How appropriate that I stumbled across this law the same day I saw our first snowflakes here in Washington, DC. Now, imagine – if you can – a law that both Bill O’Reilly and Keith Olbermann would agree goes too far. That law outlaws throwing snowballs! And the offending municipality is … Grand Forks, North Dakota. Here’s the law:
9-0123. Throwing rocks, snowballs, and other objects.
(1) It is unlawful for any person to throw or cast, or encourage, aid or assist others in throwing or casting any rock, stone, snowball, or other object into, upon, against, or at any building, structure, automobile street, alley, or other public or private property.
(2) It is unlawful for any person to throw or cast, or encourage, aid or assist others in throwing or casting any rock, stone, snowball, or other object upon or at any person or persons. (Ord. No. 4125, § XIX, 3-20-06)
They have outlawed snowball fights! And even throwing a snowball at ANYTHING! Absurd.
And what about this: you would also technically be breaking the law if you skipped a stone (or a rock!) in a creek. Check it out:
It is unlawful for any person to throw … any rock, stone … into …any … public or private property.
Well done! A beautifully crafted law. Click here (click on Chapter IX, and scroll down to 9-0123) to see this wacky law.