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47 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Dallas

The Dallas Cowboys were originally called the Dallas Steers. Good call on changing that one.
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1. The Dallas Cowboys were originally known as the Dallas Steers. The name was quickly changed, however, when the team’s general manager decided he didn’t want a castrated mascot.

47 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Dallas
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2. Dallas’ all-time low temperature is -3 °F, set in 1930.

3. The Dallas Zoo started in 1888 with two mountain lions and two deer.

4. Between World War II and 1970, the city of Dallas nearly tripled its population, going from roughly 295,000 residents to roughly 845,000 residents.

5. The world’s first frozen margarita machine was invented in Dallas 1971 by restaurateur Mariano Martinez. However the word “innovation” seems more appropriate than “invention” considering Mariano simply used a soft serve ice cream machine for his new creation.

47 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Dallas
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6. Sports mogul and longtime Dallas resident Lamar Hunt is famous for coining the term “Super Bowl.” The name originated in a 1966 letter to commissioner Pete Rozelle, in which Hunt wrote "I have kiddingly called it the 'Super Bowl,' which obviously can be improved upon." But the name (obviously) stuck.

7. Up until June, Dallas was the only city in Texas where it was required by law for adults to ride with a bicycle helmet. However, the law now only applies up to age 18.

8. In 2011, Dallas became the only city to have hosted a World Series game, an NBA Finals game and the Super Bowl in the same year.

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9. AT&T Stadium is the world’s largest column-free room.

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10. In 2011, a Dallas resident was sued by the city for operating a business that was a church by day, and a swingers club by night.

11. German chocolate cake actually has nothing to do with Germany and everything to do with Dallas. The recipe was actually credited to an American named Sam German, and was popularized after the recipe appeared in a 1957 edition of the Dallas Morning Star.

12. The State Fair of Texas has been held in Dallas every year since 1886 with five exceptions. In 1918 the fair was cancelled on account of WWI, and between 1942-1945 due to World War II.

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13. The greater Dallas area had a whopping 20 names on Forbes annual list of the 400 richest Americans in 2013. Walmart heiress Alice Walton led the list among Dallas-Fort Worth area residents: she ranked eighth with a reported worth of $33.5 billion.

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14. Dallas’ earliest professional baseball team was called The Hams, who played in the inaugural season of the Texas League in 1888. Houston’s inaugural team had an equally unintimidating name: The Babies.

15. Prostitution was legal in Dallas for a brief time at the beginning of the 20th century in a sanctioned red light district known as “Frogtown.”

16. Lakewood’s Woodrow Wilson High School is the only public high school in America to be the alma mater of two Heisman Trophy winners: quarterback Davey O’Brien, who won in 1938, and wide receiver Tim Brown, who won in 1987.

17. Woodrow Wilson High School also has some serious music bragging rights. Steve Miller and ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill are also alums.

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18. Director Oliver Stone spent $4 million to make Dealey Plaza to appear as it did in November of 1963 for the film “JFK.”

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19. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is the third busiest in the world, and is larger than Manhattan Island.

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20. It has also been said that Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is home to the world’s largest parking lot, but according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the honor (honor?) goes to West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Canada.

21. Horse Racing Hall of Fame Jockey Jerry D. Bailey, who won 5,892 races in his career, including six Triple Crown races, is a Dallas native.

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22. Some of the oddest fried delicacies available at the State Fair of Texas include fried beer, fried Coke, and fried Cadbury Creme Eggs.

23. Dallas is the hometown of two notable musicians who take their stage names from food: Meat Loaf and Vanilla Ice.

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24. The 1997 movie “Batman & Robin,” widely considered one of the worst movies ever, was partially filmed in Dallas.

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25. An incognito Sacha Baron Cohen also rolled through Dallas in both “Borat” and “Bruno.”

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26. Dallas became home to the NFL’s first ever professional cheerleading squad in 1972.

47 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Dallas
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27. At around $420 million, the greater Dallas metro area has the sixth largest GDP of any American city. Only New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, and Houston rank higher.

28. You have Dallas to thank for everyone’s favorite anthropomorphic dinosaur. “Barney & Friends” was developed in Dallas by native Sheryl Leach.

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29. In Dallas, as in all of Texas, it’s illegal to fish using electric shock. So no submerging your toaster and waiting for catches to come floating up, Dallas folks.

30. It’s also illegal to modify the weather unless you warn residents via local newspaper.

31. What we’ve come to know as the modern convenience store was born in Dallas. In 1927 a Southland Ice Company employee opened an improvised business outside of the company. His business would later become known as 7-Eleven, which currently has more than 50,000 locations, making it the largest chain in the world.

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32. The area that is now Dallas was part of the sovereign country the Republic of Texas between 1836 and 1846. Before that, it was part of Mexico.

33. “Who Done It?” the episode of “Dallas” that revealed who shot J.R. Ewing, had the largest international audience of any single television episode in history, with 360 viewers worldwide. So who done it? It was J.R.’s mistress Kristin Shepard.

34. The Texas Star Ferris wheel at the State Fair of Texas is the second tallest Ferris wheel in America. It was the largest in the country when it was built in 1985, but was surpassed by High Roller in Las Vegas earlier this year.

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35. The Dallas Cowboys are the most followed NFL team on social media, with 5.5 million total followers.

36. When President Kennedy was killed at Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas in 1963, he was on his way to a five-city tour of Texas. His first stop was scheduled to be at the Dallas Market Center.

37. In 2009, the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas was ranked the number one hotel in America and the number two hotel in the world by the Zagat Survey.

38. The J Erik. Jonsson Central Dallas Public Library is home to some hugely important historical artifacts, including an original copy of the Declaration of Independence (one of only 24 known to still exist) and a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio (one of only 228 known to still exist).

39. The Dallas Cowboys were the only NFC football team to win the Super Bowl during the 1970s. They won twice during the decade.

40. The first ever microchip was born within the labs of Texas Instruments’ Dallas headquarters. Co-inventor Jack Kilby is also credited with inventing the handheld calculator and the thermal printer.

41. Big Tex, Dallas’ famous 55-foot cowboy, was destroyed in a fire during the final weekend of the 2012 State Fair of Texas. A replacement was created in 2013 for a total cost of $500,000.

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42. Brian Baumgartner, best known as Kevin on “The Office,” attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas County.

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43. The Cotton Bowl is no longer actually played at the Cotton Bowl stadium. Since 2010 the game has been played at AT&T Stadium.

44. Twenty-piece psychedelic rock band the Polyphonic Spree is from Dallas. The band is known for playing a Holiday Extravaganza each year around Christmas time at Lakewood Theater.

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Source: The Polyphonic Spree via Facebook

45. Hillcrest State Bank in Dallas became the home of the first ever drive-through bank window in 1938.

46. After earning a PHD in statistics at Southern Methodist University, James Beckett became famous for his baseball card price guide. Today Beckett Media is headquartered in Dallas, and has expanded to cover basketball, football, and even Pokemon cards.

47. When billionaire and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban first moved to Dallas he worked at a now-closed club called Elan.

47 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Dallas
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Posted on: August 05, 2014
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