Did you know Kentucky was admitted to the USA back in 1792? With a history spanning hundreds of years, it’s no surprise some of Kentucky’s laws don’t quite fit our modern sensibilities. True, many outdated laws are now in the dustbin of history, but there are a few strange statutes still on the books.
If you’re traveling to the 15th State, you might want to check out these lesser-known rules. In addition to sharing practical pieces of legislation, we’ll also clue you in on a few of Kentucky’s kookiest laws.
Five Bizarre Bluegrass State Laws
1. A Sticky Situation
Not that you would want to, but you are not allowed to carry ice cream in your pocket in Lexington. As strange as it may sound, this law has a practical reason. Thieves used to lure horses away using ice cream as a treat. If they carried the ice cream in their back pocket, they could do so without garnering much attention by looking back at the horse.
2. No Hunting at High Speeds
Kentucky is often considered a haven for hunters, but please remember never to hunt while on a moving vehicle. Yes, there is a law on the books that forbids Kentuckians from hunting while in a car, plane, or truck that’s in motion.
But wait, that’s not the most peculiar part of this law. Amazingly, this statute does allow people to hunt whales while in motion. But before you go all Captain Ahab, please keep in mind the US government forbids whaling under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
If you’re looking for more useful hunting and fishing info to plan your Kentucky camping trip, we recommend visiting this link to the state’s Department of Fish & Wildlife.
3. Enjoy A Warm Shower—It’s Your Legal Duty!
In the contemporary world, we all understand that showering is essential for proper hygiene…right? Well, Kentucky’s legislature wants to be extra sure everybody’s on board with regular showering. That’s why the state still has a law mandating everyone to take at least one shower per year.
Of course, most health experts recommend taking a few showers per week for optimal health, but you are not legally required to do so. Just don’t be surprised if people start running away after you begin to smell.
Please note: we don’t know if baths count as showers per Kentucky’s law, so be safe and take at least one shower!
4. How Does Kentucky Handle Stolen Car Crashes?
Although it’s not incredibly common, there are frequently cases where drivers in stolen vehicles crash into innocent pedestrians or motorists. Although we hope you’re never involved in one of these cases, you should know that most insurance companies won’t cover injury victims if the at-fault driver is in a stolen vehicle. This is because insurance companies are protected from covering illegal activity.
5. Avoid The Temptation To Throw Tomatoes
No matter how much you’re tempted to throw tomatoes at public speakers, please remember Kentucky is a tomato-free zone. All performers in the Bluegrass State are protected from tomato projectiles. Angry audience members also can’t throw rotten eggs at anyone speaking in public.
Although this law might have technically expired, we wouldn’t recommend bringing a bag of tomatoes to your next live event. Instead, put those tomatoes to good use in salsa or guacamole.