Pittsburgh March 09, 2017
Some People Don’t Know These 10 Things Came From Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh’s written itself into the history books plenty of times, dating back to the founding of our beautiful city. Some of the inventions that have come from Pittsburgh have saved lives while others have become cultural phenomena. Here are 10 things that come from Pittsburgh.
1. Mr. Yuk Sticker
Most of us probably grew up with Mr. Yuk stickers plastered on the unsafe products under our kitchen and bathroom sinks. Well, all credit for Mr. Yuk goes to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, which unveiled the sticker in 1971.
2. The Emoticon
Where would we be in the 21st century without emoticons to help explain our feelings? The very first emoticon – a smiley face – was invented right here in Pittsburgh by Scott Fahlman, a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University.
3. The Big Mac
Golden arches have sprouted up all over the world, making the Big Mac a pretty significant part of culture. It’s all thanks to Pittsburgher and McDonald’s franchisee Jim Delligatti who invented the popular burger.
4. The Ferris Wheel
No amusement park, carnival, or fair is really complete without a Ferris Wheel. George Ferris invented everyone’s favorite amusement park ride right here in Pittsburgh in 1892 but it officially debuted at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago.
5. Polio Vaccine
Certainly more people would have succumb to polio had Dr. Jonas Sulk not invented the safe and effective polio vaccine in Pittsburgh in 1955.
6. Heinz Ketchup
Everybody’s favorite ketchup – Heinz – got its start in Pittsburgh in 1869. Today, it still ranks as the top selling ketchup in the country, although it is no longer manufactured in Pittsburgh.
7. Clark Bar
Pittsburgh’s known for its delicious candy, such as Sarris Candies, and that trend just may have started with the debut of the Clark Bar in Pittsburgh in 1917.
8. Retractable Roof
Plenty of stadiums in the United States feature retractable roofs today but Pittsburgh certainly started the trend when, in 1959, the now-demolished, never forgotten Civic Arena used its retractable roof for the first time.
9. First Movie Theater
Pittsburghers have always been spoiled with entertainment options, starting way back in 1905 when the world’s first movie theater – the Nickelodeon – opened in the Burgh.
10. First Broadcast Radio Station
KDKA etched its way into history with the first commercial broadcast on November 2, 1920, Election Day.
These are just some of the things that come from Pittsburgh. What else would you add to the list?
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