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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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A term referring to the Ironman Wisconsin Triathlon held the Sunday after Labor Day in Madison, WI. Most people refer to an Ironman as an "IM." Athletes refer to this particular Ironman as "IMOO," because they often pass cows on the bike route, which is along many country roads. IM Wisconsin embraced this idea and the 2008 Finisher Medals were in the shape of a cow.

Watertown is the birthplace of variety retailing, known in other parts of the country as dollar stores, but known in Watertown as "five and dime".

When I first moved to the area, this is one of the odd foods I found out about that is a regional favorite. Squeaky cheese is simply a bit of the curd taken out before the rest of the cheese is aged. It squeaks when you eat it. People from 'round these parts take pride in their squeaky cheese.

1. Keep Austin Weird was a slogan initiated by the Austin Small Business Alliance to help promote the city and its local businesses. Local street character Leslie Cochran didn't come up with the phrase, but he has become the poster child for it, although unofficially. It has since been trademarked and is now marketed on all sorts of merchandise.

2. A local motto in recent years used to promote the city’s eccentricity and diversity. It featured on innumerable bumper stickers and t-shirts.

The Baltimore Bullet is the nickname for Baltimore native Michael Phelps, the most prolific athlete in Olympic history. Michael Phelps has already beaten the gold medal record of nine, and has eleven as of tonight. He also stands to break Mark Spitz's record of seven gold medals in any one Olympics. Phelps is perfect so far in Beijing 2008 and is favored to complete his quest for eight gold medals.