Not FAQs about the USA
Replies: 113 - Last Post: Nov 4, 2012 8:57 AM Last Post By: Powerlurker
Oct 27, 2012 11:51 AM
45Name a state (I'm aware of just one) whose territory is disconinuous--such that you must pass through another state to get from one part of the state to another. No islands involved.
Yes, I'm disallowing (or rather allowing) water crossings. There is one state with a true land-based exclave, which is what I was looking for. Whether you travel by land, air, or water, you pass through another state to get there.
I think the state you are looking for is Kentucky.
Oct 27, 2012 12:39 PM
Anyone got an answer for #36?
Oct 27, 2012 12:40 PM
First there are a number of languages where there are only a handful of speakers. So the language can still be used, but it is not. It will probably become extinct when the last speaker dies.
There are languages where there are speakers, but none are fluent. Some of these are languages that have been revived, through use of old recordings and writings, and questioning of elders. Much vocabulary has been lost. These languages may be taught in schools or privately, but are rarely used for everyday communication.
Here is one answer Native North American Languages Spoken at Home in the United States and Puerto Rico: 2006–2010 from the Census Bureau. (this does not include native Hawaiians).
The census has 160 Native North American languages, but note that there are fewer than 500,000 speakers of them. "The size of the Native North American language speaking population is dwarfed by the 60 million people speaking a different non-English language and the 227 million people who speak English only." About 15% of Indians and Alaska Natives speak only the native language at home. 80-90% speak only English at home.
The primary native language that is still in use is Navajo, with an estimated 372,000 speakers. Most of these speakers are in Arizona and New Mexico.
Another source estimates that there are about 1000 speakers of Hawaiian.
Oct 27, 2012 1:00 PM
All states do--and yes, the anomaly in question is created by water.
The water in this case, though, is part of different states than the land in question is. So even if you go by boat, you'll leave the state before re-entering. (Like I said, no islands involved, so I'm not looking for Liberty and Ellis Islands here. Though that, by itself, is another noteworthy geographic quirk.)
But of course, the question has already been answered correctly:
Oct 27, 2012 2:40 PM
Oct 27, 2012 6:44 PM
Oct 27, 2012 8:21 PM
Oct 28, 2012 6:28 AM
52Thanks nutrax (#47) for the info about the Native American languages. It's really interesting. Do you have a similar link about the Native Hawaiian languages?
#44 is the fabled search for the Northwest Passage.
My question about if it was possible to cross the USA by boat was due to a misunderstanding by my part. I read somewhere that it was possible to make it (at least that was what I understood at first) and I was quite surprised about it so I decided to ask here. Once I got your answers confirming my suspicion (i.e. it isn't possible), I read once again the text where I got the info and realised I didn't have read it properly (these things happen when you aren't a native English speaker).
Anyone got an answer for #36?
Not yet. I found several possible examples that could meet #34 but not yet an example that could meet #36. Give us a little more of time. I'm learning a lot while looking for it.
Oct 28, 2012 6:45 AM
Oct 28, 2012 7:06 AM
54I looked at a map and I think the shortest portage on your Atlantic-to-Pacific pirogue or canoe trip might be from Yellowstone Lake, which feeds into the Yellowstone River, part of the Missouri-Mississippi system (which connects to the Great Lakes by canal as Mr Penney mentioned) to Shoshone Lake, also in Yellowstone NP, which feeds into the Snake River, a tributary of the Columbia, via the Lewis River and Jackson Lake. It seems to be well under ten miles.
Oct 28, 2012 7:25 AM
55There is only one Hawaiian language. although there are dialects.
The 70 or so residents of the island of Niihau mostly speak Hawaiian at home. However, the number of fluent speakers is declining. You can read more about it here.
The University of Hawaii has a Hawaiian language program. they say that "There are approximately 7,500 people learning the Hawaiian language today."
According to this source, [By 2002] second language speakers of Hawaiian had already outnumbered native speakers by perhaps 2000 or more. Native speakers probably number fewer than 1000 (no census has ever been taken, so this is an estimation).
The Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Population: 2010. 527,077 people self-identified their race as Native Hawaiian alone or in combination with another race. In Hawaii itself, 80,000 were native Hawaiian alone; 210,000 as Hawaiian in combination with another race.
Oct 28, 2012 7:35 AM
56Canoe across America
His website. He started on April 2011. In August, 2011 he blogged:
Now then, because I hate to quit anything without giving everything I have, there is a new plan (I think I’m up to Plan W). After a quiet week back in Madison with Eve, I will be putting on the Wisconsin River at Sauk City tomorrow. I plan to canoe down it to the Mississippi. From there I will canoe down the Mississippi to St. Louis and pick up my original route from there.
In October, 2011:
That injury was a last straw for me. I decided it was best to let go and end the trip.
Oct 28, 2012 7:36 AM
57Hawaiian Pidgin, an English-based creole, is more widely spoken than Hawaiian. Most linguists consider it a language distinct from English.
Oct 28, 2012 7:55 AM
58From that article
One of my aunts taught elementary school in Hawaii in the late 1930s. (I forget where, but it was pretty rural.) She said that most children came to school knowing no English, only Pidgin (and probably their parents first language.)
I recall in 1965 having a little kid warn me about stepping on sea urchins. "Da kine porkoopine; him sting."
Oct 28, 2012 9:29 AM
Bronx aside, New York is another example where you can't.
And there are four continguous states where the answer is no for a different reason. What are they?
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