Friday, June 6, 2008

The Sweet Sounds of Camden

On a quiet night in our neighborhood, you can actually hear Camden.

Explanation: The other night it was nice enough to leave the windows open and I could hear a fireworks show in the distance. I told my wife, "It's such a quiet night you can actually hear Camden from here!" I thought the joke was pretty amusing. I was the only one who did.

Explanation of the Explanation: For those of you who don't know, Camden is a city near (but not too near) us which is routinely ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in the United States. It has been ranked #1 on that list as recently as 2005, but currently sits at #5 behind Detroit, St. Louis, Flint, and Oakland.

Explanation of the Explanation of the Explanation: If you still don't get it, I was implying that the explosions were battles waging within Camden. The thought of crime in a city escalating to the point where people are using mortar shells and other heavy explosives (plus the usual gunfire) amused me. For the record, as I type this I can see why my wife didn't laugh.

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2 comments:

Jack said...

The actual distance to Camden is 10 miles. (Thank you Google Earth)

Light can travel 10 miles in 1/18,628.2397th of a second

10 miles is less than half a marathon.

10 miles is 1/793rd the diameter of the earth (at the equator)

10 miles is 1/23,885th the distance to the moon.

10 miles is 1/9,000,000 of the distance to the sun.

But it is the distance a glacier moves in 20 years

10 miles is 5 times the distance around Vatican City.

10 miles is also 5 times the distance from the Capitol steps to the Lincoln Memorial

10 miles is the distance a tortoise walks in about 10 hours.

10 miles is the distance a snail would travel in 1,320 hours (moving at the Guinness record rate “The Guinness Book of World Records 1998. Stanford, CT: Guinness, 1997: 144.” Unless the snail had a Guinness which is often used in gardens to kill snails.

Willie Y said...

What are you talking about, I live 3 miles from Camden and all I hear at night are frogs croaking.