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Crazy California Laws

Updated on July 14, 2018
Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge | Source


Some of the looniest laws every made seem to be here in the U.S. What were we thinking when we made them? California is no different that any other state, they have their own set of loony, crazy, silly laws.

San Diego in the evening
San Diego in the evening

Crazy Laws

  • It is a misdemeanor to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.
  • Women may not drive in a house coat.
  • It is illegal to set a mousetrap without a hunting license.
  • No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.
  • California prison workers will no longer be allowed to have sex with inmates
  • Nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool in Baldwin Park.
  • It is illegal to spit except on a baseball diamond in Burlingame.
  • All dog "waste" must be removed from any yard within seven days in Cerritos.
  • Bowling on the sidewalk is illegal in Chico.

Actually this law was put into effect because of so much horse play and games going on the sidewalks of town.

  • Men who wear moustaches are forbidden from kissing women in Eureka.
  • In Los Angeles, it is illegal to wear a zoot suit.
  • In Fresno no one may annoy a lizard in the city park.
  • In the city of Walnut, it is illegal for a man to dress up like a woman unless prior permission has been gained from the sheriff.

This law actually was made to protect all animals.

  • No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.
  • Permanent markers cannot be sold anywhere within the city limits of Fresno.
  • Women may not wear high heels while in the city limits

We all enjoy these crazy laws that give us a little laugh. I don't know if you can actually be arrested for breaking any of these laws but never know.


Death Valley National Park
Death Valley National Park | Source

Fun Facts and Trivia

  • The Iron Door Saloon in Groveland, built in 1852, is the oldest saloon in California.
  • California's Mt. Whitney, at 14,495 feet, is the highest peak in the continental United States. 

  • Joanne Woodward recieved a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960 making her the first person to recieve the honor.

  • There are more turkeys raised in California than in any other state in the United States.
  • Kennedy Mine in Jackson, California was once the richest gold mine in the world and the deepest mine in North America.
  • More avocados are grown in the region of Fallbrook, known as the Avocado Capital of the World, than in any other county in the nation.  Every year they host an Avocado Festival. 
  • Fresno, California is known as the Raisin Capital of the World.

  • Los Angeles contains over 300 museums.

  •  There are about 500,000 seismic earthquake tremors every year in California. Most are never felt.

  • Located in Sacramento, The California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento is the largest museum of its kind in North America.
  • Totaling nearly three million acres, San Bernardino County is the largest county in the country.

  • The State of California is known by a few different names such as The Land of Milk and Honey, The El Dorado State, The Golden State, and The Grape State.

Everything is just better in California - the wine, the food, fruits and vegetables, the comforts of living. Even the instrumentalists are generous and curious. Everything is wonderful.


— Beth Anderson

© 2009 Susan Hazelton


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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Really?, there is a forgotten law that says "Women may not wear high heels while in the city limits". I don't know why the law was written but apparently they have forgooten about it. I agree, if they actually inforced it they probably would be able to pay off a good portion of the national debt.

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      5 years ago

      Are you sure that it's not just "Women may not wear high heels while DRIVING in the city limits."?

      Otherwise, every city in the State would have to hand out tickets for being in illegal footwear!!

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks janices7. Our states seem to have some of the stangest laws. Thanks for visiting.

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      Janice S 

      8 years ago

      Funny hub! Love the moustache one in Eureka:)


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