20+ Things Americans Warn Foreigners Never To Do In The US

By molly atherton 7 months ago
Welcome to the land of stars, stripes, and a list of dos and don'ts longer than a Texas highway! The United States, a melting pot of cultures and quirks, comes with its own set of unspoken rules—some as perplexing as a Rubik's Cube, others as straightforward as a New York hot dog stand. Brace yourselves, dear wanderers, as we unravel the enigmatic tapestry of American norms and uncover the top 20+ things Americans caution foreigners never to do on these illustrious shores.

1. If you get pulled over, don't ever do this!

In many parts of the world, stepping out of your vehicle when stopped by law enforcement might be considered a sign of respect or a standard practice. However, in the United States, the protocol takes a distinct turn. Here, it's crucial to remain inside your vehicle once pulled over for a traffic violation.
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In some other countries, if you get pulled over for a traffic violation, it's perfectly fine to get out of your car as the cop is approaching. DO NOT do this in the United States. Stay in your vehicle, with your hands visible on the steering wheel until otherwise instructed by the officer. It is for your safety and for theirs, so just stay put and stay calm!Original content sourced from Femanin.com

2. Don't think that it's okay to skip the line

In various cultures worldwide, the concept of queuing possesses a certain flexibility, often accommodating individuals in a rush or granting exceptions based on urgency or familiarity. However, in the United States, queuing isn't merely a suggestion; it's akin to an unwritten social contract.
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There are some countries where a queue is more of a suggestion. If someone is in a hurry, people might allow them to skip the line. This is NOT the case in America. Whether you're at the bank or the post office, or in the line at an amusement park, skipping the line can turn into something aggressive very quickly. It's better to just follow the order!

3. Please don't trespass onto unknown property

In many parts of the world, the allure of wandering through expansive countryside, exploring uncharted territories, and soaking in the natural beauty seems like an adventure waiting to unfold. However, the American landscape, while equally captivating, comes with a distinct caveat when it comes to venturing onto private property.
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Of course, no matter where you are, entering someone's property without permission is a no-no. But in other countries, it's not unheard of to go wandering through the countryside, exploring. This is not recommended in the US, as you may unknowingly cross onto someone's private property and find yourself being arrested or met at gunpoint by the property owner!

4. Never take videos of a child without permission

Absolutely, cultural norms regarding capturing images of children vary widely across the globe. In societies where communal upbringing and shared responsibility for children prevail, recording videos or taking photos of kids engaged in everyday activities might be seen as a natural and harmless gesture.
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To many, this probably seems like a given, but in some countries, because children are raised more communally, this is a common situation to take a video of a child playing, etc. If you try to do this in America, you're more than likely to get yelled at, chased, or even have the cops called on you!

5. Don't try to bribe a police officer

In certain parts of the world, the idea of tipping or offering a bribe to law enforcement as a way to circumvent a traffic violation might be part of an accepted norm or an unfortunate but common practice. However, the United States stands out distinctly in this regard, where attempting such actions can lead to unexpected and potentially severe consequences.
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There are other countries where you can sometimes tip or bribe the police to get out of a traffic violation. Of course, people here in the United States have been known to turn on the waterworks or flirt a little to get out of a ticket. I can tell you first hand, it doesn't usually work. But definitely never try to offer any sort of monetary bribe to change the situation!

6. If you're up against someone with road rage, hold your tongue

The open road, a symbol of freedom and adventure, can also become a battleground of frayed tempers and intense emotions, especially when it comes to navigating the intricacies of driving etiquette. Road rage, a phenomenon experienced worldwide to varying degrees, takes on a unique dimension.
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It's common anywhere you go to get frustrated with other drivers on the road. If you're the cause of the frustration, you may find someone with road rage flipping you the bird or becoming aggressive. In America, it's strongly recommended to not engage and to continue to drive as safely as you can. Once again... guns, violence, being run off the road. Not a good time!

7. Don't forget to tip at a restaurant

Tipping culture in the United States is as much a social convention as it is an essential part of many service workers' livelihoods. Unlike in several other countries where tipping practices may be less prevalent or even unnecessary due to different wage structures, in the U.S., tipping plays a crucial role in supplementing the income of service professionals.
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If you're at a sit down restaurant, taking a city cab, or getting a massage, be sure to tip for these types of services. While most other countries don't tip the way we do in America, most restaurant workers don't earn a livable wage without the help of your tips! The common amount is 15% - 20%, but definitely never go lower than 10%.

8. Never leave your child alone in the car

Leaving a sleeping child unattended in a car—a seemingly convenient move in some cultures—takes a starkly different turn when considering the legal and safety landscape in the United States. While it might appear to be a harmless act, this practice is not only discouraged but is also legally prohibited.
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It's common in some countries to leave your sleeping child unattended in the car while you run quickly into the shops or something comparable. However, in the United States, this act is actually illegal! From both an accident perspective (getting locked in a hot car) and a stranger danger perspective, it's just a bad idea!

9. Don't go to Florida

Florida often finds itself in the spotlight, not always for the most flattering reasons. The infamous "Florida Man" headlines have earned the state a reputation for eccentric and often bewildering news stories that defy logic or reason.
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Look, Florida doesn't have a great reputation. There's a reason that "Florida Man" is a thing. Weird stuff happens there all the time. It can seem enticing with its beaches and the delicious Cuban food down south, but it's probably best to just avoid. There are alligators and other dangerous wildlife, and the vibes are not giving.

10. Never, EVER speak ill of this American icon

Dolly Parton, the quintessential embodiment of charm, talent, and generosity, stands tall as an icon beloved by not just her home state of Tennessee but by admirers across the entire United States. With a career spanning decades, she has crafted an indelible legacy that resonates deeply with fans.
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Dolly Parton is America's queen! She's admired not only in Tennessee, but all across the country. Having been a music icon for so long, the feelings run deep for Miss Parton. Beyond her music, she's known for her philanthropic spirit, raising funds for local schools and health institutions. She's a wholesome person whom everyone respects!

11. Don't make sudden movements when stopped by the cops

In the current climate in the United States, encounters with law enforcement can be fraught with tension and heightened sensitivity, both from officers and citizens alike. The pervasive unease stemming from various societal factors has contributed to a sense of vigilance and apprehension during routine interactions, particularly when stopped by the police.
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If you move too quickly or appear to try to get away, things will not go in your favor with the police officers who've stopped you. Due to the current state of America, both cops and citizens are jumpy and on edge at virtually every stop. Do your best to remain calm and inform the officer of your actions.

12. Stay out of the left lane unless you're passing

Navigating multiple-lane freeways in the United States comes with its own set of unwritten rules, one of the most significant being the norm of keeping right unless overtaking. While not always strictly adhered to by every driver, this guideline aims to maintain a smoother flow of traffic and reduce congestion, particularly on highways with multiple lanes.
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If you're on a multiple lane freeway, then you should stick to the right hand side unless you're overtaking a vehicle. Do people stick to this? Not really, but it is the unspoken rule that the left lane of traffic is moving quicker than the right lane of traffic. So if you can't keep up, then be sure to scoot on over!

13. Probably not good to argue with an American over politics

American politics, a topic as complex and passionate as the nation itself, often elicits fervent opinions and deeply entrenched viewpoints among its citizens. The landscape of political discourse in the United States can be a double-edged sword, offering opportunities for meaningful dialogue while also posing risks of intense division and contention.
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The majority of Americans have VERY strong political views. While you'll find many who are willing to engage in thoughtful conversations, you can also find yourself in a bad spot quickly. Politics are very divisive in America, as we all know, and someone who's coming in to discuss American politics when they can't vote here just leads to non-productive conversations.

14. Always mind your space

Navigating personal space and adhering to social norms is an integral part of daily interactions in the United States. Americans place significant value on maintaining personal boundaries and respecting the space of others in various social settings, be it in crowded streets or enclosed public spaces.
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Americans are big on personal space. Stand too close or bump into someone while you're walking past, and it likely won't be well-received. The same goes for smoking unless it's in a designated smoking area, so make sure you know the local laws. Also, spitting in public is weirdly frowned upon.

15. Don't try to use the restroom at an establishment without asking

Access to public restrooms in the United States can vary significantly based on different establishments' policies and local regulations. While some businesses readily offer restroom facilities to the public, others might restrict access to paying customers or might not have public restrooms available at all due to various reasons, including space constraints or safety concerns.
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If you're not a paying customer, most places in the United States won't allow you to come in off the street to use the bathroom. Some places don't have a restroom available to the public at all (even for customers). So it's better to check and put on your best "I'm SO sorry" face and ask in your kindest voice.

16. If you don't have insurance....

Navigating the American healthcare system without insurance coverage can indeed be a daunting and financially burdensome experience. The cost of medical care, from routine check-ups to emergency hospital visits, can quickly escalate, leaving individuals without insurance facing exorbitant out-of-pocket expenses.
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Honestly, if you don't have health insurance, just never get injured or sick, okay? Joking, but yet not. If you don't have health insurance, and you have to go to the hospital or even the general doctor in America... It will cost you A LOT out-of-pocket. Hospital bills rack up super fast!

17. It's a bad idea to pee in an alleyway

In various parts of the world, the act of finding a discreet spot for a quick restroom break might not necessarily raise eyebrows. However, in the United States, relieving oneself in public, especially when intoxicated, can lead to unexpected and potentially serious consequences.
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If you've ever had a bit too much to drink, so you decide to stop to pee in an alleyway, I wouldn't recommend it in America. Some other countries don't really frown on this, but in America, it can actually land you in the drunk tank, which is basically like overnight jail for when you've done something dumb while drinking.

18. Don't go to New York without trying the pizza

New York City's pizza holds a revered status in the culinary world, and the secret behind its deliciousness has been a subject of endless speculation. Some attribute its unparalleled taste to the unique mineral composition of the city's water.
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They say it has something to do with the water in New York that helps make the pizza dough SO delicious. Whatever it is, it is working. If you get the chance to visit New York, be sure to grab a slice. Almost anywhere you can find is decent and if you ask a local, they'll tell you the best spots!

19. If you live in a red state, don't get unintentionally pregnant

The landscape surrounding reproductive rights and access to abortion in certain states within the United States has indeed undergone significant changes and restrictions in recent years. In particular, several conservative or "red" states have enacted legislation imposing severe limitations or outright bans on abortion, regardless of the circumstances or stage of pregnancy.
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Whether by faulty protection or a traumatic assault, if you get pregnant in a red state, you're going to find yourself in a bad spot. As we all know, abortion is no longer protected at the federal level, so most red states have outlawed abortion for ANY reason at any stage. That being said, there are a lot of resources to help you out if you find yourself in this situation.

20. Don't freak out if you see a gun

The prevalence of firearms and the legality of concealed carry in many states within the United States can indeed lead to encounters where individuals openly carry firearms or possess concealed weapons in public spaces. This reality often contrasts with norms in many other countries where strict gun control measures are in place.
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We all know there's a major gun problem in the US. That being said, many states in the US still allow conceal and carry, so you might see more guns out in the open than you would in any other country. While it's not something you should ever get used to, it's better to remain calm unless the situation seems threatening!

21. Do NOT go to Times Square for New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve in Times Square, the iconic celebration that draws throngs of visitors from across the globe, holds a legendary status in the collective imagination. However, behind the glitz and glamour lies an experience that might not match the romanticized expectations, especially for first-time visitors to New York City.
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It's honestly pretty overrated. If you're visiting New York for the first time, this is not where you want to spend the New Year. It's freezing. It's crowded. It's easy to get separated from your friends. You can't leave to go to the bathroom (unless you want to get separated from your friends). There's a reason why locals avoid it at all costs!

22. Don't jaywalk

In the United States, the rules around pedestrian crossings and jaywalking can be quite different from those in other countries. While many places have designated crosswalks where pedestrians are expected to cross the street, the U.S. has specific laws governing crossing outside of these demarcated areas.
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Yes, this is an actual thing in the United States, and yes, you can get a ticket. Of course, most countries have a safe section for pedestrians to cross the street when the light corresponds to a safe crossing. But did you know it's actually illegal in America to not cross at a designated crosswalk?

23. Don't interrupt a film set

If you're traveling to the US and likely visiting a major city like New York or LA, then it's quite possible you'll stumble across a film set while you're out and about. If that happens, please refrain from yelling at your favorite celebrity.
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They're truly just trying to do their job, and every second on set costs a lot of money. If you're lucky, patient, and polite, you might be able to catch a glimpse or snag a photo when they're walking back to their trailer.

24. Never underestimate the size of the country and the distance you're traveling

The experience of traveling between states in the United States can indeed be a departure from the seamless transitions often seen in European countries. While Europe boasts easy travel between countries due to the compact size and robust transportation networks, navigating between states in the U.S. can present a different set of challenges, particularly in certain regions.
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If you've spent a lot of time in Europe, you might be accustomed to the ease at which you can travel from country to country. Some travelers coming to the US make the mistake of thinking it will be the same traveling state to state. Just wait until you're driving through Missouri and Kansas, and you'll realize that you really have to plan your trips and travel times here.

25. Don't get your haircut at Supercuts

When it comes to certain deals that seem too good to be true, it's often a wise move to proceed with caution, especially when it involves services like tattoos or nail care. While tempting offers and readily available appointments might seem appealing, hastily opting for such services without proper research and consideration can lead to regrettable outcomes.
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Trust me on this one, just don't do it. It seems like a good deal. It seems fast and cheap, and they definitely have open appointments. I promise you will live to regret it. The same goes for getting your nails done at a salon without thoroughly checking out the Yelp reviews and photos. But if they do a good job, don't forget to tip!

26. This one is probably a given, but...

Respecting designated accessible parking spots and adhering to school bus stop signs are crucial aspects of traffic regulations in the United States, particularly due to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and safety regulations around school transportation.
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Don't ever park in a disabled spot if you're not disabled, and please don't ever pass a school bus when the stop sign is out. Of course, these types of signs exist everywhere, but the US has a Americans with Disabilities Act which gives more accessibility to those with disabilities. Whether it be an elevator, sidewalk with tactile mats for the blind, etc. This is not required in some other countries, so just something to be aware of here!

27. Don't try to cheat the IRS

Navigating the American tax system can indeed be a labyrinthine and often frustrating process. The complexity of tax laws, coupled with the responsibility of accurately reporting one's income and expenses, can be overwhelming for many taxpayers. 
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American taxes suck. The government knows exactly how much you owe, but you have to figure it out on your own. We know this. So you might think that it's easy to just flub your forms a little bit and cheat on your taxes. If you are caught, the IRS will come after you and make your life a living hell. So just don't do it!

28. Don't get out of your car if you're in a traffic jam

The temptation to stretch or take a break while stuck in traffic, especially during prolonged delays on major highways like the 405 in cities like Los Angeles, is understandable. However, in the United States, getting out of your car while stuck in traffic, particularly on busy highways or freeways, is strongly discouraged for safety reasons.
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When you're sitting on the 405 for what feels like hours on end, it can be tempting to just get out of your car to stretch or move around a little bit. It's actually a BIG no-no to get out of your car in America when this happens. Maybe not so much if you're in a smaller city, but in the big cities, it's suggested to stay in your car because it's safer for when the flow of traffic picks back up.

29. Don't speak poorly of Christianity in the Bible Belt

The United States, particularly in certain regions like the Bible Belt, often sees a strong intertwining of religious beliefs and cultural norms, primarily centered around Christianity. It's an essential aspect of many people's lives, influencing not just personal beliefs but also societal norms and even political discourse.
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If you're an atheist, and you're heading to the Bible Belt, it might be wise to keep that fact to yourself. The rest of the world may not be aware of America's intermingling of politics and religion, but many people in the US take Christianity VERY VERY seriously. Especially in this region.

30. Avoid taking out a Payday Loan

Payday loans might seem like a quick solution, especially for newcomers to the United States facing financial constraints. However, these loans often come with exorbitant interest rates and fees, making them a financially burdensome option.
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I guess most tourists aren't likely to do this. But if you've just relocated to the US, and you're short on cash, payday loans could sound quite tempting. In actuality, they're pretty much always a terrible deal, and you will leave feeling ripped off. It's better to plan accordingly for your move than to get yourself locked into one of these!

31. Here are some things you won't believe are banned in the US, too: bear wrestling!

Bear wrestling being banned in Alabama isn't just an offbeat law; it's a measure to protect both bears and humans from harm. The practice of bear wrestling, where humans would physically engage with bears for entertainment or sport, poses significant dangers to both the animals and the individuals involved.
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Just in case this is exactly what you wanted to do on your next trip to the US, you'll be disappointed to learn that bear wrestling is banned in the state of Alabama. You can't actually take part in the wrestling, or promote the wrestling of bears. The training of bears to wrestle is also frowned upon... obviously.

32. Camel hunting

Arizona has an intriguing history linked to camels, dating back to the mid-19th century. The United States government conducted an ambitious experiment involving camels in the Arizona desert before the Civil War.
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In the state of Arizona, you're not allowed to hunt camel, either. The reason for this actually dates back to pre-Civil War times, because the US experimented on camels from the Arizona desert! The camels that survived were set free, which is why the ones roaming are still protected.

33. Honking your horn in front of a sandwich shop!

Arkansas has some intriguing and specific regulations concerning where you can honk your car horn. This law restricts honking your horn in front of a sandwich shop or any establishment serving cold drinks after 9 PM.
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Remember: in front of a sandwich shop specifically! In Arkansas, it's illegal to do this - but it does have a time specification that makes a little more sense, because the rule only comes into place after 9pm. And it also applies to any place serving cold drinks as well as sandwiches!

34. You can't wear a disguise

The prohibition on wearing disguises or masks might seem puzzling, especially during a holiday like Halloween when dressing up in costumes is a tradition. While the law might present a challenge for Halloween enthusiasts in Walnut City, there seems to be a provision...
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In Walnut City, California, you're not allowed to wear a disguise or a mask! This obviously makes Halloween a very difficult time. You can actually petition the sheriff to give you permission to wear a 'disguise' on Halloween - or you're going to have to go elsewhere in the US for the spooky season!

35. You can't kiss on Sundays

That's quite an intriguing and seemingly antiquated law in Connecticut! The prohibition on a man kissing his wife on Sundays might indeed sound unusual, especially given the personal nature of such an act and the notion of restricting it to a specific day of the week.
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This is pretty unfortunate for those couples who might only get the weekend together. And we don't exactly know how this rule is policed for people in their own homes on Sundays, but in Connecticut, it's illegal for a man to kiss his wife on Sundays! It's not really known where this rule came from, either...

36. You can't trick-or-treat on a Sunday, either

Delaware's regulation regarding trick-or-treating on Halloween if it falls on a Sunday is indeed a unique quirk. When October 31st coincides with a Sunday, the state shifts the observance of Halloween to the previous day, October 30th, allowing children to engage in trick-or-treating on that day instead.
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These people really have a problem with Sundays, don't they! So for Halloween, you're fine if it falls on any other day of the week, but if the 31st October is on a Sunday, you're not allowed to trick-or-treat in the state of Delaware. But the good news is - Halloween shifts to the day before instead when this happens, so you just have to do it a day early!

37. Sex toys

Yes, Georgia does have laws restricting the sale of certain types of sexual devices, categorizing them as "obscene" material and therefore banning their sale unless there's a valid medical or health-related reason, such as a doctor's prescription.
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In Georgia, it's actually illegal to buy sex toys. It's defined as 'obscene' material and therefore banned. If someone really wants to buy anything, they have to have a very good 'official' reason for it, like prescribed by the doctor or something... can you imagine? The law is being challenged, though!

38. No texting and walking!

The law in Hawaii regarding pedestrians using electronic devices while crossing streets or roadways serves as a measure to enhance safety and reduce distractions. This law aims to address the growing concerns about pedestrian safety by discouraging distracted walking.
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This one actually makes sense for people's safety, at least - and an attempt for people to stop looking at their phones once in a while! The law on pedestrians walking or crossing the street with a phone came into place in Hawaii, and you can get fined if you're caught doing it.

39. Your pants can't sag

Indeed, Illinois implemented a law in 2011 aimed at addressing the trend of sagging pants, prohibiting individuals from wearing pants that sag more than three inches below the hip. The law emphasizes the necessity for pants to be properly secured at the waist.
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Saggy pants have been - and very much still are - a fashion trend for a lot of people. In the state of Illinois, saggy pants were first banned back in 2011, and the rule is still going strong. Pants must be "secured at the waist" and it's even down to 3 inches specifically for the rule!

40. Kids can't play with toy guns

The regulations in Kansas City regarding toy guns indeed create an intriguing contrast, particularly with the prohibition on kids having or playing with toy guns while permitting the purchase of real firearms. The rationale behind restrictions on toy guns often relates to concerns about public safety.
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Most of us played with toy guns when were kids in some form or another, especially water guns for a good ol' summer water fight! In Kansas City, kids are banned from having or playing with toy guns. This rule becomes a little murky though when you consider they're actually allowed to buy real guns...

41. You can't sell Easter bunnies

The law in Kentucky prohibiting the sale and dyeing of baby bunnies aims to safeguard animal welfare and prevent potential harm to these animals. The prohibition on dyeing the fur of baby bunnies and subsequently selling them serves to protect these creatures from unnecessary distress.
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We don't mean the chocolate kind for this one, so this law makes a lot of sense, actually, looking out for the animals and all. In Kentucky, it's illegal to sell baby bunnies who have had their fur dyed. On top of that, it's illegal to dye them in the first place! For Easter or any other reason.

42. No vampires!

Louisiana does indeed have some unique laws, and among them is a regulation that specifically prohibits the ingestion of blood, whether human or animal. While the law doesn't explicitly mention vampires, the prohibition against consuming blood could certainly be associated with the folklore and myths surrounding vampire legends.
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In the state of Louisiana, vampires are banned - so Edward Cullen won't be looking to relocate here any time soon. Specifically, it's the ingestion of blood - human or animal - which is banned, and if you break this law, you could face prison time as well as a hefty fine!

43. No Christmas trees bigger than your car

The law prohibiting transporting a tree larger than one's car in Massachusetts aligns with road safety measures. Transporting oversized items, like a tree that exceeds the dimensions of one's vehicle, can pose significant dangers on the road.
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To be fair, this one makes a lot of sense as it's road safety after all. We all know how desperately we want to take that perfect tree home, and just wing it when it comes to tying it down to our car - it's only round the corner, right? But you can't take a tree that's bigger than your car!

44. No hats in the theater!

The prohibition on wearing hats or any form of headgear in movie theaters in Minnesota serves primarily to ensure an unobstructed view for all moviegoers. The aim is to promote an enjoyable movie-watching experience for everyone by minimizing potential disruptions caused by hats or headgear.
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If you go to a movie theater in Minnesota, then you definitely can't be wearing a hat - for the good of whoever's behind you! The ban counts for hats of any kind - including woolly hats - but it also extends to any kind of headgear, so if for some reason you wanted to wear headphones while paying for a movie... don't.

45. You can't give rats as a gift

In some areas, regulations concerning the sale and purchase of certain animals can vary based on their intended purpose and potential impact on the ecosystem or public health. The law might permit their sale for specific purposes, such as feeding other animals like snakes or birds of prey.
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The interesting thing about this law is that it's actually legal to sell and buy rats as long as they're going to be a tasty snack for an animal like a snake or bird of prey! But if you're buying and selling the animal to be gifted as a cute little pet, this is the one that isn't allowed!

46. No lying down on the sidewalk!

The law in Nevada prohibiting lying down on the sidewalk, except in emergency situations, is likely aimed at maintaining public order, cleanliness, and accessibility of public spaces. By prohibiting individuals from lying down on sidewalks, the law seeks to ensure sidewalks remain clear for pedestrians.
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In Nevada, it's banned to lie down on the sidewalk - period. Doesn't matter if it's only for a split second, it's not allowed. The only way the rule would be wavered was if it was an emergency. We don't know if it counts if you faint and fall, or trip on something, though...

47. You can't take the seaweed home with you

The law in New Hampshire prohibiting the removal of seaweed from beaches aims to preserve the natural ecosystem and protect the coastal environment. Seaweed plays a crucial role in the coastal ecosystem, serving as a habitat for various marine organisms and contributing to the overall health of the shoreline.
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So if you happen to be in New Hampshire, and you'd like to take a nice stroll on the beach, make sure you're not taking a little seaweed souvenir home with you. It's illegal to take seaweed away from the beach - so be sure to leave it where you found it! It needs to stay at the seashore.

48. You can't vote for "idiots"

In various jurisdictions, laws often outline eligibility criteria for voting in elections, aiming to ensure responsible and informed participation in the democratic process. Among these criteria are provisions that restrict certain individuals from voting based on specific circumstances.
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This one's a tough one, because we don't really know what counts as an 'idiot'. An idiot in one person's eyes could be a genius in another's, after all! But regardless of what the definition is, you're not allowed to vote for an 'idiot', or people 'insane' or convicted of a crime.

49. No drinking before brunch

In New York, regulations on the serving of alcohol before 10 am, especially in restaurants during brunch hours, aim to maintain a balance between social enjoyment and responsible alcohol consumption. These laws help establish guidelines for alcohol service that align with societal norms and expectations.
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This one is more a rule on the drink servers themselves! It's illegal for restaurants to serve any alcohol before the brunch hour of 10am in New York. So if you're looking to get started very, very early or maybe you're really jet lagged and your body clock is telling you it's drinks-o-clock, unfortunately not!

50. You can't pee in a bottle

In Oregon, the law prohibiting the disposal of human waste, including urine, from vehicles onto highways or public roads, serves several purposes related to environmental conservation, public health, and safety. The prohibition on disposing of human waste on highways aims to maintain cleanliness.
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We've all been there: we've been on a long road trip and we need to go, and we need to go right now. Bottles are our saviors in that moment - though a little easier for guys - yet in Oregon in the US, it's actually illegal to dispose of a bottle of human waste (urine or otherwise) from the highway.