FrancoFile: Ever wonder why almost all the "nth National Bank of xyz" banks are odd numbers? Let me explain.CSB timeBack in the day, before the FDIC and the Fed, banks failed regularly. Typically, you'd see a town on the frontier spring up, and a couple of guys with money would get together and form the 1st National Bank of Rock Ridge. Things are great, the bank is doing fine. After a while, a couple of other guys want to get in on the action, and they form the 2nd National Bank of Rock Ridge. Then along comes a depression. The 2nd National Bank isn't capitalized as well as the 1st, so it goes out of business. Sucks to be you, depositors of the 2nd National Bank.Now a few more years go by, and the economy perks up, and another group of fellows want to form a bank. There is no 2nd National Bank of Rock Ridge anymore, but that name is tainted. So they found the 3rd National Bank of Rock Ridge. Now there are two banks in town - 1st and 3rd.Lather, rinse, repeat. The town keeps growing, the 4th National Bank is founded, the economy hits a slump, the 1st and 3rd weather the storm but the 4th goes bankrupt. Then when things turn around, still another group of guys founds the 5th National Bank.Then FDR, the FDIC, and bank mergers in the 80s and 90s happen.Voila, 5th/3rd Bank baseball fields and basketball arenas. You're welcome./CSB
LesserEvil: Maybe it wasn't such a good idea to build the stadium out of matchsticks....seriously, though, WTF?
Special Agent: This better not affect the Michigan Winter Beer Festival next month.
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