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March 3, 2008

Strange Geography

I came across a blog today that tries to unravel and explain some the mysteries and oddities of geography (thrilling subject, I know. Shut up). Twelve Mile Circle has covered topics like the last phone booth in Washington DC., the Free State of Winston, the strange shape of The Gambia, a country in Africa, double landlocked countries, and the fact that 75% of the Canadian population lives within 100 miles of the U.S. border. There’s even an honorable mention of the fact that Reno is further west than L.A.

There is a fourpart series on trying to pin down the smallest county in the U.S. The smallest county is Kalawao County in Hawaii, but it doesn’t really count because there’s no formal government. In fact, Kalawao is a former leper colony built on a small spit of land jutting into the ocean, and although a “cure” for leprosy has been found, access to the whole county is still restricted. The only access is by ship, visitors need to be escorted by an official during their visit, and no new residents are allowed to move in. So eventually all the residents of the county will die (there are only 120 left), and the county will cease to exist.

That’s just one of the weird stories on this wonderful blog. There’s also a companion website with more in-depth looks at the Strange Geography of the world.

And oddly enough, I can’t find any coverage of the actual Twelve Mile Circle from which the blog gets its name.