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Phoenix is Arizona’s capital because a prostitute named Kissin’ Jenny swallowed a glass eye.

In 1889, Arizona’s territorial legislature was taking a vote on whether to keep the capital in Prescott or to move it to Phoenix. The vote was going to be close, so the delegates from Phoenix’s Maricopa county made a deal with a prostitute to delay one of the Yavapai county delegates, who would be voting for Prescott.

The delegate was one of Jenny’s regular customers and vain, and he wore a glass eye. So after the man put his glass eye in a glass of water and went to sleep, Jenny drank the contents of the glass, eye and all. In the morning, he refused to go out without his glass eye, and Jenny couldn’t give it back him, and he missed the vote. Phoenix won the vote by one.

Read the whole story from Jim Peipert. Also, Wikipedia. Via OMG Facts.

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