It’s official! The week of rest and relaxation in the form of $50 facials, massages, and several other oooh and ahhh worthy treatments is literally just around the corner, April 12-18th. With spas participating all across North America we thought creating a list of fun facts would add to the excitement. Find out why selling Limburger cheese in Houston might be a bad idea. Read on for more enlightenment.

Arizona
In Phoenix, you can’t walk through a hotel lobby with spurs on.

Atlanta
Atlanta was briefly named Marthasville from 1843 – 1844.

Austin
Austin’s Capitol building is seven feet higher than Washington, DC’s Capitol…and it’s pink!

Baltimore
Baltimore is home to the first umbrella factory in America, established in 1828.

Boston
About 250,000 college students live in Boston.

Chicago
Roller skates, the steel frame skyscraper, the elevated railway, cracker jacks, the zipper, window envelopes, Hostess Twinkies, the pinball game and spray paint were invented in Chicago.

Dallas
Dallas has the largest bronze monument in the world, Pioneer Plaza, which includes more than 40 larger-than-life longhorn steers, horses and cowboys. It was built to commemorate the trails that brought settlers to Dallas.

Denver
As the “Baby Boomer” capital of America, Denver has the highest percentage of boomers than any major U.S. city.

Detroit
Detroit installed the first mile of paved concrete road, just north of the Model T plant, on Woodward Avenue between McNichols and 7 Mile Roads in 1909.

D.C.
The city of Washington, D.C. was named after George Washington and the District was named in memory of Christopher Columbus.

Florida
Miami installed the first bank automated teller machine especially for rollerbladers.

Houston
In Houston it is illegal to sell Limburger cheese on Sunday.

Las Vegas
The city of Las Vegas celebrated its 100th birthday on May 15, 2005. The event celebrated the May 15, 1905 land auction when 110 acres of land in downtown Las Vegas were auctioned off.

Los Angeles
The City of Los Angeles is the birthplace of the Internet, Mickey Mouse, Barbie, the DC-3, the Mazda Miata, and the Space Shuttle.

Long Island
In 2001 Long Island residents spent $51.3 million on flowers for their landscaping.

Minnesota
The Mall of America in Bloomington is the size of 78 football fields — 9.5 million square feet.

Nashville
The very first FM radio station and is known today as Music City, USA, the birthplace of country music.

New Jersey
New Jersey has the most diners in the world and is sometimes referred to as the diner capital of the world.

New York
New York was the first state to require license plates on cars.

North Carolina
The first miniature golf course was built in Fayetteville.

Orange County
Orange County’s economy is larger than all but 31 nations in the world, ranking ahead of Israel, Portugal, and Singapore

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh lost the “h” in its spelling in 1891, but after 20 years of protest, the U.S. Board on Geographic Names relented and the “h” was restored.

Philladelphia
Philadelphia is said to be haunted and ghost tours are a huge tourist attraction.

San Antonio
Chili was invented in San Antonio in the 18th Century. It officially was “introduced” to the nation at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893.

San Diego
San Diego is rimmed with seventy miles of beaches.

San Francisco
Denim jeans were invented in San Francisco for the Gold Rush miners who needed tough, comfortable clothing.

Seattle
Seattleites buy more sunglasses per capita than any other city in the nation.

Toronto
There are more than 100 languages spoken throughout Toronto.

Virginia
The first peanuts grown in the United States were grown in Virginia.

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