Here are some interesting facts about Los Angeles:

  • When LA was founded, the city’s full name was “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora Reina de los Angeles sobre el Rio Porciuncula.” (If your Spanish is rusty, that translates to “The town of our lady queen of the angels on the Porciuncula River.”)
  • On April 5, 1926, a gauge in the San Gabriel Mountains collected an inch of rain in just one minute. While in February 1978, almost a foot of rain fell in 24 hours.
  • How did the film industry end up in LA? To get away from Thomas Edison. Edison—who lived in New Jersey—held most of the country’s film patents. Filmmakers fled westward to avoid Edison’s intellectual property claims.
  • If Los Angeles were its own country, its economy would be bigger than Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, and Sweden’s.
  • In 1996, Charlie Sheen bought 2,615 outfield seats at Angels Stadium in nearby Anaheim—so he could catch a home run ball. He came up empty handed
  • In Los Angeles it is illegal to lick a toad
  • It’s also illegal to drive more than 2000 sheep down Hollywood Boulevard.
  • When they were first installed, the steel walls of the Walt Disney Concert Hall reflected so much light that nearby sidewalks hit temperatures of 140°F.
  • Unlike other baseball stadiums, Dodger Stadium is carved deep into the ground. Parking is available for every stadium level.