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  1. A drifter named Theodore Coneys, AKA the Denver Spider Man, broke into a man’s house and hid in the tiny attic, ended up murdering the man, then continued to hide in the attic for months during the murder investigation, while the murdered man’s wife still lived in the house.

  2. Elvis Presley once flew from Graceland to Denver and back in one night just for a sandwich. 'The Fool's Gold Loaf' is a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with peanut butter, jelly, and a pound of bacon. It has an estimated 8,000 calories

  3. Neither John Denver, nor the writers of "Take Me Home, Country Road", had ever been to West Virginia. The road that inspired the song is actually in Maryland, and the landmarks mentioned in the lyrics more aptly describe the western region of Virginia.

  4. Elvis Presley flew to Denver and back one night just to pick up a Fool's Gold Loaf: an 8,000 calorie sandwich made from a hollowed out loaf filled with an entire jar of peanut butter, one jar of jelly, and a pound of bacon.

  5. One night, Elvis flew from Graceland to Denver and back just to buy a Fool's Gold Loaf - an 8,000 calorie sandwich made from a hollowed out load of bread, a jar of peanut butter, a jar of jam and a pound of bacon.

  6. Denver Bronco's quarterback Peyton Manning bought 21 Papa Johns franchises in Colorado before marijuana was legalized. He credits the law change with his now booming business.

  7. Bob Denver allowed Make-a-Wish kids to rescue him from an island. In full Gilligan costume.

  8. Denver Int'l Airport (at 53 sq miles) is larger than Manhattan, San Francisco & Miami and is the 2nd largest airport in the world.

  9. In 2013, Jennifer Friede, a Denver marijuana activist who had long championed marijuana as being safer than alcohol, died after getting fatally hit by a drunk driver.

  10. So many Mongolians have studied at Colorado universities that the street the US Embassy to Mongolia is on was renamed "Denver Place".

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A man, Denver Lee St. Clair died after being subjected to an atomic wedgie by his 33 year old stepson

The tradition of putting Christmas lights up outside started in Denver, CO on Christmas Eve, 1914. D.D. Sturgeon, founder of Sturgeon Electric, wanted to give his ill son some Christmas joy, so he wrapped his pine trees with electric bulbs, which were dipped in red and green paint.

Denver International Airport, the largest in the US, is one and a half times the size of Manhattan

Denver, Colorado is the only city to be awarded the Olympic Games to reject them.

The Blue Mustang statue, nicknamed Blucifer because of its glowing red eyes, in front of the Denver International Airport killed its creator in 2006 when its head fell on him and severed an artery in his leg

The Denver International Airport is guarded by a 32-foot-tall demon horse. "Blue Mustang" (or as locals like to call it, "Blucifer") is thought to be cursed largely because the sculptor, Luis Jiménez, was killed when a 9000 pound piece of the sculpture fell on him during construction.

Samuel Caldwell was the first person in America to be arrested for selling marijuana. Arrested in 1937 for selling two joints, he was sentenced to a $1000 fine and four years of hard labor. This happened in one of the only places in America where pot is legal today, Denver Colorado.

Wearing a Peyton Manning #18 jersey to school in Denver gets you sent home, because the numbers 13, 14, 18, 31, 41, and 81 are banned in the district due to their association with local gangs.

There is a statue of a blue horse with glowing laser eyes in front of the Denver International Airport nicknamed bluecifer. This statue killed his creator Luis Jiménez when a section fell on him.

There is a statue of a giant, blue demonic horse named “Blucifer” outside Denver International Airport that is infamous for killing the artist that created it. Luis Jiménez’s artery was severed when the 4,100kg stallion’s head came loose and fell on the 65-year-old during construction.

Casa Bonita is a real place like in the South Park episode. It's in Denver, Colorado. It has been open for over 30 years. - fact check

Only 29 people were caught trying to board planes with marijuana at the Denver International Airport in 2014, and all were allowed to board their planes after throwing out the weed.

The Colorado Dept. of Transportation replaced mile marker 420 east of Denver with a marker that reads 419.99 to prevent theft.

Edward Eagan from Denver, Colorado is the only Olympian to receive gold in both the winter and summer Olympics for bobsled and boxing

In 1975, John Denver told reporters he smoked marijuana. A religious leader in Arizona then called for him to be deported immediately.

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science has mythical creatures, that are nearly imperceptible, hidden throughout the exhibits.

Denver Colorado is opening a "Smoker Friendly" theater next month where guests can smoke openly marijuana while watching the movie.

In 1988 a Denver news helicopter landed on a vehicle to stop a police pursuit of a bank robbery holding someone hostage. The robber was killed in the pursuit after killing a police officer.

In 2006, American sculptor Luis Jiménez was killed when the head of his "Blue Mustang" sculpture fell on him and severed an artery in his leg. The Blue Mustang, nicknamed "Blucifer", is 32 feet tall, weighs 9000 lb., and is currently on display at Denver International Airport.

In 1890 Congress passed a bill turning Denver's first cemetery into a park. Family members were given 90 days to remove the remains. The undertaker responsible for transferring the unclaimed bodies then used child sized coffins. Hacking limbs from the remains so they would fit.

Maude Flanders was killed off of the Simpsons because the voice actor Maggie Roswell and Fox got into a pay dispute regarding a raise to cover her travel expenses after she moved from LA to Denver - fact check

The Denver Police Department caused the largest police scandal in US history in the 60's. Nearly fifty members of DPD were part of a robbery racket, stealing from dozens of businesses they were assigned to protect. It was not discovered until a safe fell out of a police cruiser.

Bob Denver (aka Gilligan from Gilligan's Island) is the great grandson of James W. Denver, the man for whom the city of Denver CO is named.

In Denver Colorado there is a bank called Young Americans Bank that lends money only to people under the age of 22.

Santa Fe, New Mexico is the highest capital city in the United States at 7,198 feet. It beats Denver, Colorado by 1,918 feet.

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