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The border between Turkey and Syria follows a mostly straight-ish line near-ish the 36th parallel, except that about twenty miles south of the border Turkey controls a couple of square meters in the middle of a Syrian village. This is the tomb of the ancestor of the Ottoman Turks, and Turkey’s border agreement with Syria stipulates that it will remain part of Turkey forever. And the Turks take this very seriously; they maintain a platoon of special forces there and have recently been threatening war against Syria if their “territory” gets “invaded” in the current conflict.

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Also: oy.

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  1. Locally there are a couple of weird looking borders. Up in northern MN there is a cross border lake called Lake of the Woods. There is a little tip on the top of MN right there that encompasses not only part of the lake, but also a part of land (not island). The only way to get there by land is to enter Canada. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e4/NORTHWEST_Angle.png/300px-NORTHWEST_Angle.png

    Another interesting feature growing up was the shape of Ward County in ND. Apparently the reason it looks like some old 8-bit video game character is because some influential politician really wanted Kenmare in Ward County, so the gerrymandering resulted in what’s referred to as the ‘goose neck’. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ward+County,+ND/@48.3273785,-101.6022935,9z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x52ded9e48f8a9a85:0x9403d2a27f38e63

    I’m also aware of at least one small town (more like a wide spot in the road) in eastern ND that straddles the county lines. Since they don’t have their own police department but rely on the Sheriff’s, I imagine it can get tricky determining which agency is going to take the call.

    I believe there is also a little border town in VT(?) that has the US-Canada border running through the middle of one of the buildings.

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