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Southern California Fun Facts
- Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) have triggered imaginations for decades and California is a “hotbed” of UFO activity. Every year, thousands of people claim to see UFOs hovering above California and there are a multitude of clubs that meet regularly to study various claims of UFO sightings, some which even offer field trips.
- Coachella Valley, in Southern California, is known as the United State's date capital. 99% of the dates in the U.S. are grown there.
- Nude beaches are popular in Southern California, but locals request that visitors follow an interesting "code of ethics": no gawking and no pictures, please!
- Los Angeles and San Diego, two of Southern California's most popular cities, are also two of the most populous cities in the U.S.
Interesting Facts about LA
- Visit the interesting La Brea Tar Pits and you'll see tar residue from the time of the dinosaurs! In some places you can still see some ancient tar oozing.
- If Los Angeles (including its five counties) were a U.S. state, it would rank as the fourth largest, in population.
- LA was founded in 1781 by 14 families. They named the city El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de la Porciuncula, which means Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angeles of the Small Portion. It was quite a mouthful, so was pretty soon shortened to the current "Los Angeles."
- Satellites show that Los Angeles is moving eastward about 1/5 of an inch per year towards the San Gabriel Mountains.
Los Angeles Fun Facts
- The Griffith Observatory has made appearances in many feature films, like “The Terminator,” “Rebel Without a Cause,” “Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle,” “Bowfinger,” “The Rocketeer,” and the James Bond flick “GoldenEye.” The Griffith Observatory also appeared in the “MacGyver” television series where it “played the part” of MacGyver's home.
- LA has more theaters and museums than any other city in the U.S.
- Los Angeles is the birthplace of some of America's most famous (and fun!) icons, including Mickey Mouse, Barbie, the Internet, and the Space Shuttle.
San Diego Fun Facts
- Fallbrook, located in Northern San Diego County, is the Avocado Capital of the world; there are more avocados grown here than anywhere else in the United States.
- Sand castle building contests are a popular local activity and draw thousands of sand castle enthusiasts to the shores around San Diego.
- San Diego houses the country's largest wooden structure, the Hotel del Coronado.
- The first baby panda in the Western Hemisphere was born at the San Diego Zoo in 1990.