• Melanie Ernst

In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry ice cream in your back pocket.

This statement was the "Fact of the Day" on the trivia app I suscribe to. My first thought was, "Why?" Why is there a law about ice cream? How could someone carrying ice cream in their back pocket be detrimental or unfair to the community where they live so that a law had to be enacted? Is it okay to carry ice cream in your front pocket? Really? I had to investigate.

Well, it would appear that Kentucky is not the only state to have this law and I'm not the only one to wonder why such a law exists. Believe it or not, this law was made to help curb horse theft. Yes, I raised my eyebrows as well, but its true. It would seem that if you carried an ice cream cone in your pocket and walked by a horse, it was likely to follow you as horses have an affinity for sweets. If the horse followed you home, you couldn't very well be accused of stealing it, could you? So, long ago some legislator introduced the ice cream law as a way to cut down on horse thievery. Now you know.

It would seem there are many such laws in the good ole USA. I decided to see if our state of Georgia had any such interesting laws for us to examine. Wouldn't you know it, there's a website called dumblaws.com!

You cannot live on a boat for more than 30 days during the calendar year, even if just passing through the state. Upon reading this statement, my first thought was "People should have the right to live on a boat if they so choose for any amount of time". While researching, I found that there is a little more to the situation.

Donkeys may not be kept in bathtub. In my search, I found nothing regarding keeping donkeys in bathtubs. I can certainly imagine the trouble you'd have getting a donkey into a bathtub. I do know that there are laws governing equine activities where if you have equine on your property, you must post a sign that basically relays that equine activities are dangerous and visitors participate at their own risk. What I didn't know was there are similar statutes for llama activities. I didn't realize there were significant numbers of llamas in Georgia and I honestly never considered a llama as dangerous. I will certainly be more careful in the future when attending llama events.

It is illegal to use profanity in front of a dead body which lies in a funeral home or in a coroners office. Here is another item which could not be located in my search of Georgia laws. I'm assuming it was never a law or has been repealed. While I would consider profanity in the presence of a corpse distasteful, I would not think it a criminal offense.

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