There are tons of weird laws in Massachusetts pertaining to everything from exploding golf balls to when you're allowed to take a bath. Many of them are out of date and have just never been revisited because, well, lawmakers are busy doing other things.

In addition to weird laws, there are also some regulations regarding what animals residents are allowed to own. In fact, rules about pet ownership in Massachusetts are some of the strictest in the county, according to the website. There are laws forbidding the ownership of animals that could cause a threat to the public, the obvious, lions, tigers, and bears (yes, too easy) but there are some less obvious animals on there that might surprise you.

There are also a few rare animals that you're allowed to own as pets in Massachusetts, but only if you have a permit to do so.

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To prepare yourself for a potential incident, always keep your vet's phone number handy, along with an after-hours clinic you can call in an emergency. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center also has a hotline you can call at (888) 426-4435 for advice.

Even with all of these resources, however, the best cure for food poisoning is preventing it in the first place. To give you an idea of what human foods can be dangerous, Stacker has put together a slideshow of 30 common foods to avoid. Take a look to see if there are any that surprise you.

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