Sometimes, laws can get really strange. What's great about these strange laws is that, there's a reason these exist.

At some point, these things that the laws were put into place to prevent actually happened.

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28 Strange Louisiana Laws

Obviously, Louisiana's legal system differs from every other state in America.

Louisiana's legal system is based on the Napoleonic Code, also known as the Civil Code.

This legal framework originated in France and was implemented in the early 19th century when Louisiana was a French colony.

That being said, outside of our unique legal system, Louisiana takes the weirdness even further.

Gavel, scales of justice and law books

From chasing fish, to stealing alligators, to doing things with cows no one should ever do, there are some truly bizarre laws on the books in Louisiana.

Without any further ado, check out these 25 strange Louisiana laws from

New Orleans: “No Smoking" signs shall be placed on all floats used during a parade.

New Orleans: ‘Fancy' bicycle riding is prohibited.

New Orleans: Electric wires should not be attached to trees.

New Orleans: Horses may not be tied to a tree on a public highway.

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New Orleans: Chasing fish in a city park is against the law.

New Orleans: Mardi Gras beads may not be thrown from a third story window.

New Orleans: Snakes are not allowed within 200 yards of the Mardi Gras parade route.

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Jefferson Parish:
All garbage must be cooked before it can be fed to hogs.

Jefferson Parish: Minors may not go to businesses with coin-operated Foosball machines unless accompanied by an adult.

Jefferson Parish: You cannot pour a drink out on the ground at any drive-in movie.

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Port Allen: No person may predict another's future.

Louisiana: Individuals could go to jail for 10 years for stealing an alligator.

Louisiana: You could face a $500 fine for instructing a pizza delivery man to deliver a pizza to a friend without them knowing.

Louisiana: Running an abortion advertisement could land you in jail.

Louisiana: “Fake” wrestling matches are prohibited.

Louisiana: Spectators at a boxing match can't mock a contestant.

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Louisiana: Urinating in the city's water supply can land you 20 years in jail.

Louisiana: A law specifically states the punishment for stealing crawfish.

Louisiana: Rituals that involve the ingestion of blood, urine or fecal matter are not allowed.

Louisiana: A serious burn must be reported to the fire marshal.

Louisiana: One could land in jail for up to a year for making a false promise.

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By Permission/Louisiana State Fire Marshal

Prisoners who hurt themselves could serve additional years in jail.

Louisiana: Shooting lasers at police officers is illegal.

Louisiana: Biting someone with your natural teeth is "simple assault," while biting someone with your false teeth is "aggravated assault".

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Louisiana: You can't “dare” someone to go onto railroad tracks owned by another.

Sulphur: Saying obscene things on the telephone is illegal.

Sulphur: It is illegal to be an alcoholic.

Sulphur: It is illegal to have sex with a cow.

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