10 Dumb Massachusetts Laws

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Some Laws Just Don’t Make Sense Anymore

Most of the time, laws and rules are in place to help people and keep us safe. But sometimes, they just don’t make any sense. These laws make you wonder what happened to bring them about.

#1. No gorillas are allowed in the back seat of cars. I call shotgun!

Related: Parking in Boston (just don’t bring your gorilla).

gorilla laws in massechusetts#2. What? NO CHRISTMAS? Christmas has been illegal in Massachusetts since 1659. If you do want to celebrate it, be prepared to pay five shillings.

Christmas tree ornament

#3. Stopping for red lights is not required by law unless they are flashing. Ummmm, you SHOULD really stop, though.

stop lights

#4. Well, DUH! Tomatoes may not be used in the production of clam chowder.bowl of clam chowder

#5. In Boston, it is illegal to eat peanuts in church. It must be the crunching that gets annoying.

handful of peanuts

#6. Taxi drivers are prohibited from making love in the front seat of their taxi during their shifts. They also can’t have their gorilla in the back seat, apparently.

taxi cab

#7. All men must carry a rifle to church on Sunday. But not peanuts! Leave your peanuts at home!

man carrying a rifle

#8. Hunting on Sundays is prohibited. Okaaaaay? So what are the rifles in church for?

man hunting

#9. Children may smoke, but they may not purchase cigarettes. Whew, as long as they can’t buy them.


#10. Public boxing matches are outlawed. Awe, c’mon! What are we going to do for entertainment on Friday nights?

Related: Summer Events in Boston

couple boxing

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