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10 Weird Facts About Los Angeles

The original name of Los Angeles was “El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río de Porciúncula,” which means “The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of the Porciuncula River.”

The Hollywood Sign originally read “Hollywoodland” and was an advertisement for a real estate development.

The world’s first movie theater, the Nickelodeon, was opened in Los Angeles in 1902.

The La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles have yielded one of the largest collections of prehistoric fossils in the world.

The Los Angeles freeway system is the largest in the world, spanning over 1,000 miles.

The famous Hollywood Walk of Fame was created in 1958 and features over 2,600 stars.

Los Angeles is the only city in the world to have hosted both the Summer and Winter Olympics.

The Los Angeles County Fair is the largest county fair in the United States.

Los Angeles has a ban on loud, annoying car stereos, and drivers can be ticketed for playing music too loudly.

Reno, Nevada is farther west than Los Angeles.

The iconic Capitol Records building in Los Angeles was designed to look like a stack of vinyl records.

Los Angeles is home to the oldest operating McDonald’s restaurant in the world, which opened in 1940.

The Los Angeles Dodgers were originally called the Brooklyn Dodgers and moved to Los Angeles in 1958.

Los Angeles is the birthplace of the popular street food, the taco truck.

The Beverly Hills Hotel has a secret tunnel that was used by celebrities to enter and exit the hotel discreetly.

The city of Los Angeles was founded in 1781 and was originally part of Mexico before being annexed by the United States in 1848.

The Watts Riots of 1965 were some of the deadliest and most destructive race riots in American history, with 34 people killed and over 1,000 injured.

The Hollywood Bowl is the largest natural outdoor amphitheater in the United States and has been the site of many famous concerts.

Los Angeles has the highest number of museums per capita of any city in the world.

24 percent of Los Angeles is paved.

The Los Angeles River, which is mostly dry, was once a major water source for the city and is featured in many movies and TV shows.

Los Angeles is the birthplace of the shopping cart, which was invented in 1936 by grocery store owner Sylvan Goldman.

The city has a beach called Muscle Beach where famous bodybuilders such as Arnold Schwarzenegger have trained.

Los Angeles was once the largest producer of oil in the world and still has active oil fields within city limits.

Los Angeles is home to the largest Thai community outside of Thailand, and the neighborhood of Thai Town has many Thai restaurants and shops.

Los Angeles has the largest urban park in the United States, Griffith Park, which covers over 4,200 acres.

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Rihanna has over 20 tattoos, including one of the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis on her chest.

Rihanna is fluent in multiple languages, including English, French, and Bajan Creole.

Rihanna’s real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty.

She was born in Saint Michael, Barbados on February 20, 1988, 410 months ago, as of April, 2023.

Rihanna has sold over 250 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

She started singing at the age of seven and formed a girl group with two of her classmates when she was in high school.

Rihanna was discovered by American record producer Evan Rogers in 2003 when she was 15 years old. By the age of 17, she had a song reach number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Rihanna has won nine Grammy Awards and has been nominated for 33.

She has been named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” on multiple occasions.

Rihanna was the first black woman to be the face of Dior.

She was also the first woman to have five number-one singles from one album on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

She is an ambassador for the Barbados tourism authority and has helped promote tourism to the island.

She is a philanthropist and has donated millions of dollars to various charities and causes.

Rihanna is a fan of soccer and supports the Italian football club Juventus.

Rihanna was a victim of domestic violence in 2009 and has since become an advocate for domestic violence survivors.

Rihanna has a fear of whales and has stated that she refuses to swim in the ocean because of them.

She has a close relationship with her mother, Monica Braithwaite, who she has credited with helping her succeed in the music industry.

She has been praised for her vocal range, which spans four octaves.

Rihanna is of Afro-Barbadian and Irish descent.

She has two younger brothers named Rorrey and Rajad Fenty.

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Ten Surprising Facts About Television

The first television was invented by John Logie Baird in 1925.

We think of color television as a fairly recent invention, but the first time color was shown on a TV screen was just four years later in 1929.

For a while you could buy an accessory for your black & white TV that was a see-through plastic cover. It was blue at the top, green in the middle, and brown at the bottom, so it would seem that you were seeing many scenes in nearly true colors.

The first commercial television broadcast as we know it was in London, 1936, to about 100 TV sets.

In the ten years between 1946 and 1956 television sets in American homes jumped from a total of 10,000 to 28 million.

The first commercial color television broadcast was in 1953.

The first TV remote control, invented in 1950, was called the “Lazy Bones.”

The first TV commercial was for Bulova watches, and it aired in 1941.

The first TV sitcom was “I Love Lucy,” which aired from 1951 to 1957.

The first TV soap opera was “Guiding Light,” which aired from 1952 to 2009.

The first TV news anchor was Walter Cronkite.

The first TV show to be recorded and watched later was “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1956.

The first TV series to have a female lead was “Bewitched,” which aired from 1964 to 1972.

The first TV show to feature an African American family was “The Jeffersons,” which aired from 1975 to 1985.

The first TV show to feature a same-sex couple was “Roseanne,” which aired from 1988 to 1997.

The first TV show to feature a transgender character was “All My Children,” which aired in 2006.

The highest-rated TV show of all time is the final episode of “MAS*H,” which aired in 1983.

The first TV show to use the word “pregnant” was “I Love Lucy.”

The first TV show to show a toilet was “Leave it to Beaver.”

The first TV show to feature a character with a disability was “Ironside,” which aired from 1967 to 1975.

The longest-running TV show in the world is “Meet the Press,” which has been on the air since 1947.

The first TV show to air in HD was “CBS Sunday Morning” in 1998.

The first TV show to be streamed online was “House of Cards,” which premiered on Netflix in 2013.