"Smog Angeles" is what many San Diegans call Los Angeles, the rival city to the north.
Since Seattleites live for gloriously sunny weather, this phrase typically is used to emphasize just HOW nice the weather was on any given day. It refers to clear blue skies--so clear, in fact, that you can see Mt. Rainer. Example: "Wasn't the weather amazing yesterday? The mountain was even out!".
Bluecifer is a nickname for the devil-eyed blue mustang sculpture by Denver's airport.
An old nickname for Knoxville for its former prominence in the textile industry. At one point Knoxville had 20 textile mills, but they started to close in the 1950's.
1. Normally a small strip of land that separates two bodies of water, 'isthmus' often refers to the city of Madison itself, which is indeed an isthmus between Lakes Mendota and Monona. "The Isthmus" is also a local newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin.
2. A weekly Madison newspaper published on Thursdays. The paper includes local news, restaurant listings, movie times and reviews, a community guide, classifieds and personals. The paper is well-known for having a liberal slant.