People tend to talk about DC as being just politicians,
monuments, hotels, and restaurants, with not much in between. That’s not
actually the case at all. So when you’re going to write about DC, here are some
things to keep in mind, in no particular order:
DC isn’t a state. While that may seem obvious, it leads to
some odd things, like the fact that DC has no vote in Congress. This is
particularly weird given that Congress approves DC’s budget and given that DC
residents, as opposed to residents of places like Puerto Rico (which also have
one non-voting member in the House), are subject to all federal taxes. (This
was an issue during the government shutdown, because they refused to pass the DC
budget as well.) A lot of DC license plates read “Taxation Without
As of July 2016, there were about 680k residents in DC, with
the number of people in the city reaching 1 million during the workweek. The DC
Metropolitan Area (which is mainly DC, Arlington, and Alexandria) is the sixth
largest metropolitan area in the US, with more than 6.1 million people.
DMV refers to DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Visiting the monuments is referred to as “monumenting”.
There is a large public transportation system in DC,
consisting of buses and the metro. Nobody calls it the subway. The system is
called WMATA. The buses are a flat rate of $1.75 (soon to go up to $2) per
ride. The metro cost depends on starting and ending points and whether you’re
On- or Off-Peak (aka rush hour). The highest cost is $5.90 for a ride. They no
longer (I think) have paper tickets, so everyone uses SmartTrip cards.
The metro is a mess. They’re currently doing repairs, which
mostly makes it more of a mess because they’re running shorter hours and
frequently do single-tracking, which significantly slows down travel. On the
other hand, it catches fire less.
You can’t take the metro to Georgetown University.
DC has neighborhoods and quadrants. Neighborhoods include
Georgetown, Dupont, Potomac Heights, etc. Quadrants are NW, SW, NE, and SE. They’re
not of equal size. Addresses contain the quadrant in them. For example, the
White House is at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
There is a lot of difference culturally and
socio-economically between the quadrants.
Embassy Row is a road containing most of the embassies. On
Halloween some of them give out candy and stamp passports. A lot of them also
have very disparate architecture style, which looks very weird all next to each
Things are referred to by acronyms. Everything has an
The Homeland Security building is diagonally across the
street from American University.
DC is ~48% Black or African American.
There are a lot of gentrification issues in DC.
DC is a very expensive place to live.
Tourists drive DC residents nuts, primarily when they can’t
figure out how to use escalators.
The first American Arbor Day was celebrated on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska City, Nebraska. An estimated 1 million trees were planted in Nebraska that day. Arbor Day is now celebrated on the fourth Friday of April.
You realize the Trump pays for all his trips out of pocket right. You also realize he's not taking any of the money he's getting from being the president. So how about you take your uninformed liberal ass out of here. Since you hate them so much please move out of the fucking country.
Trump doesn’t pay for all his trips out of pocket. And even if he did, the staggering security costs are entirely covered by the government. Covering security for his wife and son to live in New York city costs $1 million dollars a day. And that’s not even going into how much it costs to jet him down to Mar-a-Lago every weekend, in addition to the cost of security for letting him stay there, as well as the drain on local businesses as a result of him continually disrupting weekend traffic. And yes, he is most definitely accepting the money he makes from being president, considering he’s accepted his second paycheck since he’s started.
And buddy…friend…Roman…countryman…….do we really look like “liberals” to you. Really. Okay then.
Dear person who I’m going to fall in love with one day,
I haven’t written to you in a while. How are you? I am thinking of you often, especially right now.
I have moved, my love. I have moved to the city of my birth, to our largest city. I wonder if you walk along these volcanic paths? Do you see the crowds like I do?
I have moved from a city of 40,000 people to one of 1.3 million - so forgive me if I seem a little overwhelmed. Yes, this is the city named on my birth certificate but I have not lived here since I was eight years old - and now I’m 22.
Will you laugh at this small-city girl? Put your arm around me and tell me I’m safe when my anxiety rears its ugly head?
Oh, my love, will you hold my hand as we walk down the street and tell me of your tales? Will you laugh as you tell me your stories, your secrets, all the things that make you who I’ll fall in love with?
Then will you come with me? Will you let me lead you down a trip down memory lane? Let me pull out some photos, some journals, curl up on a couch with you and let’s talk.
I’ll tell you that although I love looking at the sea, I yearn for ranges and rivers. I’ll tell you that although I am slowly learning to love our city, I ache thinking of a simple town. I’ll tell you that although I love the fact that summer lasts all through April here, I wish for cold nights like home.
What will you tell me that night? Will you tell me of what you wish for?
I am curious. Over half of the population of this city is foreign-born - do you have an accent? Do you come from a different culture? Will you tell me of the history, of the traditions of your family?
I lie in my bed alone at night and I think of you.
I know I’m not ready to be what you need yet. And you may not be ready for me. But when I am, I’ll be yours completely.
I’ll love you with all I have, and I’ll be the best person I can for you.
I’ve lost count of these letters now, and yet, I am still asking the same question - will you love me?
I JUST FOUND A LIST OF SOME OF THE BEST FACTS ABOUT AUSTRALIA SO CHECK THIS OUT
1. Australia is as wide as the distance between London to Moscow. 2. The biggest property in Australia is bigger than Belgium. 3. More than 85% of Australians live within 50km of the coast. 4. In 1880, Melbourne was the richest city in the world. 5. Gina Rinehart, Australia’s richest woman, earns $1 million every half hour, or $598 every second. 6. In 1892, a group of 200 Australians unhappy with the government tried to start an offshoot colony in Paraguay to be called ‘New Australia’. 7. The first photos from the 1969 moon landing were beamed to the rest of the world from Honeysuckle Tracking Station, near Canberra. 8. Australia was the second country in the world to allow women to vote (New Zealand was first). 9. Each week, 70 tourists overstay their visas. 10. In 1856, stonemasons took action to ensure a standard of 8-hour working days, which then became recognised worldwide. 11. Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke set a world record for sculling 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds. Hawke later suggested that this was the reason for his great political success. 12. The world’s oldest fossil, which is about 3.4 billion years old, was found in Australia. 13. Australia is very sparsely populated: The UK has 248.25 persons per square kilometre, while Australia has only 2.66 persons per square kilometre. 14. Australia’s first police force was made up of the most well-behaved convicts. 15. Australia has the highest electricity prices in the world. 16. There were over one million feral camels in outback Australia, until the government launched the $19m Feral Camel Management Program, which aims to keep the pest problem under control. 17. Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia (mostly for meat production). 18. Qantas once powered an interstate flight with cooking oil. 19. Per capita, Australians spend more money on gambling than any other nation. 20. In 1832, 300 female convicts mooned the governor of Tasmania. It was said that in a “rare moment of collusion with the Convict women, the ladies in the Governor’s party could not control their laughter.” 21. Australia is home to the longest fence in the world. It is 5,614 km long, and was originally built to keep dingoes away from fertile land. 22. Australia was one of the founding members of the United Nations. 23. Melbourne is considered the sporting capital of the world, as it has more top level sport available for its citizens than anywhere else. Narrabri, NSW is Australia’s sportiest town. 24. Before the arrival of humans, Australia was home to megafauna: three metre tall kangaroos, seven metre long goannas, horse-sized ducks, and a marsupial lion the size of a leopard. It is theorised that it was also covered in rainforest before humans applied a burning style of hunting. 25. Kangaroos and emus cannot walk backward, one of the reasons that they’re on the Australian coat of arms. 26. Speaking of, Australia is one of the only countries where we eat the animals on our coat of arms. 27. If you visited one new beach in Australia every day, it would take over 27 years to see them all. 28. Melbourne has the world’s largest Greek population outside of Athens. 29. The Great Barrier Reef is the planet’s largest living structure. 30. And it has it’s own postbox! 31. The male platypus has strong enough venom to kill a small dog. 32. And when the platypus was first sent to England, it was believed the Australians had played a joke by sewing the bill of a duck onto a rat. 33. Before 1902, it was illegal to swim at the beach during the day. 34. A retired cavalry officer, Francis De Grootstole the show when the Sydney Harbour Bridge officially opened. Just as the Premier was about to cut the ribbon, De Groot charged forward on his horse and cut it himself, with his sword. The ribbon had to be retied, and De Groot was carted off to a mental hospital. He was later charged for the cost of one ribbon. 35. Australia has 3.3x more sheep than people. 36. Prime Minister Harold Holt went for a swim at Cheviot Beach, and was never seen again. 37. Australia’s national anthem was 'God Save The King/Queen’ until 1984. 38. Wombat poop is cube shaped! This helps it mark its territory. 39. European settlers in Australia drank more alcohol per capita than any other society in history. 40. The Australian Alps receive more snowfall than Switzerland. 41. A kangaroo is only one centimetre long when it is born. 42. Sir John Robertson, a five-time premier of NSW in the 1800s, began every morning with half a pint of rum. He said: “None of the men who in this country have left footprints behind them have been cold water men.” 43. The Box jellyfish has killed more people in Australia than stonefish, sharks and crocodiles combined. 44. Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world. 45. The average Aussie drinks 96 litres of beer per year. 46. 63% of Australians are overweight. 47. Australia is ranked second on the Human Development Index (based on life expectancy, income and education). 48. In 2005, security guards at Canberra’s Parliament House were banned from calling people 'mate’. It lasted one day. 49. In Australia, it is illegal to walk on the right-hand side of a footpath. 50. Australia is the only continent in the world without an active volcano. 51. Aussie Rules footy was originally designed to help cricketers to keep fit in the off-season. 52. The name 'Kylie’ came from an Aboriginal hunting stick, similar to the boomerang. 53. 91% of the country is covered by native vegetation. 54. The largest-ever victory in an international football match was when Australia beat American Samoa 31-0 in 2001. 55. There are 60 designated wine regions in Australia. 56. Melbourne has been ranked the world’s most liveable city for the past three years. 57. If all the sails of the Opera House roof were combined, they would create a perfect sphere. The architect was inspired while eating an orange. 58. Australia is home to 20% of the world’s poker machines. 59. Half of these are found in New South Wales. 60. Moomba, Australia’s largest free festival, held in Melbourne, means 'up your bum’ in many Aboriginal languages. 61. No native Australian animals have hooves. 62. The performance by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the 2000 Olympics opening ceremony was actually a prerecording- of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. 63. The wine cask (goon sack) is an Australian invention 64. So is the selfie. 65. Durack, Australia’s biggest electorate, is larger in size than Mongolia. 66. The world’s first compulsory seat belt law was put into place in Victoria in 1970. 67. Each year, Brisbane hosts the world championships of cockroach racing. 68. In 1932, the Australian military waged war on the emu population of Western Australia. Embarrassingly, they lost. 69. Canberra was created in 1908 as a compromise when Sydney and Melbourne both wanted to be the capital city. 70. A gay bar in Melbourne won the right to ban women from the premises, because they made the men uncomfortable. 71. In 1992, an Australian gambling syndicatebought almost all the number combinations in a Virginia lottery, and won. They turned a $5m purchase into a $27m win. 72. Eucalyptus oil is highly flammable, meaning gum trees may explode if ignited, or in bushfires. 73. In 1975, Australia had a government shutdown, which ended with the Queen firing everyone and the government starting again. 74. A bearded Australian was removed from a darts match in the UK, after the audience started chanting 'Jesus!’ at him, distracting the players. 75. There have been instances of wallabiesgetting high after breaking into opium crops, then running around and making what look like crop circles. 76. An Australian man once tried to sell New Zealand on eBay. 77. In 1940, two aircraft collided in midair, in NSW. Instead of crashing, the two planes became stuck together and made a safe landing. 78. The male lyrebird, which is native to Australia, can mimic the calls of over 20 other birds. If that’s not impressive enough, he can also perfectly imitate the sound of a camera, chainsaw and car alarm. 79. Some shopping centres and restaurants play classical music in their car park to deter teenagers from loitering at night. 80. Despite sharing the same verbal language, Australian, British and American sign languageare all completely different languages. 81. In 1979, debris from NASA’s space station 'Skylab’ crashed in Esperance, WA. The town then fined NASA $400 for littering. 82. There have been no deaths in Australia from a spider bite since 1979. 83. There currently a chlamydia outbreak among koala species, which has led to a 15% drop in koala populations. 84. In NSW, there is a coal fire beneath the ground which has been burning for 5,500 years. 85. An Australian election TV debate was rescheduled so it didn’t conflict with the finale of reality cooking show Masterchef. 86. Chinese explorers travelled to Australia long before Europeans arrived. As early as the 1400s, sailors and fisherman came to Australia for sea-cucumbers and to trade with Indigenous peoples. 87. The first European to visit Australia was Dutch explorer Willem Janszoon, in 1606. More Dutch explorers visited the country over the next hundred years, plotting maps and naming it 'New Holland’. 88. Captain James Cook first landed on Australia’s east coast in 1770. In 1788, the British returned with eleven ships to establish a penal colony. Within days of The First Fleet’s arrival and the raising of the British flag, two French ships arrived, just too late to claim Australia for France.
Los Angeles consumes the same amount of water today as it did in 1970, with 1 million more residents. The city consumes approximately 123 gallons per capita, per day, which is the best in the entire nation. -Source
Virgil Reading the Aeneid to Augustus, Octavia, and Livia by Jean-Baptiste Wicar
Under Augustus, Rome went through an enlightened period where
literature reined supreme within the eternal city. Latin’s great poets:
Virgil, Horace and Ovid published their brilliant works mostly during
the Augustan age, while others like the satirist Petronius, Strabo the
geographer, Vitruvius and the invaluable ancient historian Livy
contributed their own forms of literature. But the written word was not
the only great contribution of the Augustan age. Under his friend and
confidant Marcus Vipsanisu Agrippa, Rome received a major face-lift in
which it was transformed from a city of brick into a true imperial city
of great marble structures, worthy of the title: Capital of the World.
Among those projects undertaken were 3 aqueducts supplying fresh water
to the growing city: the Julia, Virgo and Alsietina. The original
Pantheon, the great temple of the Roman gods, Agrippa’s baths, the
Saepta Julia and Augustus’ Mausoleum were built as well. Improvements
to, or complete replacements were constructed for nearly every public
building including courthouses, offices and administrative buildings of
all kinds. Perhaps even more importantly, Augustus conducted a major
census of the city and provinces, which had long been neglected during
the civil wars.
Though he faced many challenges, some devastating, like the loss of 3
legions in the Teutoburger Wald of Germania, Augustus ruled Rome in
virtual contrast to all administrations both before and after. Stability
and general prosperity ruled the day. Even the urban poor in a vast,
sprawling city then exceeding 1 million residents, seemed to have little
complaint. Octavian’s imperial name of Augustus was not only an
honorific title, but proved to be the truest definition of the man who
bore it: Imperator Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus Augustus was a man
without peer in the ancient world.
Jinhae is a city surrounded by picturesque mountains, and famous for its cherry blossom festival. The ten day festival held in spring attracts over 1 million visitors to see the city. The festival celebrates the cherry blossoms, the towns emblem, and attract street performers, carnival stalls and street lighting.
A military parade is also held, commemorating victory from an invasion attempt by the Japanese.
Dundurn Castle is a historic neoclassical mansion on York Boulevard in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The 18,000-square-foot (1,700 m2) house took three years and $175,000.00 to build, and was completed in 1835. The seventy-two room castle featured the latest conveniences of gas lighting and running water. It is currently owned by the City of Hamilton, which purchased it in 1900 for $50,000. The City has spent nearly $3 million renovating the site to make 42 of the original 72 rooms open to the public. The rooms have been restored to the year 1855 when its owner Sir Allan Napier MacNab, 1st Baronet, was at the height of his career. Costumed interpreters guide visitors through the home, illustrating daily life from the 1850s. The Duchess of Cornwall, a descendant of Sir Allan MacNab, is the Royal Patron of Dundurn Castle.
Dundurn Castle, a Regency house, was completed in 1835 by architect Robert Charles Wetherell. MacNab purchased the property fromRichard Beasley, one of Hamilton’s early settlers, when financial difficulties forced Beasley to sell lands at Burlington Heights (present dayDundurn Park), and MacNab built Dundurn Castle on the foundations of Beasley’s brick home. Once built, Dundurn Castle became famous all over the country for its grand entertainments. Sir John A. Macdonald and King Edward VII are among those who have been entertained there.
In 2015, the Pew Research Center estimated the amount of Muslims living in the U.S. to be about 3.3 million, accounting for about 1% of the entire U.S. population.
This percentage is quite a leap from the results of the Pew Research Center’s 2014 Religious Landscape Study, which determined 0.9% of U.S. adults identify as Muslim. Pew estimates this total will double by 2050, making the U.S. Muslim population 8.1 million people, or 2.1% of the total population.
Here are the states with the highest populations of Muslim citizens, according to the 2015 results from The American Values Atlas.
New Jersey: New Jersey has three times as many Muslim adults per capita as the national average, according to Pew.
New York: In 2014, the New York Times reportedthat the Muslim population in New York City ranged from 600,000 to 1 million. As of 2015, 2% of New York’s population of 19,795,791 population identify as Muslim, making the head count an estimated total of 395,915.
North Dakota: North Dakota, with its population of 756.927, is another state that is highly populated with Muslim people: 2% of the population, equating to an estimated total of 15,139 people, identify as Muslim-American.
Virginia: The United States Census Bureau estimated the population of Virginia to be 8,382,993 in 2015. Of that total, 2% — or about 167,660 people — are Muslim.
On July 28th, 1976, two earthquakes hit in China, near the city of Tangshan. They were just 100 miles from Beijing. Tangshan was a city of 1 million that was almost completely destroyed in a day. Beijing’s port city, Tianjin, was also hit as was parts of the capital Beijing. Although the death toll was never confirmed by Chinese authorities, it may have exceeded 700,000. That would easily make the Tangshan earthquakes the most deadly natural catastrophe of the 1900s.
China at the time was still reeling from the aftermath of its decade-long and ultimately pointless “Cultural Revolution.” The response to the earthquakes was incompetent, ineffective, and corrupt. It directly led to more deaths and more suffering. Word of the earthquake and the terrible relief effort spread throughout China. In whispers, of course, since counterrevolutionaries were and are still arrested when the crime is nothing more than speaking a unhappy truth about the government. Already in poor health, Mao died just six weeks after Tangshan. And suddenly that and the ensuing power struggle were all that was talked about. The largest natural disaster of a century, and it is not taught or remembered.
Since 2008, soulmates have flocked to the City of Light to literally lock down their love for each other on the Pont des Arts footbridge. There, lovebirds would attach a padlock (“love lock”) — a symbol of their devotion — to the railing and throw away the key in the River Seine below.
But that display of love has a limit. Due to safety concerns, city officials are in the process of removing roughly 1 million locks, that’s 45 metric tons, about 100,000 pounds.
Last June, a section of the bridge collapsed under the weight of the love locks. At the time, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo discreetly suggested that additional locks could prove a dangerous problem, and appointed deputy mayor Bruno Julliard to find a solution.
1.The #NanjingMassacre refers to the horrific events that lasted nearly six weeks between December 1937 and January 1938. Japanese troops invaded the Chinese city and killed 300,000 people.
2.Over 40 days of the Nanjing Massacre, one Chinese was killed by the Japanese military approximately every 12 seconds.
3.The contest to kill 100 people using a sword is in the story of a barbaric contest between two Japanese officers, Toshiaki Mukai and Tsuyoshi Nodawho, who competed over who could first kill 100 people with a sword. They were both executed over war crimes charges.
4.Eyewitness accounts and confessions of Japanese troops speak of innocent people being buried alive, rapes and gang rapes of women aged 7 to 70, people being used as targets for bayonet practice, group shootings, chemical warfare and innocents being thrown into the Yangtze River.
5.A report by the Japanese military on the restoration of public security in Nanjing in February 1938 shows that the population of the city fell from 1 million to 300,000 owing to the Japanese invasion and massacre.
6.A Japanese military report on Nanjing in February 1938 says, that there were 25,000 Japanese troops in the city at that time. They had forced 141 women into sexual slavery. The report disturbingly adds that there was “1 woman to serve 178 soldiers.”
7.The establishment of the Nanjing Safety Zone by foreigners helped protect the Chinese people. Following the example of Jesuit Father Robert Jacquinot de Besange in Shanghai, foreigners in the city created the Nanjing Safety Zone, helping save thousands of innocent people.
8.At the end of World War II, the tribunals failed to charge the Japanese Imperial family, including Prince Yasuhiko Asaka who was commander of Japanese forces in the final assault on Nanjing. Some historians have been critical of the then US administration’s role in ensuring the Japanese Imperial family enjoyed immunity.
9.Less than 200 survivors from Nanjing Massacre are currently living, with the average age being 80.6 years.
10.The National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre Victims (Dec. 13) was established on Feb. 27, 2014. The idea was first proposed by Zhu Chengshan, the curator of the Memorial Hall of the Victims of Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders.