Talk:Baker Island

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What's a mile?[edit]

One of my pet peeves is "miles" in these interisland distances. They are far too often unidentified, resulting in wide variations in numbers for the distances as they are converted from unidentified miles to kilometers (often incorrectly), then perhaps back to miles (maybe of a different type, with different rounding), so you end up with a totally unreliable mess.

This one was off by 500 km. Take a piece of string to a globe and see if the numbers are reasonable before including them in an article like this. Gene Nygaard 17:28, 18 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Baker Island Historical Sovereignty[edit]

“It became a British Overseas Territory from 1886 to 1934.”

I removed this sentence because it is totally inaccurate: from the moment Americans claimed the island until this day it has always been under American jurisdiction. There was never a relinquishment of territorial sovereignty over this island by the US.Reaganamerican 01:00, 7 February 2007 (UTC)

Does this apply to Jarvis Island as well? -Indolences 06:23, 9 February 2007 (UTC)
==[edit]

re: "it is about one-half of the way from Hawaii to Australia." I think it is only 40% of the distance at best, not for me falling within the boundaries of "about one-half". I don't think a modified statement is that useful, and would just take this misleading one out completely. John McDonald 2006.08.20 2:35pm.

Feral cats[edit]

How on earth did feral cats ever manage to survive on an island with no fresh water? --Reuben 07:32, 17 May 2007 (UTC)

Rainfall probably created pockets of water somewhere I'm sure... By no fresh water they mean no lakes, ponds, etc. Or government super-cat conspiracy. Also try this website -Henry W. Schmitt 13:29, 17 May 2007 (UTC)
Thanks for the link. It turns out that they are indeed super-cats, bred from desert-dwelling ancestors to have very low water consumption. The cats on the island probably get more than enough water from the seabirds they eat. Apparently canned cat food has almost enough moisture for domestic cats, and the seabirds should be even better since they still have blood in them. [1] --Reuben 00:30, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

Merger proposal[edit]

I've added the merge tag to merge Government of Baker Island into this article. The article appears to have had a quality tag/template on it since October 2005 and there is little content in that article. I think it would be better if merged into this article as a paragraph rather than keeping it as a separate article. Brollachan 08:20, 29 August 2007 (UTC)

I approve. -Henry W. Schmitt 23:57, 9 September 2007 (UTC)
Merged, though section needs a tidy up. Brollachan 09:40, 18 September 2007 (UTC)

Visits: How often?[edit]

Once a year or once every two years? --80.187.106.128 (talk) 23:18, 3 July 2014 (UTC)