14. We have a ghost town
Just a few miles away from bayside San Jose neighborhood Alviso is the sinking old town of Drawbridge, California, an abandoned fishing and hunting community. The last resident left Drawbridge back in 1979, leaving 25 buildings to sink back into nature as part of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge’s restoration campaign.
15. There's a reason it's called the San Jose Mercury News
During the Gold Rush years, the New Almaden Quicksilver Mines just South of San Jose were the largest mercury mines in North America. This was important, because mercury was used to help separate gold from ore. It was also important because it's why the city paper was named the San Jose Mercury News.
16. Our coffee shops aren't always about coffee
Be careful when Yelping for your local caffeine fix. If you pick one of San Jose’s many Vietnamese coffee shops, you may get a little more than you bargained for -- just Google “Vietnamese coffee shop San Jose" to see what we mean.