These Are The Weirdest Laws in Texas

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It’s no secret that Austin is weird. But it seems like the entire state of Texas is earning the title with these seven weird laws. From milking someone else’s cow to accidentally getting married, there are some insanely weird Texas laws in our great state. Makes you wonder how they came to be.

While some of these laws have explanations, others will leave you completely confused. But be warned, they’re all HIGHLY illegal.

Before we get started, here’s our pal Exploring Amanda who inspired this post!

These are 7 of the weirdest laws in Texas!

It is illegal to carry wire cutters in your pocket.

If you’re upset you can’t carry pliers here in Texas then you should blame the cowboys. This law was originally set in place to keep cowboys from cutting down barbed wire fences. Why it’s still a law, we’ll never know.

Criminals must give their victims 24 hours notice.

We can’t quite wrap our heads around this crazy Texas law. The criminal has to give their victims 24 hours notice either orally or in writing, and to explain the nature of the crime to be committed. We don’t know about you but this doesn’t seem very practical.

Walking around barefoot without obtaining a permit is not allowed.

We’re trying to imagine the conversation one would have with the officer in this situation. “Yes officer, I’m barefoot, here’s my permit.” We always assumed being barefoot in public was frowned upon socially. We just didn’t know it was illegal.

You can’t tuck your jeans into your boots unless you own more than 10 cattle.

If this isn’t the most Texas thing you’ve ever heard, we don’t know what is. We’re assuming the cowboys are to blame for this law as well.

No feather dusting in public.

It is illegal to dust any public building with a feather duster. We don’t know many people who walk around with feather dusters in their back pockets waiting to dust public buildings for fun. So it does make one wonder what happened to make this illegal.

You can’t milk someone else’s cow.

Apparently, in the state of Texas it is illegal to milk someone else’s cow. Like Amanda said, this practice is more than frowned upon. No matter how much you’d like to tap that neighbor’s cow, we suggest you stick to milking your own, or simply head to the market to buy some.

It’s quite east to marry someone by accident.

Much like how saying “Beetlejuice” three times makes him appear, introducing someone as your “wife” or “husband” three times makes you legally married. At least that’s the case in some parts of Texas. So if you’re trying to avoid marriage, we suggest you be careful with the introductions.


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