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Great views of Manhattan from this Brooklyn location on the water at the end of Old Fulton St. It's at the base of the...
A classic Milwaukee tavern. This 100 year old bar is famous for it's bumper stickers that read "I Closed Wolski's". The...
The infamous guy who plays his Piccolo (very well) all year round on state street and also plays in the University...
A Springfield, IL horseshoe is a mighty thing! Texas toast, topped with hamburger patties, topped with fries, topped...
San Francisco's most famous street protester, Frank can be found in highly trafficked areas of San Francisco to protest...
A glass boot at Madison's Essen Haus that is passed around a table full of friends. The boot is the centerpiece for the...
The colored (orange, yellow and green) metal chairs outside at the Memorial Union Terrace. You can buy replica terrace...

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People's Republic of Burlington: Burlington, VT

Nickname for the left-leaning Burlington, popularized during the mayoral tenure of now US Senator Bernie Sanders, who is a self-proclaimed democratic socialist.

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Butter Jesus: Monroe, OH

This is one of the common nicknames for Solid Rock Church's enormous sculpture of Jesus Christ. Rising 62 feet high this sculpture is hard to miss. It is located on the east side of I-75 north of Cincinnati. While it has other nicknames such Touchdown Jesus, I really like the name Butter Jesus. In the right light, it looks just like a giant butter sculpture.

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Little Beirut: Portland, OR

A nickname for Portland given by none other than George Bush and his staff. Every time he would visit there would be such protests and demonstrations that he did not return to Portland when seeking reelection in 2004; but sent other staff members to gain support.

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Polio Water: Boston, MA

1. Stinky water from the gutters that mixes with garbage. Don't step in the polio water, or else the polio smell will stick with you all day.

2. Polio Water - A puddle of water.

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Washateria: Houston, TX

Another name for a laundromat, taken from Houston's rich "Spanglish" vernacular.

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Brookfield Swirlie: Brookfield, WI

An act first practiced at Brookfield Central High School in the mid-1990s. Several students from the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield, being of a gentle disposition, sought a safer and more sanitary form of humiliation than the traditional swirlie, which involves holding someone's head in a toilet and then flushing....

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Stickball: New York, NY

Children's street game of bygone days, involving pink Spalding (or "spaldeen") ball and broomstick. Now sadly defunct.

 
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