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Strange rules

7 unusual laws that actually exist

Published on December 12, 2018 | Last Updated April 07, 2022
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It’s important to follow the rules anywhere you go. But sometimes, the rules seem a little wild! Here are seven strange laws from Canada and the United States that actually exist!

No farting

A girl pinching her nose closed

In Florida, it’s illegal to fart in a public place after 6 p.m.! So it might be a good idea to stay away from that second helping of beans!

No llamas in national parks

A very hairy white llama chewing on some hay

If you want to bring your llama in one of Canada's national parks and let it graze there, you're going to need to get a permit from the superintendent.

No ice cream in your pocket

A mom and daughter eating ice cream together

On a hot summer's day, be careful where you keep your ice cream cones! It’s illegal to stash that delicious treat in your back pocket on a Sunday in Georgia! Why would I put ice cream in my back pocket you ask? Who knows. Maybe it just seemed like a good place at the time.

No trick-or-treating on Sunday

A group of kids in Halloween costumes out trick or treating

In a small town in Delaware, if Halloween falls on a Sunday, you have to trick-or-treat on October 30th instead. And then only between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. That means you've really got to rush to get that sweet, sweet candy.

No cows in the house

A black and white cow resting in a field

In St. John's, Newfoundland, you can't keep your cow in your home as a pet. But don’t have a cow over it! You can still keep a cow as a farm animal in a barn!

No excessive use of nickels

A huge pile of shiny Canadian nickels

Did you know that there are limits to how many coins you can use to pay for things in Canada? The Currency Act says that nickels aren't legal tender for any purchases over $5 and business have the right to not accept your payment. Were you planning on using those 322 nickels in your piggy bank to buy a new toy? Just bring them to the bank!

No billboards

A big blank orange billboard

You won’t find any billboards on the side of a busy street in Hawaii! That’s because they’re actually illegal! They do it to make sure you can see the mountains, volcanoes and beaches everywhere you look!

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