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10 Facts That Prove Dallas-Fort Worth Is Awesome

Who knew so much awesome stuff has happened in Dallas-Fort Worth? Whether you're traveling to or from there, travel on Emirates is even better aboard the A380 — taking off at DFW starting October 1.

1. The first version of laser tag, called "Photon," was invented by George Carter in Dallas in the early '80s.

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2. The microchip, which changed modern computing forever, was invented at the Dallas-based Texas Instruments in 1958.


3. The George W. Bush Library and Museum opened in 2013 and holds a larger electronic records collection than any other presidential library.

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4. The first professional cheerleading squad was founded in Dallas in 1972.


5. Arlington's Six Flags Over Texas was the first amusement park of its kind to put on "Broadway-style shows" where stars like Kelly Clarkson first got their start.

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6. The first person to use a soft serve ice cream machine to make a frozen margarita was Mariano Martinez in Dallas in 1971.

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7. German Chocolate Cake actually comes from Dallas — it first appeared in the Dallas Morning Star in 1957.

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8. The Dallas Zoo opened all the way back in 1888, making it the first zoo in the whole big state of Texas.


9. Before it was a 13-year-running soap opera, Dallas was a miniseries based on and filmed in Dallas in 1978.

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10. The Dallas-founded restaurant chain Bob's Steak & Chop House is currently making meat history by topping the USDA Prime Steakhouses chart.

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Even air travel is made more awesome in Dallas-Fort Worth thanks to Emirates Airline's amazing A380 — taking off from DFW October 1.