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SUMMER / FALL 2019      © 2020 812 Magazine

Legally bizarre

Eight cross-eyed laws in the crossroads state.

Citizens don't always see eye to eye with the law. Many laws annoy those they are designed to protect, but some laws of the past and present make us wonder what legislators are thinking. The Hoosier state has a myriad of unusual and seemingly useless laws, but only eight could make our list.

  • Bed sheets in hotel rooms have to be 99 inches long and 81 inches wide.
  • If you are older than 14, you are subject to a fine for profanely cursing, damning or swearing by the name of God, Jesus Christ or the Holy Ghost.
  • Sniffing glue is a Class B Misdemeanor.
  • You can get a traffic ticket while riding a horse.
  • You may not use your crossbow to fish.
  • Failing to provide medical support to a dependant could land you in prison with a Class D Felony, unless you can show that you "provided treatment by spiritual means through prayer."
  • You cannot visit a hypnotist for medical, dental or psychological treatment in quitting smoking, addiction to gambling, or losing weight without a physician's referral.
  • Liquor stores can't sell milk.

Bonus: In 1953, during the Red Scare, the state of Indiana banned references to the book "Robin Hood" in all textbooks because the government thought that stealing from the rich and giving to the poor promoted a communist agenda.