37 Things You Probably Didn′t Know About AtlantaYou probably think you know a lot about ATL. Say what about a walking skeleton?
1. This city went through four names—Terminus, Thrasherville, Marthasville, and Atlantica-Pacifica, respectively—before it was dubbed Atlanta. 2. There are more than 50 streets in the greater Atlanta area with the name Peachtree. 3. The Varsity doles out approximately 3 million servings of Coca-Cola each year.
Source: Flickr user hoyasmeg4. On the Georgia Tech campus, the school's tradition is for a steam whistle to blow five minutes before the hour, every hour, from 7:55 a.m. until 5:55 p.m. 5. In Atlanta, it's against the law to tie a giraffe to a street lamp or telephone pole.
Source: Flickr user enjosmith6. Atlanta is home to the busiest airport in the world, the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. 7. Atlanta hosted the 1996 Summer Olympics, and the Centennial Olympic Park remains a centerpiece in the city.
Source: Centennial Olympic Park via Facebook8. MODA, or the Museum of Design Atlanta, is the only design museum in the southeast United States.
Source: Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) via Facebook9. Atlanta hosted the Atlanta International Pop Festival, one month before Woodstock, that had several of the same bands of the famous festival. 10. The Atlanta Braves are the oldest continually operating professional sports franchise in the country. The team started as the Boston Red Stockings in 1871 before it moved to Atlanta in 1966.
Source: Atlanta Braves via Facebook11. Atlanta has produced hip-hop artists Outkast, T.I., Ludacris, Waka Flocka, Cee Lo, Lil Jon, Jermaine Dupri, and so many more stars. 12. Grant Park's Zoo Atlanta houses the country's largest populations of both gorillas and orangutans.
Source: Zoo Atlanta via Facebook13. The largest multicultural festival in the Southeast U.S. is Piedmont Parks' Festival Peachtree Latino, held annually in Atlanta to celebrate the city's Hispanic population.
Source: Festival Peachtree Latino via Facebook14. Atlanta's symbol is a phoenix, representing the fact that it's the only U.S. city to have ever been destroyed by an act of war. It was burned by General Sherman. 15. The world headquarters of news network CNN is located in downtown Atlanta at the CNN Center.
Source: CNN Center and Tour via Facebook16. The Carter Center and Presidential Library, where you can see Jimmy Carter's memorabilia from his administration, is located in Atlanta. 17. The list of famous people from Atlanta seems interminable. For actors and actresses, there's Elle and Dakota Fanning, Jane Fonda, Holly Hunter, Ed Helms, Raven-Symoné, Chris Tucker, Julia Roberts… 18. Every year, Atlanta hosts DragonCon, a multigenre convention and parade focused mainly on science fiction, fantasy, and comic books.
Source: DragonCon Party Events via Facebook19. At one point, it was illegal for someone in Atlanta to carry an ice cream cone in their back pocket on Sundays. 20. The U.K. punk band the Sex Pistols played their first American show in Atlanta at the Great Southeast Music Hall. 21. The headquarters of Coca-Cola, along with the World of Coca-Cola exhibition, is located in Atlanta.
Source: Flickr user betsyweber22. Every year, Atlanta holds the Atlanta Film Festival, which features international movies and is considered a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards. 23. Emory University has the largest collection of ancient art across the Southeast of the United States, located in its Michael C. Carlos Museum. 24. Georgia State University students operate the Cinefest Film Theatre that hosts several 35mm film festivals and plays independent, art house, and revival movies. It's free to all Georgia State students. 25. It's against the law in Atlanta for one man to carry another man on his back. Women are not subject to this law.
Source: Flickr user Kelley Boone26. In 2003, Atlanta's Little Five Points Halloween Festival—a parade and costume contest held the weekend before Halloween—won the International Festival and Events Association's Best Festival award. 27. Margaret Mitchell wrote the novel “Gone With the Wind” in Atlanta.
Source: Margaret Mitchell House via Facebook28. Atlanta Pride is America's largest gay pride festival. Atlanta Black Pride is the world's largest black gay pride celebration. 29. Atlanta has the only canopy-level pathway of its kind in the whole country: the Kendeda Canopy Walk, a 600-foot long and 40-foot high urban forest skywalk inside the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Source: Atlanta Botanical Garden via Facebook30. Atlanta is the birthplace of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 31. Dooley’s Week is an Emory University tradition during which a skeleton of Lord Dooley roams campus to let students out of class, if they can answer a trivia question about his own history. The week ends with a massive costume ball.
Source: Lord Dooley via Facebook32. In Atlanta, it is outlawed to keep a donkey in your bathtub. 33. Because of their close proximity, Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia have a major heated rivalry, known appropriately as "Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate." 34. The nationally renowned Georgia Tech marching band invites students from across Atlanta universities that do not have football programs to participate. 35. Atlanta is home to the South's greatest art museum and one of the most visited museums in the entire world, the High Museum of Art.
Source: High Museum of Art via Facebook36. This famous tradition at Georgia Tech is a rare occurrence, but not for lack of trying. Students historically have tried to steal the "T" from Tech Tower, the administrative building. 37. ATL's Peachtree Road Race is the largest 10K race in the entire world. It's held every year on the Fourth of July.
Source: AJC Peachtree Road Race via FacebookWhat’s your favorite Atlanta fun fact? Tell us in the comments below!
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