Dumb Laws

Rhode Island Dumb Laws

Rhode IslandProfessional sports, except ice polo and hockey, must obtain a license to play games on Sunday.

It is considered an offense to throw pickle juice on a trolley.

It is illegal to challenge someone to a duel, or accept a duel, even it it is never actually fought. Penalty: Imprisonment for one to seven years.

Impersonating a town sealer, auctioneer, corder of wood, or a fence-viewer is against the law. Penalty: $20 to $100 fine.

It is illegal to place a windmill within twenty-five (25) rods of any traveled street or road.

Riding a horse over any public highway for the purpose of racing, or testing the speed of the horse is illegal. Penalty: Maximum $20 fine and imprisonment for 10 days.

It is illegal to coast downhill in your car with your transmission in neutral, or with the clutch disengaged.

Newport: You cannot smoke a pipe after sunset.

Providence: You may not sell toothpaste and a toothbrush to the same customer on a Sunday.

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