12 Interesting Facts About Los Angeles From Madame
This month Madame is exploring LA with a lot of fun find and recommendations, and we are starting with:
LA FACTS THAT YOU NEVER KNEW:
- When L.A. was founded, the city’s full name was “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora Reina de los Angeles sobre el Rio Porciuncula”, which means “The town of our lady queen of the angels on the Porciuncula River.”
- LA is the biggest US city (by territory), occupying a territory over 1300 sq km
- LA is the third-largest oil field in the country. An oil derrick on the property of Beverly Hills High School produces about 400 barrels a day. The school earns about $300,000 a year in royalties.
- If Los Angeles were its own country, its economy would be bigger than Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, and Sweden.
- Out of 244,000 businesses in Los Angeles, the city has the highest number of women-owned companies in USA.
- First Europeans appeared on the territory of modern Los Angeles in 1769.
- People from over 140 countries speaking over 220 different languages call LA their home. About 60% of people living in Los Angeles speak some other language, making it just 40% of people speaking only English. .
- To get away from Thomas Edison, who lived in NJ held most of the country’s film patents, filmmakers fled westward to avoid Edison’s intellectual property claims and settled for LA. .
- The Hollywood sign originally said “Hollywoodland” and it was an advertisement for Tinseltown’s latest real estate development. .
- There is the only lighthouse in the World that has a green light. And it is in here in LA .
- Each spring, the Getty Museum hires goats to maintain the scrub around its manicured grounds.
- It is illegal to lick a toad in LA - so, don’t try! . It’s also illegal to drive more than 2,000 sheep down Hollywood Boulevard. Let’s just stick to strolling 🤗 .
What was the the most unexpected fact about LA for you?! I’ll be honest - still debating between the frog law or the lighthouse! .