If you don’t want to risk looking like a tourist, make sure to dress properly whenever the temperature drops below 60°. Water might freeze at 32°, but L.A. people really don’t need temperatures to get that low to do the same and run for the nearest pumpkin-spice latte.
So, to disguise yourself as a local, please make sure to pull out your coat and scarf at the sight of any hint of chill, as tiny as it may be. Trust us.
Not the Home of Disneyland
Many people mistake L.A. to be the home of the famous Disneyland amusement park. But the truth is, it's simply not! Disneyland is and always has been in Anaheim, Orange County; which is in the same state as Los Angeles.
It's about half an hour drive from the city but is definitely, we repeat, NOT in L.A. And please, if you don't feel like pissing off the locals, don't make that tragic mix-up in front of them. They will roll their eyes so hard you'll have to call an exorcist.
Shh, It's (not so much of) a Secret!
One of the best semi-kept local secrets is that the iconic L.A. food chain In-N-Out doesn't only have what you see in its regular menu. The burger place actually has a secret menu! Well, a 'not-so-secret' menu, to be exact.
But who cares? It sounds good, and it has the 3X3, 4X4, and Animal Style burgers on it. The locals, though, might only get these when they are having a cheat day from their custom-built goji-berry-based diet.
Sitcom Tapings Are Less Fun Than You’d Think
Look, obviously, sitting in the audience when they're shooting the opening monologue of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" is a cool experience. The thing is, once you've done it once, you realize the epic comic bits are actually a rather tiny portion of the whole thing.
Over five (long) hours are dedicated to unsuccessful attempts and reshoots. But hey, if you live in L.A., you gotta do it at least once. It's in the handbook. Look it up.
Beware of Them Jaywalking Tickets
Yes, you are reading correctly: in Los Angeles, it's not uncommon for people to get a ticket from a local police officer while crossing a road where there's no marked crosswalk.
Not only is it possible to get a ticket for jaywalking in L.A., but this type of ticket can be up to four times more expensive than a ticket for illegal parking! Oh, and the cop won't really care if the jaywalker was rushing to meet Steven Spielberg himself. Don't say we didn't warn ya.