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Weird Laws in Oregon 

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List of strange state laws on the books in Oregon. These rules and regulations were passed by the Oregon state legislature, or in an individual Oregon city, and for one reason or another, were never overturned, remaining active on the books until this day. Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned or even nonsensical laws on the books, and they can come about for a variety of reasons. Most frequently, the laws appeared in the books following a court ruling on a specific case, that then set a common law precedent from that point on.

Strange or unnecessary laws have become a popular source for humor, online and more generally in popular culture. TV shows like "The Simpsons" have had a lot of fun with the notion of small towns having peculiar regulations on the books. (In one episode, Mayor Quimby is surprised to find out the town charter mandates that all ducks wear long pants.)

Often, "dumb laws" as reported on websites and in humor books have been shown to be inaccurate. This sometimes happens because a real, sensible law has been exaggerated or misunderstood, turning into something that sounds silly or ridiculous. Other times, it is simply the result of a hoax being repeated enough times to gain some kind of credibility. If you think any of the laws on this page are not accurate or do not remain active in Oregon, let me know in the comments below.

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Babies is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Weird Laws in Oregon
Babies
Babies may not be carried on the running boards of a car.
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Physical endurance is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Weird Laws in Oregon
Physical endurance
One may not test their physical endurance while driving a car on a highway.
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Marijuana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Weird Laws in Oregon
Marijuana
It is illegal to buy or sell marijuana, but it is legal to smoke it on your own property.
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Doughnuts is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Weird Laws in Oregon
Doughnuts
You cannot eat a doughnut and walk backwards on a city street. (Marion)
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Classical Artwork is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Weird Laws in Oregon
Classical Artwork
An adult may not show a minor any piece of classical artwork which depicts sexual excitement.
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Human feces is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Weird Laws in Oregon
Human feces
It is illegal to place a container filled with human fecal matter on the side of any highway.
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Roller Skates is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Weird Laws in Oregon
Roller Skates
You cannot wear roller skates in restrooms. (Portland)
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Whistling underwater is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Weird Laws in Oregon
Whistling underwater
People may not whistle underwater. (Portland)
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Pumping of gas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Weird Laws in Oregon
Pumping of gas
Drivers may not pump their own gas.
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Dirty things is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Weird Laws in Oregon
Dirty things
It is illegal to whisper “dirty” things in your lover’s ear during sex.
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Shoelaces is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Weird Laws in Oregon
Shoelaces
Shoelaces must be tied while walking down the street. (Portland)
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Knocking snakes head is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Weird Laws in Oregon
Knocking snakes head
It’s illegal to walk down a sidewalk and knock a snakes head off with your cane. (Klamath River)
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Animals having sex is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Weird Laws in Oregon
Animals having sex
It is against the law for animals to have sex in the city limits. (Stanfield)
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Cloth towel dispenser is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Weird Laws in Oregon
Cloth towel dispenser
Cloth towel dispensers are banned from restrooms. (Stanfield)
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Eating garlic and onions... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Weird Laws in Oregon
Eating garlic and onions
Ministers are forbidden from eating garlic or onions before delivering a sermon. (Marion)
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Canned corn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Weird Laws in Oregon
Canned corn
Canned corn is not to be used as bait for fishing.
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Social games is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Weird Laws in Oregon
Social games
Minors may not enter a room where a “social game” is being played. (Portland)
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Owning a reptile is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Weird Laws in Oregon
Owning a reptile
It is illegal to own a reptile within the city limits, unless you are a school or city, as a pet. (Springfield)
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Riders of sleds is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Weird Laws in Oregon
Riders of sleds
Riders of sleds may not attach themselves to passing cars.(Portland)
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Burglar Alarm is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Weird Laws in Oregon
Burglar Alarm
You must buy a $10 permit to be allowed to install a burglar alarm. (Beaverton)
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Predicting the future is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Weird Laws in Oregon
Predicting the future
It is illegal to predict the future. (Yamhill)
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Skating rink is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Weird Laws in Oregon
Skating rink
It’s against the law for a wedding ceremony to be performed at a skating rink. (Portland)
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Juggling is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Weird Laws in Oregon
Juggling
Juggling is strictly prohibited without a license. (Hood River)
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Offensive physical conta... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Weird Laws in Oregon
Offensive physical contact
No one may attempt to cause someone to think that their property may be subjected to “offensive physical contact”. (Portland)
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Movies and car show on S... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Weird Laws in Oregon
Movies and car show on Sunday
It is illegal to show movies or attend a car race on Sundays. (Eugene)