With this extended "social isolating" and call for all of us to stay home, our grandchildren may be experiencing stress - the stress of the loss of what was their normal schedule/life with going to school, the stress of not being able to hang out with their friends, the stress of not being able to connect with friends at church, the stress of being in the same house with the same people 24/7. If ever they needed to be encouraged to laugh, now is the time, so consider sharing some of the following funny facts and jokes with them to brighten their day . . .
- Bigfoot hunters, beware. Skamania County, Washington, passed a law in 1969 deeming the "slaying of Bigfoot to be a felony and punishable by five years in prison." The law was later amended, designating Bigfoot as an endangered species.
- Kansans don't mess around with their cherry pie. At one point, it was illegal in the state to top a slice of cherry pie with a scoop of ice cream. According to the Kansas Secretary of State, it's unclear how this law originated or whether it's still technically on the books, but - fortunately for dessert lovers - it's not enforced.
- Don't bother trying to keep your fingers clean if you're devouring fried chicken in Georgia. According to a Gainesville proclamation passed in 1961 designed to promote Gainesville as a poultry center, it's illegal to eat fried chicken with a fork. In 2009, a woman was arrested as a practical joke for violating the law, but was later pardoned.
- In Alabama it is illegal to drive with your eyes closed - sounds like word didn't make it to everyone in the Yellowhammer State about the common phrase "Keep your eyes on the road." Our eyes are wide open after hearing this one!
- In Arizona in the 1920's, a local dam broke, flooding a rancher's home. The rancher's donkey had become accustomed to sleeping in the bathtub, which filled with water and whisked him miles away. After working to rescue the animal, the town passed a law which said it is illegal for a donkey to sleep in a bathtub - it is still in place today.
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