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Chace Crawford should get down there and do some RESEARCH (Chace Crawford is basically a method actor. In order to play Nate Archibald he spent six months staring at his bangs in a mirror) because THIS BOAT IS REAL! From the AP:

Dancing the night away in Des Moines doesn’t seem to be at the top of many must-do lists. Maybe because it’s illegal.

An obscure city ordinance outlaws publicly shaking your groove thing in Iowa’s biggest city after 2 a.m.

Few even were aware of the ban until members of the nonprofit Des Moines Social Club sought to hold an after-hours dance at their downtown building. They were told no-go on the tango.

Officials and boosters in the city of 200,000 who have fought for years to liven up Des Moines’ sleepy image agree the ordinance should be repealed. A proposal to do just that was tentatively approved by the City Council on Monday, though a final decision won’t come until mid-August.

The ordinance, which dates to at least 1942, bans public dancing between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Residents must suppress the urge to Macarena in public until 8 a.m. on Sunday.

You know, old laws will be old laws. Sometimes they are kind of ridiculous (“no babies outdoors unless the babies are wearing a hat” or whatever) and often you have to climb down from the shoulders of your ancestors and try to put yourself in their shoes to make sense of it all. But even then I’m still not sure why dancing had to start up again at 6AM. It was probably because of all the socially accepted bigotry against women and blacks. EVERYBODY HATELOOSE.

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  2. “it’s illegal to go back in time and kill hitler with an ice cream cone in your pocket,” or whatever

  3. Let me get this straight. Gay couples can marry in Des Moines, but they can’t dance well into the night at their wedding receptions? Now that’s a clusterfuck.

  4. Mabuk  |   Posted on Jul 14th, 2009 0

    For a moment, it appeared unearthed another photo of Christian Bale…

  5. How’s Chris Penn ever gonna learn how to dance now!?

  6. Chadams  |   Posted on Jul 14th, 2009 +3

    I’m pretty certain that this law was enacted due to the rascally ill-doings of some slick-haired, curly mustachioed Des Moines-izen from early last century – doing the Charleston at the most inappropriate of hours in full view of those still awake in the nascent city. I’m also pretty certain that man was my great great uncle.

  7. Selena  |   Posted on Jul 14th, 2009 -1

    To everything there is a season,
    a time for every purpose under the sun…
    a time to weep and a time to laugh;
    a time to mourn, but there is NEVER a time for Chase Crawford to dance-EVER- real talk.

  8. “EVERYBODY HATELOOSE” on a shirt, please.

  9. In New York I?ve had it happen that the bar I was in got shut down by an army of cops because more than three people were dancing (and the place didn?t have a ?cabaret license?).

    I won?t tell you what bar it was.

    Ugh, it was Lit.

  10. Evan  |   Posted on Jul 14th, 2009 +6

    What’s next? You’re not allowed to fingerbang in public after 1:00 AM in Chattanooga?

  11. Trust me, there is nothing in Des Moines to dance about past 2AM.
    6:01 AM, however, is a different story altogether.

  12. That poor AP writer still thinks the Macarena is a thing people do.

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