Law 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 Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned, and even nonsensical laws on the books, and they can come about for a variety of reasons.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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Detonating a nuclear is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Vehicle without a driver is listed (or ranked) 2 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) 3 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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Peacocks is listed (or ranked) 4 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) 5 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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Beat his wife with a strap is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Cowboy boots is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Forbidden to kiss a woman. is listed (or ranked) 8 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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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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Animals are banned is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Restroom is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Salt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Weirdest Laws in California
Salt It is illegal to pour salt on a highway. (Hermosa Beach)

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Diarrhea is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Weirdest Laws in California
poopPoop added Diarrhea It's illegal to have Diarrhea at a Church after 4 am on Wednesdays. 

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Bowling on the sidewalk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Weirdest Laws in California
Bowling on the sidewalk Bowling on the sidewalk is illegal. (Chico)

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Wearing a jacket and pants is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Wearing high heels is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Bathhouses is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Weirdest Laws in California
Bathhouses Bathhouses are against the law.

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Garage is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Weirdest Laws in California
Garage Cars are the only item allowed in a garage. (Long Beach)

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Ice cream is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Women may not drive is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Weirdest Laws in California
Women may not drive Women may not wear housecoats while driving. 

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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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Carrying a lunch is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Pinball machines is listed (or ranked) 23 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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 god church   is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Weirdest Laws in California
tim3121 added  god church   you have to say god church everytime you go to bathroom