History UsefulNotes / California

14th Dec '17 8:40:39 AM nlpnt
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* '''Baker:''' A [=CDP=] located in the Mojave Desert between Barstow and Las Vegas, that is home to the worlds tallest thermometer and the Mad Greek's Diner.

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* '''Baker:''' A [=CDP=] located in the Mojave Desert between Barstow and Las Vegas, that is home to the worlds tallest thermometer and thermometer, the Mad Greek's Diner.Diner and no fewer than seven gas stations. This is because it's at the crossroads between I-15 and CA-127 (through Death Valley) and many stretches where you *do not* want to run out of gas.
14th Dec '17 8:35:36 AM nlpnt
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* '''Beverly Hills:''' An affluent city, which together with West Hollywood (below) is surrounded entirely by UsefulNotes/LosAngeles; home to numerous Hollywood celebrities. See ItCameFromBeverlyHills for works with this city's name in it.

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* '''Beverly Hills:''' An affluent city, which together with West Hollywood (below) is surrounded entirely by UsefulNotes/LosAngeles; home UsefulNotes/LosAngeles. America's shallowest city, literally - it seceded so they could have their own police and schools while almost everything below roadbed/basement level was left either to the county or regional commissions dominated by City of LA representatives, which wasn't an issue until they started talking about an east-west subway. Home to numerous Hollywood celebrities. See ItCameFromBeverlyHills for works with this city's name in it.



* '''West Hollywood:''' A city east of Beverly Hills, with the two collectively surrounded entirely by UsefulNotes/LosAngeles. The city, like UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, is known for its gay population.

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* '''West Hollywood:''' A city east of Beverly Hills, with the two collectively surrounded entirely by UsefulNotes/LosAngeles. Unlike BH, it's part of the LAPD coverage area and LA Unified School District. The city, like UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, is known for its gay population.
13th Dec '17 1:22:19 PM Lymantria
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* '''Cascade Range:''' A major mountain range in the U.S. and UsefulNotes/{{Canada}} extending from southern British Columbia through [[TheOtherRainforest Washington and Oregon]] and into Northern California. The part of the Cascade Ranges that's in California is called the Shasta Cascade Range.

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* '''Cascade Range:''' A major mountain range in the U.S. and UsefulNotes/{{Canada}} extending from southern British Columbia through [[TheOtherRainforest [[UsefulNotes/TheOtherRainforest Washington and Oregon]] and into Northern California. The part of the Cascade Ranges that's in California is called the Shasta Cascade Range.
1st Dec '17 11:52:06 PM jonathan-sherwin
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* '''Sacramento:''' The state capital and county seat [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment of the Sacramento County]]. Known colloquially as [[EmbarrassingNickname Sactown]], which pretty much sums up all you need to know. The city's official nickname is "The City of Trees". It's home to the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento, Sutter's Fort, the Tower Bridge, the California State Fair, the anime convention [=SacAnime=], the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo rather]] [[UsefulNotes/TheSpaceRace important]] ArmsDealer [=GenCorp=] (Aerojet Rocketdyne), and the band Cake. The area is also one of the least seismically prone regions of California, though it floods occasionally. Sacramento has an NBA team (the Kings) and a ziggurat. Does ''your'' state or provincial capital have a ziggurat? We thought not.

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* '''Sacramento:''' The state capital and county seat [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment of the Sacramento County]]. Known colloquially as [[EmbarrassingNickname Sactown]], which pretty much sums up all you need to know. The city's official nickname is "The City of Trees". It's home to the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento, Sutter's Fort, the Tower Bridge, the California State Fair, the anime convention [=SacAnime=], the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo rather]] [[UsefulNotes/TheSpaceRace important]] ArmsDealer [=GenCorp=] (Aerojet Rocketdyne), and the band Cake.bands Cake, Deftones, and Club Nouveau. The area is also one of the least seismically prone regions of California, though it floods occasionally. Sacramento has an NBA team (the Kings) and a ziggurat. Does ''your'' state or provincial capital have a ziggurat? We thought not.
27th Nov '17 12:54:02 AM KYCubbie
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* CourtroomAntic: The [[Film/OJSimpsonMadeInAmerica OJ Simpson trial]] definitely gave the public the impression that California's justice system was chaotic, but subsequent circus trials of Robert Blake, Michael Jackson, Scott Peterson, and others cemented it.

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* CourtroomAntic: The [[Film/OJSimpsonMadeInAmerica [[Film/OJMadeInAmerica OJ Simpson trial]] definitely gave the public the impression that California's justice system was chaotic, but subsequent circus trials of Robert Blake, Michael Jackson, Scott Peterson, and others cemented it.
27th Nov '17 12:52:58 AM KYCubbie
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* '''Santa Clara:''' A city in the center of Silicon Valley that is home to the headquarters of Intel and an amusement park called California's Great America. It is also where the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague San Francisco 49ers]] are based; their new home, Levi's Stadium, was completed in 2014 and will be the host of Super Bowl L.
* '''Santa Rosa:''' County seat of Sonoma county, and the largest city in the North Bay, Wine Country, and the North Coast. Long-time home of ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} creator Charles Schulz and noted botanist Luther Burbank.

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* '''Santa Clara:''' A city in the center of Silicon Valley that is home to the headquarters of Intel and an amusement park called California's Great America. It is also where the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague San Francisco 49ers]] are based; their new home, Levi's Stadium, was completed in 2014 and will be the host of hosted Super Bowl L.
50.[[note]][[InsistentTerminology Not "Super Bowl L"]]; this is the only edition of the game numbered with an Arabic numeral instead of a Roman one.[[/note]]
* '''Santa Rosa:''' County seat of Sonoma county, County, and the largest city in the North Bay, Wine Country, and the North Coast. Long-time home of ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} creator Charles Schulz and noted botanist Luther Burbank.



* '''Vallejo:''' Home to the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom theme park. Named for General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo. In 2008, it became the largest California city ever to file for bankruptcy.

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* '''Vallejo:''' Home to the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom theme park. Named for General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo. In 2008, it became the largest California city ever to file for bankruptcy. The original home of UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} legend Jeff Gordon, although his family moved to Indiana when he was a teenager so Jeff could be closer to that state's racing scene.



* '''Alturas:''' Located on the Pit River, this Modoc County's only incorporated city and also its county seat.

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* '''Alturas:''' Located on the Pit River, this is Modoc County's only incorporated city and also its county seat.



* '''Stockton:''' Gateway to Modesto. As with Fresno, bring a BulletProofVest -- In 2012, this city's ranked as one of the top five most dangerous cities in America, mainly due to it being along prime drug distribution routes. As with much of the rest of California's Central Valley, currently witnessing some of the worst economic trouble in the country, well as of June 2012, the city has declared bankruptcy, making it one of the largest cities to do so. The biggest event of the year is the annual asparagus festival... Nuff said.

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* '''Stockton:''' Gateway to Modesto. As with Fresno, bring a BulletProofVest -- In in 2012, this city's city ranked as one of the top five most dangerous cities in America, mainly due to it being along prime drug distribution routes. As with much of the rest of California's Central Valley, currently witnessing some of the worst economic trouble in the country, well country; as of June 2012, the city has declared bankruptcy, making it one of the largest cities to do so. The biggest event of the year is the annual asparagus festival... Nuff said.



* '''Weed:''' A city in Siskiyou County west of Mt. Shasta that is known for its historic lumber based industry that attracted ethnic minority migration. Because of the migrations, Weed is much more ethnically diverse than the rest of Siskiyou County.

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* '''Weed:''' A city in Siskiyou County west of Mt. Mount Shasta that is known for its historic lumber based industry that attracted ethnic minority migration. Because of the migrations, Weed is much more ethnically diverse than the rest of Siskiyou County.



* '''San Luis Obispo:''' The happiest city in America, at least according to Creator/OprahWinfrey. Home to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obsipo (Cal Poly), another top engineering school of the nation in California. Don't try to change major once admitted.

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* '''San Luis Obispo:''' The happiest city in America, at least according to Creator/OprahWinfrey. Home to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obsipo (Cal Poly), another top engineering school of the nation in California. Don't try to change your major once admitted.



* '''Bakersfield:''' An industrial and agricultural city located in the southern San Joaquin Valley, historical home to a major part of California's oil industry. Most notable for producing [[NuMetal nu-metal]] band Music/{{Korn}}, the "Bakersfield sound" movement in CountryMusic, country music legends Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, and NASCAR personality Kevin Harvick. A conservative stronghold. Has good Basque food and a lot of air pollution. Often considered a cultural dividing point between [=SoCal=] and [=NorCal=].

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* '''Bakersfield:''' An industrial and agricultural city located in the southern San Joaquin Valley, historical home to a major part of California's oil industry. Most notable for producing [[NuMetal nu-metal]] band Music/{{Korn}}, the "Bakersfield sound" movement in CountryMusic, country music legends Buck Owens Music/BuckOwens and Merle Haggard, Music/MerleHaggard, and NASCAR personality Kevin Harvick. A conservative stronghold. Has good Basque food and a lot of air pollution. Often considered a cultural dividing point between [=SoCal=] and [=NorCal=].



* '''Los Banos:''' A city that was named the Spanish word for "the baths" after a natural water spring that feeds natural wetlands in the western San Joaquín Valley. A member of UsefulNotes/CharlesManson's "Manson Family", Susan Atkins attended Los Banos High School before joining the family.
* '''Manzanar:''' A town that served as a shipping point for surrounding productive apple orchards that gave the town its name prior to the diversion of water from the Owens Valley to UsefulNotes/LosAngeles by the UsefulNotes/LosAngeles Aqueduct. "Manzanar" is the Spanish word for "apple orchard." During WWII, this area was the location of the Manzanar Japanese American internment Camp, which is now a Historic Site.
* '''Merced:''' The county seat [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment of Merced County]], this city is named after the Merced River, which flows nearby. Nicknamed "Gateway to Yosemite," it's a less than two hour drive to Yosemite Natl. Park to the east and Monterey Bay to the west.

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* '''Los Banos:''' A city that was named the Spanish word for "the baths" after a natural water spring that feeds natural wetlands in the western San Joaquín Valley. A member of UsefulNotes/CharlesManson's "Manson Family", Susan Atkins Atkins, attended Los Banos High School before joining the family.
* '''Manzanar:''' A town that served as a shipping point for surrounding productive apple orchards that gave the town its name prior to the diversion of water from the Owens Valley to UsefulNotes/LosAngeles by the UsefulNotes/LosAngeles Aqueduct. "Manzanar" is the Spanish word for "apple orchard." During WWII, this area was the location of the Manzanar Japanese American internment Camp, camp, which is now a Historic Site.
* '''Merced:''' The county seat [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment of Merced County]], this city is named after the Merced River, which flows nearby. Nicknamed "Gateway to Yosemite," it's a less than two hour drive to Yosemite Natl. National Park to the east and Monterey Bay to the west.



* '''Visalia:''' Settled in 1852, this city is the oldest permanent inland settlement between Stockton and UsefulNotes/LosAngeles. Its nickname is "Gateway to The Sequoias."

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* '''Visalia:''' Settled in 1852, this city is the oldest permanent inland settlement between Stockton and UsefulNotes/LosAngeles. Its nickname is "Gateway to The Sequoias."Sequoias".



* '''Beverly Hills:''' An affluent city surrounded entirely by UsefulNotes/LosAngeles that is home to numerous Hollywood celebrities. See ItCameFromBeverlyHills for works with this city's name in it.

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* '''Beverly Hills:''' An affluent city city, which together with West Hollywood (below) is surrounded entirely by UsefulNotes/LosAngeles that is UsefulNotes/LosAngeles; home to numerous Hollywood celebrities. See ItCameFromBeverlyHills for works with this city's name in it.



* '''Pasadena:''' Best known for [[ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans the Rose Bowl and accompanying parade]], an insular city which is [[BerserkButton NOT A SUBURB]] of UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, but was traditionally the home of Southern California's "old money" population early in the 20th century. Like Citrus Heights, it has a street called [[BigApplesauce Madison Avenue]]. Also home to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), one of the most highly-regarded and selective research universities in the world. It's also a major financial center. Locally, Pasadenans are stereotyped as slightly wacky, Midwestern-accented snobs pretending they don't live in California.

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* '''Pasadena:''' Best known for [[ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans the Rose Bowl and accompanying parade]], an insular city which is [[BerserkButton NOT A SUBURB]] of UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, but was traditionally the home of Southern California's "old money" population early in the 20th century. Like Citrus Heights, it has a street called [[BigApplesauce Madison Avenue]]. Also home to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), one of the most highly-regarded and selective research universities in the world. It's also a major financial center. Locally, Pasadenans are stereotyped as slightly wacky, Midwestern-accented snobs pretending they don't live in California. UsefulNotes/JackieRobinson grew up here (though born in UsefulNotes/GeorgiaUSA).



* '''West Hollywood:''' A city east of Beverly Hills that is surrounded entirely by UsefulNotes/LosAngeles. The city, like UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, is known for its gay population.

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* '''West Hollywood:''' A city east of Beverly Hills that is Hills, with the two collectively surrounded entirely by UsefulNotes/LosAngeles. The city, like UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, is known for its gay population.



* '''El Centro:''' The county seat of Imperial County and the largest city in the Imperial Valley. Also the largest American city to lie entirely below sea level (To be exact, -50 feet below sea level).

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* '''El Centro:''' The county seat of Imperial County and the largest city in the Imperial Valley. Also the largest American city to lie entirely below sea level (To (to be exact, -50 feet below sea level).



* '''Santa Barbara:''' This city is sometimes referred to as the "American Riviera." U.S. Highway 101 connects this city to UsefulNotes/LosAngeles to the south and UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco to the north. Home to a CaliforniaUniversity that is legendary for its party culture, as well as its own wine industry that competes with the more famous one in [=NorCal=].

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* '''Santa Barbara:''' This city is sometimes referred to as the "American Riviera." Riviera". U.S. Highway 101 connects this city to UsefulNotes/LosAngeles to the south and UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco to the north. Home to a CaliforniaUniversity that is legendary for its party culture, as well as its own wine industry that competes with the more famous one in [=NorCal=].



*** '''Tulare Lake Basin:''' The part of the San Joaquin Valley just south of Fresno. It features Tulare Lake, which, until the late 19th century, was the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River, but longer exists continuously due to diversion of its sources for irrigation.

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*** '''Tulare Lake Basin:''' The part of the San Joaquin Valley just south of Fresno. It features Tulare Lake, which, until the late 19th century, was the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River, but no longer exists continuously due to diversion of its sources for irrigation.



** '''The Big Sur:''' A sparsely populated region of the central coast of California south of Monterey where the Santa Lucia Mountains (part of the South Coast Ranges) rise abruptly from the Pacific Ocean.

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** '''The Big '''Big Sur:''' A sparsely populated region of the central coast of California south of Monterey where the Santa Lucia Mountains (part of the South Coast Ranges) rise abruptly from the Pacific Ocean.



** '''Mount Whitney:''' Highest mountain in California and highest point in the contiguous U.S. (Denali in Alaska is the highest point of all in the U.S.). Located in the far eastern portion of Sequoia National Park. Just 80 miles/130 km from Death Valley.

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** '''Mount Whitney:''' Highest mountain in California and highest point in the contiguous U.S. (Denali in Alaska is the highest point of all in the U.S.). ) Located in the far eastern portion of Sequoia National Park. Just 80 miles/130 km from Death Valley.



** '''Yosemite National Park:''' One of America's finest national parks, with sights like El Capitan, Half Dome, and Yosemite Falls. By it self it is slightly larger then the entire state of Rhode Island.

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** '''Yosemite National Park:''' One of America's finest national parks, with sights like El Capitan, Half Dome, and Yosemite Falls. By it self itself it is slightly larger then the entire state of Rhode Island.



* CaliforniaUniversity: The University of California (UC) system, one of the best (if not ''the'' best) state college systems--nine campuses (UCLA, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley [often called "Cal" or "Cal Berkeley"], UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, and UC Merced) plus two special bonus campuses, UC San Francisco, which is a medical school and not an undergraduate institution, and UC Hastings (also in San Francisco), which is a law school. The education quality at most of these is pretty damn good. Then there's the CSU system, which is [[UpToEleven even more of this trope.]]. And don't get us started on the Private Universities (Stanford, Caltech, USC, etc), which along with the UC System, can rival the UsefulNotes/IvyLeague.
** At the opposite end of the scale are Cal State--Chico and San Diego State University, which are notorious for their raucous parties. The former was once declared the #1 party school in the Nation by Playboy Magazine.

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* CaliforniaUniversity: The University of California (UC) system, one of the best (if not ''the'' best) state college systems--nine campuses (UCLA, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley [often called "Cal" or "Cal Berkeley"], UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, and UC Merced) plus two special bonus campuses, UC San Francisco, which is a medical school and not an undergraduate institution, and UC Hastings (also in San Francisco), which is a law school. The education quality at most of these is pretty damn good. Then there's the CSU system, which is [[UpToEleven even more of this trope.]]. And don't get us started on the Private Universities private universities (Stanford, Caltech, USC, etc), etc.), which along with the UC System, can rival the UsefulNotes/IvyLeague.
** At the opposite end of the scale are Cal State--Chico State Chico and San Diego State University, which are notorious for their raucous parties. The former was once declared the #1 party school in the Nation by Playboy Magazine.



* CourtroomAntic: The OJ Simpson trial definitely gave the public the impression that California's justice system was chaotic, but subsequent circus trials of Robert Blake, Michael Jackson, Scott Peterson, and others cemented it.

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* CourtroomAntic: The [[Film/OJSimpsonMadeInAmerica OJ Simpson trial trial]] definitely gave the public the impression that California's justice system was chaotic, but subsequent circus trials of Robert Blake, Michael Jackson, Scott Peterson, and others cemented it.



** California drivers created the motor vehicle term "California Roll." No, not the [[HollywoodCuisine sushi]], the habit of only slowing to a crawl at stop signs before speeding back up again. Also called a "California Stop."

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** California drivers created the motor vehicle term "California Roll." Roll". No, not the [[HollywoodCuisine sushi]], the habit of only slowing to a crawl at stop signs before speeding back up again. Also called a "California Stop."



** There is a thriving [[RodentsofUnusualSize Capybara]] living near Paso Robles

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** There is a thriving [[RodentsofUnusualSize Capybara]] living near Paso RoblesRobles.



** Interstate 280 in the Bay Area, which runs alongisde hills and a lake that occasionally get enveloped in rolling fog. A possible subversion in that it's often less traffic-jammed than the roughly-parallel U.S. 101 route.

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** Interstate 280 in the Bay Area, which runs alongisde alongside hills and a lake that occasionally get gets enveloped in rolling fog. A possible subversion in that it's often less traffic-jammed than the roughly-parallel U.S. 101 route.



* ValleyGirl: The San Fernando Valley is the {{Trope Namer|s}}. Another life-form indigenous to Southern California.

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* ValleyGirl: The San Fernando Valley is the {{Trope Namer|s}}. Another life-form lifeform indigenous to Southern California.
24th Oct '17 2:23:23 PM spiritsunami
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* '''Stanford:''' Best known for the university of the same name, which is used in fiction as shorthand for [[IvyLeagueForEveryone "like Ivy League, but on the West Coast"]], and in real life as shorthand for [[GeniusBruiser "university that somehow manages to put up quality sports teams despite actually holding its student-athletes to high standards."]] (Only UCLA has won more championships across all sports, and no university had won more ''women's'' championships.) Has an intense rivalry with Cal-Berkeley; avoid the topic of which team won TheBigGame in 1982 in either city.
8th Oct '17 1:55:35 AM erforce
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-->--- '''Music/VillagePeople''', "Go West"

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-->--- -->-- '''Music/VillagePeople''', "Go West"
30th Sep '17 4:22:14 PM Temmere
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** '''Mono Lake:''' A large, shallow, alkaline, saline lake that is just east of Yosemite Natl Park. This desert lake has an unusually productive ecosystem based on Mono Lake brine shrimp and provides critical habitat for migratory birds that feed on the shrimp. It's also notable for the striking tufa [[http://beautifulplacestovisit.com/lakes/mono-lake-california-usa/ "towers"]] found there.

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** '''Mono Lake:''' A large, shallow, alkaline, saline lake that is just east of Yosemite Natl Park. This desert lake has an unusually productive ecosystem based on Mono Lake brine shrimp and provides critical habitat for migratory birds that feed on the shrimp. It's also notable for the striking tufa [[http://beautifulplacestovisit.com/lakes/mono-lake-california-usa/ [[http://www.amusingplanet.com/2013/05/the-majestic-tufa-towers-of-mono-lake.html "towers"]] found there.
21st Sep '17 11:00:14 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** California drivers created the motor vehicle term "California Roll." No, not the [[HollywoodCuisine sushi]],
the habit of only slowing to a crawl at stop signs before speeding back up again. Also called a "California Stop."

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** California drivers created the motor vehicle term "California Roll." No, not the [[HollywoodCuisine sushi]],
sushi]], the habit of only slowing to a crawl at stop signs before speeding back up again. Also called a "California Stop."
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