Five Facts: San Francisco II

This Sunday at Five Facts

In this edition of Five Facts, we will be revisiting San Francisco to feature some fun facts in addition to the ones that we featured in Part I. If you missed the first edition of Five Facts on San Francisco, make sure to read it here.

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1. “All that is sunny does not glitter, not all those in the fog are lost.” -Karl the Fog

We all know that San Francisco is famous with its foggy weather, every weekend we plan to go to Golden Gate Bridge and take some photos, we end up capturing the cruel fog that covers the majority of the bridge instead. Did you know that cruel fog actually has a name?


Meet Karl, the Fog. He’s hilarious and he claims that he’s the best fog in the world. And he’s on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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2. San Francisco is defined by its hills. The city is often pictured with the cable cars railing up and down on some of many hills of the city. Take a wild guess, how many hills do you think are in San Francisco? According to the latest article of San Francisco Chronicle’s Tom Graham, San Francisco has 53 Hills. The compiled list includes every single hill (and to be) within the borders of San Francisco.

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3. Speaking of cable cars… They are the only moving National Historic Monuments in the United States. The older cable cars of the ones that are currently in service today are the Powell Street cars. Every single one of these historic cable cars has a different story to it. If you’re interested their stories, click here to read more on Cable Car Museum’s official website.

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4. In 1968, Japanese Airlines Flight 2 was accidentally landed on the shallow waters of San Francisco Bay due to heavy fog (oh, Karl…) and some other factors. The pilot of the plane Captain Kohei Asoh had a very simple defense statement for the US National Transportation Safety Board during the investigation of the accident. He said, “As you Americans say, I fucked up.”


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5. Now brace yourselves for a mind twist!
Let’s talk about Fortune Cookies. You would think they’re originated in China because they’re being served in Chinese Restaurants… But guess what? You’re wrong. They were originated in San Francisco, United States.

According to multiple resources, Makoto Hagiwara, the founder of the Fortune Cookies, was a Japanese American who used to work at Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco, and he’s the first individual in the United States to have served the modern version of the cookie when he did so at the tea garden in the 1890s or early 1900s.

So the question is… Are Fortune Cookies Chinese? Japanese? Or… American?

Wrapping up

We hope you enjoyed reading the latest edition of Five Facts as a contribution of our #SmarterEverySunday posts. If you would like to access all of our Five Facts posts, click here, for all of our #SmarterEverySunday posts, click here.

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Until Wednesday,
Tarik A.

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