Santa Monica related Fun and Awesome facts you might not know

Here’s a list of some of the more eccentric and less recognized information about beautiful Santa Monica.

Santa Monica related Fun and Awesome facts you might not know

Santa Monica related Fun and Awesome facts you might not know

Santa Monica is a city so rich in history, culture, and activity that there are tons of quirky facts about it that even locals might not know! Here’s a list of some of the more eccentric and less recognized information about beautiful, sunny Santa Monica.

Beach backstories

Did you know that Elzie Crisler Segar created the Popeye comic in Santa Monica in 1919? Legend has it that when Segar was living in Santa Monica, he befriended Olaf Olsen, a Norwegian sailor he met on the Santa Monica Pier. It’s believed that Olsen was the real-life inspiration for the famous comic book character Popeye. However, whether or not Olsen ate a lot of spinach is still a topic up for debate.

Santa Monica is also home to the Dogtown Movement of extreme skateboarders (immortalized in the documentary “Dogtown and Z-Boys”). While the influential Z-Boys were initially surfers, the group began skateboarding to practice their board moves. They quickly became full-time skaters and were constantly spotted on their boards throughout the city. It’s because of them that skateboarding went from a local hobby to a nationwide pastime.

Eco-friendly facts

Los Angeles and Santa Monica pride themselves on being extremely eco-friendly. It’s no surprise that the first solar-powered Ferris wheel is located on the Santa Monica Pier at Pacific Park. The wheel made its debut spin-in 1996 and has since been redesigned to feature 174,000 LED lights. The ride is so green that it even goes dark every year to celebrate Earth Hour.

Tech Trivia

It’s no secret that Northern California is home to Silicon Valley. But, few people know that Southern California has its very own version of a tech territory. Down here, it’s called Silicon Beach and it’s in Santa Monica where such start-up companies as YouTube, Hulu, Tinder, and Headspace have all set up shop. Other tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Yahoo have since opened satellite offices nearby. Because, seriously, nothing can be more inspiring when creating innovative technological advances than being so close to the beach!

While Silicon Beach is still a relatively new area of industry for Santa Monica, the video game world has been here for a long time. Giant gaming companies like Activision, Playstation, Naughty Dog, and Treyarch are all headquartered in the city by the sea. This means games like Call of Duty, Guitar Hero, the Tony Hawk’s series, and Star Citizen were all created in Santa Monica.

Famous Faces

A number of notable people call Santa Monica their birth city. They include legendary child actress Shirley Temple, the funny man Jack Black, Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston, original Spider-Man Tobey Maguire and activist Jamie Lee Curtis.