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Would anyone be interested in figuring out where I'm going on vacation this weekend through a series of clues?

It won't be as over-complicated as I made it last time! FLAE's eye roll

(cheap) souvenir to the person that gets it right first! Dougie's lightning

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I'm not the most knowledgeable of Geography and Travel, but I'd love to partake and see everyone's guesses as well. If a few other people would be interested, that would be pretty cool.

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How about this:

• I'm going to one city the whole trip for 5 days (Thursday - Monday).
• Each day I will post a clue of one thing in the city I will see or do. If you get it right (name the right landmark or location in the city) on the day it's posted (before I post the next clue), you get 5 points. If you get it right any time before I post the answers on the last day (say, Tuesday morning), you get 3 points.
• This makes a total of 25 points possible.
• I will try to post them all early in the day in the timezone I am visiting.
• You can change answers to any previous clue or question and get the 3 points.
• If you had the correct answer and change to the incorrect answer, you get 0 points.
• If you change to the correct answer you get the full 5 points if it's on its original day, or 3 points after.
• Since it's only one city, the final score tiebreaker will be the first person to correctly identify the city.
• Send all answers to me in a private message.
• The winner will get a cheap souvenir from one of the clue locations.

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I'm in. Let's do it.

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CLUE/LOCATION #1
This public park was built specifically for the hosting of the Olympics, still bears the name it was given then as an homage to the games, and is a nice green space in the middle of a large city.

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I don't think any singular clue will give it away. (For example, there are about 100 different Olympic Parks, or variations, out there across the world). But together with other clues, hopefully someone will get it. If no one is getting it I'll make the clues easier as we go.

Good luck to all!

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To clarify a question from one of you... You get the points per day for naming the specific location or landmark.

The city is just the tiebreaker.

If you name the correct park, you get points for this day. Other days may be museums in the same city, for example.

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CLUE/LOCATION #2
This museum (which is part of the famous Smithsonian Institution) not only lets you become part of both history (because what museum doesn't) but also cutting edge science by allowing you to dawn biohazard suits in a simulated lab, much like the ones used by medical researchers dealing with things like the Ebola and West Nile Viruses.

(you can still get 3 points for guessing the correct park in clue #1)

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CLUE/LOCATION #3
Today is the whole reason for this trip, really. I get to go to this family friendly location (the largest of its kind in the world western hemisphere; you can even see a show about it Saturday mornings on the ABC family of networks) and scuba dive with some school bus sized gentle giants with a slightly confusing name.

(you can still get 3 points each for guessing the correct locations in clues #1-2, and as an additional hint for those that aren't on the right continent yet, and to keep it close for those starting late, think about clue #2 again... parenthetical statements aren't just for my benefit)

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I gave a few extra hours on location 3 for a few reasons:
1 - I was hoping to give the people above that said they would play (cough-Joey) time to get in the game before it was too late to have a realistic chance at winning.
2 - Since it was the first weekend day, I was hoping people would have a little extra time to sleep... or extra time to put the clues together to identify the SINGLE CITY that ties all the locations together. Wink

But, without further ado, onto day 4.

CLUE/LOCATION #4
This is probably the one place in the world where if you ask for a “Coke” you won’t be asked “Is Pepsi okay?” You're more likely to be asked from which continent or country you want your Coke.

(you can still get 3 points each for guessing the correct locations in clues #1-3)

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CLUE/LOCATION #5 - The Final One
This sports museum recently (in the last few years) moved from the state of Indiana (come on, Joey! That's your state!) and now includes Fan Skill Zone where you can test your own athletic prowess. (I actually did this one yesterday, and my shoulder didn't like me afterward...)

(you can still get 3 points each for guessing the correct locations in clues #1-4... meaning if you haven't started yet you can still get up to 17 points and maybe shake up the standings.)

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FINAL STANDINGS
Not since John Heisman's Georgia Tech Engineers played Cumberland College's Bulldogs in 1916 have we seen a route this large. As stabguy could probably guess, there is memorabilia from that game in one of my locations. Before the standings, the answers:

City: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Location 1: Centennial Olympic Park - built in 1996 for the Atlanta-hosted summer games. Some very cool monuments to the games and even the giant Olympic Torch

Location 2: David J. Sencer CDC Museum - Located the furthest away from any of the other locations, we visited this one by bus. Located at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this was a very fun museum for me to visit as a scientist. It was the first time I have seen an iron lung in person. For those of you guessing the wrong country "Smithsonian Institution" should have been your clue to look to the USA. From there, there are a limited number of cities that have hosted the Olympics.

Location 3: Georgia Aquarium - The Georgia Aquarium was the largest aquarium in the world (about 10,000,000 gallons, or 38,000 m^3 of seawater in sum) when it was built in 2005 as a gift to the city from one of the co-founders of The Home Depot (since then, one in Asia, I think Singapore, is larger). Jeff Corwin's Saturday morning show is based from the aquarium. The Ocean Voyager tank is 6.3 million gallons and houses the only Whale Sharks (they're fish) and giant Manta Rays in the United States... and I got to SCUBA dive in this enclosure as the centerpiece to my vacation.

Location 4: World of Coca-Cola - Coke runs Atlanta, rightfully so as cola was invented there. Honestly, I didn't see a single Pepsi bottle or advertisement my whole trip. The tasting room has Coca-cola manufactured beverages on tap from 5 continents, including some that are better off left to the imagination. blech.

Location 5: College Football Hall of Fame - This was a must for me going to Atlanta. College Football is my favorite sport. I was shocked at how much Duck stuff was there, and that Ducks Fans racked up the 10th most fan points in all their interactive exhibits. The Chick-fil-a Fan Skill Zone was fun, even if my wife schooled me.

Maybe I'll post some pictures in a follow-up post.

The Final Standings:
1. stabguy - 25 points
2. gerund - 0 points
3. aurllcooljay - 0 points
4. DAZ and JoeyFogey

maybe stabguy got lucky guessing Atlanta, maybe he hacked my communications
gerund guessed some locations in London in rounds 1 and 2, then stopped sending in guesses
aurllcooljay was absent for two rounds, then guessed a Seaworld location in Texas (note: if I'm going to Seaworld, well... I live in San Diego so that one's closer)
despite saying they'd play, neither DAZ nor JoeyFogey ever sent me a guess

Stabguy can send me his address and claim his many prizes.

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Dang, I thought you went to Seaworld to see killer whales (referring to Free Willy).

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(note: if I'm going to Seaworld, well... I live in San Diego so that one's closer)

Yeah, I noticed that. But since the one in San Antonio is the largest, I figured it had stuff the others didn't have.

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Not since John Heisman's Georgia Tech Engineers played Cumberland College's Bulldogs in 1916 have we seen a route this large.

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maybe stabguy got lucky guessing Atlanta

I was lucky to guess it in round #1. I think I Googled "olympic park" and Atlanta was the first result. After that, I was prepared to switch to another city but everything kept falling into place.

Stabguy can send me his address and claim his many prizes.

Just one Cheesy prize would be fine. Preferably a souvenir about Coca Cola or football, not disease control. Sick

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aurllcooljay wrote:
Dang, I thought you went to Seaworld to see killer whales (referring to Free Willy).

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(note: if I'm going to Seaworld, well... I live in San Diego so that one's closer)

Yeah, I noticed that. But since the one in San Antonio is the largest, I figured it had stuff the others didn't have.

It's a worthwhile guess.

Killer Whales, like Whale Sharks, aren't Whales either. Killer whales are the largest member of the dolphin family... but I would hardly classify them as "gentle."

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Just one Cheesy prize would be fine. Preferably a souvenir about Coca Cola or football, not disease control. Sick

While checking out at World of Coca-cola, they had a $5 "Surprise" bag. Something not on the floor. Something worth double the price of their bag (so it would retail for $10). I got one, wouldn't use it, so it's on its way! (with a few other small things).

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I couldn't guess anything :/ I don't really live in the US and I stated I wasn't very knowledgeable about Geography. I would have liked to play but I was so utterly lost even with all the clues that I didn't really know where to start. That's in no way your fault, it's just a product of my circumstance, knowledge and ability. I am deeply sorry.

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I got busy with schoolwork halfway through the competition so I didn't have too much time to invest in researching a better location, especially after it turned out I was on the wrong continent (essentially having to start from scratch again), so I thought I'd just let this one go. Sorry for not being a better competitor.

Hope you had a good time, McStab!

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It's all good!

Stabguy probably thought he was behind the 8-ball so to speak for being in the last time zone to wake up, maybe having lost the tiebreaker from the beginning... little did he know that every guess he sent in secured his victory further.

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I've been busy working (already found a better job though) and I have no knowledge of Georgia other than that's where a lot of The Walking Dead takes place in. So I would've been lost even if I was around to guess!

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I've been through the Atlanta airport a few times but only stayed in the city once. It was for a computer graphics convention many years ago. On my one day off I went to Six Flags Over Georgia. This experience proved to be of little use when it came to playing Where in the world is Double McStab with Cheese!

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Stabguy, I still haven't had time to send anything out (or finish unpacking! silly sicknesses).

Additionally, last night I preferred to finish Dead Kings than to put it together.

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The Cheesy prize! A notebook and pen made from recycled Coca Cola bottles, a magnetic bottle opener in the shape of a Coke bottle cap, and an Atlanta bookmark.

I think the bottle opener will get much use. We just reorganized the kitchen and my bartending supplies are now in a deep drawer. It's nice except when I just want to open a beer and the bottle openers have all settled to the bottom. This bottle opener can stick on the refrigerator where it's convenient. Thanks Cheese! Big smile

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Glad they made it!

I'm also glad the magnet/bottle opener wasn't sharp enough to cut through the bag/envelope.

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how does a bottle cap shaped bottle opener work?
is the opener part on the bottom of it?

and taking a bottle cap to twist off a bottle cap is a bit cannibalistic (it isn't quite the right word, but i can't think of anything better), isn't it?
it's like taking a skull and beating someones head in with it

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I'm assuming there's a hole in the bottom that allows you to put on the leverage system like you normally have on a bottle opener.
Otherwise just use a fork or anything else you have laying around. It's not hard if you know physics.

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I'm assuming there's a hole in the bottom that allows you to put on the leverage system like you normally have on a bottle opener.
Otherwise just use a fork or anything else you have laying around. It's not hard if you know physics.

I don't know physics. I spent way too long fiddling with a lighter to open a bottle once. I gave up and had to look for an opener. I have a neat key-shaped opener on my keychain now though.

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The bottle opener is on the underside of the magnet (not shown in the picture).

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