Puzzled for years, a French municipality finally offered a reward for the translation of β€œROC AR B…DRE AR GRIO SE EVELOH AR VIRIONES BAOAVEL” and other 18th century markings on a person-sized stone often submerged until low tide. The deadline for submissions passed --no news of a breakthrough. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Mayon Volcano, the most active volcano in the Philippines, is renowned for having an almost perfect cone. Mayon Volcano Natural Park is located in the eight cities and municipalities that has jurisdiction of the mountain en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
Town Line, NY seceded from the Union during the Civil War, contributing a handful of soldiers to the Confederacy. Curiously, it never rejoined the Union as it was not a formally recognized municipality before the war. It "officially" rejoined the Union in 1946 on a vote of 90 to 23. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tow…
For decades, cartographers have made secret illustrations on Switzerland’s official topographical maps such as a spider, a naked woman, and a marmot, eluding the Swiss Federal Office of Topography for years before removal. The naked woman reclined for nearly 60 yrs in the municipality of Egg. eyeondesign.aiga.org/for-…
Spacex offered all the residents of Boca Chica, Texas a buyout so they could increase the size of rockets being launched in their municipality. theatlantic.com/amp/artic…
The largest municipality in the world is Sermersooq in Greenland, with an area of 531,900 kmΒ² (and a population of 23,123) - if it was a country, it would be the 48th largest in the world, larger than Yemen, Spain, or Thailand en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In Finland, local municipalities can veto parliamentary ratification of licensing a new nuclear reactor within their regions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuc…
Village of Skjolden [Luster Municipality] w/ 100+ residents is the endpoint of Sognefjord, the longest & deepest fjord in Norway [100 km stretch & 1300 m deep]. Skjolden is also the entry point on a long trek to Jotunheimen National Park , w/ the tallest mountain [Galdhoppigen] in Scandinavia youtube.com/watch?v=_Iw1A…
Disneyworld has it's own government. The Reedy Creek Improvement District has two municipalities within itself, Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista. Both allow the Disney Corporation to issue their own building permits and liquor licenses... among other benefits. popularmechanics.com/tech…
The megalopolis of Mexico City consists of 173 municipalities with an approximate total population of almost 27 million people. Some sources include Greater QuerΓ©taro city, with a population of over a million, in a Mexico City megalopolis en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mex…
Today I learned On Jan. 1, 1998, Toronto’s amalgamation took effect, merging the six previous municipalities that made up Metro Toronto – Etobicoke, Scarborough, York, East York, North York, and the City of Toronto, into a new singular City of Toronto. theglobeandmail.com/news/…
In 1917 you could order a belt-fed machine gun from a Sears catalog: "Machine guns are used largely by police organizations, home guards and municipalities in case of riots." gutenberg.org/files/54213…
In 1990 a study of 27 Texas counties found nearly 40% fewer suicides in high, versus low, lithium levels in the local water supply. Almost 20 years later research in Japan found suicide rates were inversely correlated with the lithium content of the local water supply in 18 municipalities. nytimes.com/2014/09/14/op…
There is a municipality (basically a town or district) in Switzerland that is literally named Frick.It may just seem like a quiet town filled with forests and orchids.However in 2006,the first and only coelophysoidean fossil in Switzerland was found by an amateur paleontologist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
That, legally speaking, there is only a single town in Pennsylvania; Bloomsburg. Every other municipality is either a city, township, or borough. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The Cali Cartel murdered so many people and dumped their bodies in the Cauca River that the local municipality was eventually bankrupt by the cost of recovering corpses and conducting autopsies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
On the 28th of September 2006 The City Council of Reykjavik and neighboring municipalities agreed to turn off all the city lights in the capital area for half an hour, while a renowned astronomer talked about the stars and the constellations on national radio. andrimagnason.com/cds-and…
Municipalities in Liechtenstein have the constitutional right to secede by majority vote, so in the smallest municipality of Planken (population 432), it would take only ~150 people to agree to form an entirely new country jacobitemag.com/2017/08/0…
The least populated municipality in Canada is the Township of Cockburn Island, Ontario. Although it has a seasonal population of around 300 cottagers, its official permanent population is zero. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coc…
There's a canadian village called Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! that is the only municipality in the world that has two exclamation marks in its name en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
Since the 1980s municipalities in Japan have designed their own unique manhole covers to celebrate their individuality. mymodernmet.com/japanese-…
Today I learned of the Rebel Zapatista Autonomous Municipalities in the Mexican state of Chiapas. However contrary to the name, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation does not hold any power in the autonomous municipalities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reb…
Colorado has more ghost towns than active municipalities en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In 2008, the Municipality of Florence officially apologized for expelling Dante 700 years earlier. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
During Napoleons 6 day stay in Malta he; reformed national administration, created twelve municipalities, created a public finance administration, abolished all feudal privileges and slavery, framed a family code, nominated twelve judges and established public education. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
Wildfires "are increasingly leaving in their wake debris and toxic runoff that are polluting rivers and fouling water supplies. Some municipalities are having to upgrade their water treatment methods to counter the new danger." e360.yale.edu/features/ho…
Toronto is called the 6 because it was originally six municipalities mathwizurd.com/history/20…
In June 2012, the U.S. town of Boring, Oregon accepted the proposal of Dull, Scotland to "pair" their municipalities, in an effort to promote tourism in both places as a play on their names en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dul…
There is an "Office of Order" (Ordnungsamt) in every German municipality that enforces laws on minor infractions, such littering, illegal parking or suspicious conduct of shop owners. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ord…
Draken Harald HΓ₯rfagre is a large Viking longship built in the municipality of Haugesund, Norway in 2012 and the world's largest viking ship sailing in modern times en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
Nunavut, Canada's largest territory, has no sidewalks in any of its municipalities. gov.nu.ca/eia/information…
There is a municipality in South Jersey less than 15 miles from Philly with a population of 5. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tav…
Article 4 of Liechtenstein's constitution allows any of its eleven municipalities to secede and become their own sovereign country. All that is required is a simple majority vote of citizens living in that municipality. llv.li/files/rdr/Verfassu…
Walt Disney World is so large that it has its own municipality en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ree…
Belgium has a municipality consisting of 20+ parcels of land in the Netherlands called Baarle-Hertog. Within 1 parcel there are 6 parcels belonging to the Netherlands. amusingplanet.com/2012/11…
Prior to 1966, time was locally decided by businesses and municipalities. LJB reigned in the chaos and established Daylight Saving with the Uniform Time Act. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Today I learned of a Brazilian municipality called Canoinhas, whose people are mainly German-Brazilians, and some of the best-known families are the Kellners, the Wolffs, & the Fucks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Today I learned of Guttenberg, New Jersey. One of the most densely populated municipalities in the world with a population density of 57,116 people per square mile as of 2010. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gut…
Louisiana allows parishes and municipalities to ban products manufactured or produced in a Communist country law.justia.com/codes/loui…
Between 1809 and 1981, the municipality of HuΓ©scar in Granada, Spain, was at war with Denmark as a result of the Napoleonic wars over Spain. However, not a single shot was fired during the 172 years of war, and nobody was killed or injured. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Boston was originally less than 800 acres and is now 89 square miles due to landfills and annexation of neighboring municipalities en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
As only a Private in the US Army, Henry Kissinger was placed in charge of a German city after WWII, responsible for forming a civilian government to run the municipality. He accomplished this in eight days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Today I learned of Campione d'Italia, a municipality of Italy that's completely surrounded by Switzerland en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
Until 2016, there was one municipality in the state of Wisconsin that banned alcohol. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eph…
Walt Disney World is not located in Orlando. It is actually split between two municipalities, Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista. Both cities are completely controlled by The Walt Disney Company and have a combined population of 57 people, all of whom are employees and their families. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bay…
A municipality in Florida only gave voting rights to property owners instead of residents up until 1990 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isl…
Cockburn island is a municipality in Ontario with an official population of zero. It is the least populated incorporated municipality in Canada and has no ferry, bridge connections to either other islands or the mainland en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coc…
In 1977, a fraternal society turned their recreation center into a municipality to drink alcohol on Sundays. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.N…
The lowest zipcode in the United States belongs to Adjuntas, a small mountainside municipality in Puerto Rico en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adj…

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