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Weekly t-shirt challenge: Surprising Trivia from your hometown

  • 1.  Weekly t-shirt challenge: Surprising Trivia from your hometown

    Posted Thu July 09, 2020 05:52 PM

    I just knew you all would have some great ideas for recognizing volunteers!  You've got my brain spinning away on ideas and plans.  I appreciate your help so much, I'll give shirts to @Hartanto Ario Widjaya, @Fábio Emilio Costa and @Subhasish Sarkar.

    Let's do something a little fun this week.  Share something surprising and interesting about your hometown.  For example, I live in a little village 2 hours north of New York City.  We have only 1 traffic light in the village but over 25 places to eat (from bakeries to restaurants) within a block of that traffic light.  So share your surprising hometown trivia and bonus points for pictures!!

    The rules*:
    1.  Every Thursday, I'll start a new discussion thread titled Weekly Challenge.

    2.  This week, reply to the thread with your surprising hometown trivia.  

    3.  Vote for your favorite entries by clicking the "Recommend" button next to your favorites.

    4.  The following Thursday, I'll announce the winner and start the next week's thread.

    5.  The person submitting the item with the most votes will receive one of these Legends of Z t-shirts (or equivalent)!

    * The rules are not really rules.  This isn't a real contest or anything.  It's just something I feel like doing and having a fun excuse to share some cool t-shirts with you.  I hope you all have fun with it.  I am!

    Misty
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    Misty Decker
    Master the Mainframe

    www.linkedin.com/in/misty-decker/
    @MistyMVD on Twitter
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  • 2.  RE: Weekly t-shirt challenge: Surprising Trivia from your hometown

    Posted Fri July 10, 2020 09:37 AM
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    Happy Friday!

    I've had a lot of hometowns.  (I'm prettty old.)  But I was born in Windsor, Ontario, and spent a lot of good years there.  A lot of people don't know that Windsor is actually due SOUTH of Detroit, Michigan.  (It kind of tucks in, underneath.)  Whenever "Don't Stop Believin'" comes on the radio, I think "He must have come from Windsor."  (South Detroit.)  Residents of both communities become momentarily disoriented after crossing the border, because we're so used to using the river as a reference point for North (South for Detroiters).

    Here is a picture taken from a carnival ride at the riverfront, looking North across the river to the Detroit skyline, taken almost exactly 20 years ago:

    Have a nice weekend, Everyone!



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    Dave Peel
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  • 3.  RE: Weekly t-shirt challenge: Surprising Trivia from your hometown

    Posted Tue July 14, 2020 11:45 AM
    Hi Dave, a greeting from Windsor in the  UK, home of our queen. 
    I actually live in Old Windsor, which was the original Windsor until a bigger town was built and took the name. 
    When I moved here the estate agent who sold our old place took great delight in adding a review to his website from "Elizabeth of Windsor".
    Liz

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    Elizabeth Read
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  • 4.  RE: Weekly t-shirt challenge: Surprising Trivia from your hometown

    Posted Mon July 13, 2020 05:30 AM
    I grew up in São Paulo, in Southeast Brazil, and there is a lot of documented trivia about it, so, I'll go for a couple: We have the largest Japanese population outside Asia. We also have the largest Italian population in Brazil and, IIRC, 6000 pizza places. We have insane traffic jams that, combined with enormous economic inequality, helped create the largest fleet of helicopters in the world. For a time, my office was below one and between four other helipads and we had double glass windows to mitigate the noise. We suspected one was used for training, because we witnessed a shocking number of rough landings on it.

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    Ricardo Bánffy
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  • 5.  RE: Weekly t-shirt challenge: Surprising Trivia from your hometown

    Posted Mon July 13, 2020 06:58 AM
    I currently live in Wuppertal, Germany. This is also the town where I grew up. Wuppertal is best known for its suspension railway. This is a public transport system over the small river here, like a train but with the rails on top. Construction started in 1898, and for more than 100 years it was the only suspension railway of this kind in the world. As a public transport system, it moves about 20Mio passengers each year.

    What is less known is that it rains so often in Wuppertal that the children here are born with an umbrella ...

    I was born in Düsseldorf, which is not far away. Because of the number of bars, the old town of Düsseldorf is known as the longest bar in the world.

    A curiosity in Düsseldorf are the traffic lights for pedestrians. Normally, a traffic light for pedestrians has only red and green lights. But in Düsseldorf, they have an additional orange light, like those for cars.

    Well, Düsseldorf is also a Japantown and has the largest Japanese population in Europe.

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    Kai Nacke
    IT Architect
    IBM Deutschland GmbH
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  • 6.  RE: Weekly t-shirt challenge: Surprising Trivia from your hometown

    Posted Mon July 13, 2020 07:05 AM
    Edited by Abdelrazek rizk Mon July 13, 2020 07:08 AM
    Alexandria is a Mediterranean port city in Egypt

    https://www.google.com/search?newwindow=1&sxsrf=ALeKk000jYW7wROAIbL0k0JnQrOrNnia2g:1594637777255&source=univ&tbm=isch&q=Alexandria,+Egypt&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwidyYjSiMrqAhWD-aQKHWW6Aq8Q7Al6BAgPEEU&biw=1920&bih=937



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    Abdelrazekrizk
    Alexandria,Egypt
    abdelrazek.rizk@hotmail.com
    201004904524
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  • 7.  RE: Weekly t-shirt challenge: Surprising Trivia from your hometown

    Posted Mon July 13, 2020 10:29 AM
    Surprising Hometown Trivia:

    Fernandina Beach, FL

    For the past few years I've lived in Fernandina Beach which sits on Amelia Island located in northeast Florida. It's a unique place in Florida which has some interesting history and is also known as the Isle of Eight Flags since it's had many inhabitants over the centuries and is the only place like that in the USA. In chronological order, Amelia Island has been home to the following rulers: French -> Spanish -> British -> Spanish -> Patriots (USA Pirates) -> Green Gross of Florida (Scottish Pirates) -> Mexican Rebel (USA/French Pirates) -> Confederate -> USA. http://nassauflorida.com/diamond-to-dollars/july-2017/the-8-flags-of-amelia-island.aspx

    The city of Fernandina Beach was featured in the New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking feature film. It also has an extensive shrimping history with shrimp boats, nets and techniques developed at the island at the turn of the twentieth century. Every summer there is a Shrimp Fest that parades shrimp and pirate themed floats for a whole week. 

    If you like exotic cars there is the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance which is a annual car show for collectors and purveyors of rare automobiles. There's also plenty of golfing, good surfing and entertainment all over the island and you can drive on the beach.

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    Lucky Landrigan
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  • 8.  RE: Weekly t-shirt challenge: Surprising Trivia from your hometown

    Posted Mon July 13, 2020 12:23 PM
    Edited by Fábio Emilio Costa Mon July 13, 2020 12:24 PM
    Some trivias about my hometown São Bernardo do Campo (on São Paulo Metropolitan Region):

    • The first theme park on Brazil is here. It's called Cidade da Criança (Children's City) and was built for an old soap opera and still operates

    • It was called in the past the Brazilian Detroit, as there was/is some big vehicle building parks here, for Volkswagen, Scania, Mercedes Benz and (until some months ago) Ford

    • Here, in 1978, happened one of the first union workers strikes after Brazilian Coup'd'etat at 1964. This would for Brazil and somewhat the world shows a guy, then president of the local metalworkers union (the main production at time here), called Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva. Years later, he would be Brazilian President.


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    Fábio Emilio Costa
    Performance Analyst
    SERPRO
    Sao Paulo
    +551121731676
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  • 9.  RE: Weekly t-shirt challenge: Surprising Trivia from your hometown

    Posted Tue July 14, 2020 10:14 AM
    I was born in Charlottesville, VA... a city full of history including Thomas Jefferson's home (Monticello) as well as James Monroe's home (Ashlawn)... plus one of Thomas Jefferson's significant creation... University of Virginia. As you can imagine... for many years my "school field trips" explored all of the history in and around the Charlottesville area.

    Today I live in a small town about 30 minutes south of Wilmington, NC. We just had a Publix grocery store open, which resulted in our 4th traffic light in the town. The town is located in the "low country" coastal area of NC, which draws more tourism than permanent local residents. It is one of those little towns that allows people to register a street legal golf cart (electric only) for transportation needs within the town limits. Restaurants, bars, coffee shops, ice cream shops, sub shops and fresh seafood markets out number everything in regards to local businesses.

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    Mark Martin
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  • 10.  RE: Weekly t-shirt challenge: Surprising Trivia from your hometown

    Posted Thu July 16, 2020 10:54 AM
    Hi, everybody!!

    I,m from a little city called Americana, 80 miles from São Paulo.

    My city grew up together a neighbor city called Santa Barbara d'Oeste, where a community was created in 1866, by Colonel Willian Hutchiinson Norris, a former American Civil War soldier and former Alabama State senator, who brougth from USA a new cotton cultivation methods and rural techniques.

    - The first village formed where today stays our downtonw was called Villa dos Americanos (Americans Village), guess why...!

    - Every year there is a celebration to this ancient immigrants, "The Confederates Party" which happens on the Americans Cemetery, where a lot of immigrants were buried. (There's a 2016 NYT article about this party: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/09/world/americas/a-slice-of-the-confederacy-in-the-interior-of-brazil.html)


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    Michel Rodrigo de Sousa
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