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Crazy Laws in the State of Kentucky and Fun Facts

Don't know why I'm feeling so blue.

Don't know why I'm feeling so blue.

Crazy Laws in the State of Kentucky and Fun Facts

Here is an example of a typical, crazy Kentucky law: “It is illegal to fish in the Ohio River in Kentucky without an Indiana Fishing License.”

That is the law. Now, could you please explain it to me?

Crazy Laws in the State of Kentucky

No person shall dye or color any baby chicks, ducklings, or other fowl or rabbits nor offer to sell same in any quantity less than six (6).

So … you cannot dye or color chicks, ducklings, birds, or rabbits, etc. unless you have six of them to sell? Why not make it illegal to dye just one?

It is illegal to fish in the Ohio River in Kentucky without an Indiana Fishing License.

Are you as confused as I am?

It is illegal to fish with a bow and arrow.

As well as darn near impossible.

No snake charmers allowed? How about a charming snake?

No snake charmers allowed? How about a charming snake?

It is illegal to display, handle or use any kind of reptile in connection with any religious service or gathering.

Snake charmers are not welcome in Kentucky.

It is against the law to remarry the same man four times.

It might also be grounds for commitment … to a mental institution.

Any person who interferes with any person addressing a public audience within this state, who interrupts such a person, while speaking, by the use of insulting or offensive language or opprobrious epithets applied to the speaker or who attempts to interrupt or injure the speaker by throwing missiles of any kind at him shall be fined not less than fifty ($50.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500), or imprisoned for not less than six (6) months nor more than one (1)], or both.

Watch out for those opprobrious epithets – they could get you in a whole lotta trubble.

Are you calling me a counterfeiter?

Are you calling me a counterfeiter?

All bees entering Kentucky shall be accompanied by certificates of health, stating that the bees are free from contagious or infectious disease.

This law was passed in 1922 but repealed in 1948.

Either the bees bribed the Health Department or learned to print counterfeit certificates.

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No female shall appear in a bathing suit on any highway within this state unless she is escorted by at least two officers or unless she be armed with a club.

Later, an amendment proposed: ‘The provisions of this statute shall not apply to any female weighing less than 60 pounds nor exceeding 200 pounds; nor shall it apply to female horses.’

Kentucky wins the award for the most confusing crazy laws … so far!

It is illegal to release a feral hog into the wild.

This seems to be just another crazy law but it actually makes sense, because wild hogs have been running amok in Kentucky's farmland, destroying crops and spreading disease. Wild hogs are now found in 37 counties in Kentucky, up from 19 counties in 2009.

I would not molest a fly!

I would not molest a fly!

Crazy Laws in the Cities of Kentucky

In Fort Thomas – dogs may not molest cars.

Keep your dogs on a leash so the cars they can’t reach.

In Frankfort – It is against the law to shoot off a policeman's tie.

You would have to be more than stupid to even try!

In Lexington - by law, anyone who has been drinking is ‘sober’ until he or she ‘cannot hold onto the ground.’

Whatcha talkin’ about, Offisher? Shee! I’m shtanding erect!

It is illegal to transport an ice cream cone in your pocket.

I remember reading this same crazy law in Carmel, California until Clint Eastwood had it repealed.

In Owensboro – a woman may not buy a hat without her husband’s permission.

Were the ladies going crazy over headgear?

Colonel Harland David Sanders 1890-1980

Colonel Harland David Sanders 1890-1980

Fun Facts and Illustrious Information

Kentucky was a popular hunting ground for the Shawnee and Cherokee Indian nations prior to being settled by white settlers.

In 1792, Kentucky became the fifteenth state of the United States.

Kentucky is also known for horse racing, bluegrass music, bourbon distilleries, auto manufacturing, tobacco, college basketball … and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

The first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant owned and operated by Colonel Sanders is located in Corbin. Louisville is the Headquarters of KFC.

Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave is the world's longest cave and was first promoted in 1816, making it the second oldest tourist attraction in the U.S. Niagara Falls, New York is first.

The name, Kentucky, may be based on an Iroquoian name meaning ‘on the meadow’ or ‘on the prairie.’

In 1774, Harrodstown (now Harrodsburg) was established as the first permanent settlement in the Kentucky region. It was named after James Harrod who led a team of area surveyors.

Daniel Boone gravesite

Daniel Boone gravesite

Daniel Boone and his wife Rebecca are buried in the Frankfort Cemetery. Their son Isaac is buried at Blue Licks Battlefield near Carlisle, where he was killed in the last battle of the Revolutionary War fought in Kentucky.

In the War of 1812 more than half of all Americans killed in action were Kentuckians.

The first enamel bathtub was made in Louisville in 1856.

The radio (‘wireless telephony’) was invented by Nathan B. Stubblefield of Murray in 1892. It was three years before Marconi made his claim to the invention.

President Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865

President Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865

President Jefferson Davis, Confederacy 1807/08-1889

President Jefferson Davis, Confederacy 1807/08-1889

Kentucky is the state where both Abraham Lincoln, President of the Union, and Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, were born.

They were born less than one hundred miles from each other, and one or two years apart.

Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809 in a one-room log cabin on the Sinking Spring Farm in Hardin County, Kentucky.

Jefferson Davis was born in 1807 or 1808, on the Davis homestead in Fairview, Kentucky.

The year of his birth is uncertain since he cited both 1807 and 1808 at different times in his life.

In 1888, ‘Honest Dick’ Tate, the state treasurer, embezzled $247,000 and fled the state.

In 1829, the first oil well in the U.S. was dug three miles north of Burkesville in Cumberland County. It is usually not recognized as such because the drillers were looking for salt brine.

Cumberland was the first county in the U.S. to elect a female sheriff, Pearl Carter Pace.

Kentucky is home to the highest per capita number of deer and turkey in the U.S., the largest free-ranging elk herd east of the Mississippi River, and the nation's most productive coal field.

Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby

Thinder over Louisville fireworks

Thinder over Louisville fireworks

The Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuously held horse race in the country and has been run every consecutive year since 1875. It is held at Churchill Downs in Louisville on the first Saturday in May.

The Derby is the first leg of the American Triple Crown and is followed by the Preakness Stakes and then the Belmont Stakes.

‘Thunder over Louisville’ is the opening ceremony for the Kentucky Derby Festival and is the world's largest fireworks display.

The Bluegrass Country around Lexington is home to some of the world's finest racehorses.

Bluegrass is not really blue - it is green - but in the spring, bluegrass produces bluish purple buds that when seen in large fields give a blue cast to the grass.

Today Kentucky is known as the Bluegrass State.

Now that's what I call a cheeseburger!

Now that's what I call a cheeseburger!

The song ‘Happy Birthday to You’ was the creation of two Louisville sisters in 1893.

Patty Hill was a kindergarten principal in Louisville. Mildred J. Hill was a pianist and composer.

The song’s lyrics have been translated into at least 18 languages.

The melody comes from the song ‘Good Morning to All.’

The town of Murray is home to the Boy Scouts of America Scouting Museum located on the campus of Murray State University.

Cheeseburgers were first served in 1934 at Kaolin's restaurant in Louisville.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette

2014 Chevrolet Corvette

Heather Renee French Henry

Heather Renee French Henry

The Chevrolet Corvette is currently manufactured in Bowling Green, and is the official sports car of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Christian County is wet while Bourbon County is dry.

Barren County has the most fertile land in the state.

The first Miss America from Kentucky is Heather Renee French Henry of Maysville. She was crowned September 18, 1999 with the title of Miss America 2000.

Heather competed in the Miss Kentucky Pageant four times before winning the title on her fifth attempt.

In 2000, she married Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Steve Henry, 21 years her senior, in Louisville.

Heather was born in 1974.

More than 100 native Kentuckians have been elected governors of other states.

Kentucky-born Alben W. Barkley was the oldest United States Vice President when he assumed office in 1949. He was 71 years old.

Red River Gorge

Red River Gorge

The Red River Gorge is also known as a popular destination for rock climbers, with numerous cliffs in the gorge itself and in the surrounding areas.

Cumberland Falls near Corbin, KY is one of the few waterfalls in the world to regularly display a moonbow.

Fleming County is recognized as the Covered Bridge Capital of Kentucky.

Shelby County used to be a dry county but the city of Shelbyville is now wet (retail alcohol sales allowed). The county now allows restaurants outside Shelbyville to sell alcoholic beverages by the drink if they seat at least 100 patrons and derive 70% of their total sales from food.

Today, Shelby County is officially classified as a ‘moist’ county.

The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington has 82 stained-glass windows including the world's largest hand-blown one.

The window measures 24 feet wide by 67 feet high and depicts the Council of Ephesus with 134 life-sized figures.

Cary Grant 1904-1986

Cary Grant 1904-1986

Joe Bowen holds the world record for stilt walking endurance. He walked 3,008 miles on stilts from Bowen, Kentucky to Los Angeles, California.

Speaking of stilt walking . . . Cary Grant (born Archibald Alexander Leach) once performed as a stilt walker. He joined the ‘Bob Pender Stage Troupe’ in England and in 1920, at age 16, he traveled with the group on a 2-year tour of the U.S.

When the troupe returned home, Cary decided to stay in the U.S. and continue his stage career.

No, he was not born in Kentucky, but I could not resist including his photo – for all my lovable female followers. (The debbil made me do it.)

Middlesboro, Kentucky

Middlesboro, Kentucky

"Honorary Citizen" Ducks in Middlesboro

"Honorary Citizen" Ducks in Middlesboro

Man o' War - 1920

Man o' War - 1920

Middlesboro is the only city in the United States built within a meteor crater – the Middlesboro Basin.

The Middlesboro Canal is home to numerous populations and species of duck.

All these ducks are considered to be honorary citizens of the city, despite the traffic headaches they may cause.

Traffic and pedestrians must yield the right of way to the ducks at all times.

.Anyone caught harming the ducks could face fines or jail time

Kentucky sponsors an official Tug-of-War Championship annually in Fordsville (population 531).

Speaking of War . . .

The great Man o' War (Lexington, KY) won all of his horse races except one which he lost to a horse named Upset.

During his career just after World War I, he won 20 of 21 races and $249,465 in purses.

Would you like to know how Man o’ War’s only loss occurred? In the early 1900s, there were no starting gates. Horses circled around and then lined up behind webbing known as the barrier, and began the race when it was raised.

In Man o' War's only loss, he was still circling with his back to the starting line when the barrier was raised. He lost the race by half a length.

Carrie Nation 1846-1911

Carrie Nation 1846-1911

Main street, Cynthiana, KY

Main street, Cynthiana, KY

Carrie Nation, the spokesperson against rum, tobacco, pornography, and corsets was born near Lancaster in Garrard County.

The public saw an electric light for the first time in Louisville.

Thomas Edison introduced his incandescent light bulb to crowds at the Southern Exposition in 1883.

High Bridge located near Nicholasville is the highest railroad bridge over navigable water in the United States.

High Bridge was opened in 1876 and was the first cantilever bridge in North America.

The 1876 bridge was replaced in 1911 by a more robust bridge in the same place. The current bridge stands 308 feet above the river.

Post-It Notes are manufactured at the 3M factory in Cynthiana (population 6,402). Today, it still accounts for nearly all of the world's production.

The Hatfield and McCoy Reunion Festival and Marathon are held annually in June in Pikeville, KY as well as Matewan and Williamson, WV. The festival commemorates the famed feud and includes a marathon and half-marathon.

The motto is ‘no feudin', just runnin'.

Fort Knox, KY

Fort Knox, KY

Lost River Cave, Bowling Green, KY

Lost River Cave, Bowling Green, KY

More than $6 billion worth of gold is held in the underground vaults of Fort Knox. This is the largest amount of gold stored anywhere in the world.

Frederick M. Vinson who was born in Louisa is the only Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court known to be born in jail.

Vinson was born in the newly built, eight-room, red brick house in front of the Lawrence County Jail in Louisa where his father served as the Lawrence County Jailer.

The Lost River Cave and Valley Bowling Green contains the largest cave opening east of the Mississippi. It includes a cave with the shortest and deepest underground river in the world.

The swimsuit Mark Spitz wore in the 1972 Olympic Games was manufactured in Paris, Kentucky.

State fruit – Blackberry

State gemstone – Freshwater pearl

State grass – Kentucky bluegrass

State motto – ‘United we stand, divided we fail’

State game species – Gray squirrel

State song – ‘My Old Kentucky Home’

State music – Bluegrass music

State automobile – Chevrolet Corvette

Kentucky State Symbols

State bird – Cardinal

State butterfly – Viceroy butterfly

State dance – Clogging

State beverage – Milk

State fish – Kentucky spotted bass

State fossil – Brachiopod (similar to clams and oysters but not related)

State flower – Goldenrod

State tree – Tulip tree

“I grew up in Kentucky, but … I had heat, and I didn't have to shoot my dinner or anything.” – Jennifer Lawrence (actress)

© Copyright BJ Rakow, Ph.D. 2015. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So."

Comments for Crazy Laws in the State of Kentucky and Fun Facts

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on August 12, 2015:

Hi, Audrey, how are you, m'dear? Clogging is definitely an art. In addition to rhythm, you have to have strong feet and adhesive toes. Didja know that is how Charlie Chaplin got his start in show business? As a youngster, he joined a 'clogging' troupe that traveled across the UK. I know because Charlie told me so when I interviewed him: "Interview with Charlie Chaplin.'

Delighted you had tons of fun with this and thanks for the votes and the sharing.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on August 12, 2015:

Hi, Dianna - what a nice treat to see you here, m'dear. It's good to know that the ice cream in the Corvette Cafe is as lovable as the Corvette. Thanks for sharing that info. Hope your relatives enjoy this article as much as I enjoy your visits to my hubs.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on August 11, 2015:

Clogging is the state dance...I wonder how those folks still clog. I tried on a pair in Solvang, Ca. and these wooden shoes slipped off my feet every time I took a step. :)

Super hub - so much interesting info - I had tons of fun! Votes across and sharing.

Dianna Mendez on August 11, 2015:

I have relatives in this state so I am sharing this fun article with them. I have been to the corvette museum and it is a good day visit for any family. Love the cafe's ice cream (that's beside the point!).

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on August 05, 2015:

Hi, Mary. Yes, indeedy, it does take some time to research all the crazy laws for each state and lots more time to find the most interesting facts for my readers. But faithful commenters like you, m'luv, and lovely comments like yours, make it all worthwhile. Trust me.

Delighted to learn you once experienced the Kentucky Derby in person; it IS an adventure. Thanks for the Up and the et ceteras.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on August 05, 2015:

It must take you a long, long time to find out about all these crazy laws! Well, these laws are a lot of fun to read, so keep 'em coming!

I went to the Kentucky Derby once; what an adventure that was.

Voted this one Up etc. etc.

Suzie from Carson City on July 30, 2015:

My lips are sealed!.....

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on July 30, 2015:

Aha, Paula! That's the purpose of meds - to keep you erect ... but confused. Don't tell the APA I told you so.

Suzie from Carson City on July 30, 2015:

Funny thing Doc.....If it weren't for your Hub series on stoopid laws, I would never remember to take my meds!! You keep me on my toes.......confused, but on my toes!!

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on July 30, 2015:

Stoopid is exactly the right word for some of those out-of-this-world wacky laws, Paula. Thank you for that rational explanation of the fishing license law. Would you like to take your meds now or after lunch?

The bathing suit-highway-club-horse law was obviously created by a pack of paranoid schizophrenics masquerading as legislators who refused psychotropic medication.

I remember 'Arsenic & Old Lace' and Cary and the adorable little old ladies - it was a hoot! Thank you m'dear, for the visit, the fascinating comments and the Up plusses. You are the best!

Suzie from Carson City on July 29, 2015:

Hooooooo.......Leeeeeeee.....That thar's sum purdy stoopid stuff!

I think any rational person could figure out that to fish in the Ohio River while in Kentucky, you have to have an Indiana fishing license because all the fish are natives of Indiana. That's simple enough.

The law about the females & bathing suits, highways and really screwed up....but the amendment is worse. It includes HORSES!

Every time I see a picture of Cary Grant, I immediately think of "Arsenic & Old Lace" and start laughing out loud! That movie slays me every time I see it!

Good one Doc!! Just like the rest of them!...UP++++

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on July 29, 2015:

Hi, Mary. Perhaps you noticed first the info about burgers because you were hungry for lunch? I was surprised myself that cheeseburgers were invented in 1934. Thanks for loving this series 'from Lincoln to Cary.' I am more than delighted to put you in a good mood.

Thanks as always for your visits and your most gracious comments. Be well.

Mary Craig from New York on July 29, 2015:

Am I the only one who noticed hamburgers were introduced in Kentucky? It don't get no better than that!

As always dear friend you've stuffed this full of fun and facts from Lincoln to Cary Grant.

Love this series. It always puts me in a good mood.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on July 26, 2015:

So the debbil talks to you, too, Ruby? Since you asked, I was born in Chicago but grew up in Kankakee from the age of 8 to 14 when I returned to Chicago with my family. I loved the big city and the small town, too.

Now south Florida is my home and I don't miss those Illinois winters at all.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on July 25, 2015:

Where were you born in Illinoise? The debbil made me ask! And yes I could write a good horror story about my time spent with a man who loved money and had some in the political field in his pockets. I think that's why I became a democrat. lol...

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on July 25, 2015:

I agree, Genna, Kentucky legislators have been most ingenious in creating some of these crazy laws. It will be difficult to select the craziest of all when I finish this series but KY is definitely in the running ... so far.

Delighted beyond measure that you are also enjoying the fun facts/info I include with these articles. I knew about honest Abe's birthplace because I was born in Illinois and he wasn't. :)

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on July 25, 2015:

What an interesting state. The funny laws are so whacky, I think Kentucky just might have won the prize for "huh?" And the best in Bluegrass. You always include interesting facts with these's such a pleasant read, every time. Did you know that many people still think Abraham Lincoln was born in Illinois? They don't realize it was Kentucky. True story.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on July 23, 2015:

Many of these crazy laws, Alicia, m'dear, are indeed strange beyond belief. Delighted that you had a good laugh and enjoyed the ride. My pleasure!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 22, 2015:

I enjoy all your crazy law hubs for the entertainment and education that they provide. I've never laughed so much at the laws section as I did when reading this hub, though! The laws are very strange.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on July 21, 2015:

How nice, Ruby, that you were able to visit Mammoth Cave and your sister, too. Kentucky does have some rather bizarre laws but then don't they all?

I get the feeling that you could write a number of hubs regarding your interesting Guthrie years. Am I correct? (The debbil made me ask!)

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on July 21, 2015:

This was another fun read. I've been to Mammath cave. The fish were white and blind in the cave's water stream. My sister Virgie lived in Ky. so I've been there many times. I believe they have the most crazy laws. I lived in Guthrie Ky for five years. ( Second marriage ) The debbil made me tell you. Lol.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on July 21, 2015:

Delighted, Nell, I could make you laugh out loud with these crazy, funny laws. Thanks for loving this. Every time I research another state I find bizarre laws even crazier than those preceding. Amazing!

Nell Rose from England on July 21, 2015:

LOL! oh those bees! so funny! all of them are so funny but the policemans tie made me laugh so loud! fascinating facts, and funny stuff, I love it! nell

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on July 21, 2015:

On your next visit to Kentucky, simply bring along a copy of these laws and you will be on the right side of the law - wherever that is. Those Kentucky legislators do get a special award for creativity when it comes to devising crazy laws.

Thank you for your visit and sublime comments, m'dear.

maggs224 from Sunny Spain on July 20, 2015:

The next time I am in Kentucky I shall have to try to remember not to shoot off Policemen's ties. I shall also ask my husband for a note giving permission for me to buy a hat lol...

Whoops, I am having trouble hanging onto the floor, so I am glad I am not in Kentucky tonight. What a smashing Hub interesting and entertaining voting up and hitting the relevant buttons on my way out. :D maggs

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on July 20, 2015:

Nice to meet you, Rabadi. That crazy law about dogs molesting cars makes me laugh every time I think about it. Thanks for the visit and finding this a fun read.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on July 20, 2015:

Hi, Eric. I had the most difficult time trying to figure out what those crazy legislators were really trying to say with that crazy 'drinking' law. And I am sober. Thanks for finding this fascinating and entertaining. I do appreciate your visits.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on July 20, 2015:

My lips are sealed, Bill. Wild horses will not drag that information from me. $100 bills might ... but not wild horses.

Thanks for enjoying this series, m'dear.

TruthisReal from New York on July 20, 2015:

Dogs may not molest cars! HAHA that is excellent! Great Article and a fun read.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 20, 2015:

Fascinating and very entertaining. It must be really hard on drunks around there figuring where they can and where they cannot.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 20, 2015:

Bev's family is from Kentucky. We don't tell many people that fact. :) Always an enjoyable read, my friend.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on July 20, 2015:

Wow, Larry, you almost got here with your great comment before I pushed 'Publish.' I love that crazy 'bee' law, too. Thanks for loving this series. I promised to get to 'Oklahoma' soon.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on July 20, 2015:

Got to make sure those bees have the appropriate paperwork:-)

Love this series.

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