As in years past, this month I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. 2016 marks my fifth anniversary, so to celebrate, I’m hosting Friday Blog-Ins here in San Diego; you can find out more info about where we’re meeting each week on my A to Z Challenge page.
My monthly theme is Chicago From A to Z, so stay tuned from Monday to Saturday for new posts on the Windy City. Or sign up for my mailing list (delivered weekly, on Fridays) so you don’t miss a thing!
Chicago has plenty of weirdness going on. But, unlike some cities (coughcough AUSTIN cough…), Chicago’s secure enough in its identity that it doesn’t have to flaunt an official “Keep It Weird” motto.
Chicago understands that everyone can be weird, but that only the truly bizarre will stick with it over the years.
And, let’s face it: no one who’s truly weird ever has to advertise the fact.
Your friend who apologizes for being weird? NOT WEIRD.
Cities with mottos like “Keep Austin weird”? NOT WEIRD.
Anyone who spells the word “wierd”? NOT WEIRD.
Here are a few weird things about Chicago that you may or may not already know about…
The Cubs are legitimately cursed
I’m not sure whether an actual witch or wizard was involved or not, but the stats speak for themselves: The Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908, nor played in one since 1945 – when the curse was supposedly placed on the team by Billy Sianis, owner of the Billy Goat Tavern.
The team has attempted several times to “reverse” the curse, but it looks like no one can break it.
This White Sox fan is perplexed and bemused by the curse, but still prefers a team with the motto “Good guys wear black.” Sorry, Cubbies.
The ongoing popularity of Frank Lloyd Wright
No offense to the world-renowned Wright, but frankly (harhar) I don’t understand why this architect remains so very popular.
Sure, his houses and minimalist Prairie architectural stylings are cool… but what about his totally crap take on interior design? Tell me you love open office design, and I’ll show you a phalanx of office workers who’d be keen to string you up. Wright basically inspired cubicles, and the drones that inhabit them, so please stop with the incessant fawning. Unless you’re working at a one-woman company, this style is simply not conducive to actual business.
This dining room is the stuff of nightmares:
Who’d want to eat a meal, sitting in such unforgiving chairs? And in such stark surroundings?
Not me, thanks.
And how about a little color, Frankie?!
Wind-speed is not the reason for Chicago’s nickname
Why is it called the Windy City?
You may be surprised to know that it’s not because of the wind (a legitimate concern, particularly during the frigid winters if you’re anywhere near the lake), but because of the hot-air-filled politicians that Chicago received its nickname.
That’s right: the Windy City is so named because of its blowhards!
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