Name that Flyover City! — June 11, 2020

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  1. It doesn’t fly and it’s not native to the area, but the pink flamingo was voted in in 2009 as the official state bird of this city.
  2. Before Bill Gates created an anechoic chamber in Redmond, WA, in 2015, this city boasted an attraction called The Quietest Place on Earth.
  3. In a commercial development in this city, you’ll find three pyramid-shaped office buildings.

And here are the answers:

  1. Madison, WI—On the morning of September 4, 1979, UW-Madison students walking up Bascom Hill in the heart of campus were greeted by over 1,000 plastic pink flamingo lawn ornaments, scattered across the university’s front lawn. By mid-afternoon, the flamingos were gone, taken by students as souvenirs. But the legend they created lives on and in 2009, the plastic pink flamingo was named the city’s official bird.
  2. Minneapolis, MN—Orfield Laboratories, a research facility studying how silence can be therapeutic for certain disorders, has a room that has been called the Quietest Place on Earth. You can visit the room in small groups of 10 or as an individual (if you dare). Visitors can actually start to hear the sounds of their own bodies, from their bones rubbing together when they move to their own heartbeats and the sounds of their lungs.
  3. Indianapolis, IN– The Pyramids occupy 45 acres (180,000 m) of land situated next to a 25-acre (100,000 m) lake. They were constructed between 1967 and 1972 by the College Life Insurance Company using a design by famed architect Kevin Roche.

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