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Collection of crazy US laws have been in circulation for at least fifty years, probably longer. So when I went to the USA as a high school exchange student, in the mid 1970s, I asked whether the stories were just jokes, or what. They are mostly true, I was told, but ...

In local American politics, far away from "strange" presidental rumblings, it is (or at least was at that time) often so that the two main parties in reality were in agreement about some action to be taken. But if this was proposed by party A, party B couldn't just give party A right, saying "Great idea! Your party is doing the right thing with this proposal!" - that would be loosing face completely. So behind the curtains, they made a trade: OK, we will go for your proposal if, and only if, you will support our proposal for a law that prohibits drying men's and women's underwear on the same clothesline! (This is an actual example of those crazy laws.)

Everybody knew that the law was not meant to be practiced, it was just a way for party B not to loose face: They could say "Look what we made party A follow us on - that is crazy, isn't it?" Everyone knew that this was party B's way of showing their power, rather than submission under party A. According to my sources, and I had others confirming it, this was not that uncommon, regardless of which party was A and which was B. Maybe that practice is gone now, 40+ years later, but it seems to me like a probable explanation of lots of the crazy local laws you read about in the US. The collections you find at newsstands today is more or less a blueprint of the 1970s and 80s collections; it looks as if the growth of new crazy laws is quite limited nowadays.

Here in Norway, we have nothing of a similar kind: We have national laws only - county or local laws do not exist. A specific national law may leave to a local authority, usually the police, to define detail interpretation, such as identifying in which streets parking is forbidden. The local authority is strictly limited by the national law. If you are sued for violation a law, it is always a national law, not regional or local.

Not all crazy laws are local. But for US laws at the state/federal level, if foreigners are shaking their head in disbelief, it is usually not because of the law itself, but of the culture that lays the ground for such laws. We realize that the law is consistent with US (or US state) culture, so the law in itself makes sort of sense in that framework. But we may shake our heads over the culture that makes such laws "natural".
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