Our little state is known for a lot of interesting things. For example, did you know that there is more copper mined in Arizona than all of the other US States COMBINED? Also, were you aware that we have 18 National Monuments – more than any other state? Since Arizona admitted into the Union on Valentine's Day in 1912, there have been many laws on the books that were designed to keep people and our natural resources safe. But honestly, some of these just make us laugh.
Here are 8 hilarious/ridiculous laws that are currently on the books in the great State of Arizona.
#1 – The hunting of camels is prohibited
The United States Army used to experiment with camels in the deserts here in Arizona in order to prepare for desert warfare. After their camel experiments were completed, they released them to live among us. They are currently protected from hunting, which makes sense, but seems odd to read in writing. However, it is 100% legal for camels to walk into your backyard and take a dip in the swimming pool.
#2 – Donkeys may not sleep in bathtubs
If you've driven on I-17 or any of our major highways that drive though hills and mountain areas, it's common to see the 'Burro Crossing' signs that alert motorists that wild burros may cross the highway. However, according to Arizona statutes, it is illegal for donkeys to sleep in bathtubs. However, there is no law on the book that says a donkey can't jump in your pool to cool off during the hot summer months.
#3 – If you disturb a bullfrog or cottontail rabbit, you will be fined in Hayden, Arizona
Also on the list of things you can't do – specifically in Hayden, Arizona - is disturbing a bullfrog or cottontail rabbit in their natural habitat. In fact, if you are caught doing such, you may be subject to a fine and charged with a misdemeanor. There are no laws on the books in Arizona that prohibit homeowners from buying an inflatable bullfrog and riding it while wearing a cowboy hat screaming "YEEE HAW" inside your swimming pool, though.
#4 – You can't ride your horse upstairs at the county courthouse in Prescott, Arizona
As alluring as it might be to ride your horse up the stairs to plead your case in front of the County Courthouse in Prescott, Arizona – sadly you can't do this. If you're going to ride your horse to court, you're just going to have to hitch it to the post outside. Or, you could take your horse to a friend's house that has a swimming pool and allow it to splash around and cool off. However, if your horse decides to jump into the pool, they'll probably hang out for a while and forget to pick you up from court.
#5 – It is Illegal for more than six girls to live in any house in Maricopa County
WHAT! This is just getting ridiculous. However, a previous ordinance restricting the amount of females to live under one roof in Maricopa County still exists. Apparently all of the sorority homes in Tempe at ASU are law breakers. According to our research, however, we were unable to find an existing statute that restricts the amount of ladies you can invite over for a pool party at your home in Maricopa County.
#6 – If you are caught stealing soap, you must wash yourself until it's used up
Not that we're condoning shoplifting, but, in Mohave County, if you are caught stealing soap, you must publicly wash yourself until the soap has been completely used up. This might be very difficult with today's long-lasting soap bars, but none the less, this ordinance is still on the books in Mohave County. It is 100% legal however for a home owner in Mohave County to install an outdoor shower and bathroom that guests who swim in their pools can rinse off after they enjoy some swimming.
#7 – In Nogales it's Illegal to wear suspenders
We're currently drafting a letter to the Governor asking for a pardon on this one just in case you guys put suspenders on your swim trunks. In fact, this should be outlawed immediately, as there is nothing more embarrassing than having your swim trunks fall off after jumping into the pool!
#8 – You cannot refuse someone a glass of water
Businesses can be heavily fined if they refuse water to those who ask for it. When hosting a pool party, remember this law!