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1. Austin, Texas
, (nicknamed Bat City) hosts the world’s largest urban bat colony, 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats
*. They live under the Congress Avenue Bridge and emerge every summer evening to an appreciative human audience. And the human fans have much to appreciate: On their nightly excursions from under the bridge, the bats consume an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 lb (5,000 to 9,000 kg) of mosquitoes and other insects.
2. With only 106 rooms, the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino is the oldest–it opened in 1906–and smallest hotel on famed Fremont Street in Las Vegas, Nevada.
3. Northern Tissue–renamed Quilted Northern in 1993–opened in Green Bay, Wisconsin*, in 1902. By the 1930s the company was producing its famous "splinter-free toilet paper," and the city had proudly earned the title of Toilet Paper Capital of America.
4. The American Professional Football Association, which became the NFL in 1922, started at the Hupmobile car dealership in Canton, Ohio*, in 1920. Jim Thorpe, a legendary American athlete, was elected president of the league. The Professional Football Hall of Fame opened here in 1963.
5. The coffee-swilling denizens of Seattle, Washington, scored top marks for literacy, as measured by education, newspaper readership, bookstores, library use, and Internet resources. The city boasts more bookstores per capita than any other city, twice the national average for spending on books, and the largest percentage (80 percent) of library-card holders in the country.
6. The oldest symphony orchestra west of the Rocky Mountains is the Honolulu Symphony, founded in 1900. It now performs at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii*. The city is also home to the only American zoo established by grants from a sovereign monarch. In 1876 King David Kalakaua, the last monarch of the kingdom of Hawaii, created what later became Queen Kapi’olani Park, part of which was made into the Honolulu Zoo in 1916.
7. "Metropolis" is the fictional hometown of Daily Planet reporter Clark Kent, better known as Superman. The real Metropolis is a city on the Ohio River in Illinois. It has a population last counted at around 6,500 in 2000. In 1972 DC Comics declared the city "Hometown of Superman," and the city has commemorated this honor with a Superman statue, a small Superman museum, and an annual Superman festival. The one thing the city still lacks is a movie theater, so residents have to go to another town to see their beloved Superman* on the big screen.
8. The rich heritage and multicultural history of New Orleans has spawned numerous individuals of historical significance, including writer Truman Capote, former NBA star Clyde Drexler, John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, comedian Ellen DeGeneres, and musician Louis Armstrong. The city was founded in 1718 as Nouvelle-Orléans, and has been a leading commercial center ever since. It also has one of the most active ports in the United States.
9. According to a 2002 study, Des Moines, Iowa*, ranks highest in the United States in car ownership, with 657 cars for every 1,000 people. Worldwide, the city ranks second, just behind Suva, Fiji, which has 668 cars for every 1,000 people.
10. With its mild weather, an abundance of parks and trails, and a high percentage of people who walk to work, Portland, Oregon, sets the gold standard for a walk-friendly city. In a 2006 study by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), Portland topped the list of the best cities for walking, beating Colorado Springs (second place), Madison (third place), and Boise (fourth place).