You’d still be thirsty as hell on the side of the road trying to get a jump for your corroded car battery if not for a curvy bottle or two of the bittersweet brown syrup that came from our fine city more than a century ago. Sure, Mexican Coke is great, but Atlanta Coke is IT, dammit!
Nerf Airjets & Super Soakers
The names Lonnie Johnson and Shane Matthews sound like they could be your country cousins, right? Well, that’s true in the abstract sense, because the first is an Atlanta resident from Mobile, Alabama, and he invented the world’s greatest water gun. The second dude is a frequent collaborator, working with Johnson on air-compressed toy guns of all sorts.
Gone with the Wind
Before the end-all be-all antebellum book could be turned into a movie, sold as a book, printed, or even started, author Margaret Mitchell had to be born and raised in the only major North American city to ever be completely burned down during the Civil War. Sure, Sherman may have torched and marched all over the dream that died with OG Rhett cursing out Scarlett, but people swear by those 1,024 pages. Side note: Clayton County sure has changed!