Massachusetts was first settled by pilgrims in 1620, so residents have had plenty of time to draft laws about what irritates them at the time. Massachusetts, and Boston in particular, also looked very different when many of these laws were put in place. Cows roamed the Boston Common, grazing at the desire of their hearts and people were generally quite tense and puritanical. In Boston, it's illegal to eat peanuts in church.
It is illegal to swear within city limits. While Massachusetts and Berkshire County in particular have a lot to love and appreciate, whether it's culture %26 arts, beautiful scenery, a less hectic way of life or our passion for our local teams, there are indeed some rare laws. These laws simply don't apply to Berkshire County, they apply to the state or most of Massachusetts. In some cases, the laws only apply to an individual city or town in the Bay State, so even if the law is not a law in the County of Berkshire, we include it for entertainment purposes.
An old ordinance declares goatbeards illegal unless you first pay a special license fee for the privilege of wearing one in public.