|Sprinkle these fun facts about Birmingham in your conversations with locals and people will think you've lived in the Magic City your whole life!|
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At the airport...
The world's second-largest plane (a Russian-built Antonov 124-100) landed at Birmingham International Airport on April 1, 2004. (photo) The only larger plane in the world is the Antonov 225, a stretched, six-engine version of the aircraft, of which only one exists.
Birmingham's beloved Vulcan is the largest cast metal statue in the world and the largest statue ever made in the United States.
Birmingham is the only place in the world where all the ingredients for making iron are present: coal, iron ore and limestone---all within a ten-mile radius.
In a sports bar or watching the game...
Birmingham is home to the nation's oldest baseball park, Rickwood Field, which opened in 1910 and hosted baseball greats such as Jackie Robinson, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and "Shoeless" Joe Jackson.
The NCAA's Southeastern Conference and Southwestern Athletic Conference are both headquartered in Birmingham.
Out for your morning jog...
According to Runner's World, Alabama ranks #3 in the nation in most runners per capita.