I’m not much of a sports fan, but I did grow up in Washington State, so I can’t help but feel excited that the Seattle Seahawks made it to the Superbowl this year. That’s why, for this week’s world travel post, I’m posting a photo of the Space Needle along with ten unusual facts about the Emerald City’s famous icon. I hope you enjoy it:
Ten Quirky Facts about the Space Needle
- The Space Needle was originally called the Space Cage
- During the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle, the Space Needle was topped with a 40-foot high flame which burned natural gas.
- The city of Fife, Washington once offered Seattle a million dollars to put the Space Needle in its town center.
- When the Beatles visited Seattle in 1964, they were too afraid of heights to go up in the Space Needle.
- Speaking of acrophobia, the Space Needle’s first manager, Hoge Sullivan, was also afraid of heights.
- Iwao Takamoto, one of the design artists for the The Jetsons cartoon took inspiration from the Space Needle when creating that futuristic family’s skypad apartment.
- The Space Needle’s revolving restaurant is the 2nd one ever built. (The first one was in Hawaii’s Ala Moana shopping mall.)
- During the 1992 Miss USA Pageant, the Miss Washington contestant (Stina McLynne) wore a hat shaped like the Space Needle. (I want one of those!)
- Building designers originally intended for a population of storks to permanently dwell atop the building. This idea was scrapped when they realized storks require warm weather and would not exactly thrive in Seattle’s climate.
- According to The Committee Hoping for Extra-Terrestrial Encounters to Save the Earth (CHEESE), the real purpose for the Space Needle is to broadcast messages to extraterrestrials.