Arrest That Man! He’s Carrying Ice Cream in his Back Pocket!

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Music – “I Fought The Law” from Rock’n Roll Is Back by Bobby Fuller Four. Released: 2010

Silly and antiquated food laws abound, if you believe the plethora of websites claiming the most ridiculous and illogical legalities. For example, according to one website, if you live in Oklahoma and the beer you purchase is more than 4% alcohol, it must be served at room temperature. Got a midnight craving for onions? Well, don’t try to buy one after dark in Tamarack, Idaho, unless you have a special permit from the Sheriff.

The people in New Jersey are a very neat lot, as they are apparently forbidden to slurp their soup, and the Philadelphians are not permitted to put their pretzels in bags. Who could have known? Always be informed to prevent mishaps and embarrassment (or worse)

This may be OK in China, but don't try this in New Jersey! (Photo Credit:  www.toptenz.net)

This may be OK in China, but don’t try this in New Jersey! (Photo Credit: http://www.toptenz.net)

Word has it that in Kansas, it’s against the law for a restaurant to sell cherry pie a la mode on Sundays. Perhaps it’s just too decadent and self-indulgent to enjoy on what is a holy day for many. Better to do a little penance and treat yourself to a stale crust of bread instead. After all, you don’t want to be regarded as having too much fun!

No eating this on Sunday in Kansas! (Photo Credit:  elliezl.deviantart.com)

No eating this on Sunday in Kansas! (Photo Credit: elliezl.deviantart.com)

Residents of St. Cloud, Minnesota take note: if you’re planning a weekend barbeque with hamburgers on the grill, do it on Saturday. On Sunday, the Burger Police might be roaming your neighbourhood and you could face a fine if they get a whiff of your hamburgers sizzling on the grill.

"Yes Ma'am.  If you had read the bylaws, they clearly prohibit grilling hamburgers on Sunday" (Photo Credit:  www.twincities.com)

“Yes Sir.  If you had read the bylaws, they clearly prohibit grilling hamburgers on Sunday” (Photo Credit: http://www.twincities.com)

I’ve never been to Rhode Island. I have, however, ridden on a trolley in several other locations. If you do ever visit Rhode Island, though, make sure you leave your bottle of pickles at home.

Don't bring your pickles on this ride! (Photo Credit:  bransontourismcenter.com)

Don’t bring your pickles on this ride! (Photo Credit: bransontourismcenter.com)

Should you be caught throwing pickle juice from one of their trolleys, you could be hauled off to the slammer.

Pity the poor fellow, who might be seen waltzing down Main Street in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on his way to his construction job. Construction workers often carry lunch boxes, or at least they used to (perhaps now they just go to McDonald’s). If you’re caught carrying your lunch box on Main Street in this town, you’re in a heap of trouble.

"Don't forget to hide your lunchbox, when you walk down Main Street, dear!" (Photo Credit:  www.fotosearch.com)

“Don’t forget to hide your lunchbox, when you walk down Main Street, dear!” (Photo Credit: http://www.fotosearch.com)

According to folklore, everyone who lives in Wisconsin knows that apple pie MUST be served with cheese (in Canada, apple pie is almost always served with cheddar cheese and we’re not even a state!)

Gotta have cheese on apple pie in Wisconsin (Photo Credit:  www.vanillabeanbaker.com)

Gotta have cheese on apple pie in Wisconsin (Photo Credit: http://www.vanillabeanbaker.com)

However, although it might not be a penalty to serve apple pie in Wisconsin without cheese, it’s just the thing to do. I mean, if you have to ask, really? Speaking of cheese, if you’re ever in South Dakota, don’t you dare fall asleep in a cheese factory. It’s illegal. Take a nap before your visit.

No  napping in cheese factories in South Dakota! (Photo Credit:  www.minitime.com)

No napping in cheese factories in South Dakota! (Photo Credit: http://www.minitime.com)

Lucky for me, although I’ve been through Alabama briefly years ago, I never acquired a taste for ice cream. According to food lore, you’re in big trouble if you’re caught carrying an ice cream cone in your back pocket in this state. In addition to landing yourself a possible criminal record, it’s messy too.

Better not be caught doing this in Alabama! (Photo Credit:  www.asdaqua.com)

Better not be caught doing this in Alabama! (Photo Credit: http://www.asdaqua.com)

In at least one state, possibly two, it’s illegal to eat fried chicken with a knife and fork. Everyone living in Gainsville, Georgia knows this and if you don’t eat fried chicken with your fingers, well, I hate to think of the dire consequences! Indiana may have similar laws, according to what I’ve heard. At most Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises around the country, I believe they provide the little plastic bag with plastic knives and forks, with napkins, for your convenience.

Fortunately, this child is eating fried chicken the legal way (Photo Credit:  www.dreamstime.com)

Fortunately, this child is eating fried chicken the legal way (Photo Credit: http://www.dreamstime.com)

This is illegal in a few places! (Photo Credit:  www.kelliskitchen.org)

This is illegal in a few places! (Photo Credit: http://www.kelliskitchen.org)

I wonder if they have to make special concessions in Georgia and nix the utensils. Also, in Indiana, it is purportedly illegal to eat watermelon in a public park. Something to do with all of those nasty little rinds poking through public garbage bags.

If you live in Washington state, you could be in trouble if you purchase meat on Sunday, but there is a solution: move to West Virginia, where its legal to take road kill home for dinner! (even on Sundays).

"Thank goodness we live in West Virginia dear....here comes dinner!" (Photo Credit:  en.wikipedia.org)

“Thank goodness we live in West Virginia dear….here comes dinner!” (Photo Credit: en.wikipedia.org)

Lastly, should you decide to visit Belgium, they too have their own share of goofy food laws. Word has it that it is perfectly legal to throw Brussels Sprouts at the tourists, so behave accordingly.

Better be a model tourist when traveling to Belgium.  It's perfectly acceptable for residents to toss these at tourists! (Photo Credit:  www.whiteonricecouple.com)

Better be a model tourist when traveling to Belgium. It’s perfectly acceptable for residents to toss these at tourists! (Photo Credit: www.
whiteonricecouple.com)

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About vintagecookbookery

Cookbook lover and collector with a burgeoning collection of cookbooks. Reading and researching food trends, history of cooking techniques and technological advances in cooking, what we eat and why and cookbooks as reflectors of cultures is a fascination for me. As of November 7th, 2013, I hold the current Guinness World Record title for the largest collection of cookbooks: 2,970 at the official count on July 14th, 2013 (applaud now, thank you very much!) The current (unofficial) number is now 6,202. What next? More shelves!
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2 Responses to Arrest That Man! He’s Carrying Ice Cream in his Back Pocket!

  1. Thanks! But you’d better be careful….given some of the frigid temps in the northeast, those little sprouts could freeze as hard as golfballs and you might put someone’s eye out! Then, you’ll really be in trouble…Belgian or not!

  2. I’m thinking of throwing some Brussels sprouts at tourists in New York this winter. I’ll just tell the authorities I’m from Belgium. Great post — made my day!

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