I know I'm not the only one who enjoys knowing strange facts about different subjects right?
Well, I guess this post is all for myself then, huh?
So San Francisco is a little different from Greenville, SC. When Marc and I found out we were moving to the city, we immediately purchased three books. Frommer's Day by Day in San Francisco (which by the way - Frommer's Day by Day series is the best travel book series we've found), Historic San Francisco: A Concise History and Guide by Rand Richards, and The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk by Randy Shilts. The last one was my choice - I remembered there being a movie made a couple years ago (Sean Penn I think?) about Harvey Milk and felt that reading his biography would help me to understand the culture of homosexuality in San Francisco. You may scoff, but I believe that if you are going to live in a culture you need to understand it.
If you are going to reach out to people, you need to understand where they are coming from - what their frame of mind is, what it their "normal."
We wanted to learn about San Francisco. The travel guide helped us understand the highlights - what you would want to see if you were visiting the area. We did a lot of those things when we came to look for an apartment and I have done some more of them since we moved in since I am...ehem...unemployed currently. The history book was neat - it gave a history of different districts/neighborhoods, events, attractions, and people, then focused on a specific person who was important to that piece of history, and then talked about what that subject is like in modern times. The Harvey Milk book was extremely educational in understanding the culture of San Francisco (I'm a social history nerd) and how that culture took a dynamic turn in the last century and developed into the San Francisco we live in today.
I know that the regular old history of San Francisco doesn't interest most people, but I think strange and disturbing facts about anything can amuse even the most history-averse individuals.
Here you are: Trivia about San Francisco
-- San Francisco is the 4th largest city in California and the 14th largest in the U.S., in terms of population, and is the second most densely populated city in the U.S.
-- Burials are outlawed in the city of San Francisco, as of 1901
-- Denim jeans were invented in San Francisco, as well as the fortune cookie
-- There are 43 hills in San Francisco
-- San Francisco houses the largest Chinese community in the world, outside China, of course
-- By the time the paint crew gets to one end after painting the entire Golden Gate Bridge, the Bridge already needs to be repainted. So the GGB is always being painted.
-- Irish coffee was first concocted in San Francisco, not Ireland
-- There are more homeless people living in San Francisco per capita than in any U.S. city
-- In terms of the number of billionaires who call the city home, San Francisco is the fourth richest city in the world
-- There are over three hundred coffee shops in the city of San Francisco
-- You know the default desktop background for Windows with the blue sky and rolling hills? That scene was shot in Napa Valley, just north of San Francisco.
-- Since 1852, it has only snowed 10 times in San Francisco
Well I hope that wasn't trivia-overload for the day. I found it interesting nonetheless, and since this post was all for me, I guess that's what matters, right?