Top 10 Things That Are Surprisingly Legal In the United States


The Top Ten

1 Firing a Missile (South Carolina)

Well if anyone ever invades South Carolina their in for a nightmare. Especially if they don't want to kill civilians.

This is actually legal in South Carolina?! I'm glad I live in North Carolina. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

That could be used to kill or injure many people - Ajkloth

Yikes. - Redrocm

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2 Women Being Topless in Public (All States Except Utah, Indiana, and Tennessee)

Most of these sexuality and nudity based things aren't a problem in German speaking Europe (except of course for the animal sex). Although nudity in the big city isn't seen often, in smaller towns or the countryside where there are many gardens, it's not unusual to see naked people of both sexes and all ages running around in summer. Same for beaches. Also T.V. and newspapers show a lot of nudity. As for the age 17 thing... I am aware that this is a controversial question, but I'm coming from a country where sex ed starts at age 8, where teen magazines for people between 10 and 16 have nude pictures and a page for sex talk, where the age of consent is 14, where movies like American Pie are rated 12+, where 16 year olds are allowed to vote and can drink beer, and where at age 14 you're legally not a child anymore but a "young adult" which is not yet an adult but haves several rights or duties of adults... what are your concerns with two 17 years olds having sex? They should be mature ...more - Martin_Canine

Um, ew. I don't even like seeing men with their shirts off. I really don't like seeing nudity and partial nudity because it just shows too much skin (that goes for everybody, regardless of weight). I am rather modest and I don't even wear crop tops, really short shorts, and bikinis (I hate bikinis). - PhoenixAura81

Here's one thing though. Not every woman wants to walk around topless like a complete idiot.

How's that even possible? - listotaku17

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3 Having Sex With Animals (13 States)

That is disgusting, just stick with humans. - Ajkloth

So what's next? Humans getting married with animals?

Gee, I wonder if Princess Elise from Sonic 06 was raised in one of those 13 states... - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Disgusting - DarkBoi-X

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4 Drinking & Driving (Mississippi)

Here's one reason why I never plan on visiting Mississippi - Ajkloth

It is? That is not good... - jmepa1234

Why is it legal to both drink and drive at the same time? It's very dangerous and that behavior can end up killing others as well as yourself.

5 Children Getting Drunk with Parents in Their Home (Massachusetts)

Unlike in Europe, where little kids can be served and get drunk in public restaurants.

Come to America, we have drunk kids! - Ajkloth

... Massachusetts is weird man - kaitlynrad11

Huh? 0_0 - TheFourthWorld

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6 Owning a Flamethrower (All But 10 States)

This isn't bad, this is badass. Of course, if you kill anyone with it (other than an act of self defense) you'll get arrested on same charges if you killed in anyway. - SoldierOfFortune

That's a good way to burn your house down - Ajkloth

And all we need is some stupid redneck who thinks this is a good idea. - Icantbelieveitsnotbutter

That isn't quite so surprising but still dangerous - jmepa1234

7 Marrying Your Cousin (26 States)

I have 23 cousins, 18 of them are girls and I am not attracted to any of them. - Ajkloth

That reminds me of a joke Gabriel Iglesias once made about rednecks taking their sister out on Thursday. No offense. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Reply @jmepa1234 "What is wrong with marrying a cousin? "
Children of cousin marriages have a doubled risk of genetic disorders because bad genes running in the family become stronger and cause more health problems (and many other things). - Metal_Treasure

What is wrong with marrying a cousin? - jmepa1234

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8 Texting While Driving (West Virginia)

I would hope that they are smart enough to not do it. - Ajkloth

My dad has this thing which tells him his texts - jmepa1234

9 Serving Roadkill As a Meal (All States Except Texas, California, and Washington)

I couldn't imagine eating roadkill! It would be dirty from the road and there would be countless germs. - Ajkloth

This is really weird! Why would you want to eat roadkill? - jmepa1234

Thank goodness Texas didn't legalise this - BorisRule

Is it at least sanitized? - Icantbelieveitsnotbutter

10 Owning a Brown Bear (9 States)

Honestly the most reasonable entry on this list. When my fourth grade teacher lived in New Mexico, one of his neighbors had a pet wolf. Not quite the same, but still a wild animal living in your house. Which is just AWESOME as long as it isn't dangerous. - PhoenixAura81

This is my live teddy bear. He won't bite unless you get anywhere near him. - Merilille

I prefer to keep them in the zoo and not in my home. - Ajkloth

What are those 9 States? - MrCoolC

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The Contenders

11 Smoking Marijuana (23 States)

It's only legal if you have medical need ( cancer etc... ) for it ( proved by a Doctor who will prescribe you the substance ). It's not like it's legal for everybody like in Holland or other European countries ( where it's legal to sell, buy and smoke it ).

This honestly should be illegal! - PerfectImpulseX

F's sake. Literally this is awesome yet so sad for my country. - IronSabbathPriest

12 Gay Marriage (All States)

This isn't surprising. Marriage should be legal for everyone. I don't want to get married myself, but I think everyone should have the right to marry. - PhoenixAura81

Having to put up with such homophobic people on this website is so tedious. Why can't people just accept that gay marriage is legal, instead of saying "Nah nah, it should be illegal! "

How is this surprising?

Nothing wrong with this at all. - Redrocm

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13 18 Year Olds Having Sex (All States)

They even have kids younger than that have sex. This has always been a problem (I mean I can somewhat understand it considering how sexual urges in young people start before 18 but this is still a serious problem and should not be legal). - Redrocm

That's DISGUSTING! - PhoenixAura81

Some states in the U.S have the age of consent as 18.

14 Smoking (50 States)

Peyote needs to be Legalized next. And Prostitution. Its No Big Deal.

15 Prostitution (All of Nevada except Clark, Douglas, Eureka, Lincoln, Pershing, and Washoe Counties)

I want to live in Las Vegas when I'm older, but at least prostitution is illegal in the county it's in (Clark County). Nevada just happens to be the only state where prostitution is legal. The counties in the entry title are the counties prostitution is illegal in. Prostitution should be illegal in all of the United States and all over the world because it's disgusting and all it is is sacrificing your virginity in exchange for money. - PhoenixAura81

16 Being a Member of the American Nazi Party (All States)
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1. Children Getting Drunk with Parents in Their Home (Massachusetts)
2. Having Sex With Animals (13 States)
3. Drinking & Driving (Mississippi)
1. Firing a Missile (South Carolina)
2. Drinking & Driving (Mississippi)
3. Women Being Topless in Public (All States Except Utah, Indiana, and Tennessee)
1. Firing a Missile (South Carolina)
2. Owning a Flamethrower (All But 10 States)
3. Having Sex With Animals (13 States)

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