Mostly True Facts on Buffalo, New York
January 13, 2011 1 Comment
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Mostly True Facts on Buffalo, NY:
1. Buffalo was the first town founded on Lake Erie.
2. Buffalo was number 8 on Forbes magazine’s list of Ten Most Miserable Cities.
3. In the X-Files episode “Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man,” the titular character, a member of a shadowy government agency, vows that the Buffalo Bills will never win a Super Bowl while he lives.
4. The Buffalo Bill Bar in downtown Buffalo is recognized as the official inventor of the original Buffalo chicken wing.
5. Buffalo has been called The Nickel City due to the image of a bison on the back of the Indian Head nickel.
6. In 1901, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt was sworn in as president at the Wilcox Mansion in Buffalo, New York—one of the rare occasions where a president was not sworn in at the nation’s Capitol.
7. Mark Twain gave Buffalo the nickname City of No Illusions.
8. Buffalo is the hometown of Rick James, the Goo Goo Dolls, Ani DiFranco, and Vincent Gallo.
9. Most popular accounts hold that the name “Buffalo” is a corruption of the French term boeuf fleur, “beef flower,” which is said to have been exclaimed by French explorers upon seeing Buffalo’s traditional sandwich, beef on weck.
10. In 2010, Forbes rated Buffalo the 10th best place in America to raise a family.