least two officers or unless she be armed with a club.” The law was later amended with: “The provisions of this statute shall not apply to females weighing less than 90 pounds nor exceeding 200 pounds, nor shall it apply to female horses.”

    Other unusual laws and proposed punishments from across the state include:

    -Throwing eggs (or tomatoes) at a public speaker could result in up to one year in prison.

    -It is unlawful to dye or color a baby chick, duckling or rabbit and offer it for sale unless six or more are for sale at the same time. [AP]

If you see a woman in a bathing suit strolling down the side of a Kentucky highway with a club in her hand, she’s probably a lawyer.

Also, the bathing law seems hard to enforce: is it once in a calendar year? How do you prove someone hasn’t bathed? Do showers count? Isn’t this really about forcing really stinky people to stop stinking so much?

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About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: [email protected],, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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