According to the book Pocket Pal Freaky Facts, as published by Hinkler Books Pty Ltd (June 1, 2009), in the section under freaky laws, there is a law in New York City making it illegal to break the law.

Does NYC really have such a dumb (or, perhaps, smart, depending on how you look at it) law?

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    Would be funnier to write a law that makes it illegal to obey the law.
    – Evargalo
    Commented Jan 17, 2018 at 16:55
  • @Evargalo - and would obeying that law be breaking it, or obeying it?
    – warren
    Commented Jan 19, 2018 at 17:53
  • Just speculation, hence not an answer: when something is declared illegal, a corresponding penalty is included in the law. In this case it would be impossible, since the penalty should depend on the offense. Never heard of a thief sentenced for theft AND for breaking the law. If this sentence is anywhere to be found, it must be as a definition of "illegal", not as a law per ipse.
    – Evargalo
    Commented Jan 19, 2018 at 17:57
  • Does the book cite the law in question? If so, it should be easy to look up. If not, it's almost certainly an exaggerated claim, if not outright false.
    – phoog
    Commented Jan 20, 2018 at 18:29
  • @phoog it's a kids book. There are zero sources. And there are other claims in the book I know for a fact to be false, such as Mel Blanc was allergic to carrots.
    – TheAsh
    Commented Jan 21, 2018 at 14:38


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