Fun Fridays – August 27, 2021

Today is a 10-minute video talking (rather rapidly) about a number of strange borders in the United States and how they came to be.

Do any of you live near places like these? Is it a big deal in your community or only a conversation piece?
I read of a library that is split with one half in Canada and the other in the United States (article click here). Do you need a passport to go over to the international law shelves in their collection?

If you are a novelist, imagine the creative shenanigans you could play with over oddities like these!

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4 Responses to Fun Fridays – August 27, 2021

  1. Colleen K Snyder August 27, 2021 at 6:17 am #

    Oh, dear. The “Pig Wars?” Having lived in Ohio, the story there is Ohio lost the war with Michigan, and didn’t GET Toledo…they had to TAKE Toledo. (John Denver has a delightful take on Toledo…”Saturday Night in Toledo Ohio…is like being nowhere at all. Look it up!)

  2. Bill Bethel August 27, 2021 at 6:38 am #

    Interesting. I was waiting to hear about the early State Capital of Illinois, Kaskaskia, now being “in Missouri” due to an 1881 change in the Mississippi River.

  3. Sharon K Connell August 27, 2021 at 10:37 am #

    Weird! Just weird. LOL But I don’t think I’ll be using any of these strangely-bordered places for my stories. Readers get confused enough as it is when you talk about moving from place to place in normal locales. But thanks for the information, Steve.

    Now I think I’ll rest for a bit. I feel like I’ve just run a marathon. 🙂

  4. Sheri Dean Parmelee, Ph.D. August 27, 2021 at 2:24 pm #

    How interesting!

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