Minneapolis July 06, 2017
Some People Don’t Know That Minneapolis-Saint Paul Were The First To Do These 11 Things
Do you remember your firsts? The first time you learned how to ride a bicycle? Your first day of high school? Your first kiss? Those memories feel pretty good, right? Now imagine if you were the first to ever do any of those things; wouldn’t that be cool?
Minneapolis and Saint Paul might not be anywhere near the oldest cities in the United States, but we’ve been trailblazers on some very special things. Here are eleven things Minneapolis and Saint Paul have done before anyone else:
1. The first successful open heart surgery was completed in Minneapolis!
If that's not a claim to fame, we don't know what is. The groundbreaking surgery was performed on a five year old girl at the University of Minnesota. This paved the way for the future of cardio-thoracic medical practice.
2. Indoor malls? Yeah, a Minneapolis suburb was the first to make that happen.
It makes sense that Edina, a suburb near Minneapolis would create the first indoor shopping mall in 1955. Can we really expect Minnesotans to shop outdoors in the winter?
3. You can thank Minneapolis for frozen pizza with crispy crusts.
The Totino family owned a restaurant in Northeast Minneapolis and eventually sold their recipe for excellent crispy crust to Pillsbury in the 70s. The matriarch of the Totino family began working for Pillsbury as well to perfect the pizza crust by 1979. Every time you throw a frozen pizza in the oven, appreciate that the crust isn't basically cardboard and thank Minneapolis. You're welcome.
4. The game, Twister was invented here.
Nothing like a game encouraging you to bend your body in ways it isn't supposed to.
5. Our beloved skyways were invented here and they are here to stay.
The first skyways were built in 1962. You might assume they were created to keep Minneapolitans warm in the winter as they made their way downtown, but you would be wrong. The skyway system was built to encourage consumer consumption and keep downtown business attractive. Who knew?
6. The first grocery bag with handles was invented here.
Pretty handy, huh?
7. The oldest sketch comedy theater is right here in Minneapolis.
The Brave New Workshop has been around for fifty five years, making it the oldest workshop for comedy and improv in the country. Senator Al Franken started his comedy career here, before moving on to be one of the original writers of Saturday Night Live.
8. Minneapolis public library was the first to designate a "kids" section for books.
Before that, Harlequin romance novels could be placed adjacent to "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish."
9. The Milky Way candy bar was created in Minneapolis in 1923.
The Mar-O-Bar company was founded in Minneapolis in 1920, and three years later had created the world's first "filled candy bar," known as the Milky Way. You can eat those the old fashioned way, right out of the wrapper, or take a trip to the State Fair and eat one deep fried and on a stick. The choice is yours.
10. We created the original Carrie Bradshaw (sort of).
Okay, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" may not have been as risqué as "Sex and the City," but Mary Tyler Moore's character was a single, confident, ambitious woman, just making her way in the city of Minneapolis. No cosmopolitans and Manthattan socialites needed.
11. Minneapolis is home to the ugliest pants in the world.
Zubaz. What can we say about them? Former governor Jesse Ventura sported them and thought they were a good idea. They weren't. This still hasn't aged well. Minneapolitans are capable of some serious fashion faux pas.
I suppose Minneapolis and Saint Paul aren’t too shabby when it comes to things they’ve done before anyone else! Which of these did you find fascinating? Do you know of any other Minneapolis and Saint Paul firsts? Share them in the comments below!
To keep reading about all that Minnesota has given us, here are
13 Priceless Gifts That Minnesota Gave to The World.