Top 10 Things That Are Surprisingly Legal In the United States


The Top Ten

1 Having Sex With Animals (13 States)

I hope that whoever decided that it should be legal died/dies a painful death - DrayTopTens

Disgusting, whoever though about legalizing this should go back to hell. - XxembermasterxX

I bet Shane Dawson is from one of those 13 states. - B1ueNew

That is animal abusing. - Userguy44

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2 Firing a Missile (South Carolina)

It's south Carolina what do you expect

I was kinda expecting Abortion to be here. Not that I want to destroy Abortion, but I thought a lot of other people here would. Glad to see missle violence is number 1.


I thought just the military fires missiles. - PhoenixAura81

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

I lot of people do these while jogging by wearing a sports bra. - XxembermasterxX

Never saw a topless woman walk around and I'm a Jersey girl

By topless you mean with no shirt right? It's ok if you wear a sports bra right? - Luckys

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

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4 Drinking & Driving (Mississippi)

Drinking & driving at the same time can cause incidents. - Userguy44

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)

I'm from Boston and I never heard of this. - RobertWisdom

Oh hell no

Now this is absurd. I don’t plan getting drunk anyway. Not seeing the fun of it. - Userguy44

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

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6 Marrying Your Cousin (26 States)

Do people WANT legal and moral complications, and the possibility of genetic disorders? - Synchronocity

That's incest! - ElSherlock

Ew that's disgusting

INCEST - Luckys

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7 Owning a Flamethrower (All But 10 States)

Why would I burn my house down lol. - Userguy44

Registration required. A friend told me after he made a working one (with video evidence). - Cyri

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

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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 Owning a Brown Bear (9 States)

Having bears as pets is a bad idea - ElSherlock

What are those 9 States? - MrCoolC

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

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

Yas thank you Texas - Luckys

Jesus Christ

I'm lucky that I live in WA. - Cyri

Darn. - Cyri

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The Contenders

11 Smoking Marijuana (23 States)

Marijuana should be illegal - ElSherlock

Thank Arceus that it's still illegal in my state (Virginia) though. - PerfectImpulseX

Marijuana should only be legal if you have medical need. - Synchronocity

Seriously, a plant that kills your brain cells, lowers your IQ, and impaires your concentration is legal in some states but a innocent chocolate egg with a capsule which opens up to reveal a toy inside isn't anywhere?
My country sure is dumb. - PerfectImpulseX

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12 #Metoo Movement (All States)

No more of this please

Metoo is destroying everything and the government doesn't do a thing. The world is in dark times.

What's this? - XxembermasterxX

13 Gay Marriage (All States)

There's nothing wrong with gay marriage - ElSherlock

Why do we treat gays like they're different from us? We're all the same when you look a little closer! - Synchronocity

How is that bad? - Luckys

Nothing wrong with this at all.

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14 18 Year Olds Having Sex (All States)

It's not weird I mean it is the legal age of when you become an adult. - XxembermasterxX

How is this bad?

PhoenixAura81, has no one in the government seen the Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, or Friday the 13th films?

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).

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15 Cannibalism (All States)

Consuming human flesh is legal in all 50 states. It's just very difficult to obtain a fresh supply of "people-meat" without doing anything illegal. Thank God! - Bellicose

It's actually only legal as long as you didn't kill the person. - XxembermasterxX

Now this is disgusting! - Userguy44

Just, yuck! - PerfectImpulseX

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16 Getting an Abortion (All States)

I was devastated when I learned what abortion was. I'm sure I'm not the only one who was to restrict it to life-or-death situations. - Synchronocity

Should be illegal in all states. Dems will be triggered. - B1ueNew

17 Smoking (50 States)

Smoking is unhealthy - ElSherlock

Gross - XxembermasterxX

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

Smoking shouldn’t be legal anyway. Do most people even realise what the result can be? It can cause lung cancer and it’s very unhealthy. Sorry if I offended smokers, but it’s true. - Userguy44

18 Hate Speech

There's a difference between free speech and radicalism. And all too many people cross the line. - Synchronocity

You gotta be joking. Grow a skin. Free speech BOI.

19 Owning a Kangaroo (13 States)

Furthermore, in 3 of those 13 states; Wisconsin, West Virginia, and South Carolina, you don't even need a permit to own one.

Am I the only one who says that sounds totally awesome (as long as you don't mess with one because if you do, you’d regret it)? - PhoenixAura81

Admittedly, having a wallaby or kangaroo would be pretty cool. - Synchronocity

20 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

21 Being a Member of the American Nazi Party (All States)

But racist acts are illegal. - Cyri

22 Burning the regional flag
23 Racial Slurs

NO - ElSherlock

They are NOT FUNNY. - Synchronocity

24 Having a Firearm

This is why shootings happen.

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Top Remixes (5)

1. Children Getting Drunk with Parents in Their Home (Massachusetts)
2. Having Sex With Animals (13 States)
3. Drinking & Driving (Mississippi)
1. #Metoo Movement (All States)
2. Smoking Marijuana (23 States)
3. Owning a Brown Bear (9 States)
1. Firing a Missile (South Carolina)
2. Drinking & Driving (Mississippi)
3. Women Being Topless in Public (All States Except Utah, Indiana, and Tennessee)

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