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Old 07-19-2010, 10:28 PM
 
Location: The City
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Manhattan was purchased for $24
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Old 07-20-2010, 05:39 AM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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Free rep point if you get it. The clues are all going to be super obscure, by the way. Don't cheat! Play fair! And good luck!

  1. Lots of homes here are legally owned by animals after legislation passed in the 20th century that deemed any property not explicitly willed to an heir will be passed onto the owner's pet.
  2. One of our parks was originally used as a graveyard for yellow fever victims. It was also used for public hangings!
  3. It was originally purchased for $24.
  4. The first showing of 3D films took place here. Yes, you had to buy tickets.
  5. Toilet paper was invented here! Yay!
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It's pretty misleading since #1 is a city (NYC), #3 is one portion of that city (Manhatten), and #5 is a city (Albany) 2.5 hours away and #4 is on a completely different coast (LA). Not sure about #2.
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Manhattan was purchased for $24
If dollars existed at that point in time this may have been true but the value of what they purchased it for came to about sixty guilders.
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Old 07-20-2010, 06:49 AM
 
Location: Uncharted island
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Free rep point if you get it. The clues are all going to be super obscure, by the way. Don't cheat! Play fair! And good luck!

  1. Lots of homes here are legally owned by animals after legislation passed in the 20th century that deemed any property not explicitly willed to an heir will be passed onto the owner's pet.
  2. One of our parks was originally used as a graveyard for yellow fever victims. It was also used for public hangings!
  3. It was originally purchased for $24.
  4. The first showing of 3D films took place here. Yes, you had to buy tickets.
  5. Toilet paper was invented here! Yay!
  1. A 1969 pro-cat piece of legislation in NY passed deeming any property that was not explicitly willed to an heir will be passed onto the owner's pet. PETA would've been proud.
  2. This was Washington Square Park. Once known as "Potter's Field," it was a place where unknown or indigent people were buried. More than 100,000 victims of yellow fever were buried here. A slave woman, Rose Butler, was also executed here, although the reasons why are unknown. It is said that the executioner lived in one of the corner houses.
  3. Manhattan (or, to be more specific, the Southern tip of it) was purchased from the Native Americans (most likely the Lenape tribe) for what would be the equivalent of $24 back in 1626 (trade goods valued at 60 Dutch Guilders back then) by Dutchman Peter Minuit.
  4. On June 10, 1915, Edwin Porter and William Waddell presented the first paid showing of 3D moving pictures (known as anaglyphs) to an audience at Astor Theater in NYC. The actual technology was first patented by a Brit, William Friese-Greene, in 1890, but the viewing apparatus was so unwieldly and inconvenient, that it could not be used for theatrical purposes.
  5. Toilet paper was invented and sold in NYC by a Joseph C. Gayetty in 1857. By comparison, medicated paper (different from the toilet paper we use today) was first invented by the Chinese back in the 14th century.
Congrats to everyone (who didn't cheat)!
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