As for silly laws that apply to just one city in South Carolina, Myrtle Beach wins the prize for the longest list. And I guarantee you these are not April Fool jokes. They are still on the books.
- It is illegal to urinate in the waters of any park.
- Persons may not change clothes in a gas station without permission of the owner.
- Sleeping on public beach after 9:00 p.m. prohibited. It shall be
unlawful for any person to sleep on the beach within the city between
the hours of 9:00 p.m. and sunrise.
- (a) It shall be unlawful to allow any dog to be on the
public beaches or boardwalks of the municipality from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00
p.m. during the period from May 15 through September 15 of each year,
except for assistance animals and law enforcement dogs. Owners shall be
subject to arrest and the dogs may be impounded.
- (b) It shall be
unlawful for an owner or keeper of any animal to take or permit
the animal onto the right of way of Ocean Boulevard between 21st Ave.
North and 13th Ave. South during the period from March 1st to September
30th of each year, except for the purpose of direct and expeditious
crossing of the right of way. Owners shall be subject to arrest and
the animal may be impounded.
- The Fire Department may blow up your house. Readers of "Damned Yankee" will understand the need for this law.
- It is against the law to drive a motorized vehicle on King Street.
- Lifeguards must be present at apartment complex pools, but only after 11:00 PM. -
- Horses are to wear pants at all times.
- The drinking age on Furman University campus is 60 years old. I'm guessing they have a lot of old faculty members there.
- It is illegal to dance in public in Lancaster
- Eating watermelons in the Magnolia Street cemetery is forbidden.
I've been deeply engaged in research about 19th-century marriage customs all day today, and my head is swimming. So instead of offering you something pithy and meaningful, or coming up with an elaborate hoax for April Fool's Day, how about settling for a few more weird laws from the State of South Carolina.
Horses may not be kept in bathtubs.
It is illegal to sell any alcoholic beverages on Sunday, unless you own a private club.
A permit must be obtained to fire a missile.
It is illegal to give or receive oral sex in South Carolina.
When approaching a four way or blind intersection in a non-horse
driven vehicle you must stop 100 ft from the intersection and discharge a
firearm into the air to warn horse traffic.
It is perfectly legal to beat your wife on the court house steps on Sundays.
Every adult male must bring a rifle to church on Sunday in order to ward off Indian attacks.
It is a capital offense to inadvertently kill someone while attempting suicide.
A person must be eighteen years old to play a pinball machine.
Now, a brief word on copyright. The law does not require authors
to pay for (or even register) their copyrights. Full copyright protection comes
automatically when you write anything. So don’t let anyone charge you for that
copyright. Just make sure your manuscript has that all-important symbol:
Copyright ©Your Name and Year of Publication. It goes on the second
page, the reverse of your title. That’s it. That’s all you really have to do.
It is possible, however, to register your copyright with the
Library of Congress, if you so desire. Having the copyright registered provides
an additional degree of protection if your book should ever end up in a court
of law. For example, if someone plagiarizes your work and passes it off as his
own, it may help to be able to point to the date on which you registered the
copyright. You’ll have to decide for yourself if the registration fees are
I didn’t think it was, until my book started to gain national
attention and the ﬁrst screen writer came snifﬁng around my copyright set-up.
Then I learned that $35.00 was a cheap safeguard, particularly when I compared it to what a
successful screen version of the book might earn. It is now possible to ﬁle
your registration online and then mail in a copy of the book to complete the
process. I say, do it.
You will deﬁnitely want to obtain a Library of Congress cataloging
number, which guarantees that your book will be included in the Library of
Congress catalog for all time. Librarians also want to see an LCCN so they know
how to enter the book into their own cataloguing system. The publisher must
send the ﬁrst copy of the completed book to the Library of Congress, where
someone will record all the necessary data describing the book and create an
original catalog entry. Your production company should take care of that for
you, although they may charge you a fee. Then the production company adds the
assigned number to all copies of the book.