Lowrider hydraulics were designed as a way to bypass the law – when it became illegal in California to drive cars with any part lower than the bottoms of wheel rims, the hydraulics allowed lowrider drivers to avoid conflict with the law by temporarily raising their vehicles.
California is named after a fictitious island described in a series of 16th century Spanish romance novels. The island was described as being inhabited by beautiful black women who wore gold armor and fought alongside Muslims.
Bohemian Grove is a restricted 2700 acre campground in California that is only available for the world’s elite. It is described as a private vacation getaway yet it is famous for hosting the Manhattan Project planning meeting in 1942, that led to the creation of the atomic bomb.
In 1850, California law made it legal for towns to pay bounties for Indian scalps. Shasta City offered $5 for every Indian head brought to city hall, expenses reimbursed by the state treasury. There were 150,000 Indians in California before the 49ers, by 1870 less than 30,000.
On the California side of the US-Mexico border, there’s a town called Calexico, and on the opposite side there’s a town called Mexicali.
California uses inmates to fight forest fires. Prisoners take the jobs because it reduces their sentence, gets them outside, and pays better than typical prison jobs.
California’s official state animal is extinct.
California is spending more on prisoners than colleges.
Due to California banning civilian ownership of .50 BMG rifles, Barret will not sell or service to any of California’s law enforcement agencies.due to California banning civilian ownership of .50 BMG rifles, Barret will not sell or service to any of California’s law enforcement agencies.
It costs $44,563 to incarcerate a prisoner for a year in California—nearly the same price as a year at Harvard University with room and board.