Like a great lover, it would take a lifetime to fully “know” Atlanta, and even most lifelong residents don’t have all the goods on the A-Town and its hidden charms. Here, then, are nine of the more intriguing (and likely little-known) facts about the ATL that you should be aware of...
1. You’ve been living in “Snake Nation” this whole time
In 1848, a bunch of actual snake oil salesmen, who called themselves the “Free & Rowdy Party” and hung out in what we call “Castleberry Hill” (weak!) but they dubbed “Snake Nation” (gangster!!), defeated their arch rivals -- the “Moral Party” -- in the city’s first mayoral election. When they lost the 1851 election, they did cool stuff like steal a canon from Decatur, point it at new mayor Jonathan Norcross’ shop, and blast it with gravel and sand, as a warning. Ultimately they wore out their welcome and had their shanties burned down by disguised ATLiens, and now we have No Mas! Cantina.
2. There’s an alternate dimension called “Adalanta Desert” on the westside
Part of a global parallel universe called Kcymaerxthaere (whose experience includes “books, performances, Internet, embroideries...”), Adalanta is apparently something that either happened or is happening right now. Hidden in plain sight, you’ll know you found it when you see the historical marker mounted on a wall in the lower courtyard near Bacchanalia, which is much like a parallel universe itself if you’re not a millionaire.