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Old 12-25-2008, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Pompano Beach, Florida
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To me a lot of cities here look suspicous. Cleveland and Baltimore? Maybe they are doing metro areas because if they were just counting the core cities I doubt these two would be on it no offense.

Also there is a big difference between not reading a lot and being iliterate.
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Old 12-25-2008, 02:00 PM
 
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Same here.

I've also heard that 90% of all bookstores are in the NYC metro. I don't know if that's the truth, but if it is, yes - quite scary. CT still has quite a bit of small, privately owned stores.
Maybe 90% of all chain bookstores have locations in NYC, but it's ridiculous to think that 90% of the bookstores in the U.S. are located within 150 miles of NYC.
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Old 12-25-2008, 03:03 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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I'd say here in Tallahassee is pretty literate... over half the people here have bachelors degrees... what about bethesda maryland?


from wikipedia:
Educationally, Leon County is the highest educated county in Florida with 49.9% of the population with either a Bachelor's, Master's, professional or doctorate degree. The Florida average is 22.4% and the national average is 24.4%
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Old 12-25-2008, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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from wikipedia:
Educationally, Leon County is the highest educated county in Florida with 49.9% of the population with either a Bachelor's, Master's, professional or doctorate degree. The Florida average is 22.4% and the national average is 24.4%
Quoting something from wikipedia should automatically count as a demerit. You are aware, I take it, that anyone could post anything there--and it doesn't have to be verified. It doesn't have to be factual, either. If I posted something there about some county in a given state having a 99.9% literacy rate, heaven only knows how many people would quote that as a legitimate source.
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Old 12-25-2008, 07:14 PM
 
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Quoting something from wikipedia should automatically count as a demerit. You are aware, I take it, that anyone could post anything there--and it doesn't have to be verified. It doesn't have to be factual, either. If I posted something there about some county in a given state having a 99.9% literacy rate, heaven only knows how many people would quote that as a legitimate source.
Wikipedia does have some rules for adding or changing factual information...and if they aren't followed the information is removed. It's not just a free-for-all...there is some monitoring of what is found in Wikipedia.
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Old 12-25-2008, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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Maybe 90% of all chain bookstores have locations in NYC, but it's ridiculous to think that 90% of the bookstores in the U.S. are located within 150 miles of NYC.

I would think a newspaper is a pretty reliable source. It's not like we got this statistic from wikipedia.
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Old 12-25-2008, 07:30 PM
 
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I would think a newspaper is a pretty reliable source. It's not like we got this statistic from wikipedia.
You do realize the ridiculous nature of that statistic, don't you? It's not possible...

I would love to access the source...I think maybe it was misunderstood or misquoted. Do you have a link?
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Old 12-25-2008, 07:33 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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Quoting something from wikipedia should automatically count as a demerit. You are aware, I take it, that anyone could post anything there--and it doesn't have to be verified. It doesn't have to be factual, either. If I posted something there about some county in a given state having a 99.9% literacy rate, heaven only knows how many people would quote that as a legitimate source.
Uhh was only giving the source, I could have easily got the source from elsewhere... its a legit stat.
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Old 12-25-2008, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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Uhh was only giving the source, I could have easily got the source from elsewhere... its a legit stat.

Don't believe it if you don't want to. It's in a local newspaper that doesn't have a website, so can't provide a link.
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Old 12-25-2008, 07:59 PM
 
Location: The #1 sunshine state, Arizona.
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Cool list. I'm not surprised Seattle is #1.
What else is there to do on cold, damp, dreary days?
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