I’m heading to Austin this weekend to celebrate D.E.A.R. Texas day. All across the state authors and readers are coming together on April 12 to celebrate books and stories. The event is spear-headed by the Texas Association of Authors and winners of their “Best Of” contest for 2015 will be featured. I will be at Malvern Books from 1-6 on Sunday with my Best Mystery, Doubletake.
These area some actual laws on the books in the various states:
ARKANSAS: You’re not allowed to pronounce Arkansas incorrectly.
CALIFORNIA: You will be fined if you detonate a nuclear device.
(Of course, a fine will be the least of your concerns.)
FLORIDA: Women who kill themselves by electrocution in a bathtub with a “self-beautification utensil” will be fined.
ILLINOIS: Midget tossing is illegal in bars, but is legal in other parts of the city if you have a permit.
INDIANA: Everyone is required to work on a public road six days a year.
IOWA: One-armed piano players must perform for free.
KANSAS: If two trains meet on the same track, neither shall proceed until the other has passed.
KENTUCKY: It’s required that you register all nude people in your home.
NEBRASKA: It’s illegal to go whale fishing within the state.
NORTH DAKOTA: Beer and pretzels cannot be served at the same time.
OHIO: One cannot kill a housefly within 160 feet of a church.
OKLAHOMA: It’s illegal to make funny faces at dogs.
OREGON: Canned corn is not to be used as fishing bait.
(But you can in Nebraska, just not to catch a whale.)
TEXAS: Criminals must notify their victims 24 hours in advance of the nature of their crimes yet to be committed.
VERMONT: Margarine must be served in triangle patties.
WYOMING: It’s against the law to have sex while standing up in a walk-in meat freezer.
(People really do that?)
“Good writing is clear. Talented writing is energetic. Good writing avoids errors. Talented writing makes things happen in the reader’s mind — vividly, forcefully — that good writing, which stops with clarity and logic, doesn’t.”– Maria Papova
That’s it for me folks. Hope everyone has a great weekend. See you on Monday. Do leave a comment and perhaps share a joke.