:: Median age of mathematics texts used in city public schools:Â 18 years
:: Median tenure of mathematics teachers in city schools:Â 4.5 years
:: Median SAT mathematics score, city schools (2008):Â 485
:: Percentage of 12th graders in city schools who know how â€˜medianâ€™ differs from â€˜averageâ€™:Â 38%
:: A city ordinance passed in 1931 prohibited the hiring by city hospitals of any registered nurse â€œyounger than nine years of age, regardless of experience or education.â€ State medical laws, which supersede municipal doctrine, mandate a minimum age of 21.
:: The cityâ€™s official â€œFictional Sister Cityâ€ is Narnia, according to a 2001 mayoral edict. Prior to that, it had been Atlantis.
:: Languages which have been banned within city limits over the years include, but are not limited to: French, Portuguese, Java, Tagalog, Mandarin, â€œvariants of Basque,â€ English and â€œAnything even remotely Irish.â€
:: A Baltimore and Ohio Railroad â€œfight specialâ€ bearing more than a hundred boxing fans to the city for a series of welterweight title matches was met by special police at Central Depot on this day in 1927, to respond to complaints of illegal drink-mixing and gun sales on the Common Rate car.
:: A short-lived fad of the parachute pants era led to the 1985 creation of a city ordinance banning the public use, display or sale of stereo equipment â€œcast into fiberglass mold or other realistic reproduction, or in any way deliberately intended to resemble, the bosoms, hind-quarters or generative organs of either male or female human beings.â€ The ordinance was finally repealed earlier this week.
:: A gentlemenâ€™s club operating near the prestigious Hartmann Arms Hotel has lost a two-month battle to dub itself “The Hartmann Tits and Ass.”
:: According to local tradition, chili served without beans is colloquially referred to as â€œSlur.â€
– David Andrews, Jonathan Morris