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10 Completely Archaic Laws Still on the Books


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(L-R)Actors Brad Johnson, Bart Johnson and Adam Johnson break the law in New York during an afterparty for the premiere of "Happy Valley." Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images
(L-R)Actors Brad Johnson, Bart Johnson and Adam Johnson break the law in New York during an afterparty for the premiere of "Happy Valley." Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

Among society's many ills -- crystal meth, gun violence, Nickelback -- pinball probably isn't at the top of most people's lists. That hasn't stopped lawmakers in Beacon, N.Y., from banning the once popular arcade game within city limits.

Beacon isn't the first place to outlaw pinball. A number of big cities proscribed the game up until the '70s, with officials claiming that pinball was tied to Mafia activity, not to mention sucking time and money from America's youth (kinda like pool in "The Music Man"). Yet unlike some of the other entries on this list, the anti-pinball law is not only still on the books, but is also being enforced. In 2010, the city forced a retro arcade museum to shut its doors, citing the pinball prohibition and threatening a $1,000-a-day fine [source: Frauenfelder].


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