St. Louis Fun Facts - Did You Know?

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You might think St. Louis is only famous for its arch and its sports teams, but you’d be so wrong. In fact, you’ve probably eaten something invented in the “Gateway to the West” in the past 24 hours. Read on if you’re planning on moving to this trivia-packed city. If you’re not, still read on—you never know when you’ll need to whip out one of these stellar facts to impress your friends at your next get-together or trivia night!

  1. Hip-hop singer Nelly is proud to be from the “Lou.”

  1. Cotton candy and the waffle cone were unveiled at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. You’re welcome.

  1. Got pancakes? Aunt Jemima pancake flour was invented here in 1889. Keep your stacks piled high, folks.

  1. St. Louis was the first U.S. city to host the Olympics, stealing the honor from Chicago.  

  1. When you have your next rager, be sure to pour one out for St. Louis, home of Anheuser-Busch—the largest beer-producing plant in the States.

  1. Sunday brunch wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for the St. Louis hotel Planters House, the birthplace of the Bloody Mary.

  1. After a visit from “Peanut Man” George Washington Carver, peanut butter was invented here. Praise the peanut butter gods.

  1. Another St. Louis claim to fame? The bread slicer circa 1900. It’s the best thing since…well…

  1. The Mastodon Historical Site near St. Louis is home to one of the most extensive ice age digs in America. Giant ground sloth remains and mastodon bones have been found here.

  1. Cheers! The first ever cocktail party was thrown here in 1917.

  1. The Mayfair Hotel in St. Louis was the first to wish its guests sweet dreams with chocolate on their pillows.

  1. America’s first kindergarten was started here in 1873 by a woman named Susan Blow.

  1. In St. Louis, it’s against the law to drink beer from a bucket while sitting on a street curb. Bummer.

  1. Panera Bread was founded as St. Louis Bread Co, as it was founded in, you guessed it, St. Louis.

  1. This city is home to the most famous exorcism of all time, which served as the inspiration for the film The Exorcist.

  1. Its American Kennel Club museum of the dog is the only museum solely dedicated to man’s best friend in the world.

  1. The first (successful) parachute jump out of a moving plane took place at the Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis in 1912.

  1. When St. Louis’ Boeing was known as the McDonnell Douglas Corporation, they built the space capsule that carried the first astronauts into space in the 1960s.

  1. Iced tea was also invented at the 1904 World’s Fair by the genius Richard Blechyden, who decided it would be cool to put ice in tea.

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