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Discover Houston's Hidden History: Some Little Known Facts About the City

Ash Jurberg

Thirteen little-known facts about Houston to add some fun to your day!

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I write a lot of articles about the city of Houston.

Business and retail developments, local events, people, and more. But today, I thought I would write something a little different- and look into some fun and little-known facts about Houston.

Hopefully, many of these facts are new to you.

1. Houston has the largest medical center in the world, with over 50 healthcare institutions

2. The Houston Astrodome, which opened in 1965, was the first domed stadium in the world. It was also the first air-conditioned stadium in the world.

3. Houston is the most diverse city in the United States, with over 145 different languages spoken.

4. Houston is home to the tallest five-sided building in the world, the 75-story JP Morgan Chase Tower.

5. Houston has more parkland than any other major city in the United States, with over 50,000 acres of park space.

6. Houston has a tunnel system that spans over 6 miles and connects over 95 city blocks, making it one of the largest underground pedestrian networks in the world.

7. McDonald's first introduced Chicken McNuggets in Houston, testing them at their restaurants in Houston in 1980 before rolling them out across the country.

8. In the 1980s, Dr. Michael DeBakey, a renowned cardiovascular surgeon at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, developed the first artificial heart, which was successfully implanted into a patient in 1982.

9. Houston is the most air-conditioned city in the world, with nearly all buildings and homes equipped with air conditioning systems.

10. In the 1970s, Dr. Paul C. Lauterbur, a professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, developed the first MRI machine, which uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the body's internal organs and tissues.

11. Politician and civil rights leader Barbara Jordan, the first African American woman elected to the Texas Senate and the first African American woman from a southern state elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, was born and raised in Houston.

12. The Original Greek Salad was invented in Houston in 1925 at the historic Rice Village restaurant called "Niko Niko's." It is made with chopped lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, olives, feta cheese, and a vinaigrette dressing.

13. Pico de Gallo is said to have originated in Texas and is believed to have been first served in Houston

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