Name that Flyover city — October 29, 2018

Are you stumped yet? Don’t worry–we’ll give you the answers. But first let’s review the questions:

  1. The guy who the first person to suggest using emoticons in messages lives and works in this city.
  2. This city has what could be the oddest landmark, called the Firebird sculpture.
  3. Speaking of oddities, this city is home to the Cave House, a house that looks like something The Flintstones would rent.

And now the answers:

  1. Pittsburgh, PA–Scott Fahlman, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University was the first to suggest using the text-only pop culture phenomenon in messages sent on computer networks.
  2. Charlotte, NC–Created in 1991 by French-American sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle, the Firebird sculpture has resided in Bechtler plaza since 2009, just outside the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. The 17-foot avian is adorned with over 7,500 pieces of colored glass. For this reason, his statueis often called “the disco chicken.”
  3. Tulsa, OK—The Cave House, built in the 1920s and located on Charles Page Boulevard, is made of cartoonish boulders. It was once a novelty restaurant by day and a speakeasy by night. Now it’s a private residence.

    The Cave House, Tulsa. Photo by JustTulsa

Thanks for playing Name that Flyover City AND for reading Flyover Future!