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Rain Man
05-12-2010, 08:00 PM
Alaska is the largest state in the union. You probably know that already.

But if you take the largest borough (county) in Alaska, Yukon-Koyukuk, out of the state and made it its own state, Alaska would still be the largest state and Yukon-Koyukuk would be the 4th-largest state after Alaska, Texas, and California (bigger than Montana).

If you then did the same thing with the second-largest borough, North Slope, the three states would be the 1st, 4th, and 12th largest states (bigger than Idaho at #12).

If you then did the same thing with the third-largest borough, Bethel, the four states would be the 1st, 4th, 12th, and 38th largest states (bigger than Kentucky at #38).

If you then did the same thing with the fourth-largest borough, Northwest Arctic, the original state of Alaska would drop to 2nd (99.6% of the size of Texas), and the five states would be the 2nd, 4th, 12th, 38th, and 41st largest states (bigger than Indiana at #42).

Same thing with the fifth-largest, Valdez-Cordova, and you'd have the 2nd, 4th, 12th, 38th, 41st, and 43rd largest states (bigger than Maine at #44).

Same thing with the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th-largest, (Southeast Fairbanks, Matanuska-Susitna, Lake and Peninsula, and Nome) and you'd have the 2nd, 4th, 12th, 38th, 41st, 43rd, 46th, 47th, 49th, and 50th largest states (bigger than Maryland at #51). (Recall that there are now 59 states.) The original state of Alaska would still have four counties that are larger than Maryland.

The population of the top six of these new states from Kokuyuk through Southeast Fairbanks would only fill Arrowhead Stadium less than 3/4ths full.

You may resume your normal activities now.

Ugly Duck
05-12-2010, 08:05 PM
Alaska is cool.

Ugly Duck
05-12-2010, 08:05 PM
Alaska is really cool.

Rain Man
05-12-2010, 08:06 PM
Alaska is so cool.


That would be a great state motto.

2bikemike
05-12-2010, 08:06 PM
You must have had a slow day at work crunching numbers to come up with those stats.

cdcox
05-12-2010, 08:09 PM
That would be a great state motto.

Not as good as "Alaska has really good barbecue, and a moose is bigger than a cow or a pig."

Rain Man
05-12-2010, 08:11 PM
At the other end of the spectrum, there are 626 counties in the United States that are larger than Rhode Island. One Missouri county, Texas County, is larger.

CrazyPhuD
05-12-2010, 08:12 PM
Dude alaska should do that, then they'd have 20 votes in the senate...

Rain Man
05-12-2010, 08:15 PM
This is interesting. Down to one decimal point, Texas has the same population density as the United States in total. Both have 79.6 people per square mile.

Brock
05-12-2010, 08:17 PM
If you've never been there, you should go. After going there, the Rockies and natural beauty in the lower 48 seem really, really inferior.

Rain Man
05-12-2010, 08:20 PM
If the entire U.S. had the same population density as Manhattan, we would have 236,423,000,000 people (236 billion). That's 700 people for every 1 we have now.

If the entire U.S. had the same population density as the aforementioned Yukon-Koyukuk borough in Alaska, we would have 136,000 people. Kill off 1,999 out of every 2,000 people.

Rain Man
05-12-2010, 08:22 PM
If you've never been there, you should go. After going there, the Rockies and natural beauty in the lower 48 seem really, really inferior.

Have you been there? If so, where'd you go? I'm getting kind of interested in doing the Alaska Maritime Highway Ferry out to Unalaska. Seems like it'd be fun.

LaChapelle
05-12-2010, 08:32 PM
I saw eskimo's play a game of basketball once

Brock
05-12-2010, 08:33 PM
Have you been there? If so, where'd you go? I'm getting kind of interested in doing the Alaska Maritime Highway Ferry out to Unalaska. Seems like it'd be fun.

I flew to Anchorage and drove over to Valdez for salmon fishing. About 300 miles or so. On the way, you could literally stop on the side of the road anywhere and take pictures that were of the breathtaking variety. Besides the outstanding fishing we did right off the bank, we also took a little glacier cruise and saw the whales and all that.

This is a picture I took and this kind of stuff was just everywhere.

http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showpost.php?p=6457611&postcount=30

Rain Man
05-12-2010, 08:37 PM
I flew to Anchorage and drove over to Valdez for salmon fishing. About 300 miles or so. On the way, you could literally stop on the side of the road anywhere and take pictures that were of the breathtaking variety. Besides the outstanding fishing we did right off the bank, we also took a little glacier cruise and saw the whales and all that.

This is a picture I took and this kind of stuff was just everywhere.

http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showpost.php?p=6457611&postcount=30


The more I hear about Alaska, the more intrigued I get. I'm not a hunter or camper or fisherman, but I think it'd be cool just to go and see the scenery and see what it's like to live there.

Rain Man
05-12-2010, 08:38 PM
I saw eskimo's play a game of basketball once

I hear they're masters at the Aleut pass.

Rain Man
05-12-2010, 08:39 PM
I saw eskimo's play a game of basketball once

Were they enthusiastic, and really getting Inuit?

Rain Man
05-12-2010, 08:39 PM
Okay, that's all I've got.

cdcox
05-12-2010, 09:56 PM
Juno where all the best basketball players come from?

SNR
05-13-2010, 12:07 AM
Boo. Bad jokes, guys. I Anchorage you to stop making Alaskan basketball player jokes. Nome more.

patteeu
05-13-2010, 12:25 AM
Alaska is the largest state in the union. You probably know that already.

But if you take the largest borough (county) in Alaska, Yukon-Koyukuk, out of the state and made it its own state, Alaska would still be the largest state and Yukon-Koyukuk would be the 4th-largest state after Alaska, Texas, and California (bigger than Montana).

If you then did the same thing with the second-largest borough, North Slope, the three states would be the 1st, 4th, and 12th largest states (bigger than Idaho at #12).

If you then did the same thing with the third-largest borough, Bethel, the four states would be the 1st, 4th, 12th, and 38th largest states (bigger than Kentucky at #38).

If you then did the same thing with the fourth-largest borough, Northwest Arctic, the original state of Alaska would drop to 2nd (99.6% of the size of Texas), and the five states would be the 2nd, 4th, 12th, 38th, and 41st largest states (bigger than Indiana at #42).

Same thing with the fifth-largest, Valdez-Cordova, and you'd have the 2nd, 4th, 12th, 38th, 41st, and 43rd largest states (bigger than Maine at #44).

Same thing with the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th-largest, (Southeast Fairbanks, Matanuska-Susitna, Lake and Peninsula, and Nome) and you'd have the 2nd, 4th, 12th, 38th, 41st, 43rd, 46th, 47th, 49th, and 50th largest states (bigger than Maryland at #51). (Recall that there are now 59 states.) The original state of Alaska would still have four counties that are larger than Maryland.

The population of the top six of these new states from Kokuyuk through Southeast Fairbanks would only fill Arrowhead Stadium less than 3/4ths full.

You may resume your normal activities now.

That's some pretty amazing trivia. I'd rep you but I'm tapped out.

patteeu
05-13-2010, 12:26 AM
Have you seen the movie Into The Wild, Rain Man? It's a good movie. It will show you how not to go to Alaska though.

Ecto-I
05-13-2010, 01:19 AM
I grew up in AK actually. I attended East Anchorage High School! Our Mascot?...The Thunderbirds.

DaneMcCloud
05-13-2010, 01:19 AM
I go to Alaska to chill.

Well, not really.

I just open the windows.

lostcause
05-13-2010, 01:21 AM
If you've never been there, you should go. After going there, the Rockies and natural beauty in the lower 48 seem really, really inferior.

Colorado is to alaska what your average putt-putt course is to Augusta.

lostcause
05-13-2010, 01:22 AM
I grew up in AK actually. I attended East Anchorage High School! Our Mascot?...The Thunderbirds.

Went to Chugach Elementary...

Dave Lane
05-13-2010, 06:49 AM
Same thing with the fifth-largest, Valdez-Cordova, and you'd have the 2nd, 4th, 12th, 38th, 41st, and 43rd largest states (bigger than Maine at #44).


I'm not normally fan of trading down but if you have the number one overall and you can get this back in a trade down I say you have to go for it. And I'd stay away from Palin with the #2 pick I think she's going to be a bust and might quit halfway through the season.

PS I have it on good authority that at least one drafttabulator agrees with my analysis and the are the smartest mother fuckers in the world.

CoMoChief
05-13-2010, 10:27 AM
I saw eskimo's play a game of basketball once

Wasn't Chalmers from AK?

Hog Farmer
05-13-2010, 10:38 AM
Why doesn't Alaska have a football team ?

They really need one,it would make for a heck of a home field advantage.

Jenson71
05-13-2010, 11:30 AM
WE DEMAND MORE ALASKA TRIVIA!!

Amnorix
05-13-2010, 12:03 PM
Have you been there? If so, where'd you go? I'm getting kind of interested in doing the Alaska Maritime Highway Ferry out to Unalaska. Seems like it'd be fun.

One of my uncles was very well traveled. VERY well traveled. The trip he raved about the most was something like this -- fly out to seattle, train trip up to and around Alaska (some kind of windowed roof on the train, and not sure if he had to hop from SEattle to wherever before getting on said train), which eventually got back to the coast -- Juneau I believe.

The a cruise from Juneau, through the Panama Canal, back to Florida. Flew home from there.

I apologize for the vaguenss, but he told me about it 15+ years ago. Someday I'm going to do that same thing if I possibly can.

Amnorix
05-13-2010, 12:09 PM
There was a really neat show on PBS about a guy who went out to Alaska back in the 60s or 70s. He was about 40'ish years old. Built a log cabin (by hand) and all the necessities. Took a fair bit of home footage. Lived all alone in the middle of nowhere. Shows how much snow he had to dig out to keep his path from his cabin to the nearby lake/river clear. Footage of bears, etc. How he kept his meat safe from animals. Just a REALLY interesting show.

The kicker comes at the end. When they tell you he stayed there for 30 odd years until he was in his 70s or something. That's when your jaw drops because you see what hard work it was.

Found it -- Alone in the Wilderness. I imagine it'll be back on PBS someday.

http://www.dickproenneke.com/

Demonpenz
05-13-2010, 12:12 PM
When it's springtime in alaska i'll be 6 be six feet below

Ecto-I
05-13-2010, 12:31 PM
Went to Chugach Elementary...

Ah yes...wasn't that the school where all the "special" kids went? :D

Ugly Duck
05-13-2010, 12:33 PM
Spent 6 months in Alaska in '78. Scenery is hypnotic... like another world. Teeming with fish & whales & porpoises & sea lions & eagles & bears & otters. You can pick up huge king crabs right off the sea floor. They don't even try to get away or pinch you - about the IQ of an oyster but still my favorite meal. Got a chance to visit Alaska? Take it!

FishingRod
05-13-2010, 12:59 PM
WE DEMAND MORE ALASKA TRIVIA!!

While some of you might guess correctly that Alaska and not Hawaii is the Western most State, most would not guess that it is also the Eastern most state. Find where the international date line crosses the Aleutian Islands

Duck Dog
05-13-2010, 01:03 PM
Have you been there? If so, where'd you go? I'm getting kind of interested in doing the Alaska Maritime Highway Ferry out to Unalaska. Seems like it'd be fun.

The wife and I took the inside passage cruise 6 days/nights and then 4 days inland. Ports were, Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, College Fjord, Glacier Bay. Disembarked at Seward then flew to Fairbanks for 2 days. Then we took the McKinley Express train back to Anchorage (2days). When we go back...and we will go back. We will fly to Fairbanks and rent a motorhome and car.

lostcause
05-13-2010, 01:17 PM
The wife and I took the inside passage cruise 6 days/nights and then 4 days inland. Ports were, Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, College Fjord, Glacier Bay. Disembarked at Seward then flew to Fairbanks for 2 days. Then we took the McKinley Express train back to Anchorage (2days). When we go back...and we will go back. We will fly to Fairbanks and rent a motorhome and car.

I managed a restaurant in Denali during the summer of 2007 and sympathized with the cruiseship people that were herded like cattle on their $10,000+ vacation. Renting a motorhome or car and seeing Alaska on your own terms is the way to go. Use the boats to see the coastline, but don't use the lines to see the interior.

lostcause
05-13-2010, 01:19 PM
Ah yes...wasn't that the school where all the "special" kids went? :D

Oh, maybe - I really don't know. My family moved when I was 6 so I don't have too many recollections of being special.

Duck Dog
05-13-2010, 01:51 PM
I managed a restaurant in Denali during the summer of 2007 and sympathized with the cruiseship people that were herded like cattle on their $10,000+ vacation. Renting a motorhome or car and seeing Alaska on your own terms is the way to go. Use the boats to see the coastline, but don't use the lines to see the interior.

I hear ya but despite the blue hairs, we still enjoyed it. However, I want more time around Denali. I also saw some areas from the train ride that looked fun to travel, camp and fish. GPS a Gazatteer and a month to venture.

SNR
10-31-2013, 09:34 AM
I heard this geography joke this morning, and I instantly thought of Rain Man.

Ireland walks up to England and asks, "So England, when is the baby due?"

"I'm not pregnant," England said. "That's Wales."

A Salt Weapon
10-31-2013, 09:57 AM
I like it up here. Neat to see the breakdown in the OP.

Dave Lane
10-31-2013, 09:59 AM
If you've never been there, you should go. After going there, the Rockies and natural beauty in the lower 48 seem really, really inferior.

Really hmmmm I'd need darkness to do my photography stuff so summer is out its damn cold in the winter what to do :)

kepp
10-31-2013, 09:59 AM
At the other end of the spectrum, there are 626 counties in the United States that are larger than Rhode Island. One Missouri county, Texas County, is larger.

I think that's where we grow all our meth.

Dayze
10-31-2013, 10:23 AM
I loved Alaska when I visited in the summer. Not sure how I'd feel about winter.
but it's gorgeous. I'd love to take an Alaskan cruise.

patteeu
10-31-2013, 10:40 AM
My brother-in-law was in the Army infantry in Alaska near Fairbanks. They would go camping in the winter.

Halfcan
10-31-2013, 11:13 AM
Alaska is one of three states I have not been to. Maybe someday.

Frosty
10-31-2013, 11:24 AM
My folks lived in Fairbanks for several years and went up and visited twice. The landscape is amazing but it seems every town around there looks like shit. Trash everywhere and tons of crap in peoples' yards. :shake:

Tuckdaddy
10-31-2013, 12:09 PM
I lived there for four years. All of you can have it. Fun for a visit and that is it in my book.