Strange But True: Obscure Mass. Laws

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Scales Of Justice
The scales of justice weigh hundreds of laws each day in Massachusetts. Here is a peek at some of the more obscure rules on the books in the Bay State.
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You're not going to get a buzz off of rum cordials sold in local stores. Candy can't contain more than 1% alcohol by Massachusetts law. (Photo by CBS)
Chocolates You're not going to get a buzz off of rum cordials sold in local stores. Candy can't contain more than 1% alcohol by Massachusetts law. (Photo by CBS)
Did you know... it is illegal to dance on Sunday -  unless, of course, you are folk dancing or square dancing. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
Breakdancing Did you know... it is illegal to dance on Sunday - unless, of course, you are folk dancing or square dancing. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
In Massachusetts, it is illegal to sing only a portion of 'The Star Spangled Banner' in public. So make sure you're committed to finishing the song once you start it. Note: it's also illegal to dance to it. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
US Flag In Massachusetts, it is illegal to sing only a portion of 'The Star Spangled Banner' in public. So make sure you're committed to finishing the song once you start it. Note: it's also illegal to dance to it. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Spitting on the sidewalk is not only gross, but it's also illegal in Boston. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Sidewalk Spitting on the sidewalk is not only gross, but it's also illegal in Boston. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Did you know... in Massachusetts it is illegal to sell rabbits, ducks, or chickens that have been dyed a different color. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
Peeps Did you know... in Massachusetts it is illegal to sell rabbits, ducks, or chickens that have been dyed a different color. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
A City of Boston ordinance makes it illegal to harrass someone in public with a laser beam. Take that Darth Vader. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Laser Lights A City of Boston ordinance makes it illegal to harrass someone in public with a laser beam. Take that Darth Vader. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
No cows allowed! In the 1830s it became illegal to let your cows or sheep graze on Boston Common. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Boy And Cow No cows allowed! In the 1830s it became illegal to let your cows or sheep graze on Boston Common. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
In Boston, it's illegal to play ball in the street. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Basketball In Boston, it's illegal to play ball in the street. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Keep your mule at home, unless you work on the first floor. It is illegal to keep a mule on the second story of a Boston building (unless there is more than one exit). (Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)
Two Mules Keep your mule at home, unless you work on the first floor. It is illegal to keep a mule on the second story of a Boston building (unless there is more than one exit). (Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)
Partying with the sick is discouraged. It's illegal to give beer to hospital patients in Massachusetts. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
Cheers Bar Partying with the sick is discouraged. It's illegal to give beer to hospital patients in Massachusetts. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
While you're on the Common, make sure you don't walk, stand or sit on the grass without a proclamation from the mayor. Also no lying or sleeping on the benches without Mr. Mayor's approval. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Boston Common While you're on the Common, make sure you don't walk, stand or sit on the grass without a proclamation from the mayor. Also no lying or sleeping on the benches without Mr. Mayor's approval. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Freedom of speech aside, Massachusetts General Law makes it illegal to reproach Jesus Christ or the Holy Ghost. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Way Of The Cross Freedom of speech aside, Massachusetts General Law makes it illegal to reproach Jesus Christ or the Holy Ghost. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Practicing your shot on a target that looks like your ex may help with stress relief, but watch out for the cops. It's against the law for shooting ranges to set up targets that resemble human beings. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Shooting Range Practicing your shot on a target that looks like your ex may help with stress relief, but watch out for the cops. It's against the law for shooting ranges to set up targets that resemble human beings. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
The Cold War is over, but it's still against the law in Massachusetts to be affiliated with the Communist Party. (Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images)
Communist Party The Cold War is over, but it's still against the law in Massachusetts to be affiliated with the Communist Party. (Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images)
Hold your horses! It is illegal to drive a horse-drawn carriage through snow or ice with fewer than three bells attached. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
Horse And Buggy Hold your horses! It is illegal to drive a horse-drawn carriage through snow or ice with fewer than three bells attached. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
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