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Pete's Log: worthless observations and the springfield conspiracy

Entry #1039, Thu, June 14, 2001, 02:28 EST (Random Crap)
(posted when I was 22 years old.)
"I don't hate mainstream Americans. Mainly, I think I just pity them."

Funky little me. I feel so proud of myself for coming up with observations like that. I'm as deep as the ocean. You could drown in all my thought. But as you're gasping for a final breath that won't come, you'll be thinking: at least it's beautiful. Thank God for that.

Incoherent Mudslide

With frequency great enough to be appreciated, I hear the following statement: "That would be a great name for a band." But what I wonder is why don't I ever hear any of the following?

That would be a great name for a book.
That would be a great name for a river.
That would be a great name for a street.
That would be a great name for a disease.
That would be a great name for a reality TV show.
That would be a great name for a apartment complex.
That would be a great name for a strip mall.
That would be a great name for a spreadsheet program.

We have come to expect oddness in band names. It's the industry standard.

While on the topic, a quick note to myself: check out a band called Gorillaz.

I got curious again. Uh oh. So I'd often heard that there's a town called Springfield in every state. Time to verify how true this statement is.

As best as I can tell, there is not a town called Springfield in every state. However, there are 34 states that have a town called Springfield: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Also Delaware does have a town called Springfield Crossroads.

For contrast, 36 states have a town called Oakland (two more states have towns with Oakland in their name), 8 states have a town called Miami (5 more with variations of that name), 3 states have a town called Happy (27 more states have towns with Happy in their name), and only one state has a town called Crested Butte.
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