Silly Laws in Texas

Laws that probably should never have been written, or should have come off the books a long time ago!

  • When two trains meet each other at a railroad crossing, each shall come to a full stop, and neither shall proceed until the other has gone. two_trains_at_lavon
  • A city ordinance states that a person cannot go barefoot without first obtaining a special five-dollar permit.
  • It is illegal to take more than three sips of beer at a time while standing.
  • You can be legally married by publically introducing a person as your husband or wife 3 times.
  • It is illegal to drive without windshield wipers. You don’t need a windshield, but you must have the wipers.
  • It is illegal for one to shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel.
  • It is illegal to milk another person’s cow.
  • A recently passed anticrime law requires criminals to give their victims 24 hours notice, either orally or in writing, and to explain the nature of the crime to be committed.
  • It is unlawful for a person to consume an alcoholic beverage while operating a motor vehicle upon a public roadway, if the person is observed doing so by a peace officer.
  • The entire Encyclopedia Britannica is banned in Texas because it contains a formula for making beer at home.


  • It is illegal to idle or loiter anyplace within the corporate limits of the city for the purpose of flirting or mashing.


  • Wire cutters can not be carried in your pocket.


  • Collegiate football is banned at Lamar University.


  • It is against the law to throw confetti, rubber balls, feather dusters, whips or quirts (riding crop), and explosive firecrackers of any kind.


  • It is illegal to dust any public building with a feather duster. article-new_ehow_images_a08_1h_k2_make-dust-cling-feather-duster-800x800


  • It’s illegal to possess realistic dildos.

    El Paso

  • Churches, hotels, halls of assembly, stores, markets, banking rooms, railroad depots, and saloons are required to provide spittoons “of a kind and number to efficiently contain expectorations into them.”


  • Beer may not be purchased after midnight on a Sunday, but it may be purchased on Monday.
  • It is illegal to sell Limburger cheese on Sunday.


  • It is illegal to drive a motor car down Broadway before noon on Sundays.


  • Dogs must be on a leash at ALL times. Fine of 100 dollars.


  • It is illegal to take more than three swallows of beer while standing.

    Lubbock County

  • It is illegal to drive within an arm’s length of alcohol – including alcohol in someone else’s blood stream.


  • It is illegal for children to have unusual haircuts. Unusual%20Haircuts-7

    Port Arthur

  • Obnoxious odors may not be emitted while in an elevator.


  • It is now illegal to place a “for sale” sign on a car if it visible from the street.
  • It is illegal to do “U Turns”.

    San Antonio

  • It is illegal for both sexes to flirt or respond to flirtation using the eyes and/or hands.
  • It is illegal to urinate on the Alamo.


  • No one may ride a horse and buggy through the town square.
  • You can ride your horse in the saloon.
  • Cattle thieves may be hanged on the spot.


  • Owners of horses may not ride them at night without tail lights.



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11 thoughts on “Silly Laws in Texas

  1. “Beer may not be purchased after midnight on a Sunday, but it may be purchased on Monday.”

    Midnight on Sunday is actually the midnight between saturday and sunday, 12:00 am is the beginning time of a new day.

  2. I don’t believe that In mesquite it’s illegal for children to have unusual haircut but it is against the school district dress code.

    • Lamar had a football team in 1964 or 65. I marched in the Arlington State College (Now UTA) band at a half-time show then.

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