Amid New York's legal battle over the "I Love NY" highway signs, News 4 looked into state laws that you may not have realized exist. From rules on cloning, to coloring your pets, here are our top ten wacky tri-state laws:
Apparently they had been dyed.
If you want to achieve that lizard look, you may need to venture outside New York, where it is
illegal to tongue-split or cut someone else's tongue into two or more pieces.
In New Jersey, cloning another human is a
first degree crime, which means it is punishable by decades in prison or hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Fortune telling is actually a
punishable offense in New York-- that is, whenever it's not used for entertainment or amusement.
In Connecticut, engaging in disruptive activity on funeral grounds-- even if the activity is an hour before a funeral commences-- is a
class A misdemeanor.
If you're planning on committing a felony in
New Jersey or New York, don't wear a bulletproof vest. In both states, doing so is an additional crime.
In New York any contact between people and tigers (or big cats) is
prohibited. That includes taking photos without a physical barrier, so avoid selfies.
In New York,
it is illegal to intentionally place your hand in, or even near, another person's pocket.
Flinging bodily fluids at Department of Corrections employees is
aggravated assault in New Jersey, so be careful where you spit.
If you want to color your own animals, go for it. But you can't sell them in Connecticut because it is a
class D misdemeanor.
No weird tristate laws list would be complete without mentioning New Jersey's law where it is
illegal to pump your own gas. In 2018, NJ became the last state with this ban.