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My friend went on vacation recently, and told me that the place he visited had some interesting denizens. Here's what he had to say about them:

Some are high, some can fly
Some are in cities, some are in ditties
Some wear trousers, some need browsers
Some are ground in the sea, some oversee the grounds

Where did my friend go?

Edit: Here's a small hint.

These are 8 "types" of "residents" that share something in common, but the pair described in each line share an additional, or rather, a more specific aspect.

I'll add another, bigger hint tomorrow if this isn't enough.

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  • $\begingroup$ Gah, I just had this genius idea that fits some of the clues but I'm having trouble making it fit a complete pair. >_< $\endgroup$ – Spacemonkey May 1 '15 at 21:41
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The city your friend visited is

New York!

Some are high, some can fly

New York Giants are tall and the New York Jets can fly

Some are in cities, some are in ditties

The New York Mets (metropolitans) and the New York Yankees (yankee doodle)

Some wear trousers, some need browsers

Knicks (Knicerbookers) and Nets (internet browsers)

Some are ground in the sea, some oversee the grounds

New York Islanders (island is a ground in the sea), New York Rangers

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    $\begingroup$ I think you meant the Rangers (they oversee the grounds). But this has to be the answer! $\endgroup$ – pacoverflow May 2 '15 at 15:48
  • $\begingroup$ oops, thanks for pointing that out! $\endgroup$ – thron of three May 2 '15 at 15:50
  • $\begingroup$ Perfect! Well done! $\endgroup$ – VictorHenry May 2 '15 at 18:42
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Another guess, hot off the press!

Your friend went to Middle-Earth.

Some are high:

Elves, as in High Elves.

Some can fly:

Eagles.

Why those two go together:

Both races prefer to remain aloof from the struggle, but will help in a moment of crisis.

Some are in cities:

Men, the main city-dwellers of the Third Age.

Some are in ditties:

Dwarves -- we don't see much of them outside the ditty about the ring.

Why those two go together:

Both are warlike yet generally 'good guy' races.

Some wear trousers:

Hobbits

Some need browsers:

Rangers (they're always relying on their network of information, so an internet connection would really help out!)

Why those two go together:

Both are not something the average Middle-Earth resident has likely heard of, because both like to keep private. Rangers aren't specifically a race, but I do think they're a special breed of men? (Some Elf-blood or something)

Some are ground in the sea:

The Balrog I think. This was the hardest clue for me to fit because LotR doesn't really have many water-y scenes. Another guess: The ghosts living in the swamp outside of Mordor. But the Balrog is my main guess (it fell into that big lake under Moria in the movie, I thiiiink that's canonical in the book too).

Some oversee the grounds:

Wizards -- their main task in life is just keeping a watch on things and keeping things running smoothly.

Why those two go together:

Gandalf's duel with the Balrog, also, both are super-ancient super-powerful magical beings.

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  • $\begingroup$ ROFL! I love this answer (even though I don't think it's right). $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor May 2 '15 at 15:19
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Fasten your seat belts:

Your friend went to Gjerde, which appears to be a small town in Norway! Why? Because it rhymes with:

Some are high:

Byrd (the Byrds' music was sometimes banned for promoting recreational drugs)

Some can fly:

Bird

Some are in cities:

Kurd

Some are in ditties:

Word

Some wear trousers:

Nerd

Some need browsers:

Third (according to a quick Google search, roughly 1/3 of all U.S. citizens don't have a home internet connection)

Some are ground in the sea:

Gerd, a Norse Goddess 'commonly theorized to be a goddess associated with the earth' according to Wikipedia. Earth = ground!

Some oversee the grounds:

Herd. Herds of grazing animals are great at keeping grass trimmed!

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  • $\begingroup$ This was pretty clever! It's not the answer I'm looking for, and it doesn't fit with the hint, but I enjoyed it nonetheless! $\endgroup$ – VictorHenry May 2 '15 at 10:07
  • $\begingroup$ This is crazy, off-the-wall, and awesome! $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor May 2 '15 at 15:16
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I think it might be

the land of creepy-crawlies.

Some are high, some can fly

This could describe any flying insects.

Some are in cities, some are in ditties

Ants and termites live in huge colonies that can be called cities.

Some wear trousers, some need browsers

Browsers as in web browsers, as in spider webs.

Some are ground in the sea, some oversee the grounds

Not sure about this line (or about trousers and ditties above), but I think I might be onto something here...

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