The population of the Baltimore metropolitan area is about a million people, using a fairly conservative definition that leaves out, for instance, the Maryland suburbs of DC. And yet, everyone I know who lives here keeps running into people they know from here--not just in Baltimore or Maryland, but everywhere. One example that stuck with me happened when I was about 14 or 15. I was with my family in Florida, watching an exhibition baseball game. The announcer said that he would summon a spectator to engage in a pitching contest on the field. He called a kid I knew from my school.

We have posited the existance of a Baltimore Inseperability Factor to account for this.

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