Mental Floss

Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

In case you're not familiar with the Turnip, it's a whimsical Google search, wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting pages "turn-up." As always with this feature, the _floss is not responsible for accuracy. If you know one of the below statements/links to be untrue, by all means, let the world know in the comments below.

Today I typed "the only city" into Google, unearthing the following:

Turnip #1 What is the only city to be located on two continents? Istanbul is located on the Bosphorus strait and is split in two, one half located in Europe and one half in Asia. This division makes it the only major city in the world to be located on two continents.

Turnip #2 Pittsburgh is the only city where all major sports teams—the Steelers of the NFL, the Penguins of the NHL, and the Pirates of the MLB—all share the same team colors, the official city colors of black and gold. [ed note: Let's hear it for the 'burgh!!! Stillers #1!!!]

Turnip #3 Soon Chicago will be the only city in the nation with full 24-hour postal service. New York's main post office plans on closing its overnight windows on May 9.

Turnip #4 The only city that sits inside another city [is] Vatican City, it actually sits inside of the city of Rome and has its own set of laws.

Turnip #5 Truro is a city in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, and is the centre for administration, leisure and retail in Cornwall, with a population of 20,920.It is the only city in the county, and the most southerly city in Great Britain. People from Truro are known as Truronians.

Turnip #6 Boise City [was] the only city in the United States to be bombed during World War II on July 5, 1943, at approximately 12:30 a.m. by a B-17 Bomber

Turnip #7 Oakland is not the only city in California seeking to "zone out" Wal-Mart Supercenters

Turnip #8 It has been said that Montréal is the only city in the world where the sun "rises in the south."