Unusual facts about your church, town, school, etc

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  1. 63dot macrumors 603

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    Church - the church in my town is very liberal yet is the same denomination as former President, George W. Bush

    Town - The only celebrity from our town is African-American in a town that is 99% white

    School - we had an official "smoking" area in HS on campus but that was long ago, JC has the biggest college library which dwarfs what was the biggest 4-year college library on the west coast within one roof in the next county; the other college I went to was the most conservative university by far which wasn't openly a seminary school (but was founded by a religious organization)

    Mayor - was once a movie star and came into office with no political experience, not even city council or dog catcher and won in a landslide, kind of like my governor, of which state I won't mention to keep this thread on topic...the former was in step with the town, the latter out of step with the state ;)
     
  2. mcrain macrumors 68000

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    Ok, 63Dot, I'll play.

    My high school mascot was named long ago when their uniforms were so ragged looking, they were described by the sports reporter as looking like "Orphans."

    The Orphan basketball team is the nation's winningest high school basketball team.

    The girls teams are Orphan Annies.

    My town is so named as it was central on the various railroad lines, and the population center for the US (the spot where equal number of people live north,east,west and south) was there.

    The town just south of us is named after the three counties it touches. WaMaC.

    I'm sure there's more, but I'm curious what other people might say.
     
  3. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

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    Church: which one? :eek: There is a catholic, 2 methadist (I have no idea why), and one other one that I think is baptist.

    Town was named after a river in Scotland, that seems kind of unusual to me for some reason having lived there.

    School district was rated first in Kansas this year, we also had an official smoking area in HS, it was behind the art building. :D

    Mayor- whistles every damn place he goes which is really annoying, drinks a scotch and water and hangs out at the country club a lot.

    Bland unusual facts from a bland area. :p
     
  4. smwatson macrumors 6502a

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    Nothing of note to be honest. For some reason the council decided a commerative rock for the millenium would be a good idea, so there's a millenium stone at the corner of the village green. Utterly pointless.

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    There are two 17th Century thatch buildings on the main street, one's a (horrible) pub and one's a house.

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    There's also a hall just outside the village dating from around 1545.

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    And out of interest, there's currently a burglar running round, police helicopter above. Crazy times.
     
  5. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    The Witch Of Blackbird Pond is set in my hometown
     
  6. abijnk macrumors 68040

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    Church - Which one? I guess the unusual part is that there are (at least) 10 churches in my town. Wouldn't be that weird if it weren't for the fact that there are only 3500 people...

    Town - JC was once the largest town in Southern Illinois. It was so big because the mining was so good, and that is how my family ended up there in 1919. Racially JC is not diverse at all. The first black person to attend our school started in when I was a sophomore (so like 2002 I think) and he was beaten up within the first week. It is still socially acceptable to say 'The N Word' in casual conversation.

    School - My town's school mascot is an Indian, which is very un-PC these days and I suppose a bit unusual.

    Family/House - The house my mom lives in is the house my great grandfather and his cousin built together and my brother sleeps in the room he is born in. Also, both of my maternal grandfathers were killed in the Old Ben No. 8 mine blast in 1947 along with 25 of their fellow miners.
     
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    Marilyn Manson and Macy Gray are both from my hometown. My aunt is good friends with Manson's family.
     
  8. Iscariot macrumors 68030

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    My city used to have both the longest street in the world and the largest freestanding structure, both of which are monuments to my penis.
     
  9. leekohler macrumors G5

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    How did you know what I was going to say? ;)
     
  10. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    I'm no church goer, but Hull's Holy Trinity Church is the largest parish church in the country (based on floor area, or something). Unusually for an English city, we have no cathedral.

    The city (and surrounding suburbs) is the only place in the country where you'll find cream coloured old-fashioned telephone boxes rather than the more usual red – this is due to the local telephone company being independent since it was formed, we've never been part of the BT network. We're quite unique in this regard.

    My school has recently hit the national headlines for a series of teacher-pupil sex scandals. The first member of staff to be convicted was actually my old art teacher.

    Just outside of Hull is the Humber Bridge, formerly the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world – it's now the fifth on the list, but it's still the longest bridge in the world you can cross on foot.

    Finally, a special one for smwatson – Hull is home to Yorkshire's only Premier League football club. ;)
     
  11. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    About the only one that I can think of is that my hometown is the birthplace and childhood home of pop star Madonna. She once referred to it as "...Little smelly town...".
     
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    I live in a Unesco Biosphere Reserve. Its not really as painful as it sounds.
     
  13. 63dot thread starter macrumors 603

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    To this yankee here, from one of the older towns in my region (founded 1901), the sheer age of those buildings is awe inspiring, even if there is a bad pub in one of them. One thing I always wondered? How do you keep the rain out, and yet keep the buildings historical? Or is it like my German friend who claims just about anything that is centuries old, within historical guidelines, is impossible to keep warm or dry.
     
  14. Ugg macrumors 68000

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    The county I grew up in once raised 90% of all the mustard seed in the US.

    Lewis and Clark traveled nearby on their return route.

    I went to school there with a semi-famous country western singer. (He yodels)
     
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    What they compensate for its length?
     
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    Baileys liqueur comes from my town (Cork), as does Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Cillian Murphy.

    So does Viagra :)
     
  17. 63dot thread starter macrumors 603

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    Post #16 could relate to the claims on post #8 :)
     
  18. smwatson macrumors 6502a

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    How do you keep the rain out? They have roofs ya know ;)

    In all seriousness though, the reason they're still around is because of how well they were built. Barely any rebuilding has gone on with either of them that I can remember. One of them (the one pictured) had it's roof re-thatched the other summer as someone had taken the old thatch off then just stuck corrugated iron on top. The picture features the new thatch as far as I can tell...

    Down the road is Nantwich, which features a 14th Century monastery that is fairly unique among alot of monasteries from that period in that it has remained relatively untouched. Though after the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII it became a CofE church. Lovely building.

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    And Jaffa, it will soon be home to one of many Championship clubs, though dwarfed in comparison to it's West Yorkshire compatriot ;)
     
  19. FreeState macrumors 68000

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    God only knows how many churches are here - its got to be in the tens of thousands.

    Interesting facts - we are seen as a conservative strong hold in CA but the city council has 6 Democrats and 2 Republicans. The mayor is a Republican that vocally supports Marriage Equality. One of the Republicans on the City Council is gay.

    Mens Journal voted my neighborhood the nation’s best beer boulevard in America and the city the best beer town.

    http://www.mensjournal.com/top-five-beer-towns

    We have a great zoo and the second largest city park in America:)

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    2000 census population (rank): 1,223,400 (7); % change: 10.2; Male: 616,884 (50.4%); Female: 606,516 (49.6%); White: 736,207 (60.2%); Black: 96,216 (7.9%); American Indian and Alaska Native: 7,543 (0.6%); Asian: 166,968 (13.6%); Other race: 151,532 (12.4%); Two or more races: 59,081 (4.8%); Hispanic/Latino: 310,752 (25.4%). 2000 percent population 18 and over: 76.0%; 65 and over: 10.5%; Median age: 32.5.

    Churches: Roman Catholic, 39; Jewish, 9; Protestant, 334; Eastern Orthodox, 8; other, 18;
     
  20. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    Ah well, you're just down the road from a Premier League club – the mighty Nantwich Town, of the (Unibond) Northern Premier League. If I remember rightly, they made the play-offs last season so perhaps glory beckons for the Dabbers during this campaign.
     
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    Our local Church was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. I've never been inside it though.

    Fitzrovia contains a number of embassies, and there are blue plaques all over the place commemorating famous ex-residents. Off the top of my head I can think of Bob Marley, Kenneth Williams, Virginia Woolf and Charles Darwin although there are far, far more. It's got quite a big arty scene, with RADA just around the corner and a number of music venues, and also incorporates the world famous Harley Street. I live just on the border of the area, with some references including my street in super-academic Bloomsbury to the east.

    My school was a typical British comprehensive built in the late 1970s and to my knowledge has produced no celebrities yet. However my university (Loughborough) was home to a number of major achievers especially in the fields of sports and engineering.
     
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    Isn't the nearest church but it's the one I can see right now from my window. When I was a kid I thought it was Thunderbird 3 :eek:. Not sure if that is the same church but eh it looks identical.
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    The area is used in TV shows and films. Most recently Survivors, most famously Brassed Off, The Parole Officer. If anyone remembers Patrick Stewart's The 11th Hour, that was almost completely filmed up here. Then again he's also also the chancellor of our University.

    Facts facts facts... well apparently we gave birth to England's first suffragette.

    Nothing about our local schools. A few actor/actress people come from, live in or were educated at the schools around here. Few big time footballers live in the hills around (Paul Scholes, most notably? I don't follow football... is he notable? All I know is I held the chippy door open for him whilst he was carrying his dinner and child.).

    Oh and this lovely lass buried some bodies up here-
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    The Hague is one of the few cities in the world that houses the government but is not the capital city.
     
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    I'm from Centralia, where we too had a huge coal mine disaster. Where is JC? JC stands for? Presumably near West Frankfort.
     
  25. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    Church: My hometown has a three-spired cathedral, which is rather rare, and was also the religious home of the Mercian kings in the 7th century. The cathedral is surrounded by old Church buildings, and is considered one of the finest of its type. During the Civil War it was extensively damaged and then rebuilt.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lichfield_Cathedral

    Town: Not a large town, but classified as a cathedral city. Birthplace of Doctor Johnson (who wrote the first dictionary). Historically had fame as an ecclesiastical centre, and now it makes sinks/baths (Armitage Shanks) and cutlery (Arthur Price).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lichfield

    My current residence is world-famous for its university. Yes, Oxford.


    School: My secondary school is over 450 years old, and has educated many famous UK citizens. The list includes JRR Tolkien, Viscount William Slim, Bill Oddie and Enoch Powell. Consistently rated as one of the top performing academic schools in England, with around 950 pupils currently. Private education, although nowhere near as pricey as somewhere like Eton.

    University: My university has educated several famous artists (as it is an Arts university), including some Turner Prize winners.
     

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