Can you believe these are actual FEDERAL LAWS

This is nuts, these are actual LAWS!

Criminal defense attorney Mike Chase has a new book that the New York Post profiles called "How to Become a Federal Criminal: An Illustrated Handbook for the Aspiring Offender" (that's a hilarious title). In the book, Chase details some very odd laws that are somehow still on the books.

These are real:

  1. It is against the law to sell runny ketchup. Apparently, if it flows more than 14 centimeters in 30 seconds, it cannot be considered ketchup.
  2. You cannot leave the country with too many nickels in your pocket. Apparently, if you leave the country with more than $5 in pennies or nickles you can be sentenced to jail for five years!
  3. It is against the law to write a check for less than $1
  4. Making an unreasonable gesture to a passing horse.
  5. Better shower if you are headed to the Library of Congress in Washington DC, it's illegal to have "disruptively bad hygiene" there.

Makes me wonder, what are some odd behaviors that are not against the law but should be??

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