South-eastern European countries have a long tradition of naming landmarks after US presidents who played important roles in their history, including Reagan Square in Bucharest, Romania, Wilson Square in Tirana, Albania, Bush Avenue in Pristina, Kosovo, & Kennedy Street in Belgrade, Serbia balkaninsight.com/2017/06…
There is already an avenue for priests to marry in the Catholic Church: They have to be married before they enter the priesthood. This avenue is only available to Eastern Catholics though. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
Today I learned about Mabel Ping-Hua Lee (1896-1966), a Chinese-American suffragist. At the age of 16, she was invited to help lead a march of 10,000 people up Fifth Avenue. womensvote100.org/the-suf…
RenΓ©e L'EspΓ©rance, the face of Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing, was not a typing instructor at all, but rather a perfume saleswoman at Saks Fifth Avenue. Mavis Beacon was named after one of the developer’s favorite musicians. curioushistorian.com/did-…
Mavis Beacon is not a real person. She was played by RenΓ©e L'EspΓ©rance, who worked at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mav…
Streets generally run East to West and Avenues generally run North to South. joeheidt.com/blog/differe…
The runway of the Gibraltar International Airport is intersected with the main road heading towards Spain, called Winston Churchill Avenue, which has to be closed every time a plane lands or departs. mnn.com/green-tech/transp…
Street names follow a specific pattern. A Road connects two points. Street is a public way with buildings on both sides. Avenue is a public way often in a city, usually with trees or buildings on the side. Lane is a narrow road, often in a rural area, court ends in a circle or loop vox.com/2016/11/14/132754…
The Iran Mall is the world's largest shopping mall. It features a fashion avenue, a diamond and crystal atrium, three food courts with more than 200 restaurants, and a 3,300 square meter book garden with 67,000 volumes of books en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira…
In Dec 1931 while visiting NYC, Winston Churchill was struck and injured by a car while crossing 5th Avenue because he forgot that cars in America drive on the opposite side of the road as they do in Britain winstonchurchill.org/publ…
Today I learned of Death Avenue, the nickname for Eleventh Avenue in NYC throughout the late 19th and early 20th century. In an attempt to warn pedestrians, the railroads hired cowboys to ride in front of incoming trains waving a red flag. The nickname remained until an elevated track opened in 1934 thehighline.org/blog/2015…
Today I learned of Jane Percy’s Poison Garden, which has ricin, strychnine, coca and more. The Duchess of Northumberland stated:”Children don't care how a plant cures (…) They want to know how it kills. Here we offer a new avenue to get people talking about the misuse of drugsβ€”most of which grow in nature." mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Grant Avenue, San Francisco, is still written and said in Chinese as "Dupont Gai" (Gai θ‘— means street). When San Francisco was rebuilt after being leveled in the 1906 earthquake, Dupont Street was upgraded and given a new name: Grant Avenue, after President Ulysses S. Grant en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Trey Parker & Matt Stone were inspired to make 'The Book of Mormon' after seeing the Broadway musical 'Avenue Q'. Robert Lopez, creator of 'Avenue Q', was inspired to make it after seeing Trey Parker & Matt Stone's movie 'South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut' youtube.com/watch?v=p-a9J…
At 52 stories 270 Park Avenue in New York City will be the tallest building to have "voluntarily" demolished in the world, once its demolition is completed next year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/270…
Masaryk, Mexico City, is of the most expensive shopping districts in the world. The avenue was named after the first President of Czechoslovakia, TomΓ‘Ε‘ Garrigue Masaryk in 1936. In 1999 the city of Prague donated a statue of Masaryk there en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ave…
In Manhattan roads are organized so that avenues run north/south and streets run east/west. The only major exception to this rule is Broadway which runs diagonally across the majority of the city. becomeanewyorker.com/stre…
The co-creator of "Book of Mormon" and "Avenue Q" is the composer of the songs in Disney's "Frozen" and "Coco" & even has an EGOT! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Saks Fifth Avenue is owned by the Hudson's Bay Company which at one time explored and owned most of Canada en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hud…
Today I learned about Relcom, the first Soviet ISP who, during the attempted Communist Party coup of August 1991, provided the only reliable communications avenue to the world via Usenet after the Communists had captured the television and radio stations. Boris Yeltsin credits them for defeating the Communists. phys.org/news/2011-08-e-m…
"View of the World from 9th Avenue", published on the New Yorker cover in 1976, is regarded as one of the greatest magazine covers of recent generations and is studied by art students around the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vie…
The design of the tallest residential building in the world, 432 Park Avenue in Manhattan, is inspired by a trash can. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/432…
The Scrubs musical episode was created with the help of Broadway's Avenue Q's cast and writers. playbill.com/article/scru…
David Ogilvy, a founder/forefather of modern advertising, despised outdoor ads: "Man is at his vilest when he erects a billboard. When I retire from Madison Avenue, I am going to start a secret society of masked vigilantes... chopping down posters at the dark of the moon." goodreads.com/author/quot…
There is a neighborhood in Las Vegas where the streets are all named after Star Wars, including Skywalker Avenue, Leia Street, and Vader Avenue. lasvegassun.com/news/2002…
In 1932, 1000 military soldiers and 6 light tanks were ordered to march on the Bonus Army, a group of WW1 veterans who were peacefully demonstrating on Pennsylvania Avenue over the immediate compensation for their service during the war. britishpathe.com/video/bo…
An avenue is traditionally a straight road which emphasize arrival at a landscape or architectural feature and A boulevard is usually a widened, multi-lane arterial street with a median and landscaping between the curbs and sidewalks on either side. mentalfloss.com/article/3…
Although "Madison" was the second most popular girl's name in 2001, it was virtually unheard of before the 1984 movie Splash, where a mermaid adopts it as her human name after seeing a street sign for Madison Avenue. To this Tom Hanks's character initially protests: "But Madison isn't a name!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
It snowed 8 inches on the eve of John F. Kennedy's inauguration. To clear Pennsylvania Avenue, an army of men worked all night, using flame-throwers. photos.masslive.com/repub…
The design of 432 Park Avenue, NYC, the ultra-skinny and ultra-expensive tower that houses the highest apartments in the world, is based on a fancy Austrian trash can. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/432…
The birthplace of Scrabble is in a Methodist church basement in Queens, New York and it's commemorated by a 35th Avenue street sign that includes the Scrabble value for each letter at the corner of 81st Street and 35th Avenue atlasobscura.com/places/b…
Electric Avenue by Eddy Grant is based on a real street in Brixton, London which was the first market street to be lit by electricity. The song describes the 1981 Brixton riots in the 1980s where tensions over unemployment, racism, and poverty led to massive clashes with the police. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
Fifth Avenue (NYC) retail floor space rents at the highest rate in the world - $3000/SQ ft. Per year. nytimes.com/2017/01/09/op…
When Brooks Brothers sold cotton madras garments to consumers without proper washing instructions, it caused the bright madras dyes to bleed & fade in the wash. In response to this, Madison Avenue's David Ogilvy coined the phrase "guaranteed to bleed" & used this as a selling point instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
NYC's Park Avenue is not named for Central Park. An open cut was made in 4th Avenue to allow for a railroad. Eventually, this was covered with grates and grass, forming a park. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
The Secret Service closed down Pennsylvania Avenue to vehicular traffic in 1995, dismaying drive-by tourists and D.C. commuters but delighting street-hockey enthusiasts and protesters who now enjoy four lanes of open space usatoday.com/story/theova…
Many Simpsons characters are named after streets in Portland OR, Matt Groening's home town. Examples include Quimby Street, Lovejoy Street, and North Van Houten Avenue. everywhereist.com/portlan…
The 12th Avenue South Bridge in Seattle, is called officially as "Jose Rizal" bridge in 1974 to honor the Filipino patriot but the name itself was not much known to people who lives in Seattle o.seattletimes.nwsource.c…
The author of "Goodnight Moon" left all of the book's royalties to her 9-year old neighbor, Albert Clarke, in 1952. Since then, Clarke has been arrested dozens of times, had 2 kids with a homeless woman he met on 6th Avenue in NYC, and has squandered most of the millions he has received. joshuaprager.com/articles…
After the death of Bobby Sands, a Provisional IRA hunger striker, Winston Churchill Boulevard, the entrance and mailing address of the UK embassy in Iran, was renamed to Bobby Sands Street. The embassy simply moved its entrance door to Fardowsi Avenue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
Russian President Boris Yeltsin in 1995 was found on Pennsylvania Avenue, drunk, in his underwear and trying to hail a cab in order to find pizza en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bor…
Abercrombie & Fitch's store on Madison Avenue in New York City used to sell guns and had a shooting range in its basement bloomberg.com/news/articl…
The Hudson's Bay Company, the fur trading company that was once the largest land holder in North America, still exists and is the parent corporation for Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hud…
When Queen Elizabeth visited Bloomingdales in New York City in 1976 that all traffic on Lexington Avenue was redirected so she could exit on the right side as per royal protocol boweryboyshistory.com/201…
"Sesame Street" got its name because at the promotional deadline, "it was the least bad title." Rejected titles included "The Video Classroom," "1-2-3 Avenue B," and "Fun Street.” sesameworkshop.org/our-bl…
1/300 people infected with HIV are able to fight off the virus via their own immune systems. How? Killer T cells which utilize specific amino acid sequences. It is a hopeful avenue of research against AIDS. nature.com/news/2010/1011…
Mavis Beacon (of the old Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing software) wasn’t a real person. The model on the box worked cosmetics at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills and the creators liked her look. nytimes.com/1998/12/31/te…
There's a roadway in Seville called the "Avenue de Kansas City." This is because Seville and Kansas City, Missouri are designated sister cities - largely due to the replication of Moorish architecture, like the Giralda, throughout Kansas City. travelandphototoday.com/2…
An algorithm is used to estimate the closest east–west cross street for building numbers on north–south avenues in the New York City borough of Manhattan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
As of 2009, just the Apple Store on 5th Avenue in New York alone made $350 million per year fastcompany.com/1337828/a…

Please note that this site uses cookies to personalise content and adverts, to provide social media features, and to analyse web traffic. Click here for more information.