We’ve really been making the most of our time spent in self-isolation. Did you know that the medical name for a butt crack is “intergluteal cleft” or that a duel between three people is actually called a truel? Thanks to COVID, we’re not ashamed to admit that our Google search bar has quite the mileage on it. We’re now a wealth of useless information, but sharing is caring so…
Here are 21 facts about Calgary you may not have known before!
- The Calgary Stampede features the largest rodeo in the world. It really is the greatest show on earth, guys!
- Fish Creek Park is the second-largest urban park in all of Canada
- The coldest temperature ever recorded in Calgary was a bone-chilling -45 °C
- Cow-town is the home of the Caesar! Walter Chell invented the cocktail in 1969 to celebrate the opening night of an Italian Restaurant
- Ginger Beef was also invented right here, by chef George Wong at Calgary’s Silver Inn
- The median age in Calgary is a sprightly 36 years, making it a very young city
- Almost a quarter of Calgary’s population was born elsewhere. Meaning people are willing to move here from all over the world
- There are more volunteers per capita in Calgary than any other Canadian city
- Calgary is Canada’s sunniest city, with 333 average sunshine days per year
- June tends to be the rainiest month, and January tends to be the coldest. Calgary weather follows no rules, though
- On the summer solstice, Calgary gets almost 17 hours of sunlight. Yay!
- At the time, Calgary’s two-week-long 1988 winter Olympics were the longest to be held, ever.
- On the winter solstice, Calgary gets a little less than 8 hours of sunlight. Boo!
- Calgary’s altitude of 3,800 feet is downright lofty- well above (pun intended) the Canadian average
- The Chinook winds can raise the temperature by as much as 20 degrees in a matter of hours
- Calgary’s +15 system is the world’s largest indoor pedestrian skywalk network
- The Calgary flames were adopted! YYC’s home team was actually known as the Atlanta Flames until 1980 when the franchise, which struggled to draw fans, was sold and relocated to Alberta
- Apparently Republican Senator Ted Cruz was born in Calgary. Weird.
- The term “LOL” was apparently coined by a Calgarian
- According to some historians, the Calgary Herald may have been the first publication to use the phrase “trick or treat” in 1927
- Calgary first crossed the 1 million people mark in 2007
We’re thinking of taking our new fountain of Calgary facts to the big leagues. Curiocity takes Jeopardy? Curiocity takes Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? What do guys think?