Massachusetts' early settlers fled England to escape religious persecution, but ended up imposing some pretty strange laws in order to stay in God's good graces.
Although the infamous Blue Laws are more than 340 years old, many still remain on the books. Luckily for us, most have been ruled unconstitutional and are no longer enforced.
These days, Massachusetts' “Blue Laws" basically refer to the restrictions businesses must impose on Sundays and holidays. If the original laws were still enforced, the following 9 infractions could land you in the clink!
Personally, I wouldn't mind if this one still applied!
I wonder what the Puritans would make of our new Marijuana laws?
Since professional and college sports are "licensed," I suppose this would only apply to pick-up games and kiddie events...T-ball games are free, right?
To be safe, have your minor children yell profanities on your behalf.
The law reads, in part, “Whoever wilfully kills pigeons upon, or frightens them from, beds which have been made for the purpose of taking them in nets” ...so I guess you can scare or kill pigeons as long as someone isn't actively trying to capture them.
You would think this would go without saying, but based on an Instagram search, drunken patients are still a problem today!
Thank goodness this isn't enforced - booze and chocolate go together like peas and carrots!
I hope Mark Twain remembered to sign in as Samuel Clemmons on his visits to the Bay State!
Do you have a favorite Blue Law that I missed?