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Today has been a blah day of catch-up at the homestead... baked some beer bread, made spinach dip, watched great (and not-so-great) rom-coms from the '90s and did a little research on marriage laws for the Big Day.


Here's a list of resources on Illinois/McHenry County - where our event is taking place:
After reading through these I did a little research and came across some other laws that seem to be true and active, in addition to being totally ridiculous:

  • In Illinois, it is illegal to speak English, "American" is the official language. 
  • In Oblong, Illinois, it's punishable by law to make love while hunting or fishing on your wedding day.
  • In Alexandria, Minesota, no man is allowed to make love to his wife with the smell of garlic, onions, or sardines on his breath. If his wife so requests, law mandates that he must brush his teeth.
  • Supposedly in Nogles, Arizona, it is illegal to wear suspenders.
  • A state law in Illinois mandates that all bachelors should be called master, not mister, when addressed by their female counterparts. 
  • In Eureka, Illinois, a man with a moustache may not kiss a woman. (This is supposedly true for Nevada as well.)
  • In Wisconsin, unless a customer specifically requests it, margarine may not be substituted for butter in a restaurant.
  • It is illegal for any member of the Nevada Legislature to conduct official business wearing a penis costume while the legislature is in session.
  • [When I came across this one, I began to doubt the legitimacy of these "laws"]: While riding in an elevator in New York,  you must talk to no one, fold your hands, and look toward the door.
  • And then, I found this one for North Carolina: It’s against the law to sing off-key.
  • And this one: In Virginia, tickling a woman is unlawful.
  • But this Utah law took the cake for me: Unless you have an official permit, you may not take a picture of a rabbit from January to April.
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