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Old 12-11-2011, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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My favorite obscure Boston tidbit is Boston Molasses Disaster.
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:57 AM
 
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During Prohibition, the staid city of St. Paul had a powerful, corrupt police chief who welcomed all the infamous gangsters of the day to come stay in the city when the heat was on. Called the "O'Connor System", the deal worked like this: As long as they did not flagrantly break the law when they were here, he would leave them alone and they were encouraged to spend their lucre in the city's speakeasies and gambling houses. It all broke down in the 30s when John Dillinger moved in with his girlfriend and the FBI showed up and had a shoot-out with him. He escaped, only to be gunned down by the cops at the Biograph theater in Chicago 3 months later. The other incidents involved the Ma Barker gang's successful kidnapping/ransom of one of the city's wealthiest brewery owners, then later another successful kidnapping/ransom of a wealthy St. Paul banker. The citizens, who had cast a blind eye to the O'Connor system, decided enough was enough.
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Old 12-11-2011, 04:29 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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My favorite obscure Boston tidbit is Boston Molasses Disaster.
Wow, I've heard of some strange ways to go, but...
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Old 12-11-2011, 05:29 PM
 
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Wow, I've heard of some strange ways to go, but...
To this day, My great-uncle is petrified of Syrup.
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Old 12-11-2011, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Northfield, MN
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John D. Rockefeller is from and buried in Cleveland. Cleveland was once part of Connecticut Western Reserve, hence the use of "Western Reserve" for various sites around town such as Case Western Reserve University.
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Old 12-11-2011, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Fort Wayne
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Elkhart-Goshen Indiana makes approximately 80% of all recreational vehicles in the United States. Consequently, 58% of the employment in the county is in manufacturing, the highest in any county in the United States. Rush hour is at 4 AM in the morning, when all of the factories start their shift. Nearly 56,000 people in the county work in the RV industry, and the county only has about 200,000 people.

The area, during the recession, was known as the postal child of the recession because of nearly 20,000 jobs lost in the RV industry. President Obama visited here. Now, the county has seen the most significant job growth after the recession and has been touted as the #1 job creating county in the nation. Many of the RV factories employ thousands among thousands. It is really an interesting place to grow up.
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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The first nuclear reactor was created in Chicago and is now buried in a forest preserve just outside the city.
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:09 AM
 
Location: Northfield, MN
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The first nuclear reactor was created in Chicago and is now buried in a forest preserve just outside the city.
that explains a lot about Chicago residents.
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:29 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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Northern New York contains the largest national park in the continental United States. Adirondack Park is larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, and Great Smokey Mountains parks combined!
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:32 AM
 
Location: BMORE!
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During the 1800s, Baltimore was the second greatest port of entry by immigrants to the USA.
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