9 incredible things you never knew started in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- From toasted ravioli to gooey butter cake, St. Louis is home to a number of world renowned originals.  But unlike provel cheese and Nelly, not all St. Louis originals share the same level of notoriety. For that reason, here are the lesser known origin stories of 9 universal items that got their start under the Arch.

1. PEANUT BUTTER

Whether you prefer crunchy or creamy, be sure to thank STL for one half of America’s favorite sandwich.

Peanut, almond and nut butters recalled on fears of salmonella

2. ANSWERING MACHINE

The 1904 World’s Fair unveiled a number of revolutionary technological inventions such as the answering machine, formerly known as the Telegraphone. I personally prefer the original title, but I’m neither Merriam nor Webster.

a telephone answering machine

3. TUMS

Downtown St. Louis is TUMS primary production facility. Originally opened in 1928, TUMS was invented by pharmacist James Howe in order to help treat his wife’s indigestion. #RelationshipGoalz

Heart Burn

4. X-RAY MACHINE

The next time you take a tumble, just know that St. Louis will be there to mend your broken bones (or at the very least show you how broken it really is).

Skeleton of sitting dog

5. MINT ON PILLOW

That’s right. In the 1950s, actor Cary Grant booked a fabulous penthouse suite at the Mayfair Hotel in downtown St. Louis. In an attempt to woo a female companion, Grant laid a chocolate mint on the pillow. Inspired by the Hollywood heartthrobs sultry tactics, the hotel manager quickly made the complimentary chocolate mint hotel policy, and the rest is history.

Mint hotel room

6. KINDERGARTEN

If you’re a parent, make sure to give a huge thanks to Susan Blow. Could you imagine if she hadn’t opened the first publicly-funded kindergarten in 1873? You would have had to deal with your kids running around your house until they were six-years-old instead of five. That’s a whole year! How would you ever enjoy the FOX 2 News 9 AM Show in peace!

webster kindergarten

7. WAFFLE CONES

Also emerging from the 1904 World’s fair, this crisp conical creation proves that some inventions truly stand the test of time.

Dropped ice cream

8. FAX MACHINE

Other St. Louis inventions have just soooo not withstood the test of time. RIP fax machine… RIP…

Close up of woman stamping faxed

9. COCKTAIL PARTY

Anheuser-Busch may be St. Louis’s favorite brewery, but never forget there’s more than one way to party under the Arch. The first ever cocktail part was thrown right here in St. Louis.

Martini in glass with green olive

 

From fancy tech to fancy foods, it is clear that our beloved city has changed the game not just locally but globally. So let’s raise a glass to a fine city. STL, cheers to you and all your many creations. Except the fax machine. Just send an email, this isn’t 2003.