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    Cyburbian Emeritus Bear Up North's avatar
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    The BLANK capitol of the world

    Most likely, most Cyburbians live in or around "The BLANK Capitol Of the World". Here in the Toledo area we take pride in Toledo being known as "The Glass Capitol Of The World" and "The Automobile Parts Capitol Of the World". We are next to western Lake Erie, known to sportsmen as "The Walleye Capitol Of The World".

    Cyburbian Boiker has said that a sign near his city proclaims that it is "The Glass Capitol Of The World". (Depends on how you measure "capitol". Toledo was originally world heaadquarters to three major glass manufacturing companies. Boiker's home had a huge glass-making factory.)

    Years ago, Chicago was "Hog Butcher To The World"......with stinky stockyards to prove it. Detroit has always been "The Motor City", implying "capitol".

    So.....what capitol are you calling home?

    (PS - Toledo has a number of companies that manufacture janitorial supplies, including urinal screens.....giving men all over the country something to aim for. Do we start referring to T-Town as "Urinal Screen Capitol Of The World"?)

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    Le Mars Iowa is the Ice Cream capitol of the world
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    Cyburbian JNL's avatar
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    Is capitol an alternative spelling of capital?

    My city markets itself as Creative Wellington - Innovation Capital.

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    Quote Originally posted by JNL
    Is capitol an alternative spelling of capital?

    My city markets itself as Creative Wellington - Innovation Capital.
    I think capitol normally means the actual building the seat of power resides in where as capital is the city. So Congress meets in the Capitol which is in the nation's capital, Washington D.C.

    But don't ask me about principals without principles. That'll just make my head spin.
    As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. - H.L. Mencken

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    Toledo used to also be the Bicycle Capitol of the World, until about 1905 when the automobile came along.

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    I believe Albany (NY) is the capital of the capital of the world...hehe

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    Most of you know that I am prone to promoting Mississippi as something other than the "barefoot, pregnant, illiterate, with no teeth capital of the world. Here are a few or the more interesting ones from Mississippi:

    The Mississippi Gulf Coast, from Biloxi to Henderson Point, is the largest and longest man-made beach in the world.

    National Geographic is printed by the Ringier-America company in Corinth.

    Pine-Sol is manufactured only in Pearl.

    Four cities in the world have been sanctioned by the International Theatre/Dance Committee to host the International Ballet Competition: Moscow, Russia; Varna, Bulgaria; Helsinki, Finland; and Jackson, Mississippi.

    Blazon-Flexible Flyer, Inc., in West Point, manufactures the best snow sled in the country, the Flexible Flyer.

    The Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg is the largest research, testing, and development facility of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

    The McCoy Federal Building in Jackson is the first federal building in the United States named for a Black man. Dr. A. H. McCoy was a dentist and business leader.

    The International Checkers Hall of Fame is in Petal. (My Hometown)

    Natchez was settled by the French in 1716 and is the oldest permanent settlement on the Mississippi River. Natchez once had 500 millionaires, more than any other city except New York City. Natchez now has more than 500 buildings that are on the National Register of Historic Places.

    The Mississippi Legislature passed one of the first laws in 1839 to protect the property rights of married women.

    In 1894, Coca-Cola was first bottled by Joseph A. Biedenharn in Vicksburg.

    Peavey Electronics, in Meridian, is the world's largest manufacturer of musical amplification equipment.

    The first Parents-Teachers Association was founded in Crystal Springs.

    The first football player on a Wheaties box was Walter Payton of Columbia.
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    For Milwaukee:

    Brewery/Beer Capital of the World
    Bowling Capital of the World
    Machine Shop of the World

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    Here are a few more:

    Vardaman, is the Sweet Potato Capital of the world. Each year, in November, the Sweet Potato Festival is held in Vardaman.

    Oxford is home of John Grisham, author of THE FIRM, PELICAN BRIEF, THE CLIENT, and A TIME TO KILL.

    General Frank Gregory, of Shelby, is one of the principal developers of the helicopter.

    The world's first human lung transplant was performed at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, in 1963. The world's first heart transplant was performed at the Center the following year.

    Greenwood is the Cotton Capital of the World.

    Greenville is the Towboat Capital of the World.

    The governor's Mansion, circa 1842, in Jackson, is the second oldest executive residence in the United States that has been continuously occupied as a gubernatorial residence. The Mansion was designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of Interior in 1975.

    Greenville is the birthplace of puppetmaster Jim Henson, creator of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Big Bird, Cookie Monster..., the list goes on and on. In Leland, where he spent his boyhood along Deer Creek, can be found an exhibit dedicated to this unique individual who has made the world laugh and smile at the antics of his Muppets and the Sesame Street Characters.

    The University of Southern Mississippi, in Hattiesburg, houses the de Grummond Exhibit, which is the World's largest collection of original manuscripts and illustrations of children's literature. (My Alma Mater)

    Camp Shelby, located south of Hattiesburg, was the largest Army Training Camp in the United States during World War II. (Camp Shelby is now a mobilization center for the war in Iraq)

    Mississippi's original soft drink, Barq's Root Beer, was invented by Edward Barq, Sr. of Biloxi. The building in which this drink was made and bottled still stands and is located at 224 Keller Avenue, one block off U.S. Highway 90 in Biloxi. The secret formula is mixed by Edward "Sonny" Barq IV, who is the quality control specialist, and sold to Barq's franchises in every state in the nation.

    Mississippi was the first state in the nation to have a planned system of junior colleges.
    A word to the wise ain't necessary. It's the stupid ones that need the advice.
    --Bill Cosby

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    Not being content to be the capital of any one thing Kalamazoo has been historically capital of three things:
    1. the Whale bone corset captial (here's one we are all fond of saying loud and proud - hey Silicon Valley, you guys might be the computer capital of the world but 120 years ago we led the entire world in whale bone corset production!!! nyah nyah....)

    2. Mall City - all Kalamazoo booster literature for years said 'Mall City USA' because Kalamazoo introduced the country's first outdoor pedestrian mall back in 1950's

    3. Celery capital - before California introduced blanched Pascal variety celery the area led the world in celery production.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    We claim to be the Plywood Veneer Capital of the World. It's a niche market, to say the least.
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    Well, my hometown is probably the Concrete Block Making Machine Capital of the World - Alpena, MI is the corporate home of Besser Corporation which is the world market leader in production and distribution of concrete block making machines.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    The ends can justify the means.

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    Quote Originally posted by Elisabeth
    I believe Albany (NY) is the capital of the capital of the world...hehe
    No...we are actually the CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE!
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    I think Sandusky lays claim to being the Rollercoaster Capital of the World.

    Cedar Point is such a badass rollercoaster park! :-C

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

    - Herman Göring at the Nuremburg trials (thoughts on democracy)

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    My hometown of Omaha is the Softball Capital of the World.
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    is urging me to be myself but never follow someone else
    Because opinions are like voices we all have a different kind". --Q-Tip

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    Ft. Lauderdale is the "Venice of America." It has more than 300 miles of navigable inland waterways.

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    A little town to the west of Edmonton (Spruce Grove) is considered the swingers capital of Canada... I guess it has the highest per capita population of swingers. I don't know how in the heck you would find out something like that... unless the census up here is very specific.

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    Well, Fairfield, CA is the "Jelly Bean" capital of the US, if not the world (Jelly Belly)

    Vacaville used to be "the Onion Capital" but now markets itself as the home of the largest biotech plant in the US (Genetech)

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    More on Streator's Glass Industry:

    Streator was selected to be a glass producing capital because of the enormous and easily accessible veins of coal and a gigantic outcropping of St. Peter's Sandstone only 10 miles to the north. The St. Peter's sandstone that outcrops near Ottawa, IL is 99.9% pure silica sand (SiO2); virtually uncontaminated.

    3 glass factories established in Streator, one was owned by Anheiser-Busch and streator was the lone producer for the brewery. One factory produced nothing but plate glass and the glass was used extensivley in modern turn-of-the-centruy buildings in Peoria, Chicago, and other mid-western cities.

    At it's peak, 5,000-5,500 were employed by the glass industry in this town of then 18,000 and nearly 2,000 were employed in coal mining.
    Dude, I'm cheesing so hard right now.

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    Quote Originally posted by BKM
    Well, Fairfield, CA is the "Jelly Bean" capital of the US, if not the world (Jelly Belly)

    Vacaville used to be "the Onion Capital" but now markets itself as the home of the largest biotech plant in the US (Genetech)
    Don't forget that Solano County is supposedly The Tomato Capital.

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    Both Las Cruces and Hatch New Mexico claims to be the chile capital of the world. (As opposed to the capital of Chile, which is Santiago.) Las Cruces also the Jeep off-roading capital of the world.

    The City of Westfield, Massachusetts once called itself the Buggy Whip Capital of the World. Really.

    Walcott, Iowa is the Truck Stop Capital of the World.

    Owensboro, Kentucky is the Fast Food Capital of the World.

    Fort Payne, Alabama is the Sock Capital of the World.

    Baudette, Mimmesota; Garrison, Minesota; Isle, Minnesota; Ray, Mimmesota; Rush City, Minnesota; Garrison, North Dakota; Port Clinton, Ohio; Umatilla, Oregon and Mobridge, South Dakota all claim to be the Walleye Capital of the World.

    Off-topic:
    Slightly OT: speaking of small accomplishments, I love how Texas municipalities, no matter how small, put high school athletic championships on their city limit signs.

    MIERDA
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    POP. 2,340

    Home of the Mierda Cougars
    AA Football Champs 1964
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    Quote Originally posted by Dan
    Off-topic:
    Slightly OT: speaking of small accomplishments, I love how Texas municipalities, no matter how small, put high school athletic championships on their city limit signs.

    MIERDA
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    POP. 2,340

    Home of the Mierda Cougars
    AA Football Champs 1964
    I've always gotten a kick out of that. I've even seen one with that painted on the water tower. There's a city called Rockport that features a billboard stating "Home of Dat Nguyen(sp?), star linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys" or something like that. Shouldn't your town be known for something that is there or something that happened there, rather than someone who used to live there? Arrrggghhh...Texas is such a weird state!

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

    - Herman Göring at the Nuremburg trials (thoughts on democracy)

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    Quote Originally posted by Elisabeth
    I believe Albany (NY) is the capital of the capital of the world...hehe
    Quote Originally posted by GeogPlanner
    No...we are actually the CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE!
    Come on, we all know that Albany is really the capital of (insert most dysfunctional state government here) .

    Easy one for us, Buffalo is home to the Tofu Burger

    Actually, where home to the most dysfunctional local government, Chicken Wings, Beef on Weck, air conditioner (well invented here anyway), Elevated Grain Elevators, 4 Straight Superbowl losers , oh wait, this is about being the capital of something. I guess the chicken wings will always be associated with Buffalo.
    A guy once told me, "Do not have any attachments, do not have anything in your life you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you spot the heat around the corner."


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    Toledo is the auto parts capitol? I thought Detroit was.... hmmm.

    I think with Eminem, Kid Rock and ICP, detroit is the white rapper capitol.

    Detroit used to be the murder capitol, but we ran out of stuff to murder so the rate went down.

    Detroit is the biggest city in the United States that is located North of the Canadian Border. How is that?

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    Quincy, MA:

    City of Presidents
    The Granite City
    The Flounder Capital of the World

    Contains the 1st commercial railroad, the largest crane in the western hemisphere, the largest marina in the northeast.

    Dunkys and HoJos started here.

    And..clowns like John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Abagail Adams, and John Hancock are from the hood.

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