Friday, February 4, 2011
Luxembourg is NOT the size of Rhode Island, but the ex-US ambassador to it would fit right in here in lil' Rhody.
This is glorious.
Among her atrocities, she "purchased $3,400 in wine and liquor a day before the 2010 budget year ended", "spent $2,400 to fly with an aide to a Swiss "professional school" whose graduates have gone on to work for Buckingham Palace and similar places to interview candidates to replace a retired property caretaker and a fired chef,", and so distressed her employees that "at least four staffers quit or sought transfers to Iraq and Afghanistan during her tenure."
She has since resigned.
While this story is so delicious I want to eat it, investigation is called for. In the original article (which I can't recommend enough) the author states that this magnificent diplomat was assigned to the "Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, a tiny nation of 500,000 people about the size of Rhode Island."
Sadly, it is not true.
Luxembourg is a mere 998.6 sq mi , (2,586.4 km²), while Rhode Island is a whopping 1,545 sq mi (4,002 km²).
However, given Ambassador Stroum's skill set and leadership tactics, I am sure that if she were willing to relocate to Rogue Island, she would find kindred spirits in abundance.
Link to Seattle Times article here. Does Rhode Island really mean that much more than Luxembourg to readers in Seattle????
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
"An oil spill the size of Rhode Island"
There's a story here, which uses the phrase, but it was apparently used earlier on msnbc.com, who have since changed their phraseology, as well they should.
While this is a story much more fittin' for my other, more depressing blog, Lexacat's Guide To The Doom, my duty to defend Rhode Island from being used as an arbitrary measuring unit calls.
The oil spill is apparently now "an expanding area about 48 miles long and 80 miles wide, but with uneven borders, making it difficult to calculate its area in square miles," according to MSNBC's updated story, which makes it significantly larger than Rhode Island, which is a mere 37 miles by 48 miles. The oil spill is way bigger than Rhode Island. Hard to wrap your head around that, isn't it?
They're planning on lighting it on fire, which I'm sure will lead to excited reporters giddily talking about the fire the size of Rhode Island, and then to even more excited reporters dementedly talking about the pile of dead marine life the size of Rhode Island.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Oh frabjous day, callooh callay, somebody got it right!!! Although, once again, does "the size of Rhode Island" mean a lot to people from outside Rhode Island? I hardly ever measure things in Delawares, or try to tell people "oh, so and so is about the size of Wales" (although, if I wanted to, a like minded maniac with better programming skills has made it easier to measure things in Wales at Size of Wales, should you get the urge.)
ANYWAY, the caldera at Yellowstone Supervolcano is damn close to the size of Rhode Island. If that thing gets frisky, we are so DOOMED. " The major features of the caldera measure about 34 miles (55 km) by 45 miles (72 km),"*, and Rhode Island is 37(60 km) miles by 48 miles (77 km), so that seems more than fair to me.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
"Iceland is the Disneyland of volcanoes, with 35 active volcanoes on or around the island. The island is about 100 miles long and 60 miles wide, about the size of Rhode Island."(The wildly inaccurate article can be found here)
WRONG, on so many levels.
Iceland, for one, is not about 100 miles long and 60 miles wide. Neither is Rhode Island, clocking in at about 48 miles long by 37 miles wide, if you're keeping track. Iceland, rather, is approximately 285 miles long by 174 miles wide. *
Rhode Island is 1,545 sq miles in total land area. Iceland is 39,770 sq miles in total land area. Icleand is 25.7 times larger than Rhode Island.
Despite these epic differences in scale, and a mutual love of hákarl (Icelandic for "fermented shark"- tasty! and a favored Rhode Island snack!), the only other real shared attribute of Iceland and Rhode Island is their historical anarchism, as exemplified by the Icelandic Commonwealth (930–1262) Rhode Island (1636–1648.* God, I love the internet.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
According to Wikipedia, Andorra has "an area of 468 km2 (181 sq mi)".
Rhode Island, as we should all know by now, has an area of 4,002 km²(1,545 sq mi).
Bob Costas is sadly and unsurprisingly wrong. Andorra is about 1/10th the size of Rhode Island. Bob Costas is WRONG. Bob Costas should have to go to Rhody Joe's and eat their food and spin that ridiculous wheel and pole dance as punishment, but there is no justice in this cruel world.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
"I worked on tractors, cars, trucks, combines, ammonia refrigeration units the size of Rhode Island (Rhode Island is the size of Rhode Island), various farm implements like manure spreaders (not affiliated with any political party), Boeing 747s, and lawn mowers."
Ok, this is very suspicious. First the fellow claims that these ammonia refrigeration units are the size of Rhode Island, and then offers this tidbit - "Rhode Island is the size of Rhode Island." Did he know I was waiting here with the clamrake of accuracy swinging in the air to bash him? Why offer up that little treat? O life is terrible strange and wondrous.
Link to The Albert Lea Tribune, Minnesota
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
"The population of trained soldiers at Fort Benning — which is about the size of Rhode Island — will increase from 111,052 in 2008 to 144,770 in 2011."
According to wikipedia, Fort Benning is "covers 182,000 acres (737 km²), while Rhode island is 4,002 km², so, um, no.
Link to The News Enterprise, serving Harding County, Kentucky, who I don't expect to know better, sadly.
"The Steroid Twins: First impression of Alex Rodriguez's ballyhooed return Friday came not with him hammering the first pitch he saw over the fence for a three-run homer, but in the seconds right before as he stepped into the Camden Yards batter's box.
He was wearing, as always, an elbow pad the size of Rhode Island."
While I understand that sportswriters, being the sad magpies of the journalistic community, are always looking for a colorful phrase, may I suggest that using "THE SIZE OF RHODE ISLAND" wins no points for originality or style.
If bloody Alex Rodriguez was such a freaking giant, he'd be off destroying Manhattan like that beastie from Cloverfield, rather than loping about Fenway. For God's sake, people.
Link to CBS Sports, whose writing is bleak, to say the least.
"Bruce Amundson, a spokesman for Weyerhaeuser, said the cut was the lowest ever for the company, which got its start in 1900 when German immigrant Frederick Weyerhaeuser bought timberlands in Washington state the size of Rhode Island. The company now has 6.4 million acres of U.S. timberlands."
Well, I believe it for one, but without epic (and heart-rending) research, I'm not going to go into the nitty-gritty to verify this one. All I can say is that on a Washington state driving trip, we drove longer through Weyerhaeuser land than I've ever driven through Rhode Island, tip to tip and getting lost all day as I do. It was like, leave the Sea-Tac area, enter Weyerhaeuser land, and stay on their land until Oregon. Crazy.
Link to Bloomberg, who generally know their news.
"“The way the Osprey collapsed the battle space in al Anbar — in fact, indeed throughout all of Iraq — is really something that amazed those who saw it perform,” he said. “The aircraft has tremendous range, and [impressive] speed with which it moves around the operational area.”
For example, Trautman said one of his commanders told him that when the Osprey arrived in Iraq, it turned his battle space from the size of Texas into the size of Rhode Island"
This doesn't even make sense to me, so I have no freaking idea if it is true or not.
Link to Elite TV - and who the hell are they?
Friday, April 24, 2009
"Each of the communities in our watershed, from Mentasta Lake down to Cordova, are connected by the glaciers, tributaries, rivers and salmon of the Copper River watershed, an area roughly the size of Rhode Island, with a population of only 4,782, according to information on the state’s Division of Community Affairs Web site."
This is wrong as wrong gets, pretty much. On the Copper River Watershed Projects home page, they say "26,500 square miles". Rhode Island is 1,545 square miles.
Link to The Cordova Times, Alaska
"Wine expert Jancis Robinson writes that since the 1990s Txakolina has improved “noticeably.” For the first-time, Txakolina, once a little wine made in homes, exploded internationally. Basque country is only about the size of Rhode Island. A little more than 400 acres produce wine."
Well, Basque country is 7,234 km², and li'l Rhody is a mere 4,002 km², so the little wine region that could is almost twice the size of Rhode Island.
Link to Sonoma Sun, California paper
Monday, April 13, 2009
This is almost true. North Cascades National Park is 1069 sq mi, and lovely Rhody is 1,545 sq mi. Rhody is ridiculously small.
" North Cascades, a vast wilderness area about the size of Rhode Island with jagged high peaks and more than 300 glaciers, is the only U.S. national park where stocking nonnative fish still occurs for recreation purposes, Park Superintendent Chip Jenkins said."
Link to Associate Press, who should really learn to fact check.
Monday, April 6, 2009
"Aiken County is the size of Rhode Island and has 22 volunteer fire departments protecting the lives and property of its residents."
And more points to them. When I think about living in a state where one county is nearly the size of Rhode Island, it makes me twitch. I am the kind of Rhode Islander (South County style) who gets to Providence maybe a couple of times a year.
They are also, somewhat surprisingly, almost right about this size thing, although why people in South Carolina would bother measuring things in Rhode Islands is beyond me.
Link to Aiken Standard, South Carolina
Sunday, April 5, 2009
I know, I know! Neither! Rhode Island is not the size of Nancy Pelosi's new plane, and unless some horrible mutation has struck her (which I'm sure would make the news), her heart is NOT the size of Rhode Island.
Link to The Daily Journal, covering Vineland, Millville, and Greater Cumberland County N.J.
"He was particularly impressed by the scoreboard — after all, it’s only the size of Rhode Island — and was awed by the space in the airy visiting clubhouse."
This is an exagerration. The scoreboard is actually "is nearly 101 feet wide and 59 feet tall", not nearly the size of Rhode Island.
Link to NYT blogger, who should know better.
Friday, March 13, 2009
"Dubai, the tiny emirate the size of Rhode Island, is packed with more of the world’s biggest attractions than one could imagine. World’s tallest building is one of the attractions."
True! Yay for this one- at least this over-used phrase is accurate.
Link to Khaleej Times
"The mouth of the Colorado River was once the continent's biggest coastal wetlands, an area the size of Rhode Island. Today the Colorado is dry at its mouth and the wetlands are Mexican desert."
Hm. I guess this might be true?
Link to Santa Monica Mirror
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
"He met a young lawyer planning to take oil giant Chevron to court, and he heard countless stories about how pollution had destroyed an area of rain forest the size of Rhode Island, causing high rates of cancer, leukemia and birth defects among the people living there."
Pretty vague- no way to fact-check.
Link to Columbia Daily Tribune
""Today I could very well lose my mind," Kate says during the show’s intro that displays a pre-labor photo of Mommy with a stomach roughly the size of Rhode Island."
While it is all too awful to think about, I still don't believe that she had a stomach anywhere near the size of Rhode Island.
Link to Boston Herald (for shame, Boston, for shame.)
At 2,483 sq mi Paktia Province is much larger than Rhode Island (1,545 sq mi).
Link to American Forces Press Service story