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156 miles long, it runs through the entirety of downtown Chicago with 45 bridges spanning its diameter. Every St....
This is an annual June event in Eagle that includes, among many events, a rodeo, local craft/food vendors, carnival,...
: Oscar Mayer is headquartered in Madison, making a Wienermobile sighting a fairly common occurrence.
Cheeseheads can refer to either 1) the foam cheesehead hats made by Foamation, 2) Wisconsinites, or 3) Green Bay Packer...
Minnesota bars, particularly those Northeast Minneapolis are known for their meat raffles. Typically run by a charity,...
"Jump Around" is not only the party smash hit by House of Pain, but is also a student section tradition at the...
Recently becoming trendy, this is an area of Brooklyn just over the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges from Manhattan. The...

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Gum Bands: Pittsburgh, PA

This slang for rubber bands in Pittsburgh speak, not to be confused with bubble gum bands, which are singing groups without instrumental accompaniment.

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Penntrification: Philadelphia, PA

Refers to the gentrifying effect of the University of Pennsylvania on the West Philadelphia area.

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Most Lustful City in America: Denver, CO

Forbes Magazine bestowed this honor upon the Mile-High city in light of its record breaking contraceptive sales.

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Witch City: Salem, MA

A nickname for Salem, Massachusetts, because of the Salem Witch Trials, which took place in and around Salem in 1692 and 1693. More than 150 people were accused of being witches, 19 of which were hanged for the crime of being a witch and one of which was pressed to death for refusing to enter a plea. Much study has gone into what caused the hysteria and...

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Crab: Los Angeles, CA

Slang for a member of the Bloods, a gang whose members wear red.

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Satan's Steed: Denver, CO

Satan's Steed is one of the nicknames of the blue horse sculpture just outside of the Denver International Airport. The horse's creepy red eyes attract all sorts of disgust from the Colorado public, who lament the fact that the sculpture is placed so prominently at the gateway to the city. Adding to the mustang's mystique, scupltor Luis Jimenez died...

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Great Chicago Fire of 1871: Chicago, IL

Citywide catastrophe rumored to have been started by the "O'Leary cow." As legend goes, the O'Leary cow kicked over a lantern in the O'Leary farm which started to spread throughout the city. Every building in the city, which was made out of wood then, was either damaged or destroyed with the exception of the Water Tower which stands to this day.

 
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