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Denver Fun Facts #4

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

This one took me aback, until I noticed the slight-of-hand in the wording (I’ll underline it).

Denver has 300 days of annual sunshine.

Located east of a major mountain range, Denver has a mild, dry and sunny climate with more annual hours of sun than San Diego or Miami Beach. In winter, Denver is dryer than Phoenix with an average daily high of 45 degrees in February.

So I assume the days are longer in Denver? Why more annual “hours”?

Denver Fun Facts #3

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Denver is big on sports. So you can imagine they’re one of the thirteen cities with teams from four major sports.

But they tout themselves as being one of two cities in the United States to have seven professional sports franchises (Philadelphia is the other).

(For the record, Arena Football League died in 2008.)

So they list:

  • Denver Broncos (NFL)
  • Colorado Rockies (MLB)
  • Colorado Avalanche (NHL)
  • Denver Nuggets (NBA)

  • Colorado Rapids (MLS)
  • Colorado Mammoth (NLL)
  • Denver Outlaws (MLL)

    Huh. Personally I’d say that the WNBA is bigger and better known than the indoor NLL or the outdoor MLL.

    Shoot, the MLL only has six teams! And one of them is in Canada!

    But since Denver doesn’t have a WNBA team, they went with these others.

    Instead I’d have brought up the Denver Barbarians Rugby Football Club from the Rugby Super League. “Denver Barbarians” sounds bad-ass. I might need a t-shirt …

  • Denver Fun Facts #2

    Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

    Today’s fun fact is about growth and population make-up of Denver.

    Denver grew by 30 percent in the 1990s – an average of 1,000 new residents a week, every week for 10 years.

    Today the city has a population of 594,740, while there are 2.7 million people in the metro area.

    Denver Fun Facts #1

    Monday, June 14th, 2010

    Liz is off today for Denver, and I’ll follow in a few days – one of our friends we met in Dubai is getting married out there.

    Along with the usual flights, hotels and rental cars I’ve been looking up fun facts about Denver. It’s a fun way to get excited about the trip, and I get to learn something. I figured I could share some with you, because sharing is caring.

    As you probably know Denver is about 5,280 feet above sea level – one mile high. In Denver’s rarified air, golf balls go 10 percent farther. So do cocktails. Alcoholic drinks pack more of a punch than at sea level. The sun feels warmer, because you are closer to it and there is 25 percent less protection from the sun, so sunscreen is a must.

    The Mile High City is also extremely dry, so it is a good idea to drink more water than usual. With less water vapor in the air at this altitude, the sky really is bluer in Colorado.