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EXE
966567.  Sat Jan 26, 2013 1:37 am Reply with quote

Some Kentucky facts:
Both Abraham Lincoln, president of the Union during the Civil War, and Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy during the Civil War, were born in Kentucky.
The song "Happy Birthday to You" was written by two sisters from Kentucky.
Kentucky is known as the Bluegrass State after the plant, but in fact bluegrass isn't blue but green. However, it does have blue flowers, and if you look at a field of bluegrass from far away, the flowers make the field look bluish.

 
Posital
966643.  Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:46 am Reply with quote

I'm sure there must be something interesting about Kalamazoo, apart from its name...

 
EXE
966700.  Sat Jan 26, 2013 12:30 pm Reply with quote

I believe there's a Kalamazoo thread somewhere

 
Sadurian Mike
966705.  Sat Jan 26, 2013 12:39 pm Reply with quote

As well as ones about Della and a dealer and a dog named Jake.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVyzQY8W--g

 
EXE
966778.  Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:45 pm Reply with quote

There's an Irish town called Kill, as well as plenty of Irish places with Kil- as part of their name. For something that comes from the word for "church," it's pretty violent stuff.

 
EXE
971414.  Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:57 pm Reply with quote

Q: Why did Britain go to war with the Kingdom of Candy?
A: Candy should be spelled Kandy here -- it was a part of Sri Lanka that the British attempted to seize.

 
AlmondFacialBar
971470.  Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:50 am Reply with quote

And one of those Kill places is... Killiney, Co. Dublin:

Q: So… Apart from the fact that this piece of beach affords you a perfect view of Bono’s back garden, what else is special about it?

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/06/Killiney_Bay.JPG/250px-Killiney_Bay.JPG

A: It’s where the science of seismology was invented:

http://atlas.ingeniousireland.ie/1849-worlds-first-controlled-seismic-experiment/

http://www.science.ie/science-news/seismology-pioneer-robert-mallet.html

In 2009 then, for its 160th anniversary, BBC 2 tried to recreate the experiment for their Coast program in situ, but as the local council’s Health and Safety officers didn’t let them use the original amount of explosives it turned out rather less spectacular than originally hoped for. I don’t have an official source for that one yet as the whole story was regaled to me by an employee of said council (Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, btw, not Dublin) over brunch yesterday morning, but intend to find one.

According to The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies’s Web site a reading did register at any rate, so I guess the recreation wasn’t a total failure:

http://www.dias.ie/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3959%3Ageophyicskilliney&catid=146&Itemid=171&lang=en

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 
Efros
971483.  Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:19 am Reply with quote

EXE wrote:
There's already a k countries thread, but I thought a more inclusive one was necessary...

Q: Where can you find cities named “To Dig Good Potatoes,” Doo Dah, and Manhattan?
[klaxon -- New York]
Kansas -- Topeka means “to dig good potatoes” in the Kansa language, Doo Dah is the common nickname of Wichita, and Manhattan is the 8th largest city in the state.



The potatoes are not the potatoes we know but are a tuber bearing variety of legume.

 
Geography Guy
987497.  Tue Apr 09, 2013 4:47 am Reply with quote

Some alliterative K place names:
Kakamega, Kenya
Karagandy, Kazakhstan
Kuria, Kiribati
Khalidiya, Kuwait
Kökjanggak, Kyrgyzstan
Kačanik, Kosovo
Kuttawa, Kentucky
Kanopolis, Kansas
Kulachi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Kawakami, Karafuto

 
germananglophile
987639.  Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:26 am Reply with quote

Geography Guy wrote:
Some alliterative K place names:
Kakamega, Kenya
Karagandy, Kazakhstan
Kuria, Kiribati
Khalidiya, Kuwait
Kökjanggak, Kyrgyzstan
Kačanik, Kosovo
Kuttawa, Kentucky
Kanopolis, Kansas
Kulachi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Kawakami, Karafuto


Let's also give a shout out to Klondike, Yukon. :) (makes mental note to break out her Jack London books again)

 
Efros
987648.  Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:59 am Reply with quote

Kuching
Kuala Lumpur
Kilauea

spring to mind

 
Troux
992445.  Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:32 pm Reply with quote

EXE wrote:
Doo Dah is the common nickname of Wichita

Somehow, "Doo Dah Lineman" sounds a little less melancholy.

 
'yorz
992453.  Sun Apr 28, 2013 1:51 am Reply with quote

coincidence - that song and its birth were discussed on telly, late last night ;-)

 
Troux
992496.  Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:21 am Reply with quote

From memory...the songwriter was driving through Kansas and saw a telephone/electrical lineman along a long stretch of road and saw him as the epitome of loneliness, then the lyricist attached his own feelings of forlorn loneliness and made the whole world sadder, one cover version at a time. Was it even more in depth?

There's also a Kildare in Ireland, made famous for its rakes.
The Rakes of Kildare

 
'yorz
992501.  Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:35 am Reply with quote

Here's the story behind the song
link

 

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