Mailing an entire building has been illegal in the U.S. since 1916 when a man mailed a 40,000-ton brick house across Utah to avoid high freight rates.
Candy made from pieces of barrel cactus was outlawed in the U.S. in 1952 to protect the species.
For hundreds of years, the Chinese zealously guarded the secret of sericulture; imperial law decreed death by torture to those who disclosed how to make silk.
During World War I, the punishment for homosexuality in the French army was execution.
In the marriage ceremony of the ancient Inca Indians of Peru, the couple was considered officially wed when they took off their sandals and handed them to each other.
During the reign of Catherine I of Russia, the rules for parties stipulated that no man was to get drunk before 9 o'clock and ladies weren't to get drunk at any hour.
According to law, no store is allowed to sell a toothbrush on the Sabbath in Providence, Rhode Island. Yet these same stores are allowed to sell toothpaste and mouthwash on Sundays.
In Hartford, Connecticut, you may not, under any circumstances, cross the street walking on your hands.
Hypnotism is banned by public schools in San Diego.
Anti-modem laws restrict Internet access in the country of Burma. Illegal possession of a modem can lead to a prison term.