In her “I Fought The Law” series, Olivia Locher has come up with a series of images that creatively poke fun at some of the more absurd laws in effect in the United States. Each photo is a tongue-in-cheek rebellion that intentionally violates some absurd U.S. State law, most of which are outdated or bizarrely specific.

Some of these laws are simply outdated historical laws, while other are total headscratchers. It’s hard to imagine why riding bikes in swimming pools is illegal in California or why wine can’t be served in teacups in Kansas. And it begs the questions – was people working out while driving such a big problem in Oregon that they had to outlaw it? Other laws, while weird, have historical context and are simply outdated. It’s illegal to carry an ice-cream cone in your back pocket in Alabama because this was an ingenious way for horse thieves to steal horses. They could lead away horses with the ice-cream without ever having to lay hands on them, thereby not technically stealing the horses until they were “lost.”

To see more of this talented artist’s photography or more of this cheeky series, check out her website!

More info: olivialocher.com

#1

In Alabama, It Is Illegal To Have An Ice-Cream Cone In Your Back Pocket

In Alabama, It Is Illegal To Have An Ice-Cream Cone In Your Back Pocket

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Zenozenobee
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3 years ago

Who on Earth thought it could be a good idea to carry an ice-cream cone in his/her back pocket ?

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#2

In Ohio, It’s Illegal To Disrobe In Front Of A Man's Portrait

In Ohio, It’s Illegal To Disrobe In Front Of A Man's Portrait

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Hans
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3 years ago

As long as the portrait does not tell...

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#3

In Pennsylvania, It’s Illegal To Tie A Dollar Bill To A String And Pull It Away When Someone Tries To Pick It Up

In Pennsylvania, It’s Illegal To Tie A Dollar Bill To A String And Pull It Away When Someone Tries To Pick It Up

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Niềng Răng Lăng Xăng
Community Member
3 years ago

Someone really hate bad prank here...

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#4

In Arizona, You May Not Have More Than Two Dildos In A House

In Arizona, You May Not Have More Than Two Dildos In A House

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Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

I NEED to know the backgrpound of this law.

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#5

In Minnessota A Person May Not Cross State Lines With A Bird Atop His Head

In Minnessota A Person May Not Cross State Lines With A Bird Atop His Head

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Gayle Bynum Cardosa
Community Member
3 years ago

that should be a law in every state. It's just good sense.

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#6

In Nevada, It’s Illegal To Put An American Flag On A Bar Of Soap

In Nevada, It’s Illegal To Put An American Flag On A Bar Of Soap

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John L
Community Member
3 years ago

I guess a bar of soap was rare back in the days this law was passed. And in haste to grab the rare commodity, it was possible to destroy the flag. Or something like that?

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#7

In Utah, No One May Walk Down The Street Carrying A Paper Bag Containing A Violin

In Utah, No One May Walk Down The Street Carrying A Paper Bag Containing A Violin

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Brigitte
Community Member
3 years ago

Lol, what?

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#8

In Oklahoma It's Illegal To Make Love With An Automobile

In Oklahoma It's Illegal To Make Love With An Automobile

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Janice Foster
Community Member
3 years ago

Ewww!

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#9

In Connecticut, Pickles Must Bounce To Officially Be Considered Pickles

In Connecticut, Pickles Must Bounce To Officially Be Considered Pickles

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Kane Cheung
Community Member
3 years ago

Pickle shaming

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#10

In California, Nobody Is Allowed To Ride A Bicycle In A Swimming Pool

In California, Nobody Is Allowed To Ride A Bicycle In A Swimming Pool

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John L
Community Member
3 years ago

They do an awful lot of strange things there. This is tame in comparison.

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#11

In New Jersey A Person Can Be Arrested For Slurping Soup In Public

In New Jersey A Person Can Be Arrested For Slurping Soup In Public

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Sienna Summer
Community Member
3 years ago

Ew what even is that soup

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#12

In Maine It’s Unlawful To Tickle Women Under The Chin With A Feather Duster

In Maine It’s Unlawful To Tickle Women Under The Chin With A Feather Duster

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John L
Community Member
3 years ago

Let's see, feather dusters contain minute dust, and minute dust tends to irritate sinuses, and .............. Ok, I get it. :D

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#13

In Indiana, It’s Illegal For A Man To Be Sexually Aroused In Public

In Indiana, It’s Illegal For A Man To Be Sexually Aroused In Public

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John L
Community Member
3 years ago

If you don't tie that thing down, "you're in ah heap ah trouble boy." :O

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#14

In Michigan It's Illegal To Paint Sparrows To Sell Them As Parakeets

In Michigan It's Illegal To Paint Sparrows To Sell Them As Parakeets

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Gayle Bynum Cardosa
Community Member
3 years ago

great, now I have to move

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#15

In Texas, It Is Illegal For Children To Have Unusual Haircuts

In Texas, It Is Illegal For Children To Have Unusual Haircuts

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Zenozenobee
Community Member
3 years ago

I wonder who decide what's unusual. I mean if tomorrow Nicki Minaj or anyone else decide to shave her/his head except a blue strand of hair right above the left ear and a yellow one on the back. It would be ugly af, but if few hundred kids copy her/him and it become a trend, would it be punishable by law?

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In Maryland Hammering A Nail Into A Tree Is Punishable By A Fifty Dollar Fine

In Maryland Hammering A Nail Into A Tree Is Punishable By A Fifty Dollar Fine

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Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

This one kinda makes sense. It might be to preserve small wild life, like squirrels and such.

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In Rhode Island, It Is Illegal To Wear Transparent Clothing

In Rhode Island, It Is Illegal To Wear Transparent Clothing

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Zenozenobee
Community Member
3 years ago

What about The Emperor's New Clothes?

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#18

In Virginia, Spitting On A Seagull Is Punishable By A Fine

In Virginia, Spitting On A Seagull Is Punishable By A Fine

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Martin Hájek
Community Member
3 years ago

And the seagulls are fined for shitting on people?

James White
Community Member
3 years ago

Nah, the politicians do that.

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Janice Foster
Community Member
3 years ago

Gross!

Stewart Leathwood
Community Member
3 years ago

It was also once illegal in Virginia to hang men's and women's undergarments on the same clothesline.

Maria Myrback
Community Member
3 years ago

I think it's a perfectly reasonable response to seagulls.

jolly789
Community Member
3 years ago

I wish seagull shits on her..

Kay El
Community Member
2 years ago

Anyone score a hit spitting on seagull yet?

claudia neubauer
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm ok with this law. the poor birds.

Marie Françoise Di Moro
Community Member
3 years ago

spitting while the seagull is on the floor or in the sky ?

Kikka io
Community Member
3 years ago

But the seagull that is spitting them, say nothing?

Dean DuPont
Community Member
3 years ago

Pigeons, though... loogie away.

Sourav Sahoo
Community Member
3 years ago

That's lots of spit!!!

Shaheris Suhel
Community Member
3 years ago

Why would I catch the seagull to spit on?

Dobromir Georgiev
Community Member
3 years ago

Damn liberals! Taking away my freedoms with their anti-discrimination laws! Next you will tell me I can't shoot black people anymore...

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#19

In Hawaii Coins Are Not Allowed To Be Placed In One’s Ears

In Hawaii Coins Are Not Allowed To Be Placed In One’s Ears

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Brenda Olano
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3 years ago

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I thought she was a kid.. until I saw the.. x)

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#20

In Kansas, It’s Illegal To Serve Wine In Teacups

In Kansas, It’s Illegal To Serve Wine In Teacups

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Randy Stalcup
Community Member
3 years ago

Wine in a teacup???!!! How uncivilized... lock the barbarians up and throw away the key!

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#21

In Kentucky, It’s Illegal To Lick A Toad

In Kentucky, It’s Illegal To Lick A Toad

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Zenozenobee
Community Member
3 years ago

Any toad that produce hallucinogenic venom with their skin in Kentucky?

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#22

In Kentucky It's Illegal To Paint Your Lawn Red

In Kentucky It's Illegal To Paint Your Lawn Red

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Lucybaby
Community Member
3 years ago

Just why....

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#23

In Wisconsin It Is Illegal To Serve Apple Pie In Public Restaurants Without Cheese

In Wisconsin It Is Illegal To Serve Apple Pie In Public Restaurants Without Cheese

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darknessIsMyOutfit
Community Member
3 years ago

An Apple pie without the cheese is like a kiss without the squeeze!

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#24

In Arkansas It’s Illegal To Kill Or Preserve Any Living Creature Without A License

In Arkansas It’s Illegal To Kill Or Preserve Any Living Creature Without A License

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John L
Community Member
3 years ago

Are you certain insects are included in the statute? :O

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#25

In South Dakota It’s Unlawful To Cause Static

In South Dakota It’s Unlawful To Cause Static

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Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

If I lived in Dakota, I might as well spend my winter in prison then. I unwillingly cause so much electricity, I sometimes think I'm either a robot or a mutant with electric powers. Wish I could charge my phone batteries with my hands. Okay, I better stop here.

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#26

In Washington, It’s Illegal To Paint Polka Dots On The American Flag

In Washington, It’s Illegal To Paint Polka Dots On The American Flag

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Morgan Brock
Community Member
3 years ago

Which should be illegal everywhere.

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#27

In Colorado, It’s Illegal To Have Weeds In Your Yard

In Colorado, It’s Illegal To Have Weeds In Your Yard

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Aunt Messy
Community Member
3 years ago

This is pretty common. Most states and municipalities have laws against growing invasive plants. For example, in Oregon you must remove all ivy, broom, and heather - as well as a laundry list of others. These three are considered Class One Invasives. If you are found to have these things in your yard, you can be fined and ordered to remove them. If you choose not to do this, the city or county will remove them for you, then send you a bill for the work.

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In Missouri, It’s Illegal To Deface A Milk Carton

In Missouri, It’s Illegal To Deface A Milk Carton

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Ryan Cramer
Community Member
3 years ago

Cus THAT'S the thing we need to worry about the most in MO

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#29

In Nebraska, It’s Illegal For A Parent To Perm Their Child’s Hair Without A State License

In Nebraska, It’s Illegal For A Parent To Perm Their Child’s Hair Without A State License

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Anna Brown
Community Member
3 years ago

Who the hell would

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#30

Oregon: One May Not Test Their Physical Endurance While Driving A Car On The Highway

Oregon: One May Not Test Their Physical Endurance While Driving A Car On The Highway

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Hamlets twin
Community Member
3 years ago

Was a five year old driving? I just imagine the lawmaker saying "ugh, alright fine! we'll make it a law"

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In Florida, A Person May Not Appear In Public Clothed In Liquid Latex

In Florida, A Person May Not Appear In Public Clothed In Liquid Latex

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Chalie
Community Member
3 years ago

This one makes sense

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#32

In Louisiana, It’s Illegal To Gargle In Public

In Louisiana, It’s Illegal To Gargle In Public

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Kjorn
Community Member
3 years ago

not a lot of porn movie are filming in louisiana i see

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#33

In Delaware It Is Illegal To Wear Pants That Are “form - Fitting” Around The Waist

In Delaware It Is Illegal To Wear Pants That Are “form - Fitting” Around The Waist

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Caline
Community Member
3 years ago

so.... we're all safe from exposure to muffin tops? Yay?

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#34

In Wyoming, It’s Illegal For A Hairdresser To Groom One’s Pubic Hair

In Wyoming, It’s Illegal For A Hairdresser To Groom One’s Pubic Hair

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Kjorn
Community Member
3 years ago

i'm at work so i wont even Watch it

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#35

In Tennessee Hollow Logs May Not Be Sold

In Tennessee Hollow Logs May Not Be Sold

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Anna Brown
Community Member
3 years ago

Why?

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#36

In Delaware It’s Illegal To Serve Perfume As Liquor

In Delaware It’s Illegal To Serve Perfume As Liquor

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Gayle Bynum Cardosa
Community Member
3 years ago

It's easy to see how some of these came about. The one from Tennessee, this one and some others. They never came off of the books. Several aren't even silly laws.

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In Vermont It Is Illegal To Use Colored Margarine In Restaurants Unless The Menu Indicates You Do

In Vermont It Is Illegal To Use Colored Margarine In Restaurants Unless The Menu Indicates You Do

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Kjorn
Community Member
3 years ago

it's not colored! it's just old... very old mararine with fungus

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#38

In New Mexico Defacing Rocks Is A Crime

In New Mexico Defacing Rocks Is A Crime

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Gayle Bynum Cardosa
Community Member
3 years ago

Not stupid at all. Inscription Rock anyone??? There are historical rocks everywhere in the desert. The law was put there to preserve historical native american sites and places like Inscription Rock. I get the "humor" part here but....ah, whatever. I guess every state has several silly laws. I don't know if the artist here knew (probably). It's a cool photo anyway.

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In Alaska No Person May Drive A Vehicle When There Are Three People In The Front Seat

In Alaska No Person May Drive A Vehicle When There Are Three People In The Front Seat

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Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

Safety, I guess...

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#40

In Mississippi Sesame Street Was Once Banned From Pbs.

In Mississippi Sesame Street Was Once Banned From Pbs.

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Luca
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3 years ago

Nightmarish.....

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