Every state has their own random laws that are a representation of the unique circumstances that have confronted the legislature.

I thought this collection was an interesting glimpse into the history of Oregon:

  1. Drivers must yield to pedestrians who are standing on the sidewalk. I am assuming this means that if a driver sees a passenger on the sidewalk who appears to be about to enter the crosswalk, then the driver must yield to the pedestrian.
  2. Drivers may not pump their own gas. There's an interesting discussion of the requirement here, most of the arguments having to do with safety, and more recently economic reasons.
  3. An adult may not show a minor any piece of classical artwork which depicts sexual excitement. In fact, it is a crime to show "Any picture, photograph, drawing, sculpture, motion picture, film or other visual representation or image of a person or portion of the human body that depicts nudity, sadomasochistic abuse, sexual conduct or sexual excitement," among other things.
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