Posts Tagged 'Maryland'

Baltimore’s Unique Crosswalks

Crosswalks are one of those things that don’t get much attention. Other than Abbey Road in London what other famous crosswalks can you even think of? I totally walked across Abbey Road barefoot, in a suit, and holding a cigarette but I can’t think of any other notable time I ever crossed a street before. Well the city of Baltimore is trying to change that. Their Office of Promotion and the Arts is trying to increase the amount of public art in the city and one of the things they’ll be doing is making cool crosswalks like this one:

That zipper crosswalk doesn’t hold a candle to this hopscotch one though:

Yes soon enough in the city of Baltimore you will be seeing people playing hopscotch while doing the simple act of crossing the street. That’s certainly one thing you can do to set your city apart from everyone else.

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A Map of the Rudest and Most Polite States

Some places just have nicer people than others and now we have some hard data to back that up. The data firm Marchex analyzed thousands of recorded phone calls to call centers with customers from all 50 states and recorded the frequency of callers using curse words as well as “please” and “thank you”. The results were interesting too. The states with the filthiest mouths were Ohio, Maryland, New Jersey , Louisiana, and Illinois while Washington, Massachusetts, Arizona, Texas, and Virginia had the people least likely to use profanity. As far as our pleases and thank yous go South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Louisiana, and Georgia ranked as our most polite states while Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Indiana, Tennessee, and Ohio rank as the least polite.

A few interesting notes about the profanity usage were that men were far more likely to curse than women and that a call was far more likely to contain curse words the longer the call lasted. Also New Jersey, Maryland, and Louisiana were ranked very highly in both cursing frequency and usage of the words “please” and “thank you”. As a New Jersey native, that fits me perfectly. Ohio on the other hand was ranked both as one of the least polite and most profane states in the country. However, I don’t think that is something that the great state of Ohio should be ashamed of. We have a broad language with hundreds of thousands of words all of which are appropriate for certain situations and they should be proud of using the words that they do. Besides, who among us hasn’t been tempted to curse while frustrated on a call with a call center?

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Top 15 Cities Where Millennials are Moving

Two weeks ago I talked about where the best cities are for young professionals based on a whole range of factors. Today we’re going to look at census data and find out where they’re actually moving to. So does our behavior match those standards? Sort of. There are several matches from last week’s list but the metropolitan area that added the most millennials since 2010 has been Washington DC which has had a net gain of about 12,000 people born between 1980 and 2000. That 12,000 figure is very revealing too because it signifies that people are moving much less often than they used to. Part of it is due to the recession but part of it is due to changes in the economy as a whole with more and more jobs available that can be done from anywhere. If you look back to the 1970s about 20 percent of households reported that they have moved recently while today that number is only at 12 percent. But I digress, here is the list of the top fifteen metropolitan areas with the biggest increases in their number of young professionals:

1. Washington, DC
2. Denver, CO
3. Portland, OR
4. Houston, TX
5. Austin, TX
6. San Francisco, CA
7. Seattle, WA
8. Riverside, CA
9. Dallas, TX
10. Charlotte, NC
11. Minneapolis, MN
12. Oklahoma City, OK
13. San Antonio, TX
14. Kansas City, MO
15. New Orleans, LA

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The DC Area Experiences a Surge in New Microbreweries

Regions of the world like France, Italy, and California are rather famous for their wine. Those places are home to a huge number of the world’s vineyards and wineries of all sizes. Northern Virginia is now trying to be a major hub for new microbreweries making craft beer. This was mostly due to a law passed by the Virginia’s General Assembly allowing breweries to serve their beer on-site for the first time. This has allowed new small startup breweries to cut out the distribution middlemen and sell their product directly to their customers, something that is still illegal in many other states. This newer model has demolished many of the previous barriers to entry for new breweries and everyone in the DC area that enjoys beer benefits the most from this. Currently there are five new breweries set to open in the next few months and I would highly recommend checking them out if you’re in the area. A full list of these breweries can be found here and here.


You know it’s a craft beer if you need a corkscrew to open it.

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10 Best Cities for Finding Employment

In need of a new job? Forbes.com has listed the 10 Best Cities for Employment. These cities were chosen by Adecco Staffing US, a Human Resources firm. They have the fullest employment, according to the Department of Labor, as well as internal data around job growth and demand. They then determined which areas in the US are the best for finding a job.

  1. Bethesda, MD
  2. Austin, TX
  3. Jacksonville, FL.
  4. Grand Rapids, MI
  5. Columbus, OH
  6. Seattle, WA.
  7. Phoenix, AZ
  8. New York, NY
  9. Richmond, VA
  10. Oklahoma City, OK

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Bethesda, MD

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Best French Fries in the United States

Come on admit it, there is nothing better than a crispy, golden brown, salted French fry. Right?

CNN Travel‘s article, lists where to get the “Best French fries in the United States.”

1. Boise Fry Company, Idaho: Their slogan is “Burgers on the Side” and with Idaho being known for their potatoes, this place was destined to have killer fries. Customers can choose from six varieties of potato, then the cut, then the dressing. What could be better than a fry customized to your craving?!

2. The Breslin Bar & Dining Room, NYC:This hip place is known for their thrice-cooked chips. Long, medium-thick slices of Idaho russet potatoes are first boiled, then fried twice in a sunflower/canola oil blend. Then they get a pinch of salt. Try them with the restaurant’s Cuban mayo.

3. The Original Hot Dog Shop, Pittsburgh:Known for dishing out fries piled a mile high, The Original Hot Dog Shop makes their fries using hand-cut, and peeled Idaho potatoes which are friend twice in peanut oil. Served perfectly golden and crunch on a cafeteria tray, this place will bring back the nostalgia of the good old days.

4. Duckfat, Maine:Duckfat uses locally grown potatoes for their famous fries which are fried twice in duck fat allowing the outside to get super crisp while the inside remains tender. Served in a paper cone alongside specially made dips like mussel mayo and chopped egg and caper mayo, these fries are unusually made but delicious.

5. Jasper’s Corner Tap, San Francisco: With a menu devoted specifically to fries, this place has to be a winner! Choose your fry, thin, thick, or sweet potato, then your seasoning. Folks say that the smoked cheese fondue that is served as a side for dipping is “to die for.”

6. Pike Street Fish, Seattle: Known for Seattle’s best fish and chips, this place serves hand-sliced fries that are fried to “perfection,” along with delectable dipping sauces. The tangy chili mayo is a favorite. Even better, fries are FREE every third Friday of the month from 5PM to 7PM.

7. The Green Room, South Carolina: The Chef here, Patrick Long, specializes in Parmesan truffle fries, shoestring cut, and immediately tossed in truffle oil after being taken from the fryer. He then finishes them with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.

8. Bourbon Steak, Miami: Celeb chef Michael Mina offers mid-thick cuts of potato that are dunked in duck fat for the ultimate flavor and crispiness. An order covers three seasonings and sauce combos including rosemary herb with spicy ketchup, onion-dusted with sour cream sauce, and smoked paprika with smoked BBQ sauce. YUM!

9. Jonesy’s EatBar, Denver: Continually voted as Denver’s best fries, these thick-cut, extra crispy spuds are out of this world. They also come in four “World Famous” and original varieties like Buffalo (loaded in wing sauve and blue cheese crumbles with a side of dressing) and Bacon Mac & Cheese.

10. Thrasher’s, Maryland: Simply put, these are the ultimate “Boardwalk Fry.” These hand-cut fries are freid in peanut oil with the skins still on and served with salk & vineagar in a big bucket. The smallest bucket is 16oz and the largest weighs in at 53oz!

Bourbon Steak, Miami

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Maryland Drivers by the Numbers

Washingtonpost.com’s Md. drivers by the numbers finds fewer fatalities, more speed camera tickets. Here are some of the findings:

* Traffic deaths are down 10 percent — to 493 in 2010 (that’s the latest year there are stats for).

* Average price of gas in Maryland in 2011: $3.50.

* Average price of gas nationally in 2011: $3.52.

* Total number of major new highways in 2011: 1, the long-awaited Intercounty Connector.

* Number of speed camera tickets mailed by Montgomery County in 2011: More than 300,000.

* Face value for those tickets: $13.2 million.

* Number of speed tickets issued in work zones, circa 2011: 399,603.

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Courtesy of washingtonpost.com

Snow Photos

National Geographic has a slideshow of the best user submitted Snow Photos. Some of our favorites include:

Yellowstone, Montana

Courtesy of nationalgeographic.com

Adamstown, Maryland

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The Big Picture – Washington, D.C.

USNews.com’s “The Big Picture” features a photo gallery of Washington, D.C.’s most recognizable locations. Some of the more interesting shots are The Awakening Sculpture at the National Harbor in Maryland, the Albert Einstein statue on the grounds of the National Academy of Sciences, and the subway between the Capitol and the Russell Senate Office Building.

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Halloween Fun in Washington DC

Staying in the DC metro area over Halloween? The Washingtonian has a great Guide to Halloween for the Washington DC and Maryland areas.

History buffs in the DC area can take a two-hour walking tour of the Most Haunted Houses around the seven acres of Lafayette Park. This walk is offered Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m.

Another interesting event is The National Museum of Crime and Punishment’s Dead Men Walking featuring the electric chair which executed one hundred and twenty five men from 1916-1960 in Tennessee. Visitors to the event will hear the screams, smell the fear and see the horror of these tortured souls. The event runs Wednesday through Saturday.

Folks yearning for the outdoors in the Maryland area can visit Markoff’s Haunted Forest featuring 2 terrifying trails with spine tingling events from zip-lines to ghost hunts. The haunted forest is located in Dickerson, Maryland, and  tours begin at dusk.

The CreepyWoods Haunted Trail in Kingsville, Maryland, is another great Halloween option. The walk-through haunted trail takes visitors through the haunted village, Mausoleums, prison grounds, and the home of the 17 foot tall Pumpkin King!

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