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City Trivial Pursuit

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Someone tried this in the South's forum. I hope this hasn't been tried before recently.

I figured I'd try it here.

See if you can find an odd fact or distinction about a city and post it here.

If you have a fact about a state or states that relates to a city, you can post it here, too.

International cities are welcome, too.

I'll start:

-Berry College in Rome, GA is the largest college campus in the nation.

-Warm Springs, GA is home to the Wheelchair Sports USA Hall of Fame.

-According to state laws, the only incorporated city in Hawaii can be Honolulu.

-The wife of Honolulu's mayor is called the "First Lady of Honolulu".

-Only 17 states have their capitals as largest city.

-The largest capital in the nation, including DC, is Phoenix, Ariz.

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The Varsity in Atlanta claims to be the world's largest drive-in fast food place.

Nice place to eat, even if it'll give you a heart attack.

There is a tree in Athens, GA that has been deeded the 8 sq. feet of land around it, so it, in truth, owns itself. It cannot be cut down because of this.

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Rhode Island Trivia

Did you know?

* Built in 1763, Newport's Touro Synagogue is the oldest surviving synagogue in North America.

* The first discount department store in the United States, 'Ann and Hope,' was opened in Rhode Island.

* Rhode Island was home to the first open golf tournament (1895).

* The original Native American name for Block Island is 'Manisses,' meaning God's Little Island.

* Rhode Island's T.F. Green Airport in Warwick was the first state-owned airport in the USA.

* In 1774, Newport, Rhode Island hosted the first circus in the country.

* Newport has the country's oldest tavern building (The White Horse Tavern, 1673).

* The nation's oldest carousel still delights children in the resort town of Watch Hill, RI.

* The Narragansett Pacer was the first American bred horse of the Colonial era.

* Pelham Street in Newport was first in the country to use gas illuminated street lights.

* President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier were married at St. Mary's church in Newport, RI.

* Rhode Island was home to the first national lawn tennis championships in 1899.

* The first torpedo boat, 'Stiletto', was built in Bristol, RI in 1887.

* In addition to founding RI in 1636, Roger Williams also established the First Baptist Church in America.

* Roger Williams is known to have lived, preached and written in the still standing Smith's Castle, of Wickford, RI.

* Newport held the first auto race in 1895.

* In 1876 Polo was played for the first time in the United States in Newport, RI.

* Rosecliff Mansion's (Newport) 'Court of Love' is modeled after one designed for Marie Antoinette at Versailles.

* RI's state capitol features the fourth largest unsupported marble dome in the world.

* RI enacted the first law against slavery in North America on May 18, 1652.

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OHH.. and stated by Rolling Stone magazine recently.. Rhode Island has the highest percentage of coke users and binge drinkers in the nation!!! WOOT WOOT!

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Providence has the most coffee shops per capita of any city. There is one Dunkin Donuts for every 5,700 people (that's just Dunkin Donuts). Dunkin Donuts in RI

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The Great Chicago Fire was NOT casued by Mrs. O'Leary's cow. It has been recently discoverd that the cow was framed.

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Buffalo New York played a prominent part in the lives of 4 US presidents.

Home of Millard Filmore

Home of Grover Cleveland

Place where William McKinley was assasinated

Place where Teddy Roosevelt was inaugurated

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OK, here are some odd trivialities...

Minneapolis is the birthplace of Rollerblading and Betty Crocker, even though she's imaginary.

St. Paul is the birthplace of F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Post-It Note.

Minneapolis built the world's largest statue out of a single block of Carrera marble.

St. Paul built the world's largest Ice Palace in 1986.

Minneapolis is the home of the Pillsbury Doughboy.

St. Paul is the home of the first ever Target Store.

Minneapolis is located at the only waterfall on the Mississippi River.

St. Paul is located at the commercial head of navigation on the Mississippi River.

Minneapolis had Socialist governments in the 1930's.

St. Paul was the hideout of John Dillinger in the 1930's.

Minneapolis invented modern flour milling and Cheerios.

St. Paul invented the armored car and Scotch tape.

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World's Largest McDonalds located on Sand Lake Rd in Orlando

World's Largest Marriot Resort located off 536 in Metro Orlando

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The one in Orlando is pretty big. I still think it is the biggest.

Anyone have the one in Orlando's square footage? I know it has two floors. Other than that, I don't remember much about it (the last time I was there, I was seven).

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No streets in Charlotte run north-south or east-west, and street names are astonishingly similar and change without warning

and I don't know how much truth there is to this but I heard:

Charlotte reportedly has more trees per capita than any city in the United States.

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^^ Pittsburgh is the one with most trees per capita (it's a fact ;) )

Denver has the most park areas per capita

Pittsburgh has more bridges then any other city in the world except Venice, Italy

Pittsburgh has more churches then any other american city outside of Utah

Pittsburgh has the largest collection of Neo-Gothic Architecture outside of Europe

Pittsburgh has the most "environmentally friendly" buidlings in the world, the largest "environmentally friendly" building in the U.S. and the most sq. footage under an "environmentally friendly" roofs in the world.

Pittsburgh had the First Robotics Institute in the World

Pittsburgh is where the world's first Banana Split, the McDonalds BigMac, the Ritz Cracker, Ketchup, "Stogie" Cigar, Instant Coffee, Carbonated Soft Drinks, American Lager, Grimes Apple, Golden Delicious Apple, Klondike Bar, Kosher Food manufactured, and Lite Beer was first produced, discovered, invented or grown. ;)

got tons more I'll add when i get more time ;)

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Isla Vista is a college town adjacent to UC Santa Barbara. Although not incorporated as a city and sometimes considered part of Goleta, it is really a very geographically defined, culturally defined, separate town. Here's some trivia that gets bandied about; I can't vouch for the accuracy:

- Most bicycles per capita in the U.S.

- Most rapes per capita in the U.S. :(

- Highest population density west of the Mississippi

- 1% of the alcohol consumed in the U.S. is consumed in I.V.

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most rapes? per capita? whoa so its something like 1 in every 5 or something.

Also I am sure there are some truth in those numbers, but how do you determine those scientifically when there is no defined boundaries, like city limit lines or county limit lines etc. Does Goleta define the neighborhood in a factual way? ;)

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Where did you read that Pittsburgh first produced/invented soft drinks? The statistics I've read all say Coca - Cola was invented in Atlanta Georgia over 100 years ago, and Pepsi followed in North Carolina somewhere.

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Soda drinks existed before Coke and Pepsi.

These pre-Coke/Pepsi drinks were just not as popular or widely sold as Coke/Pepsi are.

Factoid:

Back in the 1910's, the owner of the then bankrupt Pepsi tried to sell the company to Coke in a last-ditch attempt to avoid bankruptcy himself. Coke rejected this offer. At the time, Coke thought no one would buy the drink (Pepsi, that is)!

A smart move, I might add. Really quieted the competition, didn't it? :rofl:

:alc::alc: Coke & Pepsi: Drink Up! :alc::alc:

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