Usually if you follow your conscience and know right from wrong, you don’t have to worry about winding up in jail. Most laws are pretty obvious and make a lot of sense.

But throughout history, some really strange laws have been written into place in America… and many of them still apply today.

1. Feeding the homeless.

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A priest in Florida was arrested and fined $500 for bringing a homeless man a plate of food.

2. Never returning a video.

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A man in North Carolina was arrested for failing to return a VHS copy of Freddy Got Fingered to his local video rental store. Tom Greene, the film’s star, offered to cover his legal fees.

3. Giving a wet willy.

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A four-year old in Connecticut was arrested for reckless endangerment and fleeing the scene after giving his mom a wet willy in a restaurant.

4. Your imagination.

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A student in South Carolina was arrested for writing about shooting and killing his pet dinosaur. He was charged with disorderly conduct.

5. Swearing.

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A woman in South Carolina was arrested for swearing at a grocery store. She was charged with disorderly content for telling her son to “stop squishing the f*cking bread.”

6. Selling old books.

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It’s illegal to sell certain children’s books printed before 1985 for fear that they might contain traces of lead.

7. Collecting rainwater. 

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In Colorado, once the rain hits the ground it belongs to the state. Collect it for your own purposes and you could face jail time.

8. Buying drinks.

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In Nevada it is illegal to buy drinks for more than three people at a time.

9. Putting ice cream in your back pocket.

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If you find yourself so moved to store ice cream in your back pocket in Alabama, you’ll pay the price, and we don’t just mean a cold rear end.

10. Magic tricks.

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In Hawaii it’s illegal to put a coin in someone’s ear.

11. Beating your wife…more than once a month.

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It’s fine to beat your wife in Arkansas, just keep it to an every 30 days kind of thing.

I’m dying to know the story behind the ice cream law. What was so awful it ended up being banned by law?

Share these weird laws with your friends and family so they don’t end up in jail!