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2013-09-26 10:08:29 AM
Researchers and historians arw going to love them, definitely.
 
2013-09-26 10:09:07 AM
This technically makes Oxford the oldest city in the United States.
 
2013-09-26 10:13:00 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: This technically makes Oxford the oldest city in the United States.


Erm, no, not by about a century and a half.

www.uwec.edu
 
2013-09-26 10:13:59 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: This technically makes Oxford the oldest city in the United States.


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2013-09-26 10:14:04 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: This technically makes Oxford the oldest city in the United States.


Nah, St. Augustine, FL has it beat by more than a century and a half.
 
2013-09-26 10:14:43 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: This technically makes Oxford the oldest city in the United States.


I hope you're kidding, just off the top of my head New York was 1625 (1665 as NY under the British)
 
2013-09-26 10:15:09 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: This technically makes Oxford the oldest city in the United States.


Nope. Santa Fe, NM, was established in 1610. And that's not even a retroactive declaration.
 
2013-09-26 10:15:10 AM

MBooda: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: This technically makes Oxford the oldest city in the United States.

Erm, no, not by about a century and a half.

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Shakes tiny fist!
 
2013-09-26 10:17:53 AM
I don't understand, they retroactively dated the town to 8th July 1713 so they wouldn't miss the 300th birthday - only it's now September, why not redo the date for November it no one knows?
 
2013-09-26 10:20:53 AM
The proper Oxford dates back to 900

/Just sayin'
 
2013-09-26 10:21:20 AM
http://geography.about.com/od/unitedstatesofamerica/a/oldest-cities-u n ited-states.htm

According to the link above, St. Augustine was established in 1565 (and that makes sense because the Spanish explored east-west.)

/ about Santa Fe - I do believe it is probably the oldest continuous seat of government in the US.
 
2013-09-26 10:21:56 AM
It was there, but it didn't exist? Like Brigadoon?
 
2013-09-26 10:24:16 AM
I walked on a 2000 year old Roman road in Spain earlier this year.
Keep trying 'Murica.
We gotta stick around awhile before we have anything "really old".
 
2013-09-26 10:24:26 AM
And the constable gets a pig every month, as well, as ``two comely lasses of virtue true''.
 
2013-09-26 10:25:18 AM
It reminds me of when the University of Pennsylvania held its 250th anniversary. They knew the date because it had been 50 years since the 200th anniversary. Seriously. They do it that way because nobody can establish the exact date of the university's founding with any kind of accuracy.
 
2013-09-26 10:26:39 AM
Anyone else from MA wondering why this was greenlit? 

/Oxford is a shiathole next to a shiathole
 
2013-09-26 10:30:02 AM
Just like Rhode Island and Petoria
 
2013-09-26 10:30:38 AM

ohsoferrety: Anyone else from MA wondering why this was greenlit?

/Oxford is a shiathole next to a shiathole


my guess is that there are so few silly tags to green light that they can't be too picky
 
2013-09-26 10:35:03 AM

id10ts

I walked on a 2000 year old Roman road in Spain earlier this year.
Keep trying 'Murica.
We gotta stick around awhile before we have anything "really old".

1.bp.blogspot.com

We got these things. From a time when we felt like a nut. Or not.
 
2013-09-26 10:36:00 AM
The back taxes will kill them
 
2013-09-26 10:36:25 AM

ohsoferrety: Anyone else from MA wondering why this was greenlit? 

/Oxford is a shiathole next to a shiathole


Oxford is surrounded by 8 shiathole towns.  Exactly which one is more shiatty than the others?
 
2013-09-26 10:41:40 AM

ohsoferrety: Anyone else from MA wondering why this was greenlit? 

/Oxford is a shiathole next to a shiathole


Yup. Might as well not exist anyway.
 
2013-09-26 10:43:25 AM
In which year did a Harvard sculler outrow an Oxford man at Henley?
 
2013-09-26 10:46:05 AM

Nana's Vibrator: ohsoferrety: Anyone else from MA wondering why this was greenlit? 

/Oxford is a shiathole next to a shiathole

Oxford is surrounded by 8 shiathole towns.  Exactly which one is more shiatty than the others?


Webster is the 3rd most violent town in Central MA, though Southbridge gives it a run for it's money. Should have just merged Oxford into one of the two and called it a day.

Minktastic Mink!: ohsoferrety: Anyone else from MA wondering why this was greenlit? 

/Oxford is a shiathole next to a shiathole

Yup. Might as well not exist anyway.


This.
 
2013-09-26 10:48:42 AM

libranoelrose: In which year did a Harvard sculler outrow an Oxford man at Henley?


1969?

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www.twrc.rowing.org.uk
/no, that was Cambridge, not Harvard. Carry on
 
2013-09-26 10:57:49 AM
Oxford, Kenya?
 
2013-09-26 11:05:08 AM

Minktastic Mink!: ohsoferrety: Anyone else from MA wondering why this was greenlit? 

/Oxford is a shiathole next to a shiathole

Yup. Might as well not exist anyway.


My shiatty town is the shiattiest!

/some magazine just named my town "the best small town in the US"
 
2013-09-26 11:08:05 AM

Harry Freakstorm: id10ts
I walked on a 2000 year old Roman road in Spain earlier this year.
Keep trying 'Murica.
We gotta stick around awhile before we have anything "really old".

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 500x365]

We got these things. From a time when we felt like a nut. Or not.


Those are cool to visit, but piles of dirt do not count.
Piles of bricks, piles of rocks, that's different.
 
2013-09-26 11:17:50 AM

id10ts: Harry Freakstorm: id10ts
I walked on a 2000 year old Roman road in Spain earlier this year.
Keep trying 'Murica.
We gotta stick around awhile before we have anything "really old".

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 500x365]

We got these things. From a time when we felt like a nut. Or not.

Those are cool to visit, but piles of dirt do not count.
Piles of bricks, piles of rocks, that's different.


How about piles of shiat?
 
2013-09-26 11:25:30 AM
Having spent a summer working in Assachusetts, I suggest walling it off, Escape from NY style.
 
2013-09-26 11:27:42 AM

Nana's Vibrator: ohsoferrety: Anyone else from MA wondering why this was greenlit? 

/Oxford is a shiathole next to a shiathole

Oxford is surrounded by 8 shiathole towns.  Exactly which one is more shiatty than the others?


It's shiatholes all the way down
 
2013-09-26 11:42:51 AM
"Despite the best efforts of the Oxford police, state police and National Guard, the date of incorporation could not be found..."

Single most terrifying day at the Oxford Public Library EVAR!
 
2013-09-26 12:01:18 PM
so basically they are doing what some people would do with a stray cat, making up a birth day so you can have a party.
 
2013-09-26 12:07:45 PM
The retroactive city taxes are going to drown those poor people in debt.
 
2013-09-26 12:10:47 PM
That's OK. The courts have, for 35 years, been using an article in the Mexican Constitution that doesn't exist to deny citizenship to people born of an American parent.
 
2013-09-26 05:02:57 PM
No one checked wikipedia?
 
vpc
2013-09-26 06:06:17 PM

Sonneillon: I don't understand, they retroactively dated the town to 8th July 1713 so they wouldn't miss the 300th birthday - only it's now September, why not redo the date for November it no one knows?


Because they actually held the celebration back in July (when it was warm enough to go outside in MA), and they wanted to make sure history reflects that they celebrated on the right date...
 
2013-09-26 06:53:01 PM

ohsoferrety: Should have just merged Oxford into one of the two and called it a day.


Which of course would be odd, considering much of Webster came from Oxford anyway.

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: This technically makes Oxford the oldest city in the United States.


I know it's probably just a troll, but there's several dozen towns in the Commonwealth that date to the seventeenth century.
 
2013-09-26 07:06:03 PM
FriarReb98: ohsoferrety: Should have just merged Oxford into one of the two and called it a day.

Which of course would be odd, considering much of Webster came from Oxford anyway.


How would that be "odd?" based on name? Yeah, way back when, the entire area was called Oxford. But now Webster is the more populated area. The only thing "odd" about it would be the annexation itself, as MA towns are quite unfriendly to the idea.
 
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