Bizarre and shocking laws in Connecticut you never knew existed

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Connecticut, known for its picturesque landscapes and historical charm, holds not only a rich heritage but also a collection of quirky laws that might leave you scratching your head. In this article, we dive into the lesser-known corners of Connecticut's legal landscape, uncovering some of the state's most peculiar regulations.

1. No Town Napping
In the charming town of Hartford, it’s illegal to cross the street while walking on your hands. While this law might have been put in place for safety reasons, it certainly adds a touch of whimsy to the city streets.

2. Beware of Silly String
In Southington, it’s against the law to sell Silly String. The town fathers must have had their reasons for this ban, perhaps to avoid colorful chaos during local festivals!

3. Don’t Scare Horses with Night Caps
In New Britain, it's illegal for fire trucks to exceed 25 mph, and if they wish to go faster, they must have a person walking in front of the vehicle waving a red flag. However, it's not the speed that's the quirkiest part; it’s the mandate that horses must wear night caps to avoid being scared by the fire trucks during nighttime.

4. Pickles Must Bounce
In Connecticut, a pickle must bounce to officially be considered a pickle. While this law might not be strictly enforced, it's a fun fact that showcases the state's peculiar legal history.

5. No Town for Nutmeggers
In Hartford, it’s illegal to cross the street walking on your hands while eating a pickle. This odd combination of laws leaves residents wondering about the town’s unique priorities.

While many of these laws might seem outdated or whimsical, they add a touch of character to Connecticut's legal landscape. They serve as reminders of bygone eras and amuse both residents and visitors alike. So, the next time you find yourself in the Nutmeg State, keep an eye out for these curious legalities, and you might just find yourself appreciating the state's delightful eccentricities a little bit more.

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Sources

https://www.kkc-law.com/blog/weird-Connecticut-state-laws

https://www.ctinsider.com/news/article/unusual-laws-ct-17494536.php


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