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 Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned or even nonsensical laws on the books, and they can come about for a variety of reasons.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
    1
    346 votes

    Babies

    Babies may not be carried on the running boards of a car.
  • Physical endurance
    2
    250 votes

    Physical endurance

    One may not test their physical endurance while driving a car on a highway.
  • Human feces
    3
    237 votes

    Human feces

    It is illegal to place a container filled with human fecal matter on the side of any highway.
  • Roller Skates
    4
    227 votes

    Roller Skates

    You cannot wear roller skates in restrooms. (Portland)
  • Doughnuts
    5
    346 votes

    Doughnuts

    You cannot eat a doughnut and walk backwards on a city street. (Marion)
  • Classical Artwork
    6
    235 votes

    Classical Artwork

    An adult may not show a minor any piece of classical artwork which depicts sexual excitement.