Weirdest Laws that Actually Still Exist in California

Some of California’s weirdest long-forgotten laws may have made sense at one point or another. But now, they just hang around for us to scratch our heads at. Unless you’re a woman driving in a housecoat, in which case you’ll be arrested.

Here are 5 other bizarre California laws to watch out for:



  • No Zoot Suits Allowed


‘Zoot Suit Riot’ is a catchy song, but it’s rooted in sad historical fact. The Zoot Suit Riots were a series of racially motivated riots that broke out in L.A. during World War II. Due to the shortage and rationing of goods at the time, high quality fabric was expensive. Using lots of high quality fabric to make a fashionable suit was deemed unpatriotic; as if the wearer didn’t care about the war effort.

Zoot suits were fashionable among many Latinos in the Los Angeles area, and drew harsh criticism from whites in the neighborhoods about the waste of fabric. Fights regularly broke out, and formed full-blown riots and violence.

Eventually, a law was passed that made zoot suits illegal in California in an effort to put an end to the fighting. The law still stands. So stick to a polo or something.


  1. Don’t Annoy the Lizards in the Park in Fresno

The law actually states: “Section 8-410. Disturbing animals in parks.

No person shall hunt, pursue, annoy, throw stones or missiles at, or molest or disturb in any way, any animal, bird or reptile within the confines of any park. (Orig. Ord. 1076).”

It’s a weird one; but fair enough, really. How would you like it if someone came into your house and poked sticks at you? You’ll get a fine for pestering the poor park pigeons of Fresno.


  1. You Can’t Crack a Window in Dana Point

This law says that it’s illegal to use your bathroom when the window is open. Even in your own home. Supposedly, the idea behind it is that it’s bad enough to have to stink up your own bathroom. But nobody else wants to have to smell it, too.

It’s gross. But again; this one makes some sense. We all get along better with our neighbors if we don’t have to smell them at their worst.


  1. When There’s No Driver, the Speed Limit is 60 mph

What?! ….What?! How?

In the state of California, a car may not exceed the speed of 60 mph… if there’s nobody driving it. The only possible explanation is that it was intended for cars that were maybe being towed behind other cars or trailers. But no- they had to phrase it in the most perplexing way possible.

Really, if your vehicle manages to make it up to 60 mph all on its own, it deserves a medal rather than a ticket.


  1. You Can’t Store Anything in Your Own Garage in San Francisco

The housing codes in San Francisco are extremely strict, and Chapter 6 of the San Francisco Housing Code 399-89 is no exception. Garages are only for cars.

So you’re stuck with a building a separate shed (if you manage to get it approved), your attic, or a renting a storage unit somewhere if you have some knickknacks you want to stash away.

Making candy canes by hand is such a fascinating process


One of my favorite things: seeing the process of how things are made from things I’ve never ever wondered how they get made. Take for instance this awesome hand made candy cane. It starts as dark goop and yellow goop that looks unrecognizable from the all familiar candy cane and through creative work, becomes a candy cane.

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Watch the visual effects reel of Transformers 4


Skip the terrible movie that was Transformers 4 and let’s just enjoy the awesomeness of this visual effects reel from ILM for Transformers: Age of Extinction. It has all the coolest parts of the movie anyway, which is all the parts with any Transformers transforming and any Transformers causing explosions.

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Eight children stabbed to death in Cairns suburb


Eight children, aged between 18 months and 15 years old, were found stabbed to death in a home in the small Cairns suburb of Manoora in Australia, authorities said Friday local time.

Cairns detectives are investigating the children’s deaths after being called to the Manoora residence around 11:20 a.m. following reports that there was a woman with “serious injuries,” according to a statement from Queensland Police Services

The woman, 34, is in a stable condition at a nearby hospital and is assisting in the investigation, Cairns Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said during a press conference near the crime scene

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