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1. Pizza-subway price correlation: Theory that the standard price for a slice of cheese pizza moves in lockstep with the price of one subway ride, tho...  
2. Five Pointz: An old warehouse that is now filled with artist studios, Five Pointz is a living collage of graffiti art. Come her...
3. Spaldeen: Spaldeen refers to a type of ball that was used to play stickball in New York. Spaldeen is actually a New York (mis...
4. Empire State Building: The Empire State Building is a huge (literally) cultural icon of the Big Apple. This 102-story art deco skyscraper ...
5. Schlep: Not just to carry a load for a considerable distance, but also slang for an awkward, clumsy, or stupid person.  
6. Leatherstocking Region: Region of New York State in which Utica resides. James Fenimore Cooper (the most famous bad writer in American Lite...  
7. Halfmoons: Cookies that have white frosting and chocolate frosting. In many other places they are called half and half cookies...  
8. Fongul: Italian swear word used commonly, since most of the city is Italian. Let's just say it's an f-word.  
9. Manhattan: The most densely populated county in the United States, Manhattan is an island borough of New York City. Manhattan...
10. Pedicab: This is a name commonly used for bicycle rickshaws that generally transport tourists around the city. The "driver"...
11. DUMBO: Recently becoming trendy, this is an area of Brooklyn just over the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges from Manhattan. ...
12. House That Ruth Built, The: This is a nickname for Yankee Stadium, referring to baseball legend Babe Ruth.  
13. Smallbany: A derogatory local nickname for Albany invoked by its more disenchanted residents.  
14. New York Stock Exchange: The largest stock exchange in the world. The trading floor is located at 11 Wall St. The main building, at 18 Broa...
15. Dirty Water Dog: The infamous NYC street vendor hot dog, generally Sabrett's brand shoved haphazardly into a soggy bun and topped wi...  
 
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This is slang for the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder's meeting. Warren Buffett's thousands of cult followers descend upon Omaha to hear the oracle utter his words of humble wisdom.

This is the proper pronunciation with emphasis on the first syllable, NOT the second. We are not a city in Germany nor are we the same as New Berlin.

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.

1. Officially called the "The Great Dane Duck Blind", this is of the ways you can watch the Madison Mallards baseball team. The Duck Blind tickets include all you can eat food and all you can drink beverages (beer and soda). Of course there is plenty of Great Dane beer.

2. They call it the "Duck Blind" because nobody watches the games. I was there last night and almost got hit in the head by an errant foul ball. Having my life flash before my eyes was just an added bonus to an already great time. The entrance fee is a little spendy ($30 with beer, or $25 for just soda), but you can eat and drink all you want for several hours, and maybe even watch some baseball if you care to take a gander. (Yes, that's Mallard humor.)

There's a sign at the edge of town that dubs Yakima the "Palm Springs of Washington," alluding to the sunnier weather with respect to the rest of the state.