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1. Grosse Pointe: The generic name used to refer to the five adjacent cities of Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe City, Grosse Pointe...
2. Mile, The: A reference to 7 Mile Road.  
3. Arsenal of Democracy: A term for Detroit coined by former president Franklin Roosevelt during the second World War to describe the transi...  
4. Bad Boys: Former name for the Detroit Pistons.  
5. Windsor Ballet: Strip clubs in neighboring Windsor.  
6. Down River: Areas south of Metro Detroit.  
7. Da Dead Wings: A reference to the Detroit Wings when they lose.  
8. Big Two, The: General Motors and Ford, the two major automotive companies in the city.  
9. Coney Island: A restaurant chain in Detroit known for its cheap but amazing food.  
10. Ren Cen, The: Also known as the Renaissance Center.  
11. Lou's Deli: A famous deli widespread around the city, known for its corned beef sandwiches.  
12. Detroit Techno: A distinct musical movement in Detroit which originated in the early 1990's and survives today.  
13. Isle, The: An island in Detroit where people stunt on each other and have fun.  
14. D-Town: Another name for Detroit.  
15. Hockeytown: Another name for Detroit, an allusion to the city's strong hockey heritage.  
 
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James Farley, Postmaster under FDR, said in 1936, "There are 47 states in the Union, and the Soviet of Washington." He alluded to the leftist movements in the state, particularly in Seattle where labor movements occurred post WWI when unsatisfactory efforts were made to improve wages after war-time wage controls.

The rash one gets after swimming in Green Lake, a man-made lake located north of downtown on the other side of Lake Union. "The itch" is relatively harmless, but considering that it is caused by the many ducks and geese (and all that they secrete), it has caused many Seattlelites to swim elsewhere.

(noun) Traffic light maneuver associated with Pittsburgh. It is when a the first car in either direction waiting for a stop light is allowed to (or claims the right to) turn left before the car facing the opposite direction proceeds straight ahead.

A bunch of crazies jumping into Lake Monona for the Polar Plunge

The Polar Plunge is an event for the benefit of the Special Olympics during which participants jump into a swimming hole in Lake Monona. Since the event takes place in late February (February 20th, 2010 at Olin Park), the lake is always frozen solid. Only the bravest (craziest) of souls dare jump. For many, sponsoring a "plunger" is the best way to participate in this very Wisconsinesque activity.

A Three Way (spaghetti, chili and cheddar cheese) plus red beans AND diced onions.
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