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Today, we’re going to talk about some minutiae about Louisville tourist attractions. Here are the questions:
- What local attraction boasts features such as Grand Avenue and Fat Man’s Misery?
- Speaking of attractions, The Louisville Zoo is home to Thelma, a reticulated python. What did Thelma do in 2012 that made the news?
- What local walking tour was mentioned by an article in The New York Times called 36 Hours in Louisville?
And here are the answers:
- Mammoth Cave– The world’s longest known cave system is home to thousands of years of human history. (Fat Man’s Misery couldn’t be more aptly named as it’s a narrow passageway inside the cave that takes about 15 minutes to navigate through. If you’re not claustrophobic and prone to anxiety, check it out.)
- In 2012, 20-foot 200 pound Thelma gave birth to six healthy baby snakes. No big deal, right? Except it happened without any prior interaction with a male. She is the first known individual of her species to have done so in captivity. It was initially believed that the offspring were produced from long-stored sperm, but genetic testing showed that Thelma was the only genetic parent.
- The Old Louisville Walking Tour is based on the research and writings of David Dominé, an expert on Old Louisville. The tour guide explains the history of the area’s Victorian houses as well as other interesting features like the Witches’ Tree. Here’s a link to the NYT article.
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