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You May Not Tie an Alligator to a Fire Hydrant : 101 Real Dumb Laws [Hardcover]

By Jeff Koon (Author), Andy Powell (Author) & Ward Schumaker (Illustrator)
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A humorous collection of actual laws from across the nation identifies that it is illegal in Indiana to color a bird, and having a snowball fight in Belton, Missouri, is forbidden.

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"You May" Not "Tie an Alligator to a Fire Hydrant" is a collection of the 101 dumbest real federal, city, and state laws in America, compiled by Jeff Koon and Andy Powell, a couple of high school seniors with a Web site visited by hundreds of thousands of browsers every month. These laws will astonish, possibly outrage, and certainly amuse citizens everywhere.
Here you will learn that forgetting to close a gate is against the law in Nevada; that flying a kite is illegal in Schaumburg, Illinois; and that shaking carpets in the street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is strictly forbidden. You probably haven't tried cutting off your arm to make people feel sorry for you -- but if you live in Alabama, it is against the law. Many Texans will be surprised to learn that their hoes must be no less than four feet long. Perhaps more disturbingly, Indianans will be forced to recognize that being sexually aroused in public could get them arrested. With so many potential legal pitfalls around us all, it is comforting, finally, to learn in these pages that, in Alaska, the people who make laws have sagely concluded that emergencies are "held to a minimum and are rarely found to exist."
This hilarious compilation features forty-six original illustrations by award-winning artist Ward Schumaker that brilliantly capture the absurdity of so many of our laws with a light and elegant touch.
These laws, all verified by the authors and presented along with a reference to the corresponding federal, state, or city statute, may cause readers to lose any desire to pursue a career in law.

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You May Not Tie an Alligator to a Fire Hydrant : 101 Real Dumb Laws by Jeff Koon, Andy Powell & Ward Schumaker has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 06/03/2002
  • PW Notes and Reprints - 06/03/2002 page 85

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Free Press
Pages   156
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.32" Width: 5.28" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 20, 2002
Publisher   Free Press
ISBN  0743230655  
ISBN13  9780743230650  
UPC  076714012950  

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More About Jeff Koon, Andy Powell & Ward Schumaker

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jeff Koon graduated from high school in 2002, and currently Jeff Koon graduated from high school in 2002, and currently attends the University of Georgia. He thought appearing on "attends the University of Georgia. He thought appearing on "The Montel Williams Show" with Andy in 2001 crowned his dot-The Montel Williams Show" with Andy in 2001 crowned his dot-com career -- but then in the summer of 2002 they appeared ocom career -- but then in the summer of 2002 they appeared on "20/20" and "Good Morning America" and things started realn "20/20" and "Good Morning America" and things started really taking off. He lives in Georgia. ly taking off. He lives in Georgia.

Jeff Koon currently resides in the state of Georgia. Jeff Koon was born in 1984.

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A Good Idea That Needs More Work  Sep 15, 2003
This is a book by two kids. It started off as a school project. The idea is to list laws that seem very strange, dumb or just plain off-the-wall. It could have been a good book but it needs a little more research.

Each page has a catchy phrase about some law. The title of the book is one such phrase. There is then some of the text of the law it refers to. Unfortunately, sometimes the blurb is actually the direct opposite of the law given. I found this to be really unforgivable in such a book. Very often I got the idea that the authors just didn't understand the language used in the laws and sometime I felt they never read them in the first place.

Still, there are some dumb laws that they did get right. But really, there should have been a lot more attention paid before this ever saw print.

Don't waste your time  Jul 5, 2003
Sorry guys, but this is the dumbest book I have read in a long time. I bought it thinking it would be good beach reading and, boy, was I wrong. Being eaten by seagulls would have been less painful than enduring this drivel. A little thought into this project would have proved helpful as many of the laws quoted were instituted for very good reasons such as the law regarding ice cubes in El Paso. Do you want to buy ice cubes that were produced across the border with their stellar health regulations. Most books of this type are quite entertaining, but not this one. It's just plain stupid.
Excellent Advice! Words to live by!  Jan 24, 2003
I thought I was doing the nice folks a favor when I tied my dog Snuckles to the fire hydrant while I went into the 7-ll for a slushy and a ding-dong. However to my horror, when I came out of the store I found an alligator swallowing my dog. He then got his head and teeth stuck around the leash. Before I could do anything a police officer came up to me and asked if that was my alligator tied to the fire hydrant. I told him that I had never seen that alligator before in my life. He then asked me if that was my leash and I told him it was. Unfortunately, just then a fire broke out across the street and the fire trucks soon arrived. However, the fireman couldn't get to the fire hydrant as a vicious alligator was guarding it. The whole building burnt down and I was arrested and charged for tying an alligator to a fire hydrant and blocking a fire hydrant that was needed during a fire resulting in thousands of dollars of damage.

While I was in court, even though I had argued that the alligator was not mine, it was proved by the prosecutors that it was mine since I had confessed to having my leash on it. In the end I was fined $500 dollars and sentenced to 100 hours of community service and forced to read this book.

Without a doubt, had I read this book before, I would not have had to read it now in humiliation after failing to take Jeff's advice. Had I known I could have lied about the leash being mine. Good advice Jeff but a little too late for me!

By the way, the alligator and I are now doing fine and I've adopted him as a pet. Poor Snuckles.

Wow  Jul 28, 2002
hilarious... worth buying and reading over and over again. see down for mirinda's review. it sums up my thoughts exactly.
Amazing  Jul 25, 2002
This collection is sometimes funny, sometimes strange-always interesting.That's why reality-based books like this one and Judy Reiser's book, "And I Thought I Was Crazy! Quirks, Idiosyncrasies and Meshugaas" are so fascinating.

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