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Old Posted Mar 5, 2021, 9:40 AM
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Looking at Texas, two things come to mind. One, wow, is Austin ever isolated from the rest of the state capitals even while being in the lower 48. And two, West Texas covers a lot of area before there's a state capital closeby.

Florida's capital is also way away from the rest of the state. West Virginia's is also, which isn't surprising considering it isn't exactly a big state.
When Florida became a US Territory in 1821 Tallahassee was chosen as a compromise between Pensacola, the former capital of West Florida and St. Augustine, the former capital of East Florida.
Florida Legislators would alternate between both Capitals for their yearly meetings and the travel times between both would take over a month so they decided to choose a city that was a half way point.
As for it being away from the rest of the state it wasn't at the time since most of the population was concentrated in northern Florida while most of the peninsula was sparsely populated.
There has always been talk about moving the Capital to a more geographically centrist place like Orlando.
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Despite Detroit and Boston being roughly the same latitude, Detroit and Washington are actually much closer to each other than Detroit and Boston. In fact, Detroit and Washington are nearly as close to each other as are Boston and Washington.
Toronto and Washington are closer to each other than they are to Boston.
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Winnipeg, commonly described as being in Western Canada, is closer to Montreal (driving distance in kilometers, however not estimated driving time) than it is to Vancouver.

25 hr (2,269.0 km) via Trans-Canada Hwy E
https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/Winni...KsQ-A96BAgYEA4

23 hr 56 min (2,302.0 km) via Trans-Canada Hwy and Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 W
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Winn...eMQ-A96BAg0EA4
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Old Posted Mar 5, 2021, 4:23 PM
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With its mangled roof of spidery islands and lakes, Canada holds several island-related distinctions. It is home to the world's largest island-in-a-lake (Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron), for example, as well as the world's largest lake-on-an-island (Nettilling Lake on Baffin Island).
Manitoulin Island:

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Treasure Island, also known as Mindemoya, is a large island in Lake Mindemoya, on Manitoulin Island, which is in Lake Huron. As Manitoulin's largest island, it is said to be the world's largest island in a lake on an island in a lake. The island has no permanent residents, but there are some cottages:

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The world's largest island-in-a-lake-on-an-island-in-a-lake-on-an-island is located at exactly 69.793° N, 108.241° W. The nameless island lolls across the center of a small lake, which is itself encapsulated by a slightly larger island. That resides inside one of a series of long finger lakes located 75 miles inland from the southern coast of Victoria Island, a land feature in Northern Canada that is the eighth largest island in the world:
https://www.livescience.com/33679-wo...gle-earth.html

The world's largest island-in-a-lake-on-an-island, however, is the volcanic island of Samosir in the middle of Lake Toba in Sumatra.
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When Florida became a US Territory in 1821 Tallahassee was chosen as a compromise between Pensacola, the former capital of West Florida and St. Augustine, the former capital of East Florida.
Florida Legislators would alternate between both Capitals for their yearly meetings and the travel times between both would take over a month so they decided to choose a city that was a half way point.
As for it being away from the rest of the state it wasn't at the time since most of the population was concentrated in northern Florida while most of the peninsula was sparsely populated.
There has always been talk about moving the Capital to a more geographically centrist place like Orlando.

Also when based on relative state's size, the shape of Florida makes it's geographic center disproportionally far to reach all the state.

For example, Georgia and Florida are about the same size in area. I can drive from one extreme of Georgia to another in 5-6 hours. But even from Florida's geographic center (in Hernando County) or population center (in Polk County), it will take 5-6 hours or more to get to Florida's extremes (not including the keys).

So Tallahassee is not really as extreme as it appears than many other state capitals. Also, the state capital is primary for where the legislature convenes. The states services (its departments) can be de-centralized which Florida does to some level.
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The world's largest island-in-a-lake-on-an-island-in-a-lake-on-an-island...
Fuck, man! This will perplex me all day.

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The world's largest island-in-a-lake-on-an-island-in-a-lake-on-an-island is located at exactly 69.793° N, 108.241° W.
LOL. My head hurts after reading that.

When you are in Michigan, you are never more than 6 miles from fresh water. No point in Michigan is greater than 6 miles from an inland lake, and no point is greater than 85 miles from one of the Great Lakes.

Interestingly, someone figured out that the farthest point in the state from a Great Lake is roughly on this corner in front of City Hall in downtown Eaton Rapids. I wonder if those kids know!


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Speaking of Florida...

It's shaped like a limp penis.

If Florida ever gets aroused enough to become fully erect, it will point northeast, and it's 400-mile length (measured from its base near Jacksonville) will thrust into and beyond the continental shelf.

Tourists could even embark on short cruises to Miami from Charleston and Myrtle Beach.
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The beaches and main wharf in downtown Santa Barbara, CA face and point, respectively, SOUTHEAST.
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I wonder which interstate corridor has the most state capitals on it. From a quick look at a map it looks like 85 and 35 have at least 4 or 5 each.
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Quebec Province is reputed to have 3.6 million freshwater bodies. That is a thousand times thirty six thousand lakes, folks.
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Canada is home to the largest number of lakes in the world. Of the 1.42 million lakes around the world with a size of over 0.1 sq. km, Canada is home to a whopping 62% of them.
https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/...the-world.html

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According to the study, the 10 countries with the most lakes in the world are:

Canada - 879,800
Russia - 201,200
USA - 102,500
China - 23,800
Sweden - 22,600
Brazil - 20,900
Norway - 20,000
Argentina - 13,600
Kazakhstan - 12,400
Australia - 11,400
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The Easternmost Point in North America Is Actually West of Alaska


Amatignak Island in Alaska with gps coordinates 51°16′7″N 179°8′55″W is the westernmost point in all U.S. territories by longitude
Semisopochnoi Island in Alaska with gps coordinates 51°57′42″N 179°46′23″E – easternmost point in all U.S. territory by longitude


https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/...of-alaska.html
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Anchorage, Alaska is about 2,800 miles from Hawaii while Los Angeles is about 2,500. Though Anchorage flight time is only 15 minutes longer than from LAX.
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Anchorage, Alaska is about 2,800 miles from Hawaii while Los Angeles is about 2,500. Though Anchorage flight time is only 15 minutes longer than from LAX.
Does that include taxiing behind 20 other jets to the runway?
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Arizona's largest natural body of water, Mormon Lake, is shallow and empty/dry for about six months of any given year.
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Kaskaskia is on the Illinois side of the Missouri River currently and historically.
Really? https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ka...!4d-89.9131643
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Arizona's largest natural body of water, Mormon Lake, is shallow and empty/dry for about six months of any given year.
Interesting. Is its designation as largest based on surface area alone, or volume of water?


1. Folks in Detroit have to drive south to get to Windsor, Ontario (via the Ambassador Bridge). There's a long-running joke that the fictional "South Detroit" in Journey's song is actually Windsor. The Ambassador Bridge is the busiest international border crossing in all of North America.

2. Most folks think of Michigan as relatively flat, like much of the Midwest. While that is mostly true for the lower portion of the state, it gets hillier the further north you go. Hilly enough that the UP technically has a mountain range called the Huron Mountains. They are home to Mt. Arvon, elevation 1,979 ft. / 603 m. above sea level. Not only is it the highest point in the state, It is the highest point in the seven-state region of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Missouri, which make up a large chunk of the Midwest.

3. Conversely, Michigan's lowest geographic point is in Lake Superior, roughly 40 miles off the coast. At this point, the lake is about 1,300 ft. deep, or 698 ft. / 213 m. below sea level. So the total vertical height different between highest and lowest points in the state is 2,677 ft. / 616 m.
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Well he did say Missouri river and Kaskaskia is easterly of any point in the Missouri river so maybe that's what he meant
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Well he did say Missouri river and Kaskaskia is easterly of any point in the Missouri river so maybe that's what he meant
I honestly both misread and misspoke out of ignorance that the Missouri River was coterminous with the state border. I thought he was saying that the town was now in Missouri. I apologize.
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