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Steerpike
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It's the Motor City, baby. We don't do cobblestones around here!

 

We do smog, poverty, and pollution.

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Oh, right, you guys might call it asphalt (ash-felt?) or something.  Hrmmm...  what else could it be.  First road to have gutters?

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Sorry Jarrod, it's not gutters.

And we pronounce it   ass-fault.   No jokes now!   Good thing we don't pave all our roads with asphalt - that stuff is damned hot on the feet in the summer.   [Image Can Not Be Found]

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Hrmm, what about LAST paved road?

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Sorry Jarrod.  No.  You might want to get a bit more specific with future guesses though.

As I said a few days ago:  Both Jarrod and Steerpike are very warm.

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First road to... accomodate motorised cars as opposed to carriages?

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Sorry Jarrod, but no.  Did I say that bitumen/asphalt were wrong.....?

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Yeah, but I thought maybe they'd like passed laws where horses were forbidden to trod there, for fear of cars spooking them or something…  A 'horse-free' zone or something….

 

I've got nuthin'

 

edit: how about the first part of a normal road to be used as a race-track?

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A photo of the road (sorry it's so small).  If nobody gets it right I'll post a huge clue tomorrow.

 

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk213/SpikeBrown1227/th_WoodwardAvenue.jpg?t=1302836877

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The first road to have painted stripes?

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The first four/six/eight/ten lane, two way freeway, complete with a care-tended lawn as a median???

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First road to have a speed camera?

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Sorry for the long absence, folks.  A nasty spring cold coupled with allergies kept me huddled on the sofa instead of in front of my computer. 

Well, my Detroit question was clearly a bomb, so I'll give the answer and ask a new question that I hope will be easier.

 

In 1909, the stretch of Woodward Avenue between Six Mile and Seven Mile
Roads became the first mile of road in the world to be paved with
concrete.   (Thank you Wikipedia.)

 

On April 21, 1962 the Century 21 Exposition was opened.  This was the first fair held on US soil since the end of World War II.  The fair was the setting for the Elvis Presley movie It Happened At The World's Fair.

By what name is this fair more commonly known?

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The answer is the Seattle World's fair.

 

New question coming right up.

 

Nintendo, the company we all know, and many of us love, was founded in late 1889 as Nintendo Koppai.  They didn't get into the electronic entertainment business until 1974.  Along the way they created many businesses and products including a taxi company, a "love" hotel chain (No-Tel Motel?), a TV network, and a food company that produced instant rice.

But what product did Nintendo first make starting in 1889?  It was one that they continued to manufacture until the early 1960's when they realized that they must branch out into other areas in order to grow the company.

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I believe it was trading cards, or some form of card game.

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Oh, xtal!  You handsome hunk of penguin!

Playing cards is absolutely correct.  Although Nintendo no longer makes paper playing cards of the spades/clubs/hearts/diamonds variety, it is clear that cards are still a part, in a small way, of their genetic makeup.

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I think that's my second correct answer in this thread, ever! Yay.

 

Okay, I'm once again attempting my hand at putting a bloody picture in this forum. This one is either going to be the stupidest, shortest lived trivia question in this thread's history, or possibly lost on everyone.

But in the hopes that it's just right... what is the following item? (A specific answer, please!)

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I think that is a container to hold oil and vinegar  aka, vinaigrette.  I've seen them many times in Italian restaurants.

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Vinegar, yep.

 

As a Canadian, you get weird faces when asking for this at restaurants elsewhere in our fair continent. Can't fool the world travellers though.

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Well, I was only partly right, to be fair.  Down here they contain oil AND vinegar.  But then, I don't go to fish & chips shops either.  And how come there are no good fish & chip shops here anymore??  And I don't mean Captain D's.  I mean the good stuff.  Been a long time….

New question after a bit.  Hey, xtal, if it comes down to just you and me, I say we email the questions back and forth.  That will teach them!

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