I love Indianapolis. It’s my home. My two daughters and four grandchildren live in Florida. They wonder why I’m not living near them in paradise. As much as I love my family, Indianapolis is home. And besides, why would you want to live somewhere where so many things want to eat you? Here are a few of the reasons Indy is number one in my book, Why Indy Ranks Number One in my Top Ten. I also appreciate strange, unusual, and funny facts even when they’re about Indianapolis.

Ten Fun Facts About Indianapolis

A lot of hot air

The first event held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1909, wasn’t an automobile race. It was a hot air balloon competition.

Hold the pickles

The Indiana Medical History Museum has a room full of, wait for it… pickled human brains. Yuck.

½ million square feet

You may have known that the Indianapolis Children’s Museum is the largest in the world but did you know it covers more than 500,000 sq ft? Did ya, huh? I thought so.

It’s getting ripe in here

Technically it’s illegal to take a bath between October and March in Naptown. Stink—eeee!

And a yo ho ho

Indianapolis is the largest city in America without a navigable waterway. No, White River doesn’t count. Trust me, once during a raft race our raft got stuck on the bottom, and we walked it to the finish.

Number 45

During the Indianapolis 500, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway becomes the 45th largest city in the nation.

Kiss off

If a man is liable to kiss often, it’s illegal for him to grow a mustache.

How tall is that building?

Until 1962, it was against city ordinance to build any structure taller than the soldiers and sailor monument on the circle, which becomes one of the largest Christmas trees in the world every holiday season with more than 5,000 twinkling bulbs!

A public transportation solution

The first public transportation in Indy was mule-drawn 14 passenger carriages. Is it time to bring back this green solution?

This fact is monumental

Indy only trails Washington DC for the number of monuments and memorials within city limits, Indy 33, DC 45.

*All facts gathered from, Movoto: Facts about Indianapolis they didn’t teach you in school.

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