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Random Facts About LA We Bet You (and Lauren Conrad) Didn't Know

January 22, 2009 at 1:54 PM | by | ()

Sure, you might have been to LaLa Land before, hopped from club to club in Hollywood, taken a tour of the stars’ homes, and frolicked in the waves at Santa Monica, but there are some things we bet you didn’t know about California’s city by the sea. Like, actual real people live there! Not just fembots and Ken Dolls.

While LA's tourism board is using Paris-Hilton speak in its new advertising campaign, "That's So LA" as well as relying (again) on celebrities like The Hills star Lauren Conrad to dish out their favorite sites, we decided to keep things a little more high-brow here. We've compiled a list of little-known LA trivia so you can set yourself apart from the 20 million other people who visit each year. You may even learn something that LC doesn't know.

Random Facts About LA We Bet You (and Lauren Conrad) Didn't Know
· Apparently L.A. has always been about extravagance. Before she became the image capital of the world, Los Angeles was named, “El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles de la Porciuncula,” when she was founded in 1781. Now that’s a mouthful. In English, it roughly means: “The Town of our Lady, Queen of the Angels of Indulgence.” Half of us is glad they shortened it, while half of us kind of wishes they had kept the 14-word name.

· It has 6 area codes—213, 310, 323, 424, 626, 818—more than any other American city. And four of them are palindromes!

· LA-Orange County ranks second in the number women-owned businesses. The top market is New York/Newark, New Jersey. But we don’t think Newark should count as New York, so we’re going to claim victory anyway.

· Here’s a scary thought: because of the entertainment industry, there are more “artists” (writers, actors, musicians, etc.) living in Los Angeles than in any other city at any other time in history!

· Los Angeles is home to more than 80 stage theaters and 300 museums. We know that’s what you come to see, totally. But if you do have time, check out the Museum of Neon Art.

· There are over 170 colleges and universities in Los Angeles—and we’re not even including the acting schools.

· The merry-go-round on the Santa Monica Pier was featured in the movie, “The Sting.”

· The economy of the city of Los Angeles is ranked as the fourth largest economy in the United States, as compared to other cities and states.

· Among other drinks, the Shirley Temple was invented here at the Brown Derby Restaurant. Don’t be ashamed, we know you like yours with extra cherries.

Got any travel facts to share with us? Email 'em our way.

Related Stories:
· That's So LA [Official Site]
· Los Angeles Travel [Jaunted]

Archived Comments:


Brooklyn hasn't beaten L.A. yet? Such a shame.


by "artists" do you mean "waiters"? and coincidentally, would LA happen to have the largest amount of restaurants than in any other city at any other time in history? (jk LA...we heart you!)

our waiters are gorgeous

i love eating out in LA because everyone who takes your food order is not only friendly (in case you have some hollywood connections) but also ridiculously good-looking.