Places You Wouldn’t Want to Live on Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2011 at 12:01 am 4 comments

Be thankful that you don’t live in the Gem State today:

Idaho law makes it illegal to give your sweetheart a box of candy weighing less than fifty pounds.

That’s a direct quote from You Can’t Eat Peanuts in Church and Other Little-Known Laws, a book by Barbara Seuling, originally published in 1975. The book is now out-of-print, but I was able to find it at a local used bookstore.

I never verified that the Idaho law is still on the books. My rationale — who cares if it’s still in effect? The fact that it was ever a public law is satisfying enough for me. Turns out, there are other places where it would be bad to live on Valentine’s Day. Maryland law puts a time limit on affection:

A kiss can last no longer than one second in Halethorpe, Maryland.

And shaving is an apparent necessity for every romantic Hoosier:

In Indiana, a mustache is illegal on anyone who “habitually kisses human beings.”

(As best I can tell, there is no law against sporting a ‘stache if you habitually kiss other species.)

It’s good that those three laws were not intended for the same locale. Can you imagine having to shave and then lug a 50-pound box of chocolate to your sweetheart’s, just for a peck on the cheek that lasts less than a second? No, thank you.

Mathy folks are often accused of being less romantic than the average person, but I don’t think that’s true. Case in point — I once knew a mathematician who loved his wife so much that he almost told her!

My college roommate was a set theorist. On Valentine’s Day, he gave his girlfriend the following note:

I ∈ U

She was an engineering major and knew a fair amount of math, but he had to translate for her: “I belong to U.”

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. xander  |  February 14, 2011 at 12:18 am

    In a similar vein, solve for i:



    • 2. venneblock  |  February 19, 2011 at 12:25 am

      Aw, that’s sweet, Xander. I heart you, too.

      Which reminds me, NCTM is about to release some “I heart math” posters. They take the format “I heart ___” and the blank is filled with a math term such as Fibonacci numbers, hyperbolic curves, etc. The poster is white, but there is a very colorful picture that exemplifies the math concept (e.g., on the poster for hyperbolic curve, there is a picture of a suspension bridge). They’re rather nice, and they may cool classroom discussion starters. Sorry, I don’t mean to sound like an ad… just thought I’d tell you about a resource that’s coming.

  • 3. Mike  |  February 14, 2011 at 1:09 am

    A friend of mine recently came up with a pretty retarded (but we thought quite funny) joke:

    – What’s complete, normed, yellow and curved?
    – The Bananach-Space

    • 4. venneblock  |  February 14, 2011 at 3:39 am

      Thanks for sharing! It’s funny, but not original. First time I heard it was about a decade ago, and I’m sure I didn’t hear it from the originator.


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