March 1, 2016 at 3:49 pm #9524
Hi all. I sorry, but I am very curious. 😛 And since I live in Australia I’m even more curious. And since my two younger sisters are studying the 50 USA states I’m even more curious. (I’m going to die of curiosity)
But…which state do you live in? And I can’t start this, cause I live in Australia. But my state is Victoria.
Oh, and if you want to throw random facts about USA at me, I welcome them with open arms. (My sisters will find them very interesting.)March 1, 2016 at 4:58 pm #9525
I live in the bestistest state.
… Oh, that’s Ohio by the way.
Random facts about the USA:
.We have the world’s biggest hole in the ground.
.We are a republic, not a democracy (despite popular opinion)
.In the US, (at least it’s supposed to be this way) each state is more than just a division of the country with its own lower government. State governments are actually (supposed to be) more like their own separate government. All states are bound to the constitution and are under a compact with the other states with the federal government organizing, mobilizing, representing, and directing that compact. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work out that way much anymore, but that’s how it’s supposed to work and I think it’s pretty cool. A lot like the twelve tribes in the kingdom of Israel.
.We got most of our land from a purchase from France and a victorious war with Mexico.
.Americans are (in general) very rich, very fat, and very narcissistic. Better focus on how we used to be really.
.Today is super Tuesday in the US. That’s a big day in our primary presential elections.
.Oh yeah, in the US you can own guns.
.One of our country hicks (Andrew Jackson), against superior odds, licked veteran British soldiers who had just finished licking the greatest general in all of Europe (Napolean).
.We grow way too much corn. Bleh. No diversity. No taste.
.I’ll probably be back with more random facts later.
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Ohio here as well… 🙂
Random fact of the day— we are currently suffering through the primaries of our presidential election, which happens every four years. And as @daeus mentioned, today is Super Tuesday, which is special only because a great many of the states vote at one time.
And this election has been by far the craziest one I’ve ever experienced— not that I’ve experienced a lot, but still…;)
At the beginning of the primaries there were at least… um… fourteen, I think, candidates running for the Republican nomination. (There are two major political parties— Republicans and Democrats. The Republicans are the good guys, or at least *cynical smirk* supposed to be.) There are now only five of those candidates left, and one of them is a once in a lifetime candidate and I’m REALLY hoping he’s going to win… *crosses fingers, squeezes eyes shut, and prays with all her might* And wishing I was old enough to vote for him. 🙁 You have to be eighteen to vote in America.
The Democratic party has only two candidates, and both are pretty much extreme liberal Socialists. *cringe*
I don’t know why I just dumped a bunch of political stuff on you… *sigh* Politics on the brain lately…
On a slightly lighter note, there are absolutely no American authors (besides Louisa May Alcott) worth reading. In my opinion. Which is very choosy. 😉 😀
So… yeah. Ohio. 🙂March 1, 2016 at 7:31 pm #9528
That’s a big day in our primary presential elections.
Did you mean “presidential”?
Thanks. Those facts are great. (We are allowed guns. We just have to have a license. Same with swords. Which is a shame cause we make short movies that need swords. We end up having to make our own.) They can look pretty awesome though. 😛March 1, 2016 at 7:35 pm #9529
@kate-flournoy I know lots of great USA authors. When I get home, I’m out at the moment, (can’t keep away) I’ll see who I can find for you.
I don’t mind. I’m 18 so I’ll have to vote this year. *crinkles up nose in disgust* I really don’t know much about the political side of stuff, so I might find it a bit tough to figure out *the good guys*. Hopefully all goes well with you guys over there.
Has one anyone on the KP forum been to see a Sight and Sound show? I’m dying to act in one of them. 😀March 1, 2016 at 7:42 pm #9530
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I’m in Eastern Washington state. Contrary to popular belief, it DOES NOT RAIN ALL THE TIME here. Go to the west side of the state; yep, it absolutely does. Here in eastern WA, we’re in a high desert area. We have four lovely, very distinct seasons. We have temps ranging from (fahrenheit) 105 to -10. It’s the perfect place to live (in my very biased opinion).
And since politics seem to be a popular topic, I might throw in that I will be old enough to vote this year!!! Pretty cool that the year I turn 18 is the year of an election. 🙂March 1, 2016 at 8:08 pm #9531
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I live in Indiana. And yeah, I agree with @daeus: we grow way too much corn (and soybeans too. Which is about all you’ll see in the country: soybeans and corn). In Indiana there is mostly just fields, trees, and houses, if you count out all the main cities. In my opinion, this state is pretty boring (especially when you’ve lived here your whole life 😛 ). Except for the Indy 500 of course 😉 …I think that is pretty neat. 🙂
A few facts:
Sorry! XD 😛 All the ones I can think of have already been covered… :/ Well, this isn’t very interesting… Heh 😛March 1, 2016 at 8:48 pm #9532
Lew Wallace!!! Excuse me!!!
My, isn’t the weather nice today.
On the good side of things, I have noticed a few fields with cover crops which you never used to see before. On top of that, our neighbor is growing oats or something. I am nearly dying with serenity.
*Whimper face* Can only vote after primaries.
@bluejay You make swords? That’s sweet. I’ve made a couple unfinished knives. Did you forge them?
Say, ever heard of Geoff Lawton? He does live on your continent after all. I took a course from him. You should check him out. He’s got some stuff on fire proofing a property among a host of other property production mania brillance.
Oh yeah, presidential.
.America fact: The redwood forest is awesome. There are trees there big enough to drive through (though there is nothing exciting in doing so).
.Utah is Mormony.
.Many Indian tribes still live in their reserves independent from the US government. They’re just randomly scattered throughout our country.
.The rocky mountains are rocky.
.I don’t like deserts, not even American ones.
.I don’t like Teddy Rosevelt
.We have lots of chipotle restaurants. Do you have chipotle restaurants?
.We eat the most chocolate of anybody. *gives self pat on belly*
.The government owns way too much land, especially in the west. Apparently the value of just the land they own that is not used as a nation park is worth almost enough to pay off our national debt.
.Tommy Jeff, James Madison, and James Monroe are my favoritest presidents
.Ohio was founded in 1803.
.Oh, and of course I can’t forget the alamo. “FREEEEEDOM!”
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Wait wait wait wait— Lew Wallace was American?
I take it all back. Every word of it.March 1, 2016 at 9:16 pm #9534
Oh yeah, totally.
And I forgive you.
.Parliment didn’t have any right to pass the stamp act.
.The confederates invented the submarine. They also invented metal ships.
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Whew! Glad to hear it, @daeus, glad to hear it…
And believe it or not, I actually knew both of those facts. I just wish all the submarine crews hadn’t drowned trying it out. 🙁
In fact, if you read the story of that first submarine, there’s something about it that appeals to the novelist bit of me (which is like 99.10 % of me) very strongly. I think it would make for an amazingly compelling story.March 1, 2016 at 9:37 pm #9537
Awe, don’t put yourself down Kate, you’re 99.11% novelist.
By the way, have you ever taken that personality test thing?
I read this interesting article once that proposed (if I remember correctly) that the submarine was not able to make it back to shore because of something to do with the moon and tides.
You know, that theory sounds a whole lot more interesting when you actually know what you’re talking about. Hmm. Yeah, poor subies. All drowned because of a trifling rifle shot. And they must have been super brave, ya know?
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I live in the best country: Singapore. It’s so small that it doesn’t have any states or cities, and I’m extremely patriotic about it. Come on, we made it from third world to first in less than fifty years! How many countries can boast that?
Unfortunately America is at the other side of the world, plus from what I’ve heard in news it’s crumbling apart (don’t be offended but I think you guys will understand), so I won’t be dropping by to visit any time soon. About Australia, though…hmm @bluejay I’ve been over to Goldcoast and Perth before but as of yet not Victoria. Maybe I’ll go when I’m twenty or something.
Anyway, sadly Singapore doesn’t have a very wide circle of local authors, but I hope to make it happen hahaha 🙂March 1, 2016 at 10:30 pm #9543
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Well, in case people hadn’t noticed I’m in Australia too. New South Wales which is the first state and once took up the whole eastern side of Australia. and for your information Australia is a Federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy.
And over here people are allowed to own guns. It’s just that we have stricter rules. You can’t carry them. Also guns are just not generally a thing. We had a neighbour who owned a gun and I have some friends who know how to use them. One of them does intend to join the police force though.
March 1, 2016 at 10:39 pm #9546
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Singapore sounds pretty interesting.
I’d venture to say though that the US was, at least at one point and to a great degree still is, the freest country in the history of the world. Yeah, you’re right about the crumbling part, but that really accentuates our strong foundation, cause if we fall, so falls the world economy and essentially the free world.
And really, it’s not entirely as bad as it seems over here.
But of course, that’s just looking at what we can account for. The unaccountable has a way of popping up in the course of history. Who knows? Maybe Chile will become the new America? You know they celebrate reformation day in Chile? I have high hopes.
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