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Photographer Depicts America’s Most Bizarre Laws (NSFW)

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Practically every city or state in the US has at least one weird law, forbidding a behavior so ridiculously specific you wonder why there’s a need for the law in the first place. For example, in Delaware, if you get married in the course of a game of Truth or Dare, you can annul that marriage. (Please nobody show this article to my wife.)

Even weirder, these laws exist because once someone actually DID the bizarre thing in question. And when they couldn’t be punished for it, a law had to be made.

Either that, or lawmakers are way more into acid than I thought.

Weird laws are also a staple of the bathroom book industry–when I was a kid, we had several in our house. But while lots of authors write about this topic, artist Olivia Locher takes things one step further and actually portrays these laws being broken. The result is a surreal photo series that drives home just how absurd the laws really are. And if you’re a weird law buff, She even has a coffee table book coming out this fall called “I Fought The Law.”

Take a look at this gallery of Locher’s work. Hopefully you’ll be entertained AND you’ll learn something–we’d hate for you to get arrested for one of these infractions.

1. In Alabama, it’s illegal to have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at all times.

Just spring for air conditioning, dude.

Photo Credit: Olivia Locher

2. In California, it’s illegal to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool.

But how will I become an underwater BMX bandit?

Photo Credit: Olivia Locher

3. In Maine, you can’t tickle a woman under the chin with a feather duster.

Being a perv used to be quaint!

Photo Credit: Olivia Locher

4. In Utah, it’s unlawful to walk down the street with a violin in a paper bag.

They prefer it be a bottle of Thunder Bird.

Photo Credit: Olivia Locher

5. In Rhode Island, it’s illegal to wear transparent clothing.

Don’t necessarily disagree with this law.

Photo Credit: Olivia Locher

6. In Delaware, no one may wear pants that are “form-fitting” around the waist.

What other kind of pants is there?

Photo Credit: Olivia Locher

7. In Tennessee, hollow logs may not be sold.

Well, there goes my get-rich-quick scheme.

Photo Credit: Olivia Locher

8. In Wisconsin, all apple pie must be sold with cheese.

The Cheese Lobby is out of control!

Photo Credit: Olivia Locher

9. In Arizona, you may not have more than two dildos in one house.

This law was clearly written by an insecure husband.

Photo Credit: Olivia Locher

10. In Texas, it’s illegal for kids to have unusual haircuts.

Gotta love that purposely vague phrasing.

Photo Credit: Olivia Locher