50 Seattle Facts They Never Taught You In SchoolLike for instance: Did you know Seattleites like to get naked—a lot?
1. Seattleites don’t always wear pants when riding the subway. This year marked the fifth annual No Pants Light Rail Ride, where riders were encouraged to take off their pants and “pretend that everything is normal.”
Source: Emerald City Improv via Facebook2. And sometimes they wear considerably less than that. The annual naked pumpkin run is held every year in October. “Go as bare as you dare” is the motto. How dare they? 3. As if all that nekkidness wasn’t an eyesore, Seattleites strip down to their birthday suit during the Fremont Solstice Celebration, where ride bikes. Um, pass on that one… 4. Seattle has a real life superhero. Phoenix Jones leads the Rain City Superhero Movement, a citizen patrol group. Jones wears a “supersuit” to avoid being mistaken for a criminal by police. He has been stabbed and had his nose broken before, all in the name of heroism.
Source: Phoenix Jones via Facebook5. Seattle hosts the largest pot rally in the world. Hempfest, an homage to all things ganja green, began in 1991 and now draws more than 300,000 reefer fans a year. 6. The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman lives in Fremont. His comics, full of murder-plotting cats and lessons on how to suck at religion, has gained a steadfast international following.
Source: The Oatmeal via Facebook7. People wear shorts a lot here, even when it’s cold. They wear shorts in frigid November air and they have even been known to wear shorts to work. 8. Seattleites don’t use umbrellas. This part is a bit befuddling, considering that, during winter months, it basically drizzles non-stop. 9. Sir Mix-A-Lot is from Seattle. He actually attended high school at Roosevelt High with Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan. 10. And Seattle’s KEXP FM (formerly KCMU) was the first radio station to play Grandmaster Flash. It also went on to become the first radio station to stream high-quality content 24/7. 11. Burlesque is quite the rage all over the nation so it’s no surprise that the art of seduction would take root in Seattle. But in Seattle, tassel twirling isn’t just reserved for the pros. At the Academy of Burlesque you too can learn how to shake what ya’ mama gave ya’. 12. And speaking of the birthday suit business, the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle featured strippers who performed under the heading of “naughty but nice.” 13. When asked to bring someone a bag of Dick’s, don’t take offense. They are merely asking for a bag of some of the most scrumptious sliders ever.
Source: Flickr user darwin Bell14. Despite popular conviction, Jimi Hendrix is not buried in Seattle. He is actually buried in Renton. But he did hail from Seattle and attended Garfield High School for a spell before dropping out. 15. The alternative weekly, “The Stranger,” hosts an annual amateur porn festival for all genders called Hump! 16. Bruce Lee’s grave can be found at Lakeside Cemetery. His son, Brandon Lee, is buried next to him.
Source: Flickr user Tony Fischer17. In a city known for its oddities, Seattle’s Gas Works Park is no exception. It contains pieces of an old gas plant that was repurposed into a play barn in the 1970s. 18. Adam West, known for his lead role in the TV series “Batman,” graduated from Lakeside High. He is also known and loved for playing a cartoon version of himself on “Family Guy.” 19. Harbor Island is the largest man-made island in the nation. 20. Archie McPhee’s is home to the punching puppet nun. The novelty mecca is also the place for all your other quirky toys, including glow-in-the-dark aliens, Edgar Allen Poe tattoos, and giant unicorn masks.
Source: Archie McPhee via Facebook21. Seattle’s Pier 53 is the busiest ferry terminal in the nation. 22. Seattle was the first U.S. city to outfit its police force with bicycles in 1987. 23. The longest continually-run farmer’s market in the U.S. is right here in Seattle’s very own Pike Place Market. 24. And while at the Market, if you ever want to find yourself in a sticky situation, head to the Post Alley Gum Wall. It is a wall covered completely in chewed gum. It can be found under the Pike Place Market, on Lower Post Alley. While there you can even add a bit of your own DNA-coated Juicy Fruit.
Source: Flickr user Kennet Dellaquila25. Seattle has the largest houseboat population in the country, and ranks second in the world only to Asia. 16. Kenny G grew up in Seattle. He actually started out in a funk band named Cold Bold and Together. He was a stellar student underneath all that hair, graduating magna cum laude em> from the University of Washington.
Source: memegenerator.com27. Yet despite its reputation for being a rainy city, Seattle actually received less rainfall than both New York and Chicago. 28. The bridges of Seattle are record-setters. The Evergreen Point Floating Bridge is the longest floating bridge in the world and the Mercer Island Floating Bridge lays claim to being the world’s first.
Source: Flickr user Bob29. There are annoying roundabouts everywhere in town. Some drivers treat them like traffic circles and others treat them like an exploding target that they have to get around really fast. 30. There exists a climbable public art statue of a one-eyed Troll crushing a Volkswagen Beetle under the bridge at North Street and Troll Avenue North.
Source: Flickr user Michael Matti31. There is also a 16-foot bronze statue of the Communist leader, Lenin. 32. Everyone knows about Wyatt Earp’s epic adventures in Tombstone and Dodge City. But he also holds a claim to Seattle. He opened a gambling house here in the 1890s on Second Ave. S. Gambling was illegal in Seattle at the time so the local newspapers basically smeared Earp. Good thing that part of history didn’t stick. 33. Retro pinball is back in fashion. Especially at the Unicorn Bar. 34. Seattle has the most glass-blowing studios in the world, second only to Murano, an island in Italy. 35. The very first Starbucks originated in Seattle, and while the Pike Place Market Starbucks isn’t the first ever, it is currently the oldest.
Source: Flickr user Steve McFarland36. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis think Seattle is “f*cking awesome.” So awesome in fact, that they call Seattle home. 37. Seattleites are dog lovers. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, there are 140,000 dogs in Seattle, compared with just 93,000 children of the human variety.
Source: Flickr user Karen38. There’s a bit of rivalry between Portland and Seattle. Seattleites get a little tetchy when they overhear people extolling the virtues of Portland while, in the same breath, knocking Seattle. 39. The view from Mt. Rainier is stunning from town on a clear day. 40. The main REI store in Seattle is an outdoorsman’s paradise. There is a climbing rock, a small pool to test out water filters, and a hiking trail to test out their boots. There is also a mini waterfall and lush greenery growing outside. 41. The Space Needle actually sways one inch for every 10 mph of wind, and at 3,700 tons, that’s kind of scary. Thankfully its concrete foundation goes 30 feet underground. 42. On the rare times when it snows in town, Seattleites take to the streets like maniacal little children armed with cardboard boxes and trash can lids.
Source: Flickr user Dave Lichterman43. There are hidden stairways all over town. You just have to look to find them. 44. Did you know Seattle is haunted? Take the Market Ghost Tour and find out for yourself. It’s a walking tour that explores the macabre side of Seattle. Sites include the city’s first mortuary, a graveyard, and the bassinet of Isaac, a baby ghost. 45. You can take an entire walking tour that is totally dedicated to all things chocolate. The Chocolate Indulgence Tour, offered by Savor Seattle, consists of two delicious hours walking around town and tasting some of Seattle’s finest confections. 46. And speaking of chocolate, the best salted caramels in the world can be had at Fran’s Chocolates, which has two locations in town. The first is inside the Four Season’s Hotel and the second can be found at the north end of the University Village shopping center. 47. And speaking of icons bygone, Kurt Cobain’s old house on Lake Washington Blvd. is the official “unofficial” memorial site for fans. 48. Flannel is considered “every wear” here. As in you can wear it for every occasion, even formalwear.
Source: Flickr user Robert Zverina49. Ivar’s Salmon House has the best salmon, smoked with alderwood, which gives it a unique and delicious flavor. 50. Seattle boasts the highest ballet attendance per capita than any other U.S. city.
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