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Ten of the Weirdest Laws in the USA You May Find it Interesting

Ten of the Weirdest Laws in the USA You May Find it Interesting

You might think you know the laws that govern your country, but do you really? Everyone knows they cannot murder, and you know you cannot steal and shouldn’t speed in the car, but what if you live in North Carolina and you like to play bingo? Watch out, because if you hold three or more bingo sessions per week, you could get arrested. Oh, and make sure those two legal sessions do not exceed five hours apiece. All over the United States, there are laws that were probably made for a good reason, but sound absolutely weird to most of us. While we might feel like they don’t need to be followed, the truth is that it is the law whether we like it or not and unless you want to face a consequence, you should probably pay attention. The following are ten of the weirdest laws in the USA.

  • If you like to roller skate or ride a bike, don’t move to Biddeford, Maine, where it is illegal for someone to roller skate or bike-ride bike on the sidewalks. The street is a much safer place for your kids to have fun, right? Of course if you want to risk it and make them skate and ride on the sidewalk, you may be looking at a whopping $10 fine.
  • Most people understand the requirements to be able to vote: you have to be a legal resident at least eighteen years or older, and a registered voter. So what if you’re a complete idiot? If you are, don’t plan on voting any time soon in New Mexico;  idiots, felons, and insane people are not allowed to go to the polls.
  • Got a pet elephant? Make sure that if you live in Norco, California, that you have a permit for that elephant. In fact, go ahead and get a pet leopard, a bear, or even a hippo; just make sure you get a permit for each of your animals. Without a permit, the authorities will ship your pet back to where it came from. If you’re considering breeding your pets and already have a permit, you don’t have to pay for any of the immature offspring!
  • If you live in Youngstown, Ohio be sure that you always have a full tank of gas in your car. It’s simply not worth the consequences you will face if you run out, as it is actually against the law to run out of gas.
  • Taking kids to the arcade just won’t be much fun in South Carolina. If you have children under the age of eighteen, it is illegal for them to play pinball machines. I’m sure they could watch you play the game, but where’s the fun in that?
  • If your favorite color is red or black, you might want to stay away from West Virginia. The state code makes it illegal for anyone to display a red or a black flag. Forget about even possessing one, as that is also unlawful.
  • Firefighting is hard work. Sometimes the firefighters get stressed and a curse word might slip out of their mouth on the job. If you are a firefighter in New Orleans, Louisiana, make sure to hold your tongue: it is illegal for a firefighter to curse while on the job in that state.
  • When riding a horse in Indianapolis, Indiana, keep the speed down. It is unlawful to ride or drive a horse faster than ten miles per hour on a city street, so no horse racing.
  • Before you head to the polls in Alabama, be 100% sure of who you want to vote for. When voting, state code only allows you 5 minutes to make your decision, and any delay in your decision could get you kicked out of the booth. Then you’re done.
  • If you plan to take your kids out on the town in Walnut, California, be sure to change them out of their dress-up clothes first:  no-one is allowed to wear any disguise, specifically a mask, on public streets. Unless, that is, you have obtained a permit from the local sheriff.

Laws are meant to protect people and to keep us safe, so while some of these may seem weird, it is important that we know what they are and that we abide by them.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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