Bizarre US Laws

Alabama:
1. It is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle.
California:
1. Community leaders passed an ordinance that makes it illegal for anyone to try and stop a child from playfully jumping over puddles of water.
Connecticut:
1. You can be stopped by the police for biking over 65 miles per hour.
2. You are not allowed to walk across a street on your hands.
Florida:
1. Women may be fined for falling asleep under a hair dryer, as can the salon owner.
2. A special law prohibits unmarried women from parachuting on Sunday or she shall risk arrest, fine, and/or jailing.
3. If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.
4. <SARASOTA> Illegal to sing in a public place while attired in a swimsuit.
5. Men may not be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown.
Illinois:
1. It is illegal for anyone to give lighted cigars to dogs, cats, and other domesticated animal kept as pets.
Indiana:
1. Bathing is prohibited during the winter.
2. Citizens are not allowed to attend a movie house or theater nor ride in a public streetcar within at least four hours after eating garlic.
Iowa:
1. Kisses may last for as much as, but no more than, five minutes.
Kentucky:
1. By law, anyone who has been drinking is "sober" until he or she "cannot hold onto the ground."
2. It is illegal to transport an ice cream cone in your pocket.
Louisiana:
1. It is illegal to rob a bank and then shoot at the bank teller with a water pistol.
2. Biting someone with your natural teeth is "simple assault," while biting someone with your false teeth is "aggravated assault."

Massachusetts:
1. Mourners at a wake may not eat more than three sandwiches.
2. Snoring is prohibited unless all bedroom windows are closed and securely locked.
3. An old ordinance declares goatees illegal unless you first pay a special license fee for the privilege of wearing one in public.
4. Taxi drivers are prohibited from making love in the front seat of their taxi during their shifts.
Nebraska:
1. A parent can be arrested if his child cannot hold back a burp during a church service.
New Mexico:
1. Females are strictly forbidden to appear unshaven in public.
New York:
1. A fine of $25 can be levied for flirting. This old law specifically prohibits men from turning around on any city street and looking "at a woman in that way." A second conviction for a crime of this magnitude calls for the violating male to be forced to wear a "pair of horse-blinders" wherever and whenever he goes outside for a stroll.
North Dakota:
1. Beer & pretzels can’t be served at the same time in any bar or restaurant.
Ohio:
1. Women are prohibited from wearing patent leather shoes in public.
Oklahoma:
1. Violators can be fined, arrested or jailed for making ugly faces at a dog.
2. Females are forbidden from doing their own hair without being licensed by the state.
3. Dogs must have a permit signed by the mayor in order to congregate in groups of three or more on private property.
Pennsylvania:
1. A special cleaning ordinance bans housewives from hiding dirt and dust under a rug in a dwelling.
2. No man may purchase alcohol without written consent from his wife.
Texas:
1. A city ordinance states that a person cannot go barefoot without first obtaining a special five-dollar permit.
2. It is illegal to take more than three sips of beer at a time while standing.
Vermont:
1. Lawmakers made it obligatory for everybody to take at least one bath each week — on Saturday night.
Washington:
1. All lollipops are banned.
2. A law to reduce crime states: "It is mandatory for a motorist with criminal intentions to stop at the city limits and telephone the chief of police as he is entering the town.
West Virginia:
1. No children may attend school with their breath smelling of "wild onions."

Best comedian quotes

“If you ever see me getting beaten by the police, put down the
video camera and come help me.”
–Bobcat Goldthwait

“I’ve been doing the Fonda workout: the Peter Fonda workout. That’s where I wake up, take a hit of acid, smoke a joint, and run to my sister’s house and ask her for money.”
Kevin Meaney

“My mom said she learned how to swim. Someone took her out in the lake and threw her off the boat. That’s how she learned how to swim. I said, ‘Mom, they weren’t trying to teach you how to swim.’ ”
–Paula Poundstone

“In elementary school, in case of fire you have to line up quietly in a
single file line from smallest to tallest. What is the logic? Do tall
people burn slower?”
–Warren Hutcherson

“I have six locks on my door all in a row. When I go out, I lock every
other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the
locks, they are always locking three.”
–Elayne Boosler

“Ever wonder if illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup?”
–John Mendoza

“Today I met with a subliminal advertising executive for just a second.”
–Steven Wright

Relationships are hard. It’s like a full-time job, and we should treat
it like one. If your boyfriend or girlfriend wants to leave you, they
should give you two weeks’ notice. There should beseverance pay, and
before they leave you, they should have to find you a temp.”
–Bob Ettinger

“A study in the Washington Post says that women have better verbal skills
than men. I just want to say to the authors of that study: Duh.”
–Conan O’Brien

“I haven’t taken my Christmas lights down. They look so nice on the
pumpkin.”
–Winston Spear

“Did you ever walk in a room and forget why you walked in? I think that’s
how dogs spend their lives.”
–Sue Murphy

“My grandfather’s a little forgetful, but he likes to give me advice. One
day, he took me aside and left me there.”
–Ron Richards

“I worry that the person who thought up Muzak may be thinking up
something else.”
–Lily Tomlin

“USA Today has come out with a new survey: Apparently three out of four people make up 75 percent of the population.”
David Letterman

“Chihuahua. There’s a waste of dog food. Looks like a dog that is still
far away.”
–Billiam Coronell

“I was a vegetarian until I started leaning towards sunlight.”
–Rita Rudner

“I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific.”
–Lily Tomlin

The Swiss have an interesting army. Five hundred years without a war.
Pretty impressive. Also pretty lucky for them. Ever see that little
Swiss Army knife they have to fight with? Not much of a weapon there.
Corkscrews. Bottle openers. ‘Come on, buddy, let’s go. You get past me, the guy in back of me, he’s got a spoon. Back off. I’ve got the toe
clippers right here.'”
–Jerry Seinfeld

“I planted some bird seed. A bird came up. Now I don’t know what to feed
it.”
–Steven Wright

“I don’t kill flies but I like to mess with their minds. I hold them
above globes. They freak out and yell, ‘Whoa, I’m way too high!’ ”
–Bruce Baum

“I met a new girl at a barbecue, very pretty, a blond I think. I don’t
know, her hair was on fire, and all she talked about was herself. You
know these kind of girls: ‘I’m hot. I’m on fire. Me, me, me.’ You know.
‘Help me, put me out.’ Come on, could we talk about me just a little
bit?”
–Garry Shandling

“I think that’s how Chicago got started. A bunch of people in New York
said, ‘Gee, I’m enjoying the crime and the poverty, but it just isn’t
cold enough. Let’s go west.'”
–Richard Jeni

“Sometimes I think war is God’s way of teaching us geography.”
–Paul Rodriguez

“Why does Sea World have a seafood restaurant? I’m halfway through my
fishburger and I realize, Oh my God….I could be eating a slow learner.”
–Lynda Montgomery

Computers in movies

  • Word processors never display a cursor. 
  • You never have to use the space-bar when typing long sentences. 
  • All monitors display inch-high letters. 
  • The most relevant information is displayed in a separate windows right in the middle of the screen, but there’s never an Ok button to other way to close it. 
  • High-tech computers, such as those used by NASA, the CIA, or some such governmental institution, will have easy to understand graphical interfaces. Those that don’t, have incredibly powerful text-based command shells that can correctly understand and execute commands typed in plain English. 
  • Corollary: you can gain access to any information you want by simply typing “ACCESS ALL OF THE SECRET FILES” on any keyboard. 
  • Likewise, you can infect a computer with a destructive virus by simply typing “UPLOAD VIRUS” (see Fortress). 
  • All computers are connected. You can access the information on the villain’s desktop computer, even if it’s turned off. 
  • Powerful computers beep whenever you press a key or whenever the screen changes. Some computers also slow down the output on the screen so that it doesn’t go faster than you can read. 
  • The really advanced ones also emulate the sound of a dot-matrix printer. (See The Hunt For Red October or Alien
  • All computer panels have thousands of volts and flash pots just underneath the surface. Malfunctions are indicated by a bright flash, a puff of smoke, a shower of sparks, and an explosion that forces you backwards. 
  • Corollary: sending data to a modem/tape drive/printer faster than expected causes it to explode. 
  • People typing away on a computer will turn it off without saving the data. (See the opening credits for The Hunt For Red October
  • A hacker can get into the most sensitive computer in the world before intermission and guess the secret password in two tries. 
  • Any PERMISSION DENIED error has an OVERRIDE function (see Demolition Man and countless others). 
  • Complex calculations and loading of huge amounts of data will be accomplished in under three seconds. Movie modems (especially the wireless ones they must be using when they’re in the car) usually appear to transmit data at the speed of two gigabytes per second. 
  • When the power plant/missile-site/whatever overheats, all the control panels will explode, as will the entire building. 
  • If a disk has got encrypted files, you are automatically asked for a password when you try to access them. 
  • No matter what kind of computer disk it is, it’ll be readable by any system you put it into. All application software is usable by all computer platforms. 
  • The more high-tech the equipment, the more buttons it has (Aliens). However, everyone must have been highly trained, because none of the buttons are labelled. 
  • Most computers, no matter how small, are able to produce reality-defying three-dimensional, active animation, photo-realistic graphics, with little or no detailed input from the user. 
  • Laptops, for some strange reason, always seem to have amazing real-time video phone capabilities and the performance of a CRAY Supercomputer. 
  • Whenever a character looks at a VDU, the image is so bright that it projects itself onto his/her face 
  • Either a Jacob’s Ladder or a Van Der Graaf Generator is absolutely necessary for the operation of new, experimental computers (especially when built by brilliant scientists), although in real life, these devices do absolutely nothing. 
  • One can issue any complex set of commands in a few keystokes (see Star Trek). 
  • The internet connects to everything in the movies. You can edit credit records, search hotel registries, lookup police criminal files, search (and edit) drivers license databases, edit social security files and more just using the internet! (see The Net
  • Smashing the VDU prevents the whole system from working (see Speed). 
  • You can launch nuclear missles from any bedroom using an analog modem, but only if you know a single secret password