A law created in 1925 makes it illegal to wiggle while dancing.

A person must be 18 years old to buy a wax container.

8.40.010 Findings

The council finds that:

A. Large numbers of paraffin or wax containers are being discarded on the sidewalks of the city by children. Such containers, when discarded, become soft from the warmth of the sun and create a waxy, oily, greasy, slippery, dangerous and unsightly condition. The condition is aggravated because the contents [...]

All dog waste must be removed from any yard within seven days.

6.24.015 Removal of materials between January 15th through May 15th.

(a) During the period from January 15th to May 15th of each and every year, it shall be unlawful for any person to permit any animal or fowl manure, excrement or other fly breeding material to remain on or at his premises for a period [...]

All food in a childrens’ camp must be approved by the director before being used.

11.08.080 Food supply.

It is unlawful to use any food in a children’s camp unless such food is from a source approved by the director.

(Ord. 7583 Part 3 Ch. 9 § 706, 1959.)

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

Section 8.05.020 Permit–Definition.

Except as provided in this chapter, no person shall possess, keep, maintain or have in his possession or under his control, within the city, any elephant, bear, hippopotamus, rhinoceros, lion, tiger, leopard, panther, ocelot, lynx, cougar, wolf, alligator, fox, raccoon, coyote, monkey, ape, chimpanzee, birds of prey, poisonous reptile, other dangerous or [...]

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

Bathhouses are against the law.


(a) Every building or place used for the purpose of illegal gambling as defined by state law or local ordinance, lewdness, assignation, or prostitution, and every building or place in or upon which acts of illegal gambling as defined by state law or local ordinance, lewdness, assignation, or prostitution, [...]

Before a business may have a “going out of business sale”, they must obtain a special permit from the city manager.

Sec. 5-4.01. Permits: Required.

It shall be unlawful for any person to advertise, represent, or hold out that any sale of goods, wares, or merchandise is an insurance, bankruptcy, liquidation, mortgage, insolvent’s, assignee’s, executor’s, administrator’s, receiver’s, removal, or closing-out sale, or any particular department of such stock of goods, wares, or merchandise, under the guise [...]

Bowling on the sidewalk is illegal.

9.26.010 Prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any person in the city, to play baseball or any other game upon any street, sidewalk, lane or alley.

Cars are the only item allowed in a garage.

Cars may not be driven in reverse.

Cats and dogs are not allowed to have sex without a permit.

Children may not wear a Halloween mask unless they get a special permit from the sheriff.

17-32 Mask or disguise–Wearing.

No person shall wear a mask or disguise on a public street without a permit from the sheriff.

(Code 1959, § 4237.2)

City Council order reads: “No dog shall be in a public place without its master on a leash.”

Actually, this law is common in just about every state. In this case, however, the wording is rather uncommon.

Community leaders passed an ordinance that makes it illegal for anyone to try and stop a child from playfully jumping over puddles of water.

Crushing rocks in the city limits is forbidden.

9.44.010 Operation of Machinery Unlawful.

It is declared to be a nuisance and it is unlawful for any person to operate any rock or stone crusher or rock or stone crushing machinery within the City.

(Ord. 46 §9, 1968).

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

Drinking intoxicating cement is prohibited.

9.04.050 Inhaling or Drinking Certain Substances.

No person shall inhale, breathe, or drink any intoxicating glue, adhesive, cement, mucilage, dope or any other similar material for the purpose of becoming intoxicated, elated, dazed, paralyzed, irrational, or for the purpose of changing, distorting or disturbing the eyesight, thinking process, balance or coordination of such person. Any [...]

Driving a herd of cattle down a street is against the law.

9.44.020 Driving animals on streets prohibited.

It shall be unlawful to drive, herd, or cause to be driven or herded upon any public street, alley, sidewalk or public place of the city any cattle, horses, mules, hogs, sheep or goats.

Ducks have the right of way to cross Rancho California St. at all times.

Elementary schools may not host poker tournaments.

SECTION 8-121. GAMBLING ON OR ABOUT SCHOOL PROPERTY. No person shall play, participate in, or bet for or against any game not mentioned in Section 330 or 330a of the Penal Code of the State of California, in any public place or in any place exposed to the public view located within three hundred feet [...]

Elephants are prohibited from strolling down Market Street unless they are on a leash.

Foretelling the future for donations is illegal.

9.24.010 Fortunetelling, Spiritism and Related Activities.

No person shall practice or solicit, advertise or purport to practice, as a business or for any consideration, fee, donation, gratuity, reward or compensation, any art or calling which seeks or purports to predict or foretell future events or the fate or future acts or fortunes of any nation, [...]

Getting drunk on a playground is against the law.

SECTION 8-120. DRINKING ON STREET OR PLAYGROUND. (a) No person shall drink any beer, wine or other intoxicating beverage on any street, sidewalk, pedestrian mall, alley, highway, playground, parking lot open to the general public or other lot open to the general public. (b) Subsection (a) of this section shall not be deemed to make [...]

Giving or receiving oral sex is prohibited.