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Whenever I post a waymark in a new category, I'm curious to see, if there are other waymarks of that category in that country. For example: Lately, I posted my first Junk Design House waymark and it was and still is the only one in Austria. And now I wanted to know, for how many other categories I have a "monopoly" in Austria or other countries. So far (= after checking the first 4 lines of the category grid) I learned that I have the only Garage Door Art, Pikachu Sightings, Suspension Bridges and Presidential Birthplaces waymarks in Austria and the only Holiday Displays waymark in Croatia. I'm sure that there are many more, but unfortunately, there is no easy way to get that kind of statistics (or at least I don't know how to do it), but I wonder, if anybody out there has similar thoughts or am I alone with this "problem"?

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These numbers are hard to track, because they can change every day.

What I track is the firsts in a country (and each first is a solitaire at the date of approval). My number is 497 at the moment, most in Switzerland, some in Germany, France, Italy and Greece.

I am quite privileged, because I am the only one here, while you are already the third icon hunter in the history of Austrian Waymarking.

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5 minutes ago, fi67 said:

These numbers are hard to track, because they can change every day.

What I track is the firsts in a country (and each first is a solitaire at the date of approval). My number is 497 at the moment, most in Switzerland, some in Germany, France, Italy and Greece.

I am quite privileged, because I am the only one here, while you are already the third icon hunter in the history of Austrian Waymarking.

Wow, 497 is a lot. I don't even have posted in that many categories. And yes, you're right, there are (and have been) others (Austrians and tourists) who were faster than me, but every now and then I find a category they all missed.

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I changed my mind and will track it like you do it. Like you said, the "monopoly" can be lost anytime. Thanks for that suggestion. Just for the records: I now checked all the categories and (if I haven't missed anything) I have posted the first waymark in a specific category in a specific country 80 times so far. Most of them of course in Austria, but also in Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden. I was surprised by the number of countries - I expected to find 2 or 3 (beside Austria). In one category (Free Community Book Exchanges) I was lucky enough to have the first waymark in 2 countries (Austria and Sweden).

Talking about statistics: Is there any (easy) way to see which categories have been covered in a specific country (or US state)? Something like a category grid for a country would be nice.

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I wish there were answers to your questions.  In any case, keep up the good work.  Both of you continue to be Waymarking pioneers in your region.  I have firsts-in-a-country because I am one of those Waymarking tourists fortunate to visit exotic locations (more than 30 firsts).  I have another dozen firsts-in-Canada because I got too excited by some of the new categories.

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13 hours ago, PISA-caching said:

Today I posted the first Ghost Bike waymark in Austria and now I also have a beautiful number:

100 B)

Congratulations! This is a very rare category in my area. I still have to find one. I am currently at 504 and one more waiting for approval (Herbaria).

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Fortunately, I read about this ghost bike in the newspapers and once the weather was good enough for taking photos I visited it and created the waymark. In the category description I found a link to ghostbikes.org and learned that there have been ghost bikes in Austria 10 years ago already. I should have checked that earlier.

Also in the newspapers I read about the first Apple Store that was to be opened in Wien and I created that waymark several days before the opening, just to make sure that nobody else does it before me. :-) I once missed to post the first Hard Rock Cafe in Austria, so I wanted to make sure that this doesn't happen again. :-)

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That's cool. I would have guessed that there are many more waymarks for that specific category in Spain ... or more waymarkers in Spain to find them.

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Interesting, I'll check how many first waymark of a category in a country I have.

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I just spent 2 days going thru my waymarks. I have the first waymark in Oklahoma in 86  categories, 3 in Florida, 1 in Kansas and 1 in Arkansas.

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33 minutes ago, vulture1957 said:

I just spent 2 days going thru my waymarks. I have the first waymark in Oklahoma in 86  categories, 3 in Florida, 1 in Kansas and 1 in Arkansas.

I know of only one state first for me, so you have me beat by a longshot! 

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14 hours ago, Max and 99 said:

I know of only one state first for me, so you have me beat by a longshot! 

 

I just went thru the first 10 lines of the category grid, the oldest categories. You have:

First in OK in: outdoor mazes, web cams, book crossing zones (also first in ND, KS and MS), living statues, out of place graves, garage door art, dog statues, relocated structures, musician statues, jazz clubs (one and only), topiaries (first and only 2), dead poets (one and only), and compass rose (one and only).

First amusement park in AR, first art vehicle in MS, first moon tree in AR.

there are 40+ lines to go thru!

 

and that''s out of the (only) 364 categories you've posted (I've posted in 456)

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42 minutes ago, vulture1957 said:

 

I just went thru the first 10 lines of the category grid, the oldest categories. You have:

First in OK in: outdoor mazes, web cams, book crossing zones (also first in ND, KS and MS), living statues, out of place graves, garage door art, dog statues, relocated structures, musician statues, jazz clubs (one and only), topiaries (first and only 2), dead poets (one and only), and compass rose (one and only).

First amusement park in AR, first art vehicle in MS, first moon tree in AR.

there are 40+ lines to go thru!

 

and that''s out of the (only) 364 categories you've posted (I've posted in 456)

Well that was nice of you. I don't even remember some of those! 

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On 12/12/2019 at 1:14 AM, Max and 99 said:

I know of only one state first for me, so you have me beat by a longshot! 

Wow, was this being humble!  One hundred, thirty-seven categories with a first in state, and some have firsts in multiple states. 137 out of 364, better than 1/3 of the categories they've posted in!   and this is only checking OK in most instances.

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11 minutes ago, vulture1957 said:

Wow, was this being humble!  One hundred, thirty-seven categories with a first in state, and some have firsts in multiple states. 137 out of 364, better than 1/3 of the categories they've posted in!   and this is only checking OK in most instances.

Haha. All I knew for sure was first centenarian in North Dakota. I never would have guessed on those others!

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On 3/26/2018 at 4:49 PM, razalas said:

Interesting, I'll check how many first waymark of a category in a country I have.

 

Finally I had a little time to do it and the result was 222 categories with a first in a  country.

 

88 Portugal

78 Spain

37 Italy 

15 Gibraltar

4   France

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This project was a nice distraction.  I have posted the first waymark of a category in a country 49 times.  Many of those were in small island nations but a lot were in the large country in which I reside. 

 

19 Canada

13 Bahamas

4 Saint Pierre and Miquelon (before 2017 all waymarks here were my posts)

4 Guadeloupe

3 US Virgin Islands

2 Puerto Rico

2 Saint Lucia

1 Antigua and Barbuda

 

Four times I have posted the first waymark of a category, anywhere in the world.

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The only one I am aware of that I have posted is the Spanish American War memorials. I found a monument in Madrid for the war, and it was the first submission in Spain. I'm sure there's more, but I can't think of any off the top of my head.

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On 12/20/2019 at 3:06 AM, bluesnote said:

I'm sure there's more, but I can't think of any off the top of my head.

 

Yes, there definitely are more than that. I just gave it a shot and looked at your waymarks in Mexico. And within these I checked the category "Non-Specific Veteran Memorials" and it's still the only waymark in this category in Mexico.

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On 12/25/2019 at 4:41 AM, PISA-caching said:

 

Yes, there definitely are more than that. I just gave it a shot and looked at your waymarks in Mexico. And within these I checked the category "Non-Specific Veteran Memorials" and it's still the only waymark in this category in Mexico.

Ah, I forgot about that one. Good catch!

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Last time I went thru the listings, I was only looking for First in the state. With all the people who have been Waymarking in Oklahoma, especially before I started, I didn't think that there would be many categories that I had the monopoly for waymarks in Oklahoma. I went back thru the listings and found that I have a monopoly (today) for 50 categories! But The Snowdog is running around like crazy, getting new waymarks in categories, so my listing will start to dwindle. Even Max & 99 are starting to get some waymarks in different categories.

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On ‎12‎/‎28‎/‎2019 at 2:38 PM, bluesnote said:

Ah, I forgot about that one. Good catch!

 

Well, there are even more than just that one. You also have the only Candy Stores waymark in Mexico, the only Giants of Commerce in Mexico, and the list will go on and on.

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On ‎12‎/‎31‎/‎2019 at 4:32 AM, vulture1957 said:

...so my listing will start to dwindle...

 

I won't start to keep a list of my monopoly waymarks, because there are only a few that will remain being a monopoly in the future. One of them is the only "Medal Of Honor Resting Places" in Montenegro or the only "Tattoo Shops/Parlors" and "Beatlemania!" in Monaco. Instead I keep a list of all the first posted waymarks in a specific country/category combination. That list is at around 150 at the moment.

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Did I? Did I? Did I really get a first in a category? That'll certainly be the one and only time that ever happens!

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3 hours ago, Max and 99 said:

Did I? Did I? Did I really get a first in a category? That'll certainly be the one and only time that ever happens!

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3 hours ago, Max and 99 said:

Did I? Did I? Did I really get a first in a category? That'll certainly be the one and only time that ever happens!

congrats!

 

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Now I have cleared my backlog and now it's time for some new stats, because I don't know, when I can build up a new one.

Currently I have 543 First-Category-Post-in-a-Country waymarks. 29 more than at the beginning of January, all over 2019 I only managed to add three new ones.

Switzerland 466 (6 of them being the first worldwide)

Greece 35

Albania 14

France 11

Germany 10

Italy 7

Considering that I only spent like two hours in that country, the Albanian numbers are quite crazy.

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