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patriots88888
22-01-12, 15:13
For us Rochesterians it used to be Kodak, but that has obviously changed since its decline for the past decade or so. However, one thing that has stayed constant is the amount of local athletes who have had varying degrees of success in major/worldwide recognized sports. You could say that this area has been and continues to be a hotbed for athletic talent. Some noteworthy examples include (in no particular order of preference)...

Current:
Abby Wambach - US women's soccer (named US female soccer athlete of the year for the 5th time in her career - 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011).

Jon "Bones" Jones - MMA (mixed martial arts) - currently ranked #1 in the world by most media.

Brian Gionta - team captain of the Montreal Canadiens NHL hockey team.

Ryan Callahan - team captain of the NY Rangers NHL hockey team.

Tim Redding - pitcher for 2011 L.A. Dodgers/Philadelphia Phillies MLB baseball teams (currently a free agent).

Adam Podlesh - punter for the Chicago Bears NFL football team.

Jeff Sluman - PGA/Champions (senior) tour (1988 PGA Championship winner).

Former:
Johnny Antonelli - starting pitcher for MLB Boston and Milwaukee Braves, New York and San Francisco Giants, and Cleveland Indians.

John Wallace - NBA forward with the New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns and the Miami Heat.

Roland Williams - NFL tight end with the 1999 Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams, also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders.

Brian Kozlowski - NFL tight end for the NY Giants.

Alan Zemaitis (Spencerport, NY native :pi:) - NFL cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Danielle Downey - played on the LPGA tour from 2006 - 2009.

Walter Hagen - PGA tour (45 PGA tour victories including 11 professional majors and a 6 time Ryder Cup captain).

Complete list here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_from_Rochester,_New_York)


I'd love to here yours' (it can be anything really)... please feel free to share. :)

jarekhanzelka
22-01-12, 15:16
Beer. As for people, then here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Czechs

Dennis's Mom
22-01-12, 15:18
We put men on the moon and make the power that drives the world.

Houston is just all around awesome. :D

tomekkobialka
22-01-12, 15:22
Wimbledon - birthplace of Lara Croft! :eek: And location of her high school. ;)

Cochrane
22-01-12, 15:23
My home town of Goslar's main claim to fame is history. Founded in 922 AD, seat of many german emperors, UNESCO world heritage site and also a long and proud (but nowadays inactive) mining tradition.

Legend of Lara
22-01-12, 15:29
ummm I guess there was this volcano that erupted a few years ago

Ora Dagger
22-01-12, 16:07
My city is known for the biggest illuminated man made star ^_^
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roanoke_Star

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9e/Roanoke_star.jpg/800px-Roanoke_star.jpg

sierra xb
22-01-12, 16:42
my area is famous for Yosemite National Park

http://i800.photobucket.com/albums/yy289/soofenries2/Yosemite/sfyosemite050.jpg

zeussy
22-01-12, 16:56
my area is famous for Yosemite National Park

http://i800.photobucket.com/albums/yy289/soofenries2/Yosemite/sfyosemite050.jpg

I'm going to go there someday with my Husband :') Egypt is famous for it's history & ancient civilization... Luxor & Aswan, the Oases, the Sahara Desert, and the Red Sea are probably the most beautiful places I've ever been to... The rest of this country is horrendously filthy, ugly, boring, and depressing... The heat can be excruciating and unbearable. If anyone ever decides visiting Egypt, I'd deffo recommend you to stay the HELL away from Cairo, it's a waste of time... Visit any of the other places I have listed.. Just stay away from the other cities. You'd deeply regret your travel. God, I can't wait to get out of this place ;___;

maximum_123
22-01-12, 17:25
Nothing is really interesting about where I live but:

We have the biggest (or 2nd-biggest, apparently they're still battling it out with Halifax in Canada, idk) natural harbor, Poole Harbor:

http://www.pooletourism.com/images/magic/cache/LI484FE9210FA0E-400x268.jpg

How fab, and you see that little peninsula bit? That's Sandbanks, which is apparently the 4th most expensive residential area in the world.

http://img.thesun.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00636/SNN0115E_682_636668a.jpg

My town was also declared the most unaffordable town in the UK to live in. So basically living here just puts a hole in your wallet and there's nothing else to it apart from that. Because of Sandbanks though, we also have a few famous people living here but aside from that it's deadly uninteresting.

CosmoCroft
22-01-12, 17:48
Mountmellick - Ireland Biggest Public ChristmasTree:
http://b.vimeocdn.com/ts/209/628/209628851_640.jpg

xXhayleyroxXx
22-01-12, 18:05
It's not really... famous... since nobody seems to know where Northumberland is but, there's a few well-known places:

- Northumberland National Park
http://www.nationalparks.gov.uk/bw/walk-northumberland-linhope-spout.jpg

- Alnwick Castle (Hogwarts in the first few Harry Potter movies)

http://img.dooyoo.co.uk/GB_EN/orig/0/1/1/1/6/111684.jpg
http://www.freefoto.com/images/1033/02/1033_02_1---Alnwick-Castle_web.jpg

-Hadrian's Wall - Marked the end of the world in the Roman era.
http://users.ox.ac.uk/~denise/Images/hwall.jpg

-Corstopitum Ruins - A roman villa which is very well preserved.
http://www.historyfiles.co.uk/images/Britain/Romans/Corstopitum_Ruins01_full.jpg

-Kielder Water - Largest man-made lake in Northen Europe & Britain's largest forest. Voted the most tranquil place in Britain and home to threatened species such as Osprey.
http://www.digitalnature.co.uk/Travel/Scottish-Borders/ScotBordersIMG0328/189445911_QadFs-M.jpg

It's been featured in a few movies -- The Eagle starring Channing Tatum & Jamie Bell, for example.

Chocola teapot
22-01-12, 18:14
Burton's Biscuits in Cwmbran make the entire UK supply of Jammie Dodgers.

Every Jamie Dodger you have ever eaten.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jammie_Dodgers

Jammie Dodgers are a popular British biscuit, made from shortbread and plum jam.
They are produced by Burton's Foods at its factory in Cwmbran.

http://www.dianemclellan.com/Images%20folder/Big%20Images/JammieDodgerBig.jpg

TRULuverzz
22-01-12, 18:24
Well Cairo is famous for the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Egyptian Museum, but London, where I used to live is famous because Queen Victoria invented Football and Rugby :D

Kelly Craftman
22-01-12, 18:40
Gold Hill
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/42/Gold_Hill%2C_Shaftsbury%2C_Dorset%2C_England.JPG/240px-Gold_Hill%2C_Shaftsbury%2C_Dorset%2C_England.JPG

Tonyrobinson
22-01-12, 18:44
The good ol' troubles, home to the sunken ship the Titanic, rioting every year on July 12th!

One day something good will come out of Belfast. :p

Alpharaider47
22-01-12, 19:49
Where I'm at right now has Western Washington University which is a pretty good sized and well known Uni. We're also considered the biking capital of Washington.
http://resnetsymposium.org/resnet2010/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/wwu.jpg
(Western's main building, Old Main. I live right next door to it, literally. You can barely see my hall off to the left through the trees lol)

We have Mt. Baker as well.

http://www.destination360.com/north-america/us/washington/images/s/mt-baker.jpg
(I see that outside my window every morning when i wake up :mis:)

We're also known in Vancouver and other parts of BC for being a great place to buy ****. You go to our mall on any day and the number of Canadian plates outnumbers the Americans 10 - 1, if not by more. In fact they even advertise for our mall on their radio stations. So I guess we're popular, eh?

laravision
22-01-12, 20:22
Historic Dockyard Chatham + Rochester Castle & Cathedral

http://i40.************/xe23nk.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4057/4435191262_9ee8aaa9af.jpg

Gladous
22-01-12, 20:25
Kris Allen, winner of American Idol, who beat Adam Lambert, lives in my town (Conway, Arkansas). :)

Scorpio1991
22-01-12, 20:29
Puyallup, Washington is famous for...

1) Spoiled Brats
2) Stuck up bitches

Thats about it....
Oh and we have the Puyallup Fair too :p

ggctuk
22-01-12, 20:48
Ours is Samuel Franklin Cody, and the Farnborough International Airshow.

leglion
22-01-12, 20:59
Nicki Minaj, sadly.

Lara Croft!
22-01-12, 23:34
Athens (Αθήνα /athίna/) is famous worldwide for two main reasons. 1) Being the capital of Greece and 2) its antiquity. It's more than 3.000 years old and because of the many bright minds that lived there, it is widely known as the cradle of civilization.
Philosophers like Plato, Aristotle, Socrates and many more, created and shaped many parts of modern ethics. Concepts such as democracy, were born in ancient Athens. Democracy came from the Greek words, demos, meaning people, and kratein, meaning to rule.
The name of the city comes from the Goddess Athena, protector of its citizens.

Notable ancient Athenians: (from wikipedia)

Aeschylus
Alcibiades
Aristophanes
Aspasia
Cimon
Cleisthenes
Cleon
Demosthenes
Ephialtes
Euripides
Herodotus
Empress Irene
Miltiades
Nicias
Peisistratos
Pericles
Pheidias
Plato
Simonides
Socrates
Solon
Sophocles
Themistocles
Theseus
Thrasybulus
Thucydides
Xenophon




http://www.planetware.com/i/photo/acropolis-parthenon-athens-gr003.jpg

http://www.clockoftheworld.com/Cities/Images/Athens.jpg

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_6K4an3_7Kkk/StD_6TIcAOI/AAAAAAAACJ4/pTRKA5dnnhc/s1600/acropilis.r.jpg

For a bigger pic CLICK (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c4/Akropolis_by_Leo_von_Klenze.jpg)

Dark Lugia 2
22-01-12, 23:55
Robin Hood. (Nottingham)

Jester Head
23-01-12, 01:48
Guimarães

It's famous for being the birthplace of Portugal (the first king was born here, and it was capital for a few dozens of years). The historical center is a Unesco World Heritage Site.

It's also, jointly with Maribor, this year's European Capital of Culture.

http://cotonete.clix.pt/upload/G/Guimaraes_topo.jpg

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_vHfhEO08cCE/SGJQNx-BtxI/AAAAAAAAHqg/KnjJxYwxMPU/s400/GUIMAR%C3%83ES.jpg

http://www.zerozero.pt/img/locais/541/27541_ori_guimaraes.jpg

pekirock
23-01-12, 01:53
Hmm since Im like a few minutes from Toronto... Im not sure actually... Or at least nothing that pops into my mind.

Although its a hugeee city and I guess famous for the CN Tower.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/96/Toronto_-_ON_-_Toronto_Harbourfront7.jpg/220px-Toronto_-_ON_-_Toronto_Harbourfront7.jpg

You could actually climb all the way to the top. The cilindar thing that wraps around it is where the glass floor and restaurant are (Ive been to both).

voltz
23-01-12, 02:20
My area is known for the Green Bay Packers and recently we acquired the Zippin Pippin from Memphis. Elvis stated he loved that ride, so it's a special piece of history now.

Speaking of history, we were known for the fur-trade route.

ozzman
23-01-12, 02:22
we invented the jeep [Butler PA]

MiCkiZ88
23-01-12, 02:33
My hometown is famous for having a life size snow castle and ice hotel. Just Google Kemi, Lapland :)
Also some famous metal/rock bands are from that region.

ShadyCroft
23-01-12, 02:44
I'd say Petra


http://www.atlastours.net/jordan/treasury.jpg

http://www.atlastours.net/jordan/al_deir.jpg

http://photos.igougo.com/images/p360727-Petra-Cliff_Dwellings_in_Petra.jpg

http://aphs.worldnomads.com/jreuter/9056/petra_054.jpg

pekirock
23-01-12, 02:57
I'd say Petra


Now thats cool! Is that where one of the Indiana Jones movies were filmed?

ShadyCroft
23-01-12, 03:17
Now thats cool! Is that where one of the Indiana Jones movies were filmed?

yup! ;) the 3rd movie, the Last Crusade...the valley of the crescent moon.

Stevo505
23-01-12, 03:20
yup! ;) the 3rd movie, the Last Crusade...the valley of the crescent moon.

That is awesome! Similarly, but for only one shot, they used the airport in my city in the latest Indiana Jones movie :)

I think the only other good thing my city is known for is agriculture... mostly raisins :p

robm_2007
23-01-12, 03:21
IDK how up to date these facts are but:


We have the highest teen pregnancy rate in the US
Sunniest place on Earth
I think something about the world leader in lettuce crops or something :pi:

QiX
23-01-12, 04:07
Most populous city in the southern hemisphere, also in the western hemisphere, largest helicopter fleet in the world, best pizza out of Italy, most horrible traffic in Brazil, supposedly the tomb of samba music, the weirdest place where Bussunda (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bussunda) made love (or so I heard) :p

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/ad/Museu_de_Arte_de_Sao_Paulo_1_Brasil.jpg/800px-Museu_de_Arte_de_Sao_Paulo_1_Brasil.jpg

Alpharaider47
23-01-12, 05:10
Puyallup, Washington is famous for...

1) Spoiled Brats
2) Stuck up bitches

Thats about it....
Oh and we have the Puyallup Fair too :p
Heyy, sounds like where I lived in Cali. And hey! You're not too far from me xD
Robin Hood. (Nottingham)

**** yeah :cool:

ajrich17901
23-01-12, 07:42
Home of Yuengling Beer, eww haha..factory is literally right down from me =_=

http://mostmetro.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Yuengling.jpg

shebj
23-01-12, 08:50
Antwerp
Antwerp Zoo was founded in 1843, and is home to more than 6,000 animals (about 769 species). One of the oldest zoos in the world, it is renowned for of its high level of research and conservation.

Boerentoren (Farmers' Tower) or KBC Tower, a 26-storey building built in 1932, is the oldest Skyscraper in Europe

Rubenshuis is the former home and studio of Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) in Antwerp. It is now a museum.

and of course not to forget :D diamonds diamonds diamonds :D

Scorpio1991
23-01-12, 09:02
Heyy, sounds like where I lived in Cali. And hey! You're not too far from me xD

**** yeah :cool:
My friend Ashley who moved from Cali to here said it's about the same.
It's a shame she moved back to Cali :(
And yup about only 123 Miles apart (About a 2hour drive) :p

shebj
23-01-12, 09:12
My friend Ashley who moved from Cali to here said it's about the same.
It's a shame she moved back to Cali :(
And yup about only 123 Miles apart (About a 2hour drive) :p


lolz :D is that what you call not too far away?

:vlol: to me ; not too far away is max a halfhour driving

Scorpio1991
23-01-12, 09:20
lolz :D is that what you call not too far away?

:vlol: to me ; not too far away is max a halfhour driving

Yes of coarse :p
It really does not feel like a long drive at all.
You must really not like driving long distances do you?

shebj
23-01-12, 09:24
I don't have a problem with driving long distances at all ; I guess it's just a difference in geology /country ; I just noticed it's USA for you so I guess it's normal ; cities and villages and towns just aren't that close to each other ; here in Belgium you can get from the very eastside of it to the very westside in 3 hours on it's broadest points :D

so yeah ; 2 hours is a considered a long drive then :D

Scorpio1991
23-01-12, 09:40
I don't have a problem with driving long distances at all ; I guess it's just a difference in geology /country ; I just noticed it's USA for you so I guess it's normal ; cities and villages and towns just aren't that close to each other ; here in Belgium you can get from the very eastside of it to the very westside in 3 hours on it's broadest points :D

so yeah ; 2 hours is a considered a long drive then :D

So there is literly like no moderate to big towns for miles? :eek:

shebj
23-01-12, 09:48
well that would depend on what you call big towns :D
: Antwerpen (http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antwerpen_%28stad%29), 483.505 citizen ;
204,51 km² in size
it's the largest city of belgium

http://www.congoforum.be/upl/belgg%E9n%E9.jpg

to give you an image; and these are only towns; villages aren't even taken into account so between cities you would also have to fill in villages :D so ,hence the 2hourdrives are far away for me :D

Jester Head
23-01-12, 10:27
lolz :D is that what you call not too far away?

:vlol: to me ; not too far away is max a halfhour driving

Yeah, here in tinyurope, 2 hours gets you on the other half of the country, :D

shebj
23-01-12, 10:30
yeah indeed ; all of europe together isn't barely the half of central america :D

Jester Head
23-01-12, 10:31
So there is literly like no moderate to big towns for miles? :eek:

It's exactly the opposite, actually. I feel the American cities are too far apart, that's why 100 or 200 miles seems like a short distance there. We can get from a city to the other in 30 mins, 1 hour here, so anything more than that feels like a big distance.

Scorpio1991
23-01-12, 10:42
It's exactly the opposite, actually. I feel the American cities are too far apart, that's why 100 or 200 miles seems like a short distance there. We can get from a city to the other in 30 mins, 1 hour here, so anything more than that feels like a big distance.

Cites over here aren't far apart at all actually it takes me like 5min to get to the next city there are tons over here.
Just google map it and you will see how many towns and cities are around me ;)

HappyShannon
23-01-12, 14:42
Manchester, home of the world's biggest chandelier!

...Yeah. You're so impressed.

trfanX34
23-01-12, 17:15
The football team, various artists and monuments, the Olympic games back in 19-something, the Sagrada Familia, the Mobile World Congress... :D

Oh also we have a cinema school/studio and various movies (for example, REC) were recorded here :D

touchthesky
23-01-12, 17:21
http://www.webberrepresents.com/media/inline/194379_10150112756336898_6_copy.jpg

http://www.sweetslyrics.com/images/img_gal/619_Annie-lennox.jpg

Changeling
23-01-12, 20:21
My hometown is in the Guinness Book of World Records for Shortest Street in the World.

http://www.mackayshotel.co.uk/worldrecord.php

patriots88888
24-01-12, 00:26
My hometown is in the Guinness Book of World Records for Shortest Street in the World.

http://www.mackayshotel.co.uk/worldrecord.php

6ft 9in.? It looks longer than that in the photo. :/

EDIT: NVM, I was looking at the wrong one. LOL! Kinda strange having the entrance-way as a street though. :/

Rai
24-01-12, 00:51
I can't think of anything that Christchurch has that is a claim to fame. I think we've had the odd author visit perhaps. In Nearby Boscombe, Mary Shelley's son had Boscombe Manor built for his wife and mother, but Mary died before she had a chance to live there. Mary Shelley and her parents are buried in St Peter's Church, Bournemouth (and apparently her husband's heart). http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/dorset/hi/people_and_places/history/newsid_8497000/8497549.stm

There are a fair few famous people who have houses in Dorset, especially in Sandbanks (a very expensive area, nr Poole).

Larapink
24-01-12, 01:28
Well I live near Feltham South-West London and Freddie Mercury & Queen was from here and also Jay Sean well Jay Sean is from Hounslow. :p
Also Lara Croft aswell, well she's from Wimbledon, that's not far for me. :D

But Freddie Mercury was the greater artist along with Queen! :D

My favourtie songs from Queen & Freddie

5L8-FTvSVxs

fBOvOatPqnY

http://freddieforaday.odessastrings.com/images/stories/freddie/freddie003.jpg



My favourtie song from Jay Sean

ADY8elOtfcA
& Also Jay's song called Down

http://images.sodahead.com/polls/001726321/205791559_JaySeanBuzzCutStyle_xlarge.jpeg

LaraDuh
24-01-12, 01:55
we have football/basketball players...

Agent Dee
24-01-12, 07:07
Lucille Ball from I Love Lucy was born in my town (Jamestown NY) and every year we have a annual Lucy Fest and there is a building downtown that has replicas of the TV show sets that you can visit.