Now I believe I've only been to Alabama once, and must say that in passing through, it was quite nice, actually. I did have long hair back then and was called "Girly Girl" twice, but I'm sure any college-age stranger would get noticed along the interstate. And perhaps the folks I ran into weren't as enlightened as those today.
I was thinking about a trip to the South this winter season, to meet up with an old buddy who's a New Englander and migrates to the South every snow season. It was just a though. So, I headed to my trusty Internets machine and I did that Googly stuff and found all sorts of goodies about the southern states.
One site led to another until I found my way here to weird but true laws within the United States. I gotta say, there's still some wacky regulations on the books.
How wacky? I'll share a few with you. These are for Alabama only. Keep in mind, it's not so much that the law is still on the books, it's how the hell did it get on the books in the first place. Think of what public outcry there must have been for these laws to be passed --
It is illegal to play solitaire on Sundays.
I bet they also prohibit singing the song, "All By Myself" when alone in the shower, Sundays only, of course.
Putting salt on a railroad track may be punishable by death.
My mom got mad if you put salt on her meat loaf but she was a good cook and I can understand fussy chefs, but isn't this is taking things pretty damn far. Besides, who eats railroad track? Why else salt it? Does it make you wonder how many people saw the electric chair for this offense?
In Lee County, it's illegal to sell peanuts after Sundown on Wednesday.
After sundown? Till when, the next day? Friday? Man, I can see why the circus never comes to town in Lee County, Alabama. Poor elephants.
It is illegal to wear a fake moustache that causes laughter in church.
C'mon. You kidding me? Why else would you put on a fake moustache unless you wanted someone to laugh. And what's the matter with a little laughter in church? I mean if you are stuck there for a good part of your morning, why not add a little levity?
Okay. Well, now you and I know what not to do in Alabama the next time we're there. Forewarned is forearmed... or something like that.
Say, while I've got you in a good mood, this would be a good time to ask you, if you already haven't, to make a donation to our quadrannual drive. We really appreciate you contributions. As Laffy and Paddy say, "Without you, there would be no us."