All Trekkies know what the title of this piece refers to.
This was the test during an officer’s training that offered a “no win” scenario. The test was to measure resourcefulness but ultimately was never beaten, almost never, that is.
Captain James T. Kirk was the only candidate who won the test. HOW ?
He broke into the system and “changed the rules”.
My on-going love affair with “rule bending” and “changing” (and YES breaking) was never so satisfied than after watching Captain Kirk in action. Kirk did not believe in a “no win” scenario and cheated death and serious prosecution throughout his Star Fleet career…even when he died,the first time, he didn’t actually die! A bit of “the ends justify the means” philosophy for sure.
After blogging about my idolization of the James Rockford character, I felt like delving a bit deeper into my revel of rebels.
I see no reason to be ashamed of this swashbuckler side of me. When I consider the actions of the American Colonists “breaking” the rules that England imposed , I say “Cheers!”.
I had an epiphany about the genie offering 3 wishes with just one rule,”No wishing for more wishes.” My first wish would be,”No rules about what I can wish for.” You can guess my second wish 🙂
Rules need challenging to strengthen them or dissolve them. Some rules (and laws) become out dated or absurd. Take time to read some of the laws STILL on the books.
#1 In New Jersey it is against the law to “frown” at a police officer.
#2 In New Jersey Car dealerships are forbidden from opening on Sunday.
#3 In New Jersey Automobiles are not to pass horse-drawn carriages on the street.
#5 In Florida It is illegal to sell your children.
#6 In Florida Women may be fined for falling asleep under a hair dryer, as can the salon owner.
#7 In Florida If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.
#8 In Florida Men may not be seen publicly in any kind of strap less gown.
#10 In Florida It is illegal to skateboard without a license.
#14 In Florida Penalty for horse theft is death by hanging.
#15 In Alabama You may not drive barefooted.
#16 In Alabama Dominoes may not be played on Sunday.
#17 In Alabama Putting salt on a railroad track may be punishable by death.
#18 In Alabama You may not have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at any time.
#19 In Alabama It is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle.
#20 In Arizona It is illegal to manufacture imitation cocaine.
#21 In Arizona When being attacked by a criminal or burglar, you may only protect yourself with the same weapon that the other person possesses.
#22 In Arizona It is unlawful to refuse a person a glass of water.
#24 In Arkansas Alligators may not be kept in bathtubs
#25 In California Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.
#26 In California Women may not drive in a house coat
#27 In California No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.
#28 In Colorado One may not mutilate a rock in a state park.
#29 In Colorado It is illegal to ride a horse while under the influence.
#31 In Georgia It is illegal to use profanity in front of a dead body which lies in a funeral home or in a coroner’s office.
#32 In Georgia Members of the state assembly cannot be ticketed for speeding while the state assembly is in session.
#33 In Hawaii Billboards are outlawed.
#34 In Hawaii Coins are not allowed to be placed in one’s ears.
#35 In Idaho You may not fish on a camel’s back.
#36 In Idaho Riding a merry-go-round on Sundays is considered a crime.
#37 In Indiana Hotel sheets must be exactly 99 inches long and 81 inches wide.
#40 In Indiana It is illegal for a liquor store to sell cold soft drinks.
#41 In Indiana One man may not back into a parking spot because it prevents police officers from seeing the license plate.
#42 In Indiana Smoking in the state legislature building is banned, except when the legislature is in session.
#43 In Iowa A man with a moustache may never kiss a woman in public.
#44 In Iowa One-armed piano players must perform for free.
#45 In Iowa Kisses may last for no more than five minutes.
#46 In Kansas Rabbits may not be shot from motorboats.
#47 In Kansas No one may catch fish with his bare hands.
#48 In Kentucky It is illegal to fish with a bow and arrow in Kentucky.
#49 In Louisiana “Fake” wrestling matches are prohibited.
#50 In Louisiana It is a $500 fine to instruct a pizza delivery man to deliver a pizza to your friend without them knowing.
#51 In Louisiana It is illegal to gargle in public places.
#52 In Louisiana Prisoners who hurt themselves could serve an additional two years in jail.
#53 In Maine Shotguns are required to be taken to church in the event of a Native American attack.
#54 In Maine After January 14th you will be charged a fine for having your Christmas decorations still up.
#56 In Michigan A woman isn’t allowed to cut her own hair without her husband’s permission.
#57 In Michigan Any person over the age of 12 may have a license for a handgun as long as he/she has not been convicted of a felony.
#58 In Minnesota It is illegal to stand around any building without a good reason to be there.
#59 In Minnesota It is illegal to sleep naked.
#60 In Minnesota All men driving motorcycles must wear shirts.
#62 In Mississippi It is illegal to teach others what polygamy is.
#63 In Mississippi A man may not seduce a woman by lying, and claiming he will marry her.
#64 In Mississippi Cattle rustling is punishable by hanging.
#65 In Missouri It is not illegal to speed.
#67 In Montana It is a felony for a wife to open her husband’s mail.
#68 In Montana Seven or more indians are considered a raiding or war party and it is legal to shoot them.
#70 In Nebraska It is Illegal to go whale fishing. (Note, that whales do not inhabit Nebraska)
#71 In Nebraska It is illegal for a mother to give her daughter a perm without a state license.
#72 In Nevada It’s still “legal” to hang someone for shooting your dog on your property.
#73 In New Hampshire You cannot sell the clothes you are wearing to pay off a gambling debt.
#74 In New Hampshire It is illegal to pick seaweed up off of the beach.
#75 In New Hampshire You may not run machinery on Sundays.
#76 In New York Women may go topless in public, providing it is not being used as a business.
#77 In New York It is illegal for a woman to be on the street wearing “body hugging clothing.
#78 In New York A fine of $25 can be levied for flirting.
#79 In New York One cannot dissolve a marriage for irreconcilable differences, unless they both agree to it.
#80 In New York Slippers are not to be worn after 10:00 PM.
#81 In North Carolina Elephants may not be used to plow cotton fields.
#82 In North Carolina Persons in possession of illegal substances must pay taxes on them.
#83 In North Carolina Bingo games may not last over 5 hours unless it is held at a fair.
#84 In North Carolina Serving alcohol at a bingo game is not allowed.
#85 In North Dakota It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on.
#86 In North Dakota It is legal to shoot an Indian on horseback, provided you are in a covered wagon.
#87 In Ohio It is illegal to get a fish drunk.
#88 In Ohio It is illegal for more than five women to live in a house.
#89 In Oregon Babies may not be carried on the running boards of a car.
#91 In Oregon It is illegal to buy or sell marijuana, but it is legal to smoke it on your own property.
#92 In Oregon Canned corn is not to be used as bait for fishing.
#93 In Texas It is illegal to take more than three sips of beer at a time while standing.
#95 In Texas The entire Encyclopedia Britannica is banned because it contains a formula for making beer at home.
#96 In Utah It is illegal to detonate any nuclear weapon.
#97 In Utah Birds have the right of way on all highways.
#98 In Vermont It is illegal to deny the existence of God.
#100 In Virginia It is illegal to tickle women.
#101 It is a class A misdemeanor to wave a burning torch around in the air.
Overall, I believe it is possible to be breaking the law/rules and be doing the right thing at the same time.