There are enough alternative facts about San Francisco to create an alternative city – maybe when you’re surrounded by translucent fog, some of the details are prone to get lost within the shapes.
The true stories, urban legends, and myths are multitude and easy to confuse. San Francisco has had its own United States emperor (true), who banned the use of the word “Frisco” (probably false). There are more dogs than children here (true), and one of those rare children was suspended from school for wishing his teacher a merry Christmas (false).
It can be just as tough to tell fact from fiction elsewhere in the Bay Area – such as a light bulb that’s been burning since 1901, and an Oakland pedestrian being killed by a flying fire hydrant.
And of course, we should all know the myth about Mark Twain and the coldest winter he ever spent. That said, he did name Tom Sawyer after a San Francisco firefighter.