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50 Things You Won’t Believe Are Banned in the U.S.

From bear wrestling to shooting fish in a barrel, find out what odd things lawmakers around the country have banned in their states for reasons we cannot explain.

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Alabama: no bear wrestling

Did you know that in Mobile, Alabama, silly string is illegal (as is confetti)? But no matter what city or town you're in Alabama, it is unlawful to promote or otherwise be involved with bear wrestling matches. That includes selling tickets to bear wrestling matches and/or training a bear to be a bear wrestler. Funny that Alabama's lawmakers thought it important to get this law on the books, when here we were thinking that when we see a bear, all we want to do is run in the other direction. Here are 50 of the dumbest laws you'll find around the country.

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Alaska: You can't carry a bow and arrow

In the state of Alaska, it's illegal to enter a bar if you're already intoxicated. That actually makes some bit of sense. Now, if only we could make sense of why in the municipality of Nome, Alaska, it's illegal to carry a bow and arrow when generally speaking bow and arrow hunting is permitted in the state of Alaska.

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Arizona: No camel hunting

In Arizona, the hunting of camels is prohibited. While this seems like a nonsensical law—camels aren’t exactly native to Arizona—there is actually a logical reason for it. Pre-Civil War, the U.S. Army experimented with camels in the Arizona desert, before eventually giving up the project. The remaining camels were set free and are still protected to this day.

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Arkansas: No honking your horn in front of a sandwich shop

In Little Rock, Arkansas, after 9 p.m. it's illegal to honk your horn in front of a sandwich shop. So, please be patient at the drive-through. Although it's on the books as the official pronunciation, no one has ever been prosecuted for mispronouncing it.

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California: You can't wear a mask or other disguise

If you live in Walnut City, California, you should rethink your Halloween costume, especially if it involves a mask or other disguise—or at least get permission from the sheriff. Or you could consider trick-or-treating someplace else such as San Francisco.

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Colorado: No throwing missiles at cars

Within the city limits of Alamosa, Colorado, it is illegal to throw missiles at cars. While you would hope that your car is protected from missiles no matter where you are, this Colorado city has made sure to articulate the rule. We hope you don't ever break that law, but here are 7 laws you're probably breaking regularly without even knowing it.

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Connecticut: Kissing on Sundays

If you live in Hartford, Connecticut, you might want to avoid Sunday night dates with your spouse—it's illegal for a man to kiss his wife on Sundays. The origin of this law is unknown but it still exists, though not really enforced. We promise this is true, but these are the 24 U.S. facts everyone gets wrong.

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Delaware: You can't trick-or-treat on a Sunday

In Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, when October 31 falls on a Sunday, you're not allowed to trick-or-treat, Halloween or not. Instead, it's rescheduled for the day before.

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Florida: No Internet cafés

In 2013, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law House Bill 155, which was aimed at cracking down on illegal gambling in Internet cafés. But the law had the effect of banning Internet cafés in general (and resulted in an immediate shutdown of 1,000 Internet cafés). The law is still in effect, although these establishments keep popping up everywhere, in most cases, claiming they aren't engaging in the gambling the law was intended to prohibit.

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Georgia: You can't buy sex toys

It's illegal to buy sex toys in Sandy Springs, Georgia. An ordinance on the books specifically provides that "any device designed or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs is obscene material" and therefore prohibited (unless the buyer has a bona fide medical, scientific, educational, legislative, judicial, or law enforcement purpose). And this law gets enforced, although its constitutionality is currently being challenged in court. (In 2008, a similar law in Texas was overturned.)

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