Taking a look at laws from other decades (or centuries) is super interesting, as they provide a glimpse into details of life that have long been lost to history. But since they often come to us without their original context, they can seem really bizarre! We’ve dusted off these funny old laws said to have been in effect in Arkansas – and although some aren’t verifiable, they’re all a lot of fun to read.
Did you think you could walk your cow in Little Rock any old time you want?
Think again. In Little Rock, a municipal law restricted cow walking time to 10 p.m.-4 a.m., 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. We didn’t know cow-walking was even a thing, but as accident attorneys, we’re all about effective traffic regulation. Just think of the cow crashes it prevented!
Don’t slap that mosquito in Fayetteville.
Technically this municipal law stated that you couldn’t kill “any living creature” within the Fayetteville city limits. While it’s certainly a nice sentiment, we’re not throwing away the bug spray anytime soon.
Get the alligator out of the bathtub – it’s against the law (and the kids need a bath).
In Arkansas it was apparently illegal to keep your alligator in the bathtub. And rightly so, in our opinion! We think the only wildlife the kids need to contend with in the tub is a rubber ducky.
If you ask me on a date, for goodness’ sake do it inside.
Men and women were not allowed to flirt on the streets of Little Rock, and those who violated the law faced 30 days in jail. Harsh! We’re sure this law had its reasons, but let’s hope that front porches, where so much courting was done, were a no-enforcement zone.
Short-haired teachers need not apply.
Never mind test scores and other kinds of accountability – apparently there was a time when teachers who had their hair lopped off in the radical new “bob” hairstyle were not eligible for a pay raise. Not all laws are effective, right?
Can a river go to jail?
Yup, it was once illegal for the Arkansas River to rise higher than the Main Street Bridge in Little Rock. We’re thinking engineers might have been more useful than lawyers in keeping the river in its place, but who knows – maybe it worked!
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