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Old 11-01-11, 02:58 PM   #1
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The thread of quick facts

Post brief facts about your state, town, or heck, anything at all in this thread. I'll post the first entry, but please feel free to add your own.

Disclaimer: "Facts" in this thread may be questionable at best. A reminder to assume all facts listed were collected directly from the region of the body known as the "Sphincter ani externus" in polite society, whatever that is. As such, many grains of salt are recommended when reading the "facts".


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Pigeon Roost, Tennessee was the official state capitol for exactly thirteen hours on November 5, 1862. The reasoning behind the move was that Union troops would attempt to decimate the state's capitol first, thus demoralizing the surrounding towns. The move to Pigeon Roost was an attempt to "hide" the capitol from the enemy, since the town is very small and remotely located. Unfortunately, the Union troops had not heard of the move and thus assumed that Nashville was still the capitol city. Since most of the state's Confederate troops had been moved to Pigeon Roost to protect the capitol, Nashville suddenly became a very easy target for destruction, looting, and pillaging.
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Winnipeg - coldest city in the world with a population of over 600000
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1. My hometown, Cheektowaga, NY, translates from Polish as "close to the airport," since Buffalo Niagara International Airport actually is within the town limits.
2. My hometown, Cheektowaga, NY, translates from Iroquois as "land of the crabapple."

You can decide which one you want to believe.
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Savannah, GA celebrated it's French heritage by surrendering without firing a shot when Gen. William T. Sherman came calling December 21, 1864.
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Did you know that naked mole rats are cold-blooded mammals? Did you know that they are eusocial creatures - they form hive-like colonies with a queen, drones and worker rats?
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Manitowoc, WI - 28 WWII subs were built there. One one them is moored for touring at the local maritime museum.


Also, if your vehicle's wheel size > its mpg, you might be a redneck.
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Here on the banks of the ship channel is......the tallest memorial stone monument in the world, the San Jacinto Monument. 15 ft taller than the Washington monument and built by guess who.
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Collinwood, TN, October 31, 1916:

On this date one Mrs. Gladys Russell gave birth at 4:58 AM to a 17 pound, 4 ounce baby boy. The child was born with a full head of jet black hair, most of his baby teeth, and an 8 pound parasitic twin protruding from his abdomen. Mrs. Russell and her husband named the boy Mathias Johanson Russell. By the age of 12, Mathias had grown to an astounding height of 6'9" and weighed nearly 500 pounds. Like many in those days who were born with physical abnormalities, Mathias promptly joined a travelling "freak show": Jedediah's Fantastic Menagerie of Spooks, Freaks, and the Bazaar. From 1928 to 1934 Mathias enjoyed mild fame travelling the country as "Dingy The Horrible". Eventually Mathias became overwhelmingly depressed and began seeking out a means to remove his twin so he could live a normal life. He had almost no money so at night after his performances he would wander the streets in the cities hoping to find someone who could perform the operation for very little profit. Sadly, this led him into the crafty hands of a known con-man: Cirrus Atwood. Needless to say "Doctor" Atwood botched the surgery horribly, which resulted in Mathias bleeding to death on a kitchen table in a tiny Trenton apartment house on June 29, 1936. Mathias Russell is buried in a small family cemetery in Loretto, TN.
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Town I grew up in, Decatur, IL, is the home of the invention of the fly swatter.

Also had the infamous factory of the Firestone tire blowouts for the chevy SUVs.

Also had a fairly famous bout with some gang members at a football stadium. Small town, Jesse Jackson visited to bail out said gang members... it was a mess.

Town I currently live in, Peoria, IL, has the phrase of "Will it play in Peoria"

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The Chinese?
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Old 11-01-11, 07:53 PM   #13
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On the death of Queen Victoria in 1901 the royal house took the Germanic surname of her consort Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. King Edward VII, who reigned until 1910, was to be the only sovereign of that dynasty to reign in Britain.

The House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha descended in the male line from the Wettin family, German Prince-Electors of Saxony, the earliest traceable member of the House of Wettin was Thiedericus who died in 982, who was probably based in the Liesgau. Its earliest known ancestors pushed pushing the frontier of Germany eastward into formerly Slav territory. They acquired their name from their castle on the bank of the Saale river.

At the height of World War I, when German xenophobia had reached boiling point, Edward VII's son, King George V (1910- 1936) changed the family name to the more English sounding House of Windsor.

Members of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha occupied the thrones of other European countries, including Belgium, Portugal and Bulgaria.
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Old 11-01-11, 08:16 PM   #14
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October 14, 1954 White House, Tennessee

At approximately 6:15 A.M. residents of this quiet town just north of Nashville were awakened by an astounding level of noise coming from U.S. Highway 31W. Though none reported being surprised, most of the homeowners along this road admitted to being disgusted when they arose from their homes to find well known local drunk, Sydney P. Ivey, parading through town atop a young cow and screaming at the top of his lungs, stark naked except for the car inner-tube he had strategically placed to hide his upper chest. Most of his monologue was incoherent, but witnesses reported that what they could understand was very graphic. The procession continued until Ivey finally fell off of the cow and into a ditch, where two deputies managed to restrain him after what the local paper referred to as "an utterly horrible display of the human body in a state of panic."

Mr. Ivey was charged with public nudity, disturbing the peace, resisting arrest, and cruelty to livestock (Ivey weighed in excess of three hundred pounds). He pleaded guilty and served one week in jail, along with paying a $25 fine. According to locals, Mr. Ivey regularly found himself in unusual situations while drunk in public, though this was certainly his lowest point.
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A fight to the death between the Utes and the Navajo determined the ownership of Pagosa Springs. Confrontation had marked the Utes and the Navajo tribes relationship for many years. Both recognized the San Juan River as a dividing line between their nations, but the springs was still a source of contention.
They decided each tribe would select one man to represent each side. The dispute would be settled by whoever emerged victorious, and the winner would win the possession of the Great Pagosa Hot Spring.
The Navajos selected a huge man who was famous for his fighting ability. Colonel Albert Pfeiffer volunteered to fight for the Utes. He was an Indian agent, and a friend of Col. Kit Carson, as well as an enemy of the Navajo and an adopted member of the Utes (having married into the tribe). His one request was that he could elect the weapons they would use, and he chose Bowie knives.
They met unclothed, except for their breechcloths, and fought with one hand tied behind their backs. The Indian had the advantage in size, and the Colonel knew it. Suddenly, however, when the Colonel was some feet from his adversary, he made a very quick movement with his arm, his knife left his hand and was buried in the enemy's heart.
The Utes were victorious, the Navajo withdrew, and never more did they lay claim to the "Great Pahgosa.”
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Did you know that naked mole rats are cold-blooded mammals? Did you know that they are eusocial creatures - they form hive-like colonies with a queen, drones and worker rats?
They are not cold blooded but do have a rather low metabolic rate and cannot self regulate their body temperature... they are also the longest lived rodents on earth.
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Edmonton is the northernmost North American city with a population over one million, it is believed that this area has been populated by various groups since 15,000 BC due to the abundance of raw materials, water, and food.

The coldest recorded temperature was -51C / -59F and temperatures under -40 C are to be expected during the winter while the hottest temperature ever recorded was 38.3 C / 100.9 F
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Several things to remember when coming to Arkansas to ride the Big Dam Bridge 100 ride.



It is illegal for the Arkansas River to rise higher than the Main Street bridge in Little Rock. Mispronouncing Arkansas can result in jail time or a fine. It's unlawful to walk your cow after 1:00 on Sundays; especially on the Big Dam Bridge.

The road to Success is State Highway 328.
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The Y Bridge in Zanesville, Ohio was first built in 1814 to span the confluence of the Licking and Muskingum Rivers. The current bridge is the fifth construction at the same location. "Ripley's Believe It or Not" proclaimed it the only bridge in the world which you can cross and still be on the same side of the river.

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Sixty fiver, even with those facts now in the public realm, you still think your lady will move to Edmonchuck?
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Sixty fiver, even with those facts now in the public realm, you still think your lady will move to Edmonchuck?
Edmonton also has some redeeming features that will offset the paltry issue of the weather... she has a loving husband and two beautiful step daughters that are counting the days until we can all be together.
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Edmonton also has some redeeming features that will offset the paltry issue of the weather... she has a loving husband and two beautiful step daughters that are counting the days until we can all be together.
Does her husband know about you?
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In Oxford, Ohio, it's illegal for a woman to strip off her clothing while standing in front of a man's picture.
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January 5, 1878 Estill Springs, TN

On this date the tiny town of Estill Springs, TN, witnessed a sight never before seen, and never seen since. A thirteen year old boy, Maurice Monroe Washington, held a soaking wet mop fully extended at his side, supported by nothing but his hand grasping the last five inches of the handle. Bystanders were shocked, and there were even a few hushed mentions of witchcraft, although no accusations were officially made. The town's weekly newspaper dubbed the feat, "The greatest spectacle every witnessed by mankind, and one which will likely change the course of history." While the article proved to be overly dramatic, the town has certainly not forgotten the date. Bolted to the foundation of city hall is a small bronze tag which reads, "On these grounds in January of 1878, stones were cast away, mountains moved, nay, the very foundation of society shaken and crumbled. In honor of Maurice Monroe Washington, champion of Estill Springs."
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Rural Retreat, VA was home to pharmacist Dr. Charles T. Pepper and claims the title home of Dr. Pepper.
Yep, he lived there. Not necessarily the origin of the name of the drink, but there was a Dr. Pepper who lived in the town.
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