The Weirdest Laws in California

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List of strange state laws on the books in California. These rules and regulations were passed by the California state legislature, or in an individual 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 Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned, and even nonsensical laws on the books, and they can come about for a variety of reasons.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, both online and in popular culture. TV shows such as "The Simpsons" have had a lot of fun with all of the peculiar regulations on the books across the country. (In one episode, Mayor Quimby is surprised to find out the town charter mandates that all ducks wear long pants.)

Oftentimes, "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 California, let me know in the comments below.
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    Vehicle without a driver is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Weirdest Laws in California

    Vehicle without a driver No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.

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    Lizard in a city park is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Weirdest Laws in California

    Lizard in a city park No one may annoy a lizard in a city park. (Fresno)

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    Detonating a nuclear is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Weirdest Laws in California

    Detonating a nuclear Detonating a nuclear device within the city limits results in a $500 fine. (Chico)

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    Beat his wife with a strap is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Weirdest Laws in California

    Beat his wife with a strap It is illegal for a man to beat his wife with a strap wider than 2 inches without her consent. (Los Angeles)

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    Peacocks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Weirdest Laws in California

    Peacocks Peacocks have the right of way to cross any street, including driveways. (Arcadia)

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    Keeping a rhinoceros is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Weirdest Laws in California

    Keeping a rhinoceros All persons wishing to keep a rhinoceros as a pet must obtain a $100 license first. (Norco)

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    Forbidden to kiss a woman. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Weirdest Laws in California

    Forbidden to kiss a woman. Men who wear mustaches are forbidden from kissing women. (Eureka)

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    Animals are banned is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Weirdest Laws in California

    Animals are banned Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.

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    Illegal spitting is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Weirdest Laws in California

    Illegal spitting It is illegal to spit, except on baseball diamonds. (Burlingame)

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    Cowboy boots is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Weirdest Laws in California

    Cowboy boots You are not permitted to wear cowboy boots unless you already own at least two cows. (Blythe)

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    Bowling on the sidewalk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Weirdest Laws in California

    Bowling on the sidewalk Bowling on the sidewalk is illegal. (Chico)

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    Restroom is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Weirdest Laws in California

    Restroom One may not use one’s own restroom if the window is open. (Dana Point)

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    Wearing a jacket and pants is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Weirdest Laws in California

    Wearing a jacket and pants A man can’t go outside while wearing a jacket and pants that do not match. (Carmel)

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    Garage is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Weirdest Laws in California

    Garage Cars are the only item allowed in a garage. (Long Beach)

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    Women may not drive is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Weirdest Laws in California

    Women may not drive Women may not wear housecoats while driving. 

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    Salt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Weirdest Laws in California

    Salt It is illegal to pour salt on a highway. (Hermosa Beach)

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    Pinball machines is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Weirdest Laws in California

    Pinball machines Pinball machines are outlawed, as well as mock horse racing games. (El Monte)

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    Bathhouses is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Weirdest Laws in California

    Bathhouses Bathhouses are against the law.

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    Carrying a lunch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Weirdest Laws in California

    Carrying a lunch One may not carry a lunch down the street between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (Riverside)

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    Ice cream is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Weirdest Laws in California

    Ice cream Ice cream may not be eaten while standing on the sidewalk. 

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    Frisbee at the beach is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Weirdest Laws in California

    Frisbee at the beach You may only throw a frisbee at the beach in Los Angeles County, CA with the lifeguard’s permission. (Los Angeles County)

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    Wearing high heels is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Weirdest Laws in California

    Wearing high heels Women may not wear high heels while in the city limits. (Carmel)

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