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An ethnic group living deep in the southern Appalachian Mountains that decends from 16th century Turks dropped off somewhere in the Carolinas by Sir Francis Drake, were joined by portugese pirates and others including Jews and Moors escaping the Spanish Inquizition, and intermarried with various Native American tribes as they migrated inland. They were later joined by escaped African- American slaves and others. It is also said that they partly decended from the lost colony of Roanoke, having spoke in Elizabethan english as late as the 20th century. Many were eventually assimilated into the predomminantly English/Scotch-Irish domminated Appalachian culture.
Melungeons are amongst the longest settled non-inigenous people in North America. When the first British settlers came from the Eastern Seaboard, they refered to themselves as "Portugee," which goes back to their Portugese origins.
by Miskatonic Jack 2 January 22, 2007
A variety of place and geographic identity within a relatively small area.
When a "neighborhood" is thought of to have a much smaller area and than is designated by most newspapers, other publications, travel websites, as well as philistines, that is geographic diversity.
While metropolitan areas are usually the antithesis of geographic diversity, such metropolitan areas as the San Fransisco Bay area, Hampton Roads VA, the Tampa Bay Area FLA, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton PA/NJ, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/etcetera PA, the North Carolina Research triangle (Raleigh/Durham/Cary/Chapel Hill/Wake Forest), as well as any "tri-cities," "quad-cities or any other metropolitan area domminated by multiple cities are good examples of metropolitan areas which contain geographic diversity. Any smaller or average sized county which contains multiple towns with their own identities contains geographic diversity (on the other end, merged city/county governments such as Louisville KY are geograpically homogenous). Any state, provence or small country which is domminated by multiple cities, or at least may lack one single primate city (and the identityless sprawl surrounding it) are also geographically Diverse.
Geographic diversity means being able to go from one town or city to another and then another while travelling just a short distance.

In a large border city, one will often find geographic diversity on the other side of the said boudary.
Thanks to suburban sprawl, the accompanying horizontal expansion of metropolitan areas (as well as the increased identification within one), the consolidation of post offices, far-flung airports containing the name of a major city 2 miles away, and all the job growth moving to the boondocks right outside major cities, we're going to see less and less geographic diversity in the time yet to come.

People simply don't start towns anymore, just suburbs.

There are no suburbs, only sprawl, edge cities, and towns that have been imperialized.
by Miskatonic Jack 2 February 03, 2007
¹ A place whose sole commodity is offered by virtually every other retail establishment, only at a much higher price.

² A front for something bigger, something clandestine, and very likely something sinister.
Each Sunglass Hut is either a front for the mob, the Illuminati, or for some other secret organization.

How little sense it makes that they can stay in business, especially with the economy the way it is, just goes to show you how poorly disguised that something else is.
by Miskatonic Jack 2 August 04, 2010
Any neighborhood with a significant Vietnamese presence

e.g. the Southside neighborhood of Louisville KY & the Tenderloin District in San Francisco.

Many are a separate enclave within a larger, pre established Chinatown.
Texas, Northern and Southern California each have multiple cities containing one or more Little Saigon.
by Miskatonic Jack 2 June 25, 2010
A (metric) unit of measure used in most countries outside the USA.

1 meter = 3.2808399 feet (USA)

A metre (m), also spelled meter, in measurement, fundamental unit of length in the metric system and in the International Systems of Units (SI). It is equal to approximately 39.37 inches in the British Imperial and United States Customary systems. The metre was historically defined by the French Academy of Sciences in 1791 as 1/10,000,000 of the quadrant of the Earth’s circumference running from the North Pole through Paris to the equator. The International Bureau of Weights and Measures in 1889 established the international prototype metre as the distance between two lines on a standard bar of 90...

- Encyclopædia Britannica
by Miskatonic Jack 2 November 20, 2010
Gun fu is the style of sophisticated close-quarters gunplay seen in Hong Kong action cinema and in Western films influenced by it. It often resembles a martial arts battle played out with firearms instead of traditional weapons.

The focus of gun fu is style, and the usage of firearms in ways that they were not designed to be used. Shooting a gun from each hand, shots from behind the back, as well as the use of guns as melee weapons are all common. Other moves can involve shotguns, Uzis, rocket launchers, and just about anything else that can be worked into a cinematic shot. It is often mixed with hand-to-hand combat maneuvers.

"Gun fu" has become a staple factor in modern action films due to its visually appealing nature (regardless of its actual practicality in a real-life combat situation). This is a contrast to American action movies of the 1980s which focused more on heavy weaponry and outright brute-force in firearm-based combat.
Before 1986, Hong Kong cinema was firmly rooted in two genres: the martial arts film and the comedy. Gunplay was not terribly popular because audiences had considered it boring, compared to fancy kung-fu moves or graceful swordplay of the wu shu epics. What moviegoers needed was a new way to present gunplay-- to show it as a skill that could be honed, integrating the acrobatics and grace of the traditional martial arts. And that's exactly what John Woo did. Using all of the visual techniques available to him (tracking shots, dolly-ins, slo-mo), Woo created beautifully surrealistic action sequences that were a 'guilty pleasure' to watch. There is also intimacy found in the gunplay-- typically, his protagonists and antagonists will have a profound understanding of one another and will meet face-to-face, in a tense Mexican standoff where they each point their weapons at one another and trade words.

The popularity of John Woo's films, and the heroic bloodshed genre in general, in the West helped give the gun fu style greater visibility. Film-makers like Robert Rodriguez were inspired to create action sequences modelled on the Hong Kong style. One of the first to demonstrate this was Rodriguez's Desperado (1995). The Matrix (1999) played a part in making "gun fu" the most popular form of firearm-based combat in cinema worldwide; since then, the style has become a staple of modern Western action films.
by Miskatonic Jack 2 September 01, 2010
Nickname for Indianapolis IN as well as it's vicinity in many cases. Birthplace of writer, humanist, environmentalist satirist and wit Kurt Vonnegut, writer of such acclaimed science fiction novels as Slaughterhouse Five & Galapagos, and one of the most influential American writers of the 20th century.
Peyton Manning plays for the Colts over in Vonnegut City, population 800K in the city proper.
by Miskatonic Jack 2 November 14, 2010
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