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This is true? - Geographic oddities that defy conventional wisdom
« Reply #25 on: November 28, 2015, 11:40:03 PM »

One of the more common of these deals with the easting of South America. For example, all of Colombia is east of all of Florida, and even Quito, Ecuador is east of Miami.
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« Reply #26 on: November 29, 2015, 02:08:03 AM »

Pittsburgh is east of Miami.
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« Reply #27 on: November 29, 2015, 06:34:31 AM »

Brisbane, Queensland, is east of Sydney.
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Re: This is true? - Geographic oddities that defy conventional wisdom
« Reply #28 on: November 29, 2015, 08:24:48 AM »

One I read online somewhere (I don't remember where) is that Malmo, Sweden is closer to Milan, Italy than it is to Kiruna, Sweden.
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« Reply #29 on: November 29, 2015, 09:56:20 AM »

The western tip of Virginia is further west than Toledo, OH.
Because portions of the Aleutian islands extend west of 180W, Alaska is both the northernmost, westernmost, and easternmost state in the US.
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« Reply #30 on: November 29, 2015, 10:07:14 AM »

El Paso is closer to San Diego than to Houston.

Reno is further west than Los Angeles.
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« Reply #31 on: November 29, 2015, 10:40:06 AM »

The trip from Key West, FL to Pensacola, FL is longer than the trip from Washington DC to St. Louis, MO.
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« Reply #32 on: November 29, 2015, 11:09:34 AM »

I-5 in California is over 200 miles longer (796.432 mi) than all of the rest of it (584.76 mi).
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Re: This is true? - Geographic oddities that defy conventional wisdom
« Reply #33 on: November 29, 2015, 11:13:05 AM »

I-5 in California is over 200 miles longer (796.432 mi) than all of the rest of it (584.76 mi).

That's something I would have expected. It's not surprising.
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Re: This is true? - Geographic oddities that defy conventional wisdom
« Reply #34 on: November 29, 2015, 11:42:08 AM »

Liverpool on England's west coast (3°0'W) is east of Edinburgh on Scotland's east coast (3°11′W). Both are, in what would be shocking to almost all Americans, including many in this forum who seem to consider the term synonymous with the Americas, in the Western Hemisphere.

If you sail due east from the USA's eastern seaboard, the only place where you would reach France from is the island of Viques, part of Puerto Rico (reaches Sainte Martin) - Canada gets in the way of where 'metropolitan' France is at the same latitude in northern Maine. (AFAICS, the eastern edge of American Samoa doesn't line up with French Polynesia).

The EU has land borders with the Netherlands (Sainte Martin is part of the EU, Sint Maartin isn't) and Brazil (French Guyana).

The City of London has a population of just 7,375 and doesn't contain any of the following: the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Buckingham Palace, Covent Garden, Oxford Street, Madame Tussuads, the Tower of London. It does, however, contain London Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral.
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Re: This is true? - Geographic oddities that defy conventional wisdom
« Reply #35 on: November 29, 2015, 11:54:55 AM »


The City of London has a population of just 7,375 and doesn't contain any of the following: the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Buckingham Palace, Covent Garden, Oxford Street, Madame Tussuads, the Tower of London. It does, however, contain London Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral.

I'm getting contradicting information.  The BBC says the population is 8.6 million http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-31082941

Is there a small London inside the large city of London?
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Re: This is true? - Geographic oddities that defy conventional wisdom
« Reply #36 on: November 29, 2015, 11:56:44 AM »


Solano County a part of California thats been labeled as part of San Francisco Bay Area in the US Census but half of the county touches the Sacramento Delta and Sacramento Valley.
 Well Solano County has both the south end of the Sacramento River and the northeast corner of San Pablo Bay.   Solano County a county in California that has to pander to both Sacramento Valley and Bay Area commuters at the same time.


http://valleyecon.blogspot.com/2015/10/how-many-commuters-are-there-between.html


http://www.dailyrepublic.com/news/solanocounty/fairfield-suisun-sits-between-bay-valley/
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Re: This is true? - Geographic oddities that defy conventional wisdom
« Reply #37 on: November 29, 2015, 12:02:26 PM »

http://www.ci.tracy.ca.us/?navid=791


City of Tracy, CA and Manteca, CA they are geographically in the San Joaquin Valley but their demographics pander to Bay Area Commuters.


http://www.mantecabulletin.com/archives/127230/
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Re: This is true? - Geographic oddities that defy conventional wisdom
« Reply #38 on: November 29, 2015, 01:12:00 PM »


The City of London has a population of just 7,375 and doesn't contain any of the following: the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Buckingham Palace, Covent Garden, Oxford Street, Madame Tussuads, the Tower of London. It does, however, contain London Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral.

I'm getting contradicting information.  The BBC says the population is 8.6 million http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-31082941

Is there a small London inside the large city of London?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_London
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Re: This is true? - Geographic oddities that defy conventional wisdom
« Reply #39 on: November 29, 2015, 02:35:13 PM »

Cape Wrangell, Alaska is further west than Auckland, New Zealand.

If US 101 had kept its original length from San Ysidro, California, then the US 199 exit number near Crescent City would have been about Exit 928.
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« Reply #40 on: November 29, 2015, 03:00:13 PM »

Is there a small London inside the large city of London?
No, other way around: there's a small City of London inside a larger region of Greater London (not to be confused by the county of Greater London, which has the same external border, but doesn't include the City itself and has no administrative body, as either the region or the boroughs deal with the functions it would) that is commonly simply called 'London'.

All the tourist destinations I mentioned weren't in it are, save the Tower of London, in the City of Westminster - the only other city in the region (and no more special than the other boroughs unlike the City of London which is a sui generis body that is roughly-equivalent to a county most of the time, but other times is more autonomous than Scotland).

And the reason that the Tower of London is outside the City of London is because it was built to protect the kingdom from Londoners, rather than to protect London (though it was built straddling the Roman walls of the city).
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Re: This is true? - Geographic oddities that defy conventional wisdom
« Reply #41 on: November 29, 2015, 03:11:38 PM »

The territory called Afghanistan in the Risk game doesn't include the actual Afghanistan.
The EU has land borders with the Netherlands (Sainte Martin is part of the EU, Sint Maartin isn't) and Brazil (French Guyana).

The second border is a well-known fact in Sporcle, as it allows to jump from the Americas to Europe (and Africa and Asia with it) in a border-crossing challenge.
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Re: This is true? - Geographic oddities that defy conventional wisdom
« Reply #42 on: November 29, 2015, 03:15:38 PM »

Is there a small London inside the large city of London?
No, other way around: there's a small City of London inside a larger region of Greater London (not to be confused by the county of Greater London, which has the same external border, but doesn't include the City itself and has no administrative body, as either the region or the boroughs deal with the functions it would) that is commonly simply called 'London'.

All the tourist destinations I mentioned weren't in it are, save the Tower of London, in the City of Westminster - the only other city in the region (and no more special than the other boroughs unlike the City of London which is a sui generis body that is roughly-equivalent to a county most of the time, but other times is more autonomous than Scotland).

And the reason that the Tower of London is outside the City of London is because it was built to protect the kingdom from Londoners, rather than to protect London (though it was built straddling the Roman walls of the city).
So I learn something every day.
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« Reply #43 on: November 29, 2015, 03:15:41 PM »

Pennsylvania reaches further north than Connecticut.  This always felt counterintuitive to me.
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« Reply #44 on: November 29, 2015, 03:55:23 PM »

Yes Florida is quite west of the Mid Atlantic and New England as you can tell if you travel between the northern regions and Florida in Winter.

I once went to NJ for Thanksgiving weekend and was amazed at how dark it got so early in the late afternoon compared to home.
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« Reply #45 on: November 29, 2015, 06:12:01 PM »

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernon,_California


City of Vernon, CA just outside of Los Angeles (City).  I'm shocked its even a city and it has 112 people as its population. I'm shocked that Los Angeles (city) and Los Angeles County didn't just seize territory from Vernon,CA and declare it county territory.
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« Reply #46 on: November 29, 2015, 06:17:57 PM »

http://roadtrippers.kinja.com/welcome-to-americas-smallest-city-dont-worry-theres-1505997771

Monowi, Nebraska. I had no idea you can incorporate a city of 1 person. What!!!

http://www.bitrebels.com/lifestyle/smallest-town-in-america-population-one-person/

I had no idea that's even legal to make a charter city or a general law city and incorporate it with 1 person. I thought you need the voters of a county or a state in some cases to make it legal and a state and a state congress to ratify that. Also the budget would be a big deal in all of this.
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« Reply #47 on: November 29, 2015, 06:47:42 PM »

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monowi,_Nebraska

It didn't have one person when it was incorporated.
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« Reply #48 on: November 29, 2015, 07:35:55 PM »

I just want to know how busy of a town it is for it to have 4 traffic lights!!
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Re: This is true? - Geographic oddities that defy conventional wisdom
« Reply #49 on: November 29, 2015, 07:46:23 PM »

Pennsylvania reaches further north than Connecticut.  This always felt counterintuitive to me.

And reaches further north than the northernmost point of Boston.
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