LA’s Original Name Was ‘El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora Reina de Los Angeles Sobre el Rio Porciuncula’
This Spanish phrase translates to “the River of Our Lady Queen of the Angels of Porciuncula.” The name was eventually shortened to “Los Angeles,” but the original main street can still be visited, with many of its original buildings and cobble stone walkways, downtown on Olvera Street — formerly Calle Olvera.
The LA Coroner’s Office Has a Gift Shop
It’s called Skeletons in the Closet, and in it you can buy clothing, housewares, office supplies, accessories, fake tattoos, and even a 4-D exploded skull. But you can’t buy, like, a severed finger or anything. That would just be gross.
Beverly Hills Began as a Lima Bean Ranch
90210, one of the richest zip codes in the world, began as a Spanish lima bean ranch. It started picking up its prestige when Golden Age Hollywood stars Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford bought land there to build their 56-acre estate. weird things,weird things,weird things