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1. Alburquerque: The old name for Albuquerque. The first 'r' was removed back in the 19th Century after Anglos had a hard time with ...  
2. Christmas Style: Red and green chile sauce together with the same dish.  
3. ABQ: Shorthand for Albuquerque, or its airport (officially called Albuquerque International Sunport).  
4. Just Muffin Around: A local bakery & cafe that serves up breakfast, lunch, and homemade muffins & muffin tops.
5. Q, The: A quick way of saying Albuquerque, originally a city campaign to make the city better known and to promote awarenes...  
6. Alibi: A local free publication that has a large number of the "haps" (events) of the area, as well as up and coming conce...
7. Haps: Albuquerque English for local events.  
8. Heights-Foothills: This area is at the base of the Sandia Mountains in the NE quadrant of the city. It's a higher class living area t...  
9. Valley, The: This region is located near the Rio Grande river which passes through the Albuquerque area, and is in the SW quadra...  
10. Rio Rancho: Originally not part of Albuquerque, but has grown into the city. Probably has the best neighborhoods, but is a lon...  
11. Frontier, The: An older local restaurant that serves New Mexican foods, used to be 24 hours all the time until recently. A good e...  
12. Twisters: A newer local restaurant thats known for its signature 'Twister burrito' which you can choose the filling (vegatari...  
13. Sadie's: Another older local, that serves many New Mexican plates and is very good, albeit small. From my experience has a ...  
14. Texas Roadhouse: A good Texan restaurant that has invaded the Q, with fresh bread served plentifully and accommodating meals. I'd c...  
15. Rudy's: A Texan joint that serves smoked BBQ, where you can buy your choice of meat wholesale. The setting is what you'd i...  
 
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Topeka's mayor recently declared the city "Google, Kansas" for the rest of the month of March 2010. The city is using its creative juices to attract Google. The Internet giant is currently looking for test sites for its new ultra-fast Internet service called Google Fiber. This isn't the first time Topeka...

In January 1996, a blizzard hit and shut down NYC. Hundreds of stranded travelers were forced to live in the terminals of JFK Airport for two days, since even buses and taxis were immobilized.

1. This isn't actually Spanish, and isn't pronounced as such. It's actually an old Southern word for laundromat and it's pronounced "wash-uh-TEER-ee-uh", more like how you'd say the English "cafeteria", and not in some Latin way.

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

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.

1. This is August 15 and a few days on either side. When all the leases in the central city turn over at the same time, many students and other renters leave vast piles of unwanted belongings on the curb as they change apartments. These items are often taken home by others as the population garbage picks the piles. When someone asks where you got an item, you reply "Hippie Christmas."

2. Most leases in Madison, Wisconsin go from August 15th to August 14th of the following year. Many students are stuck in no man's land from noon on the 14th to noon on 15th while the owners are turning over the apartments. Some people camp out overnight guarding their earthly possessions. In the aftermath of this multiple-day circus plenty of rancid old pieces of furniture are left out on the curb for opportunistic hippies to snatch.

3. Whether it makes them hippies or not, many UW students wait for Hippie Christmas to furnish their new (but not very new) apartments. It costs a lot of money to furnish a place and college students are often strapped for cash. The trick is to find something that isn't drenched beyond repair. Many finds are quite salvageable.