Written By: Nate Thomas
Sometimes a law is made that might make sense at the time, but as time passes these laws make less sense and seem a little crazy/weird.
By breaking some of these laws, someone could technically earn jail time and/or receive a huge fine. Here are some of those laws that still exist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. (I saved my favorite for last)
*By reading the list below, you enter a contractual agreement with me, Nate Thomas, that you will share this article if you have broken any of these laws.*
- Writing Someone Else’s Essay is Illegal
That’s right students if you write someone else’s essay…SHIT…GOES…DOWN. One would think you would just get in trouble with your school, but not so much. You can be hit with a $100 fine and/or 6 months in jail, just because your roommate was in over his head and you wanted to make a quick $20. I’M LOOKING AT YOU WRITING MAJORS. (Source)
- Talking In A Library is Illegal
Hey! Margaret told you to shush. So shush! Oh, you’ve done it now! You are going to be thrown in jail for a month or have to pay a fine of $50. That is the punishment for talking in a library or interrupting the people in it in any way. (Source)
- You May Be Living in a Haunted House
So this seems a little messed up. It turns out, that if someone has died in a house, you are trying to buy, a realtor/real estate agent is not legally obligated to tell you, and neither is the state. Thankfully, you can check to see if someone has died in your house at DiedInHouse.com. Search at your own risk. (Source)
- Prank Calling is a Bad Call
So this is more geared towards your younger siblings (hopefully). It just so happens, that when you ask someone if their fridge is running, you better be the one who is running. If you make a prank call, you can be hit with a $500 fine. (Source)
- Pre-Marital Sex is Illegal
“Don’t have sex, because you will get pregnant and you will die!” On top of that, you then owe Massachusetts a $30 fine or 3 months in jail. (Source) “Don’t have sex in missionary position, don’t have sex standing up, just don’t do it, okay, promise? Okay, now everybody take some rubbers.”
- Cursing at Fenway and Foxborough is Illegal…Unless You Are Under 16
In the state of Massachusetts, once you hit the ripe old age of 16, it becomes illegal for you to curse at a sporting event. Any sporting event for any reason. If you curse, you are going to be fined $50. I think a lot of New England fans owe this state A LOT of money. (Source)
- Christmas is Illegal
The 1600’s were a weird time for Massachusetts. Puritans took over the settlement, and across the pond, they beheaded King Charles I. The first thing they decided to do with their new power was to ban Christmas. Instead, December 25th became a day where men could think about their sins of the year and feel humiliated. The fine for celebrating Christmas? 5 Schillings. Good luck finding Schillings in America in 2016. (Source)
Now it is time for my favorite one.
- Blasphemy is Illegal
The act of insulting The Father, Son, and/or the Holy Ghost, cursing in their names, or ridiculing the Bible, are all illegal acts that carry pretty severe punishments. For committing any one of these acts, you can be fined $300, put on a form of probation, or be thrown in jail for one year. (Source) This one is my favorite because I am an Atheist, which means I owe A LOT of jail time. Let’s hope no cops are reading this. We don’t need to act on the warrant for my arrest that is no doubt in the system.
So that’s the list. Compiled by just looking through the official government laws and looking for things that could potentially be ridiculous.
So what were your favorite laws? Let us know in the comments below!