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Minneapolis: fun facts.

* Minneapolis's name was derived from a combination of Sioux and Greek words meaning "city of waters." No name could suit the area better--22 lakes exist within the city limits and afford Minneapolis the nickname "City of Lakes."

* Minnesota Inventions: PostIt notes, Scotch tape, SPAM lunch meat, Rollerblades, Wheaties cereal, Bisquick, HMOs, the bundt pan, Tonka Toys, and the stapler.

* The Mall of America is billed as "the nation's largest fully enclosed retail and entertainment complex," and is located in Bloomington, half way between Minneapolis and St. Paul. The mall covers 4.2 million square feet of space, houses more than 500 stores, 50 eateries, several nightclubs, 14 movie screens, an amusement park, a 1.2 million gallon aquarium, and more. To make things even better, clothes and grocery purchases in Minnesota carry no sales tax!

* Minneapolis is home to the oldest continuously running theater (Old Log Theater) and the largest dinner theater (Chanhassan Dinner Theater) in the country.

* The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is the largest urban sculpture garden in the country.

* Many famous people are natives of the Twin Cities: John Paul Getty, Walter Mondale, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Hubert Humphrey, Loni Anderson, Prince, Cheryl Tiegs, Charles Schultz and Betty Crocker, just to name a few!

* Minneapolis' famed skyway system connecting 52 blocks (nearly five miles) of downtown makes it possible to live, eat, work and shop without going outside.

* Minneapolis has more golfers per capita than any other city in the country.

* The climate-controlled Metrodome is the only facility in the country to host a Super Bowl, a World Series and a NCAA Final Four Basketball Championship.

* The nation's first Better Business Bureau was founded in Minneapolis in 1912.

* The first open heart surgery and the first bone marrow transplant in the United States were done at the University of Minnesota.

* A statue of Mary Tyler Moore stands at the corner of 7th Street and Nicollet Mall, where she was shown in the opening credits of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," throwing her hat in the air.

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