Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

The New Year always brings new laws. For instance, even though talking on cellphones while driving was banned in California on July 1st, texting while driving was not banned here until today. (hands-free cellphone talking while driving is allowed)

California also has it's share of wacky laws still in existence.

In California:

-It is against the law for women to drive while wearing a bathrobe.
-It is against the law for animals to mate publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.

Certain cities in California have their own specific laws...
Apple Valley
- it is illegal for ducks to quack after 10:00 PM within the city limits.
- the law states that "a drunken man has as much right to a sidewalk as a sober man since he needs it a great deal more."
- it is against the law to read the Sunday paper while sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch while church services are in session.
- it is illegal to whistle for a lost canary before 7:00 A.M.
Beverly Hills
- the law states that "no male person shall make remarks to or concerning, or cough or whistle at, or do any other act to attract the attention of any woman upon or traveling along any of the sidewalks."
Buena Park
- the law prohibits males from "turning and looking at a woman in that way" on the Sabbath. If a second offense occurs, the assailant is required to "wear horse blinders for a 24-hour period in public."
- it is illegal for any man to purchase liquor without the written consent of his wife.
- it is against the law to eat ice cream while standing on the sidewalk.
- the law states that if a dentist accidentally pulls the wrong tooth, then the patient has the right to pull one of the dentist's teeth.
- it is against the law to have hip pockets in pants "since that is a good place to hide liquor."
Costa Mesa
- it is illegal to enter a movie theatre within four hours of eating garlic.
- according to this local law, a husband is not guilty of desertion if his wife rents his room to a boarder and "crowds him out of his house."
El Monte
- it is against the law for a horse to fall asleep in a bathtub unless the rider is sleeping with the horse.
- it is illegal for any woman to chew tobacco without having the permission of her husband.
- the law allows horror films to be shown only on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
- the law states that "no one is allowed to duel if the opponent selects water pistols as weapons."
- it is unlawful "for any male person, within the corporate limits of the city of Inglewood, to wink at any female person with whom he is unacquainted."
Long Beach
- any female attending a dance "must be found wearing a corset. A physician is required to inspect each female at the dance."
Los Angeles
- it is against the law to bathe two babies in the same bathtub at the same time.
- a man can legally beat his wife with a leather belt or strap, as long as the strap is no wider than 2 inches. The wife must give her consent in order for him to legally beat her with a wider strap.
- it is illegal for the customer of a meat market to poke turkey to see how tender it is.
- it is against the law to laugh out loud in a movie theatre.
- the law states that in order to get married, a man must "prove his manhood" by shooting six blackbirds or three crows and bringing them to his prospective father-in-law.
- it is against the law for a woman to stand within five feet of a bar when she takes a drink in any public establishment serving alcoholic beverages.
- rooster crowing is outlawed within the city limits.
Pacific Grove
- bothering the butterflies carries a $500 fine.
Pico Rivera
- it is against the law for women weighing over 200 pounds that are attired in shorts to ride a horse.
- the law states that "no person shall hallo, shout, bawl, scream, use profane language, dance, sing, whoop, quarrel, or make any unusual noise or sound in any house in such a manner as to disturb the peace and quiet of the neighborhood."
- it is illegal to have two indoor bathtubs in your house.
- it is against the law to eat ice cream in public with a fork.
- it is illegal to carry a lunchbucket on the street.
- it is illegal to stick your tongue out "in the direction of" a dog.
San Francisco
- there is a law that guarantees sunshine for the people.
Santa Ana
- it is illegal to swim on dry land.
- it is against the law for a horse to sleep in a bakery.
Santa Monica
- the law states that "any person who shall in the city of Santa Monica use or carry a concealed or unconcealed any bean snapper or like article, shall, upon conviction, be fined."
- it is illegal to play cards with children or pregnant women on the curb of a street.
Upland - it is unlawful for the owner or keeper of horses, mules, cattle, sheep, goats, and hogs to "run at large."
- it is illegal to make "ugly faces" at dogs that are found "freely roaming the community".
- it is against the law to shoot open canned goods with a revolver.
- the law states "two vehicles which are passing each other in opposite directions shall have the right of way."

So, are you aware of all the wacky laws in your state?

Oh, and don't forget to pop on over to Marshall's blog to see his New Year's message, and what he can do with a Harry Potter light-up wand. Curious? You should be.


  1. Too funny! Crazy.

  2. These are all real?! WoW! LOL!
    Happy New Year!!!

  3. How funny! And I love the animal ones, like they know what the heck they're doing!!! Good stuff!

  4. Why is Edward wearing purple!!!!

    Happy New Year Friend :)

  5. It makes you wonder who comes up with some of these "laws"!

    And Edward is looks quite dashing in purple pinstripes! ;)

  6. LOL! I have to say that I'm quite suspicious of the corset-wearing-law. It seems to me like a doctor probably came up with that one before they had rules about silly stuff like not touching patients inappropriately. And while I love both Edward AND purple, did it occur to you that he looks kinda like a pimp? Where's the cane?

  7. Wow,

    I passed a couple of cows on someone's farm near a church last weekend...I didn't know that was illegal. I just sped up to give them their privacy.

    Happy New Years!!!

  8. These are really funny!
    Happy New Year!

  9. I just totally laughed out loud when I got here and saw Robert Pattinson/Edward on your side bar.
    I love you Julie!
    Those laws are hillarious. I'm gonna have to check ours. I'm sure Texas has some good ones.

  10. I crack up at these laws. My Pastor in California, used to share these crazy laws. He used to be a police officer.

    I love your purple blog and house. It's great!

    Blessings to you!!!

  11. Oh, I love these. I want to live in Costaic. What a great way to see how good a dentist you have!

    And it's interesting to see how abuses of power have worked out over time. Definitely some laws that need to be repealed!

    Happy New Year!

  12. How fun! Our city has a law that makes it illegal to carry fishing tackle into a cemetary.

    lol =)

  13. Seriously, who comes up with these laws? When did the ever make sense?

  14. Happy New Year!

    Those really are some crazy laws. I always love reading your blog when I can. Hope to stop by more in the new year.