We put together nine interesting facts about our lovely city that are definitely worth knowing. Pass every Pittsburgh quiz with these nine fun facts and maybe learn a thing or two too!
1. It’s incredibly easy to get your steps in—literally.
Pittsburgh has a grand total of 712 sets of public steps, which surpasses notoriously hilly city San Francisco by over 300 sets of steps.
2. We have Seattle beat for rainiest city.
It may be by only just two days, but we beat the notoriously rainy city for most rainy days in a year. Utilize those sunny days when we get them!
3. We are the original emoji makers.
It’s true, a Carnegie Mellon University professor named Scott Fahlman first used the iconic 🙂 symbol in September 1982 on an online bulletin board. Now, the simple colon and parenthesis sign have evolved into full emoji keyboards!
4. We are home to the world’s first museum of modern art.
It opened in 1895 as the globe’s first museum of modern art—that being the Carnegie Museum of Art.
5. We created the banana split.
Yep, you can brag to out of towners that a local created the tasty treat. David E. Strickler, a Latrobe apprentice pharmacist, made sundaes at the Tassel Pharmacy soda fountain.
6. The first moving picture theater in the U.S. was in the ‘burgh.
Pittsburgh was home to the country’s first moving picture theater, opening in 1905.
7. Terrible towels were created for an interesting reason.
Myron Cope’s symbolic black and gold towels were created in 1975 because local department stores sold out of yellow and black hand towels faster than other colors. Customers wanted matching towel sets for their homes so Cope decided to create the now ubiquitous rally towel.
8. Primanti sandwiches were invented for a very specific reason.
Those sandwiches sure are delicious, but did you know they were invented during the Great Depression so workers can hold their entire meal in one hand and keep laboring.
9. The first ever gas station opened in Pittsburgh.
In 1913, the first ever gas station was erected on the corner of Baum Blvd. and St. Clair St. If only we could go back to gas prices at that time!
So… now you can be sure to impress your friends, family and trivia buffs with everything you now know about Pittsburgh! Want more? Here’s some Pittsburgh Penguins Trivia