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Call Your Houston Attorney! You’re Probably Breaking One of These Weird Texas Laws
February 25, 2024 at 10:00 PM
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When it comes to laws, every state in the U.S. has a quiver full of curious regulations that might make you raise an eyebrow or two. Houston, the vibrant megacity of Texas, is no exception. Beyond its reputation as a leader in energy, a bonafide cultural enclave, and home to the infamous Space Center, Houston boasts a rich tapestry of rules that are as diverse and eclectic as its residents. Ever wondered about laws you didn't know existed, thinking 'no one would do that anyway'? Here are 15 strange and obscure laws unique to Houston that might just pique your curiosity.

Organ Trade and Its Taboos

For most, the concept of selling human organs conjures up images of underground operations and black-market dealings. But in the Lone Star State, it's not just societal taboos that prevent business in body parts—it’s the law. If you're found selling organs in Texas, be it a kidney, your heart, or the shirt on your back, you could face serious fines up to $4,000 and a sentence behind bars. Ironically, those caught buying body parts are just as guilty, and penalties mirror that of the sellers.

The Bare Necessity—Feet First

Stepping out for a stroll in Texas can become an expensive affair if you fancy going barefoot in certain parts of the state, including Houston. Want to feel the grass between your toes or the sidewalk beneath? Well, you'd better shell out $5 for a permit. A quirk of a law harking back to the early 20th century, the main explanation given by city officials is the need for sanitation — though one has to wonder about who's inspecting the feet of the permitted.

Wobbled Lines and Drink Limits

In the tiny town of LeFors, leaning back with a cold one should be done with decorum. It’s against the law to take more than three swigs of beer while standing up. It’s unclear if sitting down comes with additional sips and the locals might have an inside joke. But perhaps this law was made to keep things 'level' down at the tavern.

Cheese Choices—A Day of Rest

Who knew a town might take a day of the week so ‘seriously cheesily?’ In parts of Texas, the sale of Limburger cheese is off-limits on Sundays. While specific details are as unclear as the reasons for the law itself, it certainly gives a new flavor to ‘wine and cheese’ Sundays.