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April 22, 2008

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Al

One of the Alabama laws prohibits the wearing of masks in public. I'm guessing that's an anti-Klan law. Oklahoma had (may have been repealed) a similar law.

eric

While some of these obscure laws have origins/purposes that are easy enough to understand (like the bans on masks that Al mentions), the origins and purposes of others -- like NJ's ban on knitting while fishing (or, one I vaguely remember from childhood, the ban on rolling hoops down Main Street in Watkins Glen, NY) -- seem unfathomable. Tracing the origins might make for an entertaining, and possibly even enlightening, law review article. Perhaps someone has already written it, but I'm too lazy to search right now.

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