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Crazy Texas Laws, posted by sam

Because I’m a politics geek, and because I live in Texas, and because Texas has some weird-ass laws, here’s a list of some of the crazier ones. There are many many more out there.

Now, you need to remember that these aren’t enforced for the most part… BUT THEY CAN BE.

  • In Austin, it’s illegal to carry wire cutters.
  • In Dallas, it’s illegal to possess realistic dildos.
  • The Encyclopedia Britannica is banned in Texas because it contains a formula for making beer at home.
  • It is illegal to take more than three sips of beer at a time while standing in public.
  • In Galveston, it’s illegal to drive a car down Broadway before noon on Sundays.
  • Also in Galveston, any person who sits on a sidewalk may be fined up to $500.
  • In Mesquite, it’s illegal for children to have unusual haircuts.
  • In Temple, cattle thieves may be hanged on the spot.
  • You must acknowledge a supreme being before being able to hold public office.
  • In Kingsville, there is a law against two pigs having sex on the city’s airport property.
  • It’s illegal to curse in front of, or indecently expose oneself to, a corpse.
  • To have a valid ceremonial marriage, all you need is reasonable authority and at least one person acting in good faith.


  1. Not all of them can be enforced… in particular the bit about the supreme being.

    Posted on 21-Apr-09 at 4:17 pm | Permalink
  2. Enrique G

    I thought the dildos law was overturned? Or was that only in Austin that they can start calling them dildos now, and not educational models?

    Posted on 22-Apr-09 at 7:51 am | Permalink
  3. Texas has many many many dildo laws.
    It’s still illegal to be in possession of more than 6 dildos that aren’t used as teaching aids.

    But they no longer have to be called teaching aids as of last year.
    So back when Irma was hosting Passion Parties? BREAKING THE LAW!

    Posted on 22-Apr-09 at 8:35 am | Permalink

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