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    10 of the strangest laws in New York State

    Here's a look at some of the strangest laws in New York State.

    10 of the strangest laws in New York State

    Published: May. 29, 2017, 1:00 p.m.

    By Erik Bascome | [email protected]


    No slippers past 10 p.m.

    It's OK to wear your pajamas in public, as long as you've got the proper footwear! In New York State it is illegal to wear slippers in public past 10 p.m.

    Clothesline license

    In New York State, you need a license to hang clothes on a clothes line to dry.

    Throwing restrictions

    Throwing a ball at someone's head for fun is illegal in the state of New York. The original law was apparently meant to protect carnies, and also included provisions such as "no throwing knives at people" and "no forcing someone to dance or ride a bike for eight hours straight."

    Selling pet hair

    Looking to make some extra cash? Don't plan on selling your pet's fur. A statute of the state’s anti-cruelty provisions makes it a crime to “import, sell, offer for sale... transport or otherwise market” dog or cat fur.

    Multiple masks in public

    Meeting up with some friends later? Well, make sure to leave the masks at home. It is illegal to congregate in public with two or more people while they're wearing masks or using anything to cover their face and disguise their identity. The law, which has existed since 1845, is outlined in New York Penal Law 240.35(4). However, exceptions are made for instances such as Halloween and masquerades.

    Keep those ice cream cones out of your pocket

    Walking around on Sunday with an ice cream cone in your pocket is illegal on Sundays in the state of New York. While no one truly knows where this law came from, CraveOnline.com claims that there may have been laws against eating cones on Sundays, resulting in the creation of the ice cream sundae. This led to ice cream eaters sticking the cone in their pockets whenever they saw a police officer to avoid being ticketed.

    Tiger selfies

    Introduced by Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal as a measure to prevent maulings, there is a $500 fine in New York State for taking a selfie with a tiger.

    Elevator etiquette

    It is against the law in New York State to speak to anyone in an elevator. In addition, elevator passengers should fold their hands while looking toward the door.

    Thumb-nose greetings

    In New York State it is illegal to greet another person by “putting one’s thumb to the nose and wiggling the fingers."

    Fine for flirting

    In New York State, a fine of $25 fine can be issued to someone caught in the act of flirting.

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    TIL that in New York small talk and looking around in an elevator is illegal. The law states “While riding in an elevator, one must talk to no one, and fold his hands while looking toward the door.” : todayilearned

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    TIL that in New York small talk and looking around in an elevator is illegal. The law states “While riding in an elevator, one must talk to no one, and fold his hands while looking toward the door.”


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    Log In Sign Up level 1 NewRelm · 6 yr. ago

    When elevators first came into being there were several accidents. Mostly cable jams and breaking. People were scared of them and their posture showed it while they rode up or down. New Yorkers tend to flail their arms when they talk, so N.Y. passed a law against talking while in an elevator to prevent other passengers from being slapped or slugged. The law proved unnecessary, but it remains on the books.

    7 level 1 The_Derpening · 6 yr. ago

    Hmm, maybe NYC isn't as bad as I originally thought.

    5 level 2 turbopro25 · 5 mo. ago No. It is. 5 level 1 TheMightyCE · 6 yr. ago

    All of the party members from Mass Effect should be immediately arrested.

    5 level 1 pg7772a · 5 mo. ago

    Can i have the actual legal code? I can't find this as an actual law.

    4 level 2 Maryjane42069 · 5 mo. ago

    Did you see the draft kings commercial too


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    level 1 CylonGlitch · 6 yr. ago

    Always, always fart. Especially silent and deadly. But don't look around, that would be illegal.

    8 level 2 WhyDoesMyBackHurt · 6 yr. ago

    But if I don't look around accusingly, everyone will know it was me.


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    level 1 Pro-Zak · 6 yr. ago

    Cropdusting ... elevator entertainment for everyone.

    2 level 1 gbgoody17 · 6 yr. ago

    I thought that was the law everywhere? you don't talk to anyone and if someone does you don't respond and give them a look of awkward disgust right?

    1 level 2 refugefirstmate · 6 yr. ago

    The custom. Not the law.

    2 level 1 Ctatyk · 6 yr. ago

    I work in an office.

    One of my favorite things to do is hop on a full elevator, turn around towards everyone else & start talking to them (Not in New York). The reactions can be hilarious.

    1 level 2 ThatGuyinNY · 5 mo. ago Right to Jail 2 level 1 ShadowNexus · 6 yr. ago

    I won't do what you tell me!

    1 level 1 PSBlake · 6 yr. ago

    This is not only a poorly conceived law, it's also phrased in such a way that it could be interpreted in conflicting ways:

    The most common interpretation is likely to be "While in an elevator, you are forbidden from speaking, and must face the door with your hands folded at all times."

    It could also be interpreted as "You are forbidden from speaking, and may look anywhere - but if you're facing the door, keep your hands folded, but may gesture freely while not looking at the door."

    It could also be interpreted as "If you're facing the door in an elevator, you are forbidden from speaking and must keep your hands folded, but may speak and gesture freely when looking anywhere else."

    It could even be interpreted as "If you're facing the door in an elevator, you must keep your hands folded, but you cannot be compelled to speak."

    1 level 1 GTA_Stuff · 6 yr. ago

    I dunno about you but I came here for the thumbnail pic.

    0 level 1 KBuba · 5 mo. ago

    Ummm freedom of speech?


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    Weirdest Laws In New York

    New York is better than most states at keeping its local ordinances up to date. Here are just a few of the weirdest laws we found that are still in effect.


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    BY ALICE MINIUM/JAN. 12, 2022 9:36 AM EDT

    When it comes to the United States' bizarre patchwork of contradictory, outdated, or forgotten blue laws, New York is better than most states at keeping its local ordinances up to date. Nonetheless, some relics of the state's nearly 400-year-old legislative history remain, enshrining the social mores and odd governmental movements of the past.

    If you're interested in doing a deep dive (and if you live in New York state), you can find your city or county's local laws at the New York Department of State Local Law Search website, or browse the state's general laws at the NY State Legislative Info site search index, or read some of the state's historic statutes on the New York State Library website. Here are just a few of the weirdest laws we found that are still in effect in New York, even if there's nobody enforcing them. From fashion faux pas to catcalling bans, some of these laws are well-intended in concept but poor in execution, a few are problematic, and some are just oddities only history could possibly explain.


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    An 1882 provision titled "Running at large of swine" cited in the Revised Statutes of the State of New York, 1882, Vol. 1, p. 1-481 (pg. 369) forbids hordes of swine from "running at large." Clearly, this was a problem at the time, or perhaps the law was citing a specific traditional event. If your swine are deemed guilty of running at large, you will be held responsible for the property damage they occur. Additionally, you may petition the board of electors for permission to let your swine roam freely.

    "Swine shall not be permitted to run at large upon either of the said reservations, or any part thereof, unless a majority of the electors assembled in annual meeting for the election of officers of the nation shall authorize and regulate such running at large," the text of the law reads. "The owner of any swine or other domestic animal which shall trespass upon the duly appropriated and described land of another, shall be liable for such trespass to such other in damages."


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    An 1848 ordinance titled "An Act to Ban Seduction as a Crime" prohibits the seduction of unmarried women known to be of "chaste" character as a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment. The text of the law can be found in the Revised Statutes of the State of New York, 1882, Vol. 3 p. 2374-2891 (pg. 108).

    "Any man who shall, under promise of marriage, seduce, and have illicit connexion with any unmarried female of previous chaste character, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall be punished by imprisonment in a state prison not exceeding five years or by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year; provided that no conviction shall be had under the provisions of this act, on the testimony of the female seduced, unsupported by other evidence, nor unless indictment shall be found within two years after the commission of the offense; and provided further that the subsequent marriage of the parties may be plead in bar of a conviction," the New York law states.


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    In the small town of Carmel, New York, one antiquated law prohibits men from wearing non-matching pants and jackets while in public (as noted in Only in Your State). It's unclear just what the penalty would be if found guilty of this fashion faux pas, but hopefully the threat of a fine may be worth buying a matching outfit. While this is a law for the less than 35,000 citizens in Carmel (via Census), this is good advice to follow even if clashing outfits aren't an infraction in your state.

    Wondering how to comply with this law? Generally, avoid mixing patterned outfits and try to pair neutral tones with bolder tones, if you must wear bolder tones at all. However, you probably do not need to worry about this law. If the police are the ones enforcing it, it's doubtful you'll find yourself subject to rigorous scrutiny from anyone with a serious fashion fixation.


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    If you've ever been accosted by a group of disorderly men in a vehicle shouting lewd come-ons at you as you walk home from work, you are most likely well-aware that the centuries have done little to rein in the problem of street harassment. In the early 1900s, when "moral hygiene" was all the rage, a legislative movement to curb public displays of indecency was in full swing, resulting in this 1902 law introduced by state representative Francis G. ​Landon of Dutchess, as Smithsonian Magazine reported.

    "Any person who is intoxicated in a public place, or who shall by any offensive or disorderly act or language, annoy or interfere with any person or persons in any place or with the passengers of any public stage, railroad car or ferryboat, or who shall disturb or offend the occupants of such conveyance by any disorderly act or language or display, although such conduct may not amount to an assault or battery, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor."

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