Crazy Laws in Mississippi and Fun Facts
When it comes to Crazy Laws, Mississippi has few equals. 21 Crazy laws exist for almost everything from polygamy, to seduction, to illegitimate children, to dogs wearing diapers, to sex in public, cattle rustling, public profanity . . . you name it.
Crazy Laws in the State of Mississippi
• It is illegal to sell the meat of a cat for food.
Do not feed your cat any cat food that already IS cat food.
• If one is a parent to two illegitimate children, that person will go to jail for at least one month.
He or she shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for not less than thirty (30) days nor more than ninety (90) days or by a fine of not more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00), or both.
It appears that if you have only one illegitimate child, no penalty applies.
• It is illegal to teach others what polygamy is.
Warning to Mormons – avoid Mississippi.
• No one may bribe any athlete in baseball, football, basketball, or tennis to ‘rig’ a game, match or tournament, professional or amateur.
The provisions of this section shall not be deemed to include any wrestling matches, it being expressly provided hereby that wrestling matches shall be deemed to be shows or exhibitions and not athletic contests.
Wrestling matches are not athletic contests? Do not tell the Rock! (movie star actor formerly wrestler, Dwayne Johnson.) He might not take the news lightly.
• A man may not seduce a woman by lying, and claiming he will marry her.
Don Juan and Casanova would not be welcome in Mississippi.
• One may be fined up to $100 for using ‘profane language’ in public places.
If any person shall profanely swear or curse, or use vulgar and indecent language, or be drunk in any public place, in the presence of two (2) or more persons, he shall, on conviction thereof, be fined not more than one hundred dollars ($100.00) or be imprisoned in the county jail not more than thirty (30) days or both.
Curses! Foiled again.
• Horses are not to be housed within 50 feet of any road.
I wouldn’t keep my horse in my house wherever it was located.
• Cattle rustling is punishable by hanging.
Is it the cattle that get hanged? Just wonderin’.
• Private citizens may personally arrest any person that disturbs a church service.
What if it is the Pastor who is delivering a disturbing sermon?
• Unnatural intercourse, committed with mankind or with a beast, if both parties voluntarily participate, results in a maximum sentence of 10 years and $10,000.
What if ‘mankind’ or a ‘beast’ do not voluntarily participate? Just askin’.
• It is illegal for a male to be Sexually Aroused in Public.
This law may be known around the police department as the S.A.P. law.
• Vagrancy is punishable by either 30 days in prison or a $250 fine.
If you are a genuine vagrant without funds and it has been an icy cold winter, you may welcome that free 30 days room and board in a nice warm prison.
• Drugstores cannot sell poison to children.
They needed to enact a law? Were druggists actually doing that?
• Adultery or Fornication (living together while not married or having sex with someone that is not your spouse) results in a fine of $500 and/or 6 months in prison.
So . . . how is that law working out?
Crazy Laws in the Cities of Mississipp
• In Columbus - the fine for shooting a gun in public is actually less than the fine for waving a gun in public.
Wave the flag if you must . . . not your gun.
• In Ridgeland – it is unlawful for anyone to have sex in public.
Public place means and includes streets, sidewalks or highways; transportation facilities; schools; places of amusement; parks; playgrounds; restaurants; nightclubs, cocktail lounges; burlesque houses; bars; cabarets; taverns; taprooms; private fraternal, social, golf or country clubs; or any public place that allows the consumption of intoxicating liquors including light wine, beer and alcoholic beverages on the premises.