Wednesday, December 06, 2006

My Fourth Thursday Thirteen


Thirteen (+ two) Trivial Facts About St. Louis - My Favorite City
  1. The ice cream cone was invented here at the 1904 World's Fair
  2. First Police Department to use fingerprinting in 1904
  3. Toasted Ravioli was invented here
  4. First Kindergarten opened in St. Louis
  5. First Lung Cancer operation
  6. Peanut Butter was invented here
  7. First American city to host the Olympics in 1904
  8. The nation's first interstate highway was constructed here
  9. The Gateway Arch - at 630' is the nation's tallest man-made monument
  10. The custom of placing chocolates on hotel pillows began in St. Louis when Cary Grant stayed at the Mayfair and used chocolate to woo a woman friend
  11. The cocktails, Planter's Punch and Tom Collins, were invented in a St. Louis hotel, The Planter's House
  12. St. Louis University was the first institution of higher education west of the Mississippi River.
  13. St. Louis was the site of the demonic possession that inspired the book, and later the movie, "The Exorcist".
  14. The soft drink, Dr Pepper, was introduced at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. 7-Up also was invented in St. Louis.
  15. St. Louisans consume more barbeque sauce per capita than any other city in the US

    As you'll notice, 1904 was a very busy year for St. Louis.

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40 comments:

baggage said...

I live kind of near St. Louis, and I didn't know any of this!

Tug said...

Toasted Ravioli? Seriously? LOVE the arch...and GO RAMS!!

Happy TT!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Hey, that was more than 13! Did St. Louis invent creative counting, too?

(what do I know? I'm from West of Mars. That ought to say a lot, huh?)

Happy TT!

ChupieandJ'smama said...

What a great list! I didn't know anything about St. Louis, but I've learned something today. I like the fact that Cary Grant used chocolate to woo a woman. What woman wouldn't fall for a gorgeous guy AND chocolate??:)

The Mistress of the Dark said...

Any place that invented toasted ravioli is ok in my book!

happy tt

Christina said...

I nearly went to WashU for law school - it was my second choice. I enjoyed my visit to St. Louis. I had no idea they came up with toasted ravioli (sounds yummy) or that Dr. Pepper, my favorite soda in the whole world, got its start there!

Cheryl said...

Mmmm Dr. Pepper. Whenever we've driven through St. Louis it's always been raining. I always thought that strange!

Missy said...

Cool list! I learned new things, yay!

Shoshana said...

Invented ice cream? Really?

Wow!

Skittles said...

Hey! I thought they just had gangs ;) Great TT

Hulai said...

ive never been to st louis but I wanna visit! i am a cardinals fan,but i grew up in houston, so im a torn soul! i pull for both!

Darla said...

Ice cream, Dr. Pepper, and peanut butter? Wow. I'll forgive St. Louis for hosting Anita Blake, then. ;)

Debo Blue said...

Who knew I would one day thank St. Louis for creating two of the most impt parts of my life: Dr.P and Peanut Butter! Go Cards?

Duchess said...

Didn't know any of this! Thanks for the trivia!

Happy TT

Reba said...

Yummy Peanut Butter.

I knew I lived in St. Louis for a reason.

Judy Callarman said...

This is a very interesting list! St. Louis has been very innovative throughout the years (especially 1904)!

Sparky Duck said...

I love the Toasted Ravioli! And whats wrong with Anita Blake???

InterstellarLass said...

I've been once and I saw the arch!

Happy TT.

Julie in Texas said...

Who knew St. Louis contributed so much! I love toasted ravioli and the Arch is quite a sight to behold.

Thanks for stopping by my TT!

audrey said...

Mmmmm...toasted ravioli...peanut butter...BBQ sauce...St. Louis sounds like a delicious city!

Janet said...

mmmm, I ADORE peanut butter! And The Exorcist is still the scariest movie I've ever seen. Great list and thanks for visiting!

Mitch said...

I was born there...

Thanks for the Read Mitch

Haley-O said...

I've never been there before. But, mmmm...., toasted ravioli!

Debby said...

I've only driven through. Maybe next time I should plan to stop. It sounds interesting. Happy Thursday and thanks for visiting!

Zeus said...

Hometown pride is awesome! I had no idea about any of these things you listed. It was very interesting!

Happy Thursday to you, and thank you for visiting my blog!

s@m said...

I didn't know any of that! I've never been to St. Louis, it seems very interesting!

And I really like your song, btw.

Happy TT!

Melissa said...

I had no idea St. Louis was responsible for so many neat things! Thanks for sharing!

Mike said...

Very interesting list. Happy TT.

Leah said...

Peanut butter, wow! My bow to St. Louis then....

I studied in St. Louis Univ as well, but this one is in the Philippines. http://www.slu.edu.ph/index.jsp

dawn said...

Learned some new trivia here. I didn't know about Dr. Pepper.

Lisa said...

What a very cool list. If there was a photo of the perfect, proud St. Louisan, it would be YOU, girl!

Digital Art Photography for Dummies said...

hmmm, what do I do now?

maggie said...

Great TT! Thanks for stopping by.

N. Mallory said...

No wonder Judy Garland made that movie "Meet Me in St. Louis," which is one of my favorite movies of all times. ;)

Happy belated TT!

Skittles said...

I just gave you a bunch oh hugs! WOW.. look at your blog worth!!!

Mikala said...

Thanks Skits! I need those hugs today. I'm getting depressed and it's not good.

I know, I so wish I could turn that in somewhere and get my $107,000. Why can't some company ask to buy our urls?

Jenny Ryan said...

When I think of St. Louis, I always think of Judy Garland singing, "Meet Me in St. Lou-ey, Lou-ey, meet me at the fair." Love that movie :)

Domestic Goddess said...

I bow down at the feet of #6. all hail Peanut Butter!

alisonwonderland said...

i'm planning to be in st. louis next summer for a convention!

Mikala said...

Despite the Most Dangerous City title, St. Louis is an awesome city. I was born and raised here and I love it.