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15 Fun Facts About Los Angeles You Need to Know

Home to Hollywood and the Lakers, California’s Los Angeles has often been surrounded by many myths and rumors, most of which have turned out to be true. Here’s a sneak peek into America’s famous La La Land!
The original name of Los Angeles was “El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles sobre el Río Porciúncula”, literally meaning, “The town of our lady queen of the angels on the Porciuncula River”.
Los Angeles is America’s second most populous city, only after New York.
On some days in May, June, and July, Los Angeles’ beach cities remain foggy all day. This peculiar phenomenon is called “June Gloom”.
In Los Angeles, there are more cars than people. Obviously, it is so difficult to find parking in the city!
The famous Hollywood sign was originally meant to be an illuminated advertisement for a real estate developer, and spelled “Hollywoodland”.
There are 11-mile-long hidden tunnels under Los Angeles, running from Spring and Temple streets to 1st Street and Grand Avenue.
During the Prohibition Era, they were used to transport prisoners, dead bodies, black money, and illegal liquor.
Oil was discovered near today’s Dodger Stadium in 1892. By 1923, about a quarter of the world’s oil was produced in Los Angeles.
Beverly Hills, one of the most elite areas in Los Angeles, started off as a modest lima bean ranch.
The famous Santa Monica Pier was originally built to protect a sewage pipe that dumped processed sewage from the city into the ocean.
Los Angeles has the highest number of Mexicans in the world, apart from, obviously, Mexico!
In Los Angeles, it is illegal to lick a toad. It is also legally prohibited to drive more than 2,000 sheep down the Hollywood Boulevard. Arrrgh!
Los Angeles has the only lighthouse in the world that has a green light. It is called the “Los Angeles Harbor Lighthouse”.
Los Angeles boasts the highest number of woman-owned businesses in all of America.
The Los Angeles County is home to 841 museums and art galleries, making it the city with more museums per capita than any other city in the world.
LAX, the Los Angeles airport, is the second-busiest airport in the US. While getting there by car, you’re sure to get caught in an enormous traffic jam every time!

 Sucheta Pradhan

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