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Sir W. Raleigh
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Going with Louisiana, for the gumbo.

Not really a question but I've long wondered why the USA still calls them counties. I've always thought we were against having noble titles, so where's the Count?

(Truth is tho, there's no counties at all in Loo-syanna, only Parishes. )
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sir W. Raleigh wrote:


Not really a question but I've long wondered why the USA still calls them counties. I've always thought we were against having noble titles, so where's the Count?


Its just a traditional term. The British have counties too, but they don't use the title Count (Earl is the equivalent) and their counties sure aren't run by counts, or even earls.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You guys did well!

1) Texas 254

2) Georgia 159

7) Illinois 102


Louisiana is the only state with Parishes rather than counties.
Alaska is the only state to abolish county government in favor of boroughs. It formerly had 27.


All of the other states have more 3 or more counties, averaging 62.



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is the biggest city in Bexar County, Texas?
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Rusty Edge
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not Huston. That's in another county, and beyond that my Texas cartography knowledge is limited to what I know on a national map.


So.... 1st guess- Lubbock.
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Salty Dog
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know much about Texas either. I will guess Amarillo.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Austin?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rusty Edge wrote:
Alaska is the only state to abolish county government in favor of boroughs. It formerly had 27.

Alaska is a unique case. It is still a frontier state. Much of the state is unincorporated and local government services are provided by the state. In the panhandle, the unincorporated areas are gradually being turned into boroughs as local populations reach a critical threshold.

My institute is working on estimates of drug poisoning by county over the past 20 years, and it took me a while to figure out how to deal with county equivalents in Alaska.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roland wrote:
Rusty Edge wrote:
Alaska is the only state to abolish county government in favor of boroughs. It formerly had 27.

Alaska is a unique case. It is still a frontier state. Much of the state is unincorporated and local government services are provided by the state. In the panhandle, the unincorporated areas are gradually being turned into boroughs as local populations reach a critical threshold.

My institute is working on estimates of drug poisoning by county over the past 20 years, and it took me a while to figure out how to deal with county equivalents in Alaska.



I think they need to send you there, strictly for fresh seafood dinner and methodology verification purposes, of course. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fleetp wrote:
What is the biggest city in Bexar County, Texas?


Lubbock, Austin and Amarillo are all incorrect.

Feel free to do a search.
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Salty Dog
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, we told you we are not learned about Texas and this makes it obvious!

The largest city in Bexar County is San Antonio. Seventh largest city in the USA. I will come up with a new question right away....
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which British artist sang the theme for the Bond movie Skyfall?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh. Pop Culture from this century. I'm oblivious.

Wild guess- Adelle ( however she spells it )
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even wilder guess: Sir Paul McCartney.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rusty is right. It was Adele. Good job! And I'm with you, I stopped following pop culture in 1974! I got this question from the Holland America board. This question was asked this week on a big cruise and a cruiser reported it on the bulletin board.
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