20 Food laws that make absolutely no sense whatsoever

Dec 24, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. ET

Complaining about the law is the unofficial American pastime, but things take a turn to the weird and wacky when it comes to the laws some people have made about food. Grab a sandwich, and enjoy this culinary craziness on your lunch break.

1. Something smells fishy

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In Minnesota, a law dictates that men can't do the horizontal hula with live fish. Not sure why it specifies only men and only live fish.

2. Don't backpedal

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In Marion, Ohio, it's illegal to eat a doughnut while walking backward. Seems reasonable.

3. Drunk tank

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Alaska prohibits both minors and moose from imbibing alcohol.

4. Dry ingredients only

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In Maryland, it's illegal to eat in the ocean. That totally explains sharknados.

5. Drinking difficulties

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In Nigeria, it's legal to get your drink on. You just can't import or brew beer. But if it falls from the sky, by all means, imbibe.

6. No Tic Tac, no nookie

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In the blessed town of Alexandria, Mississippi, it's illegal for a man to have sex with his wife with onion, garlic or sardine breath. If his ladylove requests he brush his teeth, it's not optional.

7. Mind your b's and q's

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In Belgium, it's legal to throw Brussels sprouts at tourists.

8. No seed spittin'

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It may sound nice to enjoy a refreshing slice of watermelon on the beach, but don't count on doing that in Rio Claro, Brazil, where these juicy red orbs are illegal.

9. Love by the pound

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It used to be illegal in Idaho to give your best gal a box of chocolates weighing less than 50 pounds. That law being overturned is probably for the best.

10. Don't spice it up

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In Peru, chili sauce and other hot spices are banned from prison food to prevent its dangerous aphrodisiac effects.

11. Gotta bounce back

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In Connecticut, it's not really a pickle unless it bounces.

12. Soup for you?

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If you're a bar-owning Cornhusker, you should know you can't sell beer unless you brew a kettle of soup at the same time.

13. Keep your hands to yourself

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In Oklahoma, it's not permissible to take a bite of another person's hamburger. (That really should be a federal law.)

14. Non-lactose intolerant

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Don't move to Utah if you're lactose intolerant. It's illegal there to refuse to drink milk.

15. Don't eat too fresh

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In Massachusetts, it's best to serve mourners footlongs than tea sandwiches, as you're allowed no more than three sammies while attending a wake.

16. Don't go nuts

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In Boston, it's illegal to eat peanuts in church. If you've ever been to Texas Roadhouse, that kind of makes sense.

17. Why did the chicken cross the road in Gainesville, Georgia?

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To stand next to the guy with the fork. Since it's illegal there to eat chicken with a fork, that's definitely the smart move.

18. For here or to go?

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For some reason, in Riverside, California, it's illegal to walk down the street carrying your lunch at lunchtime (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

19. Abandon the bottle

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In Concord, Massachusetts, it's illegal to sell non-sparkling, non-flavored bottled water in plastic containers of less than 1 liter. Joggers beware.

20. The prank pizza job

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You may think it's funny to send an order of pizza, Chinese or other c.o.d. items to your unsuspecting pal or arch nemesis, but in Louisiana, that could cost you $500 and up to six months in the slammer.

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