Bizarre Alexandria sex law is an internet myth
Last week, SmarterTravel.com published its list of the "10 strangest sex laws in the USA."
Cracking the list was this doozy, purportedly from Alexandria, Minnesota: It's against the law for a man to have sex with his wife if his breath smells of garlic, onions, or sardines.
That's not the only place on the internet where a reference to that ordinance appears. In fact, it's cropped up in "weird sex laws" articles like the SmarterTravel one for years. (And in a book as well.)
The only thing is, there's actually no law of the sort in Alexandria's city code.
On Friday, we called Alexandria City Administrator Marty Schultz and asked him if the "bad breath, no sex" law is a real thing. He reviewed city code over the weekend and got back to us today.
"I don't know if that was in the city code long ago, but it's not in there currently," Schultz tells us. "It's not uncommon, from back at the turn of the 19th century, to see some oddballs like that, but at some point the city must've gone through and recodified."
So fret not, married men of Alexandria -- for better or worse, you can make love to your wives with impunity, even if you're fresh out of Doublemint and just got done enjoying a sardine dinner.
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