California consists of three states on the West Coast of the United States: Southern California, Northern California, and Los Angeles (which incorporates the fictional location of "Hollywood").
Since a portion of its territory lies on the "wrong" side of the San Andreas Fault, technically part of California is on the Pacific plate.
Most of California was settled by Hispanic peoples long before the fabled East Coast settlements of Plymouth and Jamestown.
It had legalized gay marriage for a few months in 2008 until the infamous Proposition 8 struck this down; however, Jerry Brown, of "California Über Alles" fame, is right on the job, and he figures that any gay couples who did get married during that time are still married.
In August 2010, Proposition 8 was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge, but the decision was stayed pending appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
 California in popular culture
- Pretty much all popular culture comes from California.
- California Love by Tupac
- A shitload more songs: California Dreaming, California Gurls, California Man...
- Going back to Cali...I don't think so!
- The Beach Boys
- California rest in peace, simultaneous release...
 Other principal exports
- Fruits and nuts
- Erhard Seminars Training
- Like fer shur, totally!
- U.S. out of Humboldt County!
- Hollywood values
- California, itself, is going to export itself into the Pacific Ocean, if Edgar Cayce's earth changes are to be believed.
 Indigenous creatures
- Der Governator (Technically imported), now former Governator.
- Former Governor who turned President and allegedly reached sainthood.
- Richard Nixon
- Barbra Streisand's famous shorefront home
- Big burly lumberjacks, in the far northern third of the state amongst the redwoods.
- Lots of guys in San Francisco who wish they could meet some of those lumberjacks.
- Silly-Cone Valley
- If you have to ask how much it costs to buy a home in San Diego or Marin County, you probably can't afford it...
never almost never rains in southern California. The four California seasons are Drought, Fire, Quake, and Flood.
During summer and autumn (and occasionally during winter and spring), powerful winds blow in from the east. During these windstorms, sustained wind speeds of more than 60 mph (96 km/h) are common in the mountain passes. When this happens, any spark can quickly grow into a massive, seemingly unstoppable wildfire.
These windstorms occur when a strong high pressure system forms over the Four Corners area of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, and a corresponding low pressure system forms over the Pacific Ocean. When the low pressure system is located south of Point Conception (west of Santa Barbara), the windstorms blow through the areas south of this point and are called "Santa Ana winds." When the low pressure system is north of Point Conception, the windstorms blow through the areas north of the point and are called "diablo winds." The most famous diablo windstorm was the Oakland Firestorm of 1991.
California is the only U.S. state that stops you at the state line, to ask whether you have any produce. They have enough fruits and nuts already and don't want any more. This practice started during the Great Depression, when going through California customs was to keep Okies and Arkies fleeing the dust bowl out of the state, but the ACLU sued and California wound up with a bunch of Okies and Arkies anyway. They had to settle on keeping fruits and nuts out of the state, but they wound up with a bunch of fruits and nuts anyway.
 Common misconceptions
- California consists entirely of beaches.
- Earthquakes, on average, are much more terrifying and destructive than tornadoes, hurricanes, or any other sort of giant swirly formation of air and clouds.
- All Californians are liberal socialist Democratic bleeding-heart dope-smoking homosexuals with AIDS. If you don't take San Francisco into account.
- All of California is Los Angeles and the Bay Area.