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Photos: The Weird Ways We Used To Have Fun At The Beach In L.A.

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If we thought sunbathing, surfing and paddle-boarding were fun enough activities at the beach, it pales in comparison to what Angelenos used to do to pass the time.

In these vintage snapshots from the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection, we get a glimpse into the weird activities that took place at our SoCal hotspots, like Venice and Santa Monica beaches. We've got pig racing, painting nails with bleach, hanging out with elephants and getting married inside a whale's mouth in the mix.