Kevin Cowherd's Trading Places

January 10, 2009|By KEVIN COWHERD

Do you know that the driveway at President Andrew Jackson's Nashville home, Hermitage, is the shape of a guitar? Do you care? Of course not. Some other "fun facts":


Violence-prone citizens Tennessee's nickname, the "Volunteer State," comes from the War of 1812, when hundreds of volunteers - many more than the quota needed, many surely from Nashville - eagerly went off to war

We're No. 7! In a 2007 U.S. News & World Report ranking of the 100 busiest airports, Nashville was named the seventh "least miserable" airport. Whooee!

Make up

your mind To this day, there's debate over whether Nashville was founded on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, 1779.

I'm switching

to Folgers Maxwell House coffee is named after Nashville's Maxwell House Hotel, where it was first served in 1961.

Matt Lauer's

credibility problem In 2008, NBC's Today Show named Nashville one of the friendliest cities in America.


Even our psychos

are famous Dr. Hannibal Lector, cannibalistic serial killer in the Thomas Harris novels, once operated a psychiatry practice in Baltimore.


America dry Baltimore was home to the first U.S. umbrella factory in 1828. Its slogan: Born in Baltimore, raised everywhere.

Bravest kids

in the land A 13-year-old in Baltimore, Edward Warren, went up in the first successful balloon launch in the U.S. in 1784.

Sponge-worthy Seinfeld character Elaine Benes was a native of Baltimore. OK, it was actually Baltimore County. But that's pretty close by.

Open wide

or I'll shoot Wild West gunslinger "Doc" Holiday was actually a dentist who attended the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery.

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