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Old 07-14-2009, 10:07 PM
 
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Boca Raton, Florida
1. The IBM computer was created here.
2. International Cartoon Museum was put here.
3. Has a "world class resort" called the Boca Raton Resort and Club.
4. The Boca Resort tower which stands 91m is the tallest building between West Palm Beach and Pompano Beach.
5. Has 3 of the ten most expensive gated communites in the U.S.
6. Largest indoor mall in Palm beach county.
7. 2nd most populated city in Palm Beach county and if included Greater Boca Raton area it would be bigger than West Palm beach with 350,000.
8. Has most privately owned airport and one of the busiest.
9. Airport was previously made and used for bomber planes in WWII.
10. Headquarters of Tyco international, Office Depot and many more are here.
11.It is a principal city in the south Florida metro area.
12.Lake Boca Raton holds the Boca Bash each year which brings 1000s over spring break.
13. Boca Raton means "The mouth of a rat" for the shape of a mouse in the inlet.
14.Addison Mizner was once the richest man in the US who dreamed and created Boca Raton become a city.
15. It is the spam capital of the world.
16. Boca Raton resident Scott Levine was charged with the largest computer crime in US history.
17. Tennis professional player Andy Roddick resides here.
18. Famous U.S/Spain soccer player Jozy Altidore resides part time here.
19. Boca Raton Beach according to Forbes magazine was the best restored beach in US. in 2008.
20.Boca Raton is home to the Caldwell Theatre Company, the longest-running professional theater in South Florida
21. One of the best cities to livesafest places to live, according to Forbes magazine.
22. One of the highest salaries to make in the US other than LA.
23. 2nd highest population of Holocoaust survivors.(NYC 1st)
24. "Marley and Me" takes place in Boca and says it is a safe place.
25. Popular tv series Sopranos takes part in Boca Raton in a few episodes.
26. All A -rated schools in 2008.
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Old 07-15-2009, 08:34 AM
 
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My bad the population would add up too about 310,000.
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Old 07-15-2009, 03:34 PM
rah
 
Location: Oakland
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San Francisco:

1. bank of america was founded here
2. well's fargo was started here
3. Levi's was started here (they were also the first riveted blue jeans the world had ever seen)
4. the movie Rent was filmed in San Francisco, though it's set in NYC.
5. The first "triads" in the US were founded in San Francisco in the 1800's to create support groups/protection for chinese immigrants (they were known as "tongs" back then, rather than triads). These tongs eventually became involved in criminal activity.
6. there have been various outbreaks of plague in Chinatown, but that was kept under wraps so as not to scare anybody. Instead, tunnels were dug underneath chinatown, which led to the waterfront...and dead plague victims were removed from the city in secret.
7. in 1850 San Francisco had 20,000 residents, up from around 1,000 in 1848, due to the gold rush. Only 300 of those 20,000 residents were women, and most of them were prostitutes. Also, because the extremely fast population increase, there was basically no law enforcement for years. At times groups of vigilantes would go through the city and purge it off all criminals they could find, either killing them or running them out of the city.
8. the 1906 fire was not the worst fire that SF has experienced, in terms of percentage of the city destroyed. That honor goes to a fire back in the 1860's i believe. SF had a huge history of devastating fires in the mid-late 1800's.
9. after/during the 1906 earthquake and fire, police and soldiers shot around 500 people to death in the city, for looting. Unfortunately, many of the victims were actually residents trying to retrieve their own belongings.
10. until recently the real death toll from the 1906 earthquake and fire was covered up, and said to be around 300+. In recent years that number was revised to 3,000+ however. City officials had purposely reported the numbers low, so as to not lose investment in the city.
11. San Francisco Sourdough is in fact unique, because there's a bacteria in SF that's very prevalent only in SF, and it gets in the starter culture. You can't create SF sourdough outside of SF because of this. The bacteria is even named after SF: Lactobacillus sanfranciscensis
12. On September 13, 1859, Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court David S. Terry killed United States Senator David C. Broderick in a duel at lake Merced, which is near the southern border of SF.
13. the Hunters Point Shipyard in SF built the first steel-hulled ship on the west coast, in 1885.
14. The key fissile components of the first atomic bomb were loaded onto the USS Indianapolis in July 1945 at Hunters Point for transfer to Tinian.
15. After World War II and until 1969, the Hunters Point shipyard was the site of the Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory, the US military's largest facility for applied nuclear research, which has left many areas of the shipyard radioactively contaminated
16. many ships that were used in nuclear testing in the pacific after world war II were decontaminated at Hunters Point.
18. The potrero point shipyard in SF is the oldest privately owned shipyard in the US. It's been at the same location since the late 1800's.
19. The church of Satan was founded here in 1966.

and finally...this is one of my favorites because almost no one knows about it:

20. San Francisco was home to one of the most violent and prolonged domestic terrorist campaigns in US history. These were the Zebra Murders, in which an extremely racist and militant off-shoot of the nation of Islam went around SF killing white people at random, over the course of 8 months from 1973 to 1974. They killed 16 people and wounded 8 to 10 more in San Francisco, most of the murders being committed with a .32 caliber pistol, although one headless and bound body washed up at the beach too, and a woman was also killed with a machete and nearly decapitated as well (similar groups are suspected of killing dozens more elsewhere in California during the same time period too). The killings had a significant effect on the city...people were scared to go out at night (especially white people, naturally). Tourism suffered greatly, and an entire police frequency was dedicated to the attacks/killings, as they were so frequent (this was frequency "z", hence the name "zebra murders"). In an effort to catch the killers, the SFPD on one night went around all the black neighborhoods in the city, and rounded up every single black man they could find outside, which is obviously not very constitutional, and that only added to the tensions of the time. Strangely, this series of killings, which happened to coincide with SF's otherwise most violent period on record (high murder rate, black panthers killing police officers, etc), is almost unknown today. It's vastly overshadowed by the zodiac killer, even though the Zodiac killed and wounded far fewer people, and his killings were spread all over the bay area, rather than just in SF.

oh yeah one more: Twin Peaks, in the center of the city, wasn't always called twin peaks. The story I've heard is that it was originally named by a mexican soldier in the early 1800's when SF was little more than a Mexican army outpost...he named the two peaks after the breasts of his native american wife (apparently they were quite large, like the mountain in question). I don't remember the exact name in spanish though...anyways the name was later changed to Twin Peaks.
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Old 01-23-2010, 05:28 PM
 
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Seattle:
1)Seattle has the original Skidrow: Yesler Way
2)Seattle has the most equity theaters in the country besides NYC
3)Seattle has the 2nd most coffee bars in the nation
4) Seattle is home to the first gas station in the world
5)Seattle was the first American city to play a Beatle's song on the radio
6)Seattle's houseboat population is the largest in the nation and largest in the world outside of Asia
7)Washington State Ferries is the largest in the nation and 3rd largest in the world
8)Legend has it that every time the name Seattle is said, Chief Seattle roles in his grave
9)The Port of Seattle is the only port in the country that exported more to China than it did import
10)Seattle has the first revolving restaraunt
11)Seattle is home to the first soft-serve ice cream machine
12)Seattle has the most people of Icelandic origin outside of Iceland
13)The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is the largest newspaper in the country to go out of print
14)Seattle had the first race riot in the country: The Chinese Race Riots
15)The Hiram M. Chittendan Locks(The Ballard Locks) is the biggest in the nation and 2nd biggest in the world
16)Seattle has a full-sized replica of a statue of Lenin
17)Seattle had the first general strike in the world
18)The original name for Seattle was New York Alki(NewYork By and By)
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