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America's Smartest Cities

  1. Feb 17, 2008 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    Our own little Corvallis, Oregon, home of OSU [Integral's and my alma mater], made number five!

    http://www.forbes.com/opinions/2008...st-cities-oped-cx_apa_0207smartest_slide.html
     
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    You'll never win the title of STD capital of the world, GO BALTIMORE!!
     
  4. Feb 17, 2008 #3

    Moonbear

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    Heh, not too surprising. Lots of college towns...of course the people there are educated, they're all either students or employed by the university. And, of course, if some businesses open up around the university to retain some of the graduates for other employment, you can really boost those numbers.
     
  5. Feb 17, 2008 #4

    Ivan Seeking

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    Yes, but in our case it's the water.
     
  6. Feb 17, 2008 #5
    Ivan, so you live in Corvallis, I guessed that. I go there every summer, got a lot of family in the area. Ever heard of the Goetzingers?
     
  7. Feb 17, 2008 #6

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    Wow, the University of Kansas is #7.
     
  8. Feb 17, 2008 #7
    Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, Md.

    We made number two, hell yeah!

    And DC is number 13! Double points!
     
  9. Feb 17, 2008 #8
    You mentioned water Ivan, you mean the rain, or the Willamete?
     
  10. Feb 17, 2008 #9

    Moonbear

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    The tap. :biggrin:
     
  11. Feb 17, 2008 #10

    OmCheeto

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    I was surprised to see three metro's with over a million make the top ten list.
    That's like way too many smart people in one place.
    Kind of gives me hope for humanity.
     
  12. Feb 17, 2008 #11
    Well, maybe that accounts for some of my smarts, my dad grew up there. The Willamete used to be pretty nasty, and I assume thats where Curvallis' water is drawn from.
     
  13. Feb 18, 2008 #12

    Moonbear

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    Yeah, those were more surprising to me, actually. I figured there'd be a lot more less-educated people in those areas to drop their rankings. Maybe it's the cost of living...the less educated people have been forced out because they can't afford to live there?
     
  14. Feb 18, 2008 #13

    Ivan Seeking

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    binzing, I don't live in Corvallis but I did finish school there... spent many many hours at The Donut Shop across the street from the Physics and Chem schools.

    As for my current location, it's a mystery. :biggrin:
     
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  15. Feb 18, 2008 #14

    Astronuc

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    How can DC with 13 with that blackhole of negative intelligence in the WH?
     
  16. Feb 18, 2008 #15

    Moonbear

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    Apparently, even for those with directions to get there. Just ask Integral. :biggrin:
     
  17. Feb 18, 2008 #16
    Heh, maybe we'll meet and never know it. Do you ever check out the Kinetic Sculpture Race or for that matter all of da Vinci days? It's really cool.
     
  18. Feb 18, 2008 #17

    Tom Mattson

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    I'm surprised not to see Boston. :confused: They've got MIT, Harvard, BC, BU, and Wellesley.
     
  19. Feb 18, 2008 #18

    Ivan Seeking

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    Heh, you got my weak spot here. I once had what was called the most successful exhibit ever seen at da Vinci days. :approve: It was the public debut of an energy education concept that later won a grant from the NEH. The next generation device was or still is operating at OMSI. At last count about five million people had participated.

    It was my baby. :biggrin:
     
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  20. Feb 18, 2008 #19
    Hmm, this survey smells fishy...

    Now it's really starting to reek.

    Evo, it's only surprising because, well, you know how modest Kansans are... we hate to show off our intelligence (especially during school board meetings in Topeka!) ;)
     
  21. Feb 18, 2008 #20
    I used to live in #12 (Fort Collins) and now I live in #13. That's just a little messed up.

    -scott
     
  22. Feb 18, 2008 #21
    Yeah, the da Vinci days are really cool. My dad, uncle, and I have been scheming on a kinetic sculpture for the past few years. If we do eventually, maybe I'll put a PF logo on it. OMSI is one of the best museums I've ever been to, and I go nearly every summer becuase my 7 year old cousin loves it so much. Also, I'm seriously considering OSU for college.
     
  23. Feb 18, 2008 #22

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    I'm surprised to see Ann Arbor! Yeah, it's supposed to be a "college" town, but who knew folks actually graduated there?!
     
  24. Feb 18, 2008 #23
    Kansas is the most boring state to drive through! Sorry to all residents, but it is. Totally flat, and the time I went through, covered in snow. How do you people survive without seeing mountains?
     
  25. Feb 19, 2008 #24

    Integral

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    Corvallis tap water comes of the side of Marys Peak or straight out of the Willamette depending on the time of year. During the summer it is pretty rank. Some of the worst water in Oregon, Albany gets their water out of the South Santiam, it is quite good, I was surprised.

    Another factor for the number of degreed residents in Corvallis in HP. There are a lot of HP engineers living in the area.


    Yeah, Ivan lives off in the hills, he is not in a real bad area though, it only takes 2 local housewives to get a full set of teeth, 10 miles further into the hills and it is up to 4. (Tsu is going to smack me for that!)
     
  26. Feb 19, 2008 #25

    BobG

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    Ivan lives near a hockey rink?
    You can always get new teeth.
     
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