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Know Your Facts #46. A cherished SPOON tradition since 2000.
Mr. and Mrs, '60s Lancer know their facts/You can't pull their legs/Or pull the wool over their eyes/Or sell them a wooden nickel!

 

San Francisco:
 
1. San Francisco has more dogs than children. According to Census and Animal Care and Control department data, San Francisco has around 10,000 more dogs than children.
 
2. The bear used for the image on the California State flag lived in Golden Gate Park. The bear, named Monarch, was one of the last wild grizzly bears in California.
 
 
3. Alcatraz was the only federal prison to offer hot water. Why? This was a strategy to prevent prisoners from trying to escape in the cold San Francisco Bay.
 
4. Irish Coffee was popularized in Fog City. In 1952, Stanton Delaplane, a travel writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, brought Irish coffee to the United States after drinking it at Shannon Airport in Ireland. At the time, he worked with the Buena Vista cafe, which perfected the delicious drink.
 
 
5. Denim jeans were invented in San Francisco by Levi Strauss for the Gold Rush miners who needed tough, comfortable clothing. For once San Francisco and not New York took the lead in fashion!
 
 
7. The Beatles performed their final concert on August 29, 1966 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
 
 
8. The Chinese fortune cookie was invented by a Japanese resident of San Francisco.
 
9. There are over three hundred coffee houses within the city boundaries of San Francisco. This is an energizing fact for a city our size.

 

Los Angeles

1. By 1923, Los Angeles produced one quarter of the world’s oil. It still sits atop the third largest oil field in the country.

 
2. An oil derrick on the property of Beverly Hills High School produces about 400 barrels a day. The school earns about $300,000 a year in royalties.
 
3. Not many people consider visiting the coroner to finish their holiday shopping. But if you do, the LA coroner’s office has a gift shop.
 
4. When it rains in LA, it pours. On April 5, 1926, a gauge in the San Gabriel Mountains collected an inch of rain in just one minute.
 
5. While in February 1978, almost a foot of rain fell in 24 hours.
 
6. How did the film industry end up in LA? To get away from Thomas Edison. Edison—who lived in New Jersey—held most of the country’s film patents. Filmmakers fled westward to avoid Edison’s intellectual property claims. [Dispute: They also wanted the year-long sunshine.]
 
7. Beverly Hills started out as a modest lima bean ranch.
 
8.  Santa Monica Pier was originally designed to protect a sewage pipe that dumped treated sewage into the ocean.
 
9. If Los Angeles were its own country, its economy would be bigger than Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, and Sweden’s.
 
11. It is illegal to lick a toad in the City of Angels.
 
12. Ever since the zoot suit riot in 1943, the baggy suits have been prohibited in LA.
 
13. It’s also illegal to drive more than 2000 sheep down Hollywood Boulevard.
 
14. Each spring, the Getty Museum hires goats to maintain the scrub around its manicured grounds.
 
15. Unlike other baseball stadiums, Dodger Stadium is carved deep into the ground. 
 
16. L.A. is home to the largest boulder ever transported—a 340-ton chunk of granite that hit the road in 2012. It took 11 days to move it just 85 miles to its home at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
 
17. When they were first installed, the steel walls of the Walt Disney Concert Hall reflected so much light that nearby sidewalks hit temperatures of 140°F.

 

1.  San Diego produces more avocados than any other place in the country.
 
2. As if San Diego wasn’t a vacation enough, over 200 cruise ships berth in the San Diego harbor every year.
 
3. Hypnotism is banned by public schools in San Diego.
 
4. The first driver across the Coronado Bridge when it first opened was Ronald Reagan in 1969
 
5. La Jolla used to have an area of houses built strictly for small people, sometimes referred to as “the munchkin houses” due to the fact that they were inhabited by some of the actors who played Munchkins in the Wizard of Oz film.
 
6. If the imported water of San Diego was placed into gallon bottles, they would circle the earth more than one and a quarter times. 
 
7. San Diego has the highest number of dog-friendly restaurants per capita in the country..
 
 
8. Songs written about San Diego include Bing Crosby’s “Where the Turf Meets the Surf,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Balboa Park,” and Eric Clapton’s “The Road to Escondido.”
 
9. San Diego International Airport is the busiest one-runway airport in the country and the second busiest in the world, falling just behind London Gatwick.
 
10. The Old Globe and the La Jolla Playhouse have successfully sent more shows to the bright lights of Broadway in New York City than any other city in the country.
 
11. The Hotel Del Coronado is the country’s largest wooden structure. It featured the first electric-lit outdoor Christmas tree in 1904. 
 
12. San Diego was known as the Tuna Capital of the World from the early 1930s through the late 1970s.
 
13. GWD-40 was invented in San Diego by the Rocket Chemical Company in 1953. 
 
14. Located in Balboa Park, San Diego’s Museum of Man is an anthropology museum which holds one of the most important collections of Ancient Egyptian antiques in the country including authentic mummies and seven painted wooden coffins – one of which is one of only six known to exist in the world as a rare Ptolemaic child’s coffin. (Photat left.)