The Lone Star state of Texas is known for a lot of things – their great dessert terrain, the iconic Southern accents, comforting food, and home of cowboys and rangers. The hometown of Dr. Pepper soda is known to have a geographical expanse larger than any European country and holds the second largest population in the United States.
Texas, a tornado country, where over a hundred tornadoes pass every year, is also the only state in the US that has been governed by six different governments: Spain, France, Mexico, its independent Republic of Texas, the southern Confederate States of America, and of course, the present United States. However, to add to all these exciting facts, Texas also has its own roster of very interesting, even weird, laws. Here are some of them.
Weird Crime-Related Laws
It is well-known that ranches and farms dominate Texas’s large expanse of land. The delineation of these properties can be seen in the barbed-wire fences that landowners erect to mark the limit of their land. Since the lands itself are so immense, it easy for thieves and evildoers to enter the enclosed areas with the help of wire cutters that could easily snip through the wires. To this day, carrying wire cutters around is outlawed in Texas. For a time, specifically until 1974, it was illegal for other people to lay hands on cows that are not their property. It is against the law for other people to touch the udders or milk the cows that they do not own. Even if the law has been repealed, it is still considered a point of courtesy at present.
A comical law intended to prevent crime exists in Texas. Those who are planning to commit a crime to a person or an establishment must send them an advance notice not less than 24 hours from the time when the crime would occur. The warning must be given orally or written down explaining the nature of the crime.
Interesting Laws in Texas
Any person impersonating a cowboy who has watched western movies would have probably noticed the characteristic act of ‘spitting’ by these characters. In Texas, public establishments such as halls of assembly, hotels, churches, and restaurants must have their own spittoons. Failure to comply would be a violation of the law. Interestingly enough, with regards to marriage, a wedding in Texas seems not to be necessary as you can be regarded as legally married when you have publicly proclaimed a person as your wife or husband for at least three times. During weddings, it is also legal for the bride and groom to have an official proxy or stand-in for them.
All over the state, people are not allowed to walk around barefoot in public areas. If you want to do so, you have to get an official permit that would cost you five dollars. Similarly, in some areas, like that of Dennison and Bristol, it is not allowed to adjust or fuss with one’s stockings publicly. This could give you a ticket to almost a whole year’s stay in a penitentiary.