31 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About MiamiYou think you know Magic City, but it just might leave you in awe.
1. The next time you get that sunscreen on, know that Miami's responsible for the invention, thanks to Miami Beach pharmacist Benjamin Green back in 1944.
Source: Flickr user katiebordner2. Research the laws in Miami Beach, and you just might find that having a hot dog stand can cost you a fine and jail time for up to 30 days. You can also go to jail for up to 30 days for selling oranges on the sidewalk. 3. The name "Miami" wasn't the first choice for the city's moniker. Residents wanted to name their town "Flagler" after the owner of the Florida East Coast Railway, but the man Henry Flagler refused to allow that. It was then decided that the city should be named after the great river itself: the Miami River. 4. Most of the land in Miami is actually less than 10 feet above sea level.
Source: Flickr user Ben Grantham5. Before Hawaii joined the United States back in 1959, Miami was considered the southernmost city in the entire nation. 6. Miami is the only major city in the country to be founded by a woman: Julia Tuttle back in 1848. 7. The Miami Heat is the only professional sports team in the city not named after an animal.
Source: Wikimedia Commons Keith Allison8. There's a reason why Miami's considered the "Wreck-reational Diving Capital of the World." You could find 50 dive-able wreck sites, featuring everything from ships, oil platforms, army tanks, and especially the Spirit of Miami Boeing 727 jet. The wrecks actually now exist as artificial reefs for all sorts of marine life. 9. Miami might have a lot of pro teams, but it’s pretty famous for jai-alai, featuring strangely shaped pelotas capable of launching the balls close to 75 miles per hour in the air. That actually holds the record with the Guinness Book of World Records.
Source: Wikimedia Commons Lander Eizagirre10. Back in 1844 Miami reported 96 residents living in the area. It was still the county seat. 11. Drainage canals were created in Miami in the early 1920s to eliminate all the swampland, and were so successful that settlers immediately flocked to the area. Subdivisions and resorts were built so quickly that instantly Miami earned the moniker "Magic City."
Source: Flickr user Phillip12. The University of Miami has faced everything from bankruptcy, a lengthy reorganization, and a world war. The institution's first president Dr. Bowman F. Ashe endured it all. 13. It's probably the strangest structure you’ll see in the city, with an even stranger purpose. Perky’s Bat Tower was constructed in 1929 to manage the resident mosquito population using, you guessed it: Live bats. Unfortunately, all the bats refused to do their jobs flew away, never be seen again. The mosquitoes are still around, though.
Source: Wikimedia Commons Ebyabe14. Back in wartimes being located right on the beach wasn’t so much fun as it was dangerous, with the very real threat of a foregin attack. In fact, the town's air raid sirens would go off countywide every Saturday at noon or 1 p.m. just to ensure they were working. 15. Burger King actually began right in Miami. In the Miami International Airport, to be exact.
Source: Flickr user Kyle Lam16. Miami's home to one of the most prestigious hotels in history: The Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel, built in 1926 and serving as a home away from home for the likes of Judy Garland, Babe Ruth, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and even Al Capone.
Source: Wikimedia Commons Ebyabe17. Miami is home to one of the greatest archeological sites of the world: The Miami Circle, a series of holes carved out of the oolitic limestone at the southern mouth of the Miami River. Artifacts tested inside the holes are said to be approximately 2,000 years old. 18. The name “Miami” was actually derived from the word Mayaimi, which stands for "very large lake." That possibly refers to the great Lake Okeechobee.
Source: Wikimedia Commons FI29519. While the great Carl Fisher might have been responsible for the Indy speedway we all know and love, the man also had plans to make Miami Beach the winter auto racing capital of the world with a "board track," the fastest 1- to ¼-mile racetrack with 50-degree banked turns. 1926 saw the Fulford-Miami Speedway open up to a crowd of 20,000. Unfortunately, Miami's great hurricane of 1926 ended its legacy completely, and it was never seen again.
Source: HistoryMiami Archives20. Humidity's evil in Miami. Everyone knows that. You can imagine everyone's cheers as the Hollywood Mall opened up decades ago as the first completely air-conditioned and enclosed mall in South Florida, right on Hollywood Boulevard. 21. Radio was big in Miami as the classic WQAM Tiger in a Mustang was often driven around town by several disk jockeys for the purpose of awarding prizes in person to other drivers upon finding out that those drivers were listening to the radio station at that moment. It made for great publicity. 22. Miami is the only city in the entire world with an Everglades ecosystem.
Source: Flickr user Sali Sasaki23. The Cuban Missile Crisis was such a big deal back then that many military troops often would camp out in tents on the southern portion of Miami's Opa-locka Airport. 24. Miami holds the world record for most buildings done in Art Deco architectural style. The count actually goes well above 800 structures.
Source: Wikimedia Commons Massimo Catarinella25. Maybe it’s because of the sunshine, the ocean, or the pristine beaches, but Hollywood loves Miami. “Bad Boys,” “Goldfinger,” “Scarface,” and “There’s Something About Mary” are just a few of the films shot in the city. 26. No other country in the world has as large a cruise ship port as Miami, Florida. 27. Miami might as well have the nickname "City of Parks." There are more than 800 of them in the town alone. It happens to be the only city in the nation bordered by two separate National Parks: The Biscayne National Park, and the Everglades National Park.
Source: Wikimedia Commons Totenkopf28. Believe it or not Miami has never recorded a temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s the humidity that makes it feel unbearable sometimes, but not actually the heat itself. 29. Miami was first to consider manufacturing a type of automated bank teller machine designed specifically for rollerbladers. Winning. 30. An old Danish warship called the Prinz Valdemar ran aground in 1926, blocking Miami Harbor for almost a month. 31. The Mariel Boatlist of 1980 holds the record for bringing the most number of people to one spot at one time. 150,000 Cuban refugees, to be exact.
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