The City of Grand Rapids says it’s now OK to annoy thy neighbor. A section of the city code stating that “no person shall willfully annoy another person,” is set to be struck from the books after 38 years next Tuesday, and it's about time, says the city attorney.
Next week, a commission is expected to give its final approval to repeal the rule after city attorney Catherine Mish requested its removal, saying the rule's vague language was archaic and “unconstitutional,” as well as “simply unenforceable.”
"An ordinance is vague if a person of ordinary intelligence can't differ its meaning," Mish told ABC News, "and annoyance is in the eye of the beholder."
Across the country, dusty law books are filled with hundreds, potentially thousands of peculiar and outdated rules, said Illinois-based lawyer Brian Peterson. While the Internet has spread its fair share of false laws -- such as the rumor that it’s illegal to wear fake mustaches in Alabama churches -- there is no shortage of antiquated rules currently in effect.
Peterson, a litigation and estate planning lawyer, has previously written a blog on odd state and city ordinances, his interest sparked by an email he received three years ago containing both real and fake ones. He gave ABC News five stranger-than-fiction laws he’s come across in the books, though never in real life. The rest we dug up from city and state codes across the country.