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    Little known facts about people from your city

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Lea`Brooks, Jan 9, 2017.

    I saw this (incredibly true) statement about people from my town, and I thought it would be fun to bring everyone in on it.

    What is something that most people from your town have in common that outsiders may not know about?

    Here's mine...

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    .... every... time. :rofl:
     
  2. Wreybies

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    Not exactly my city, but.... Where I live there are 78 municipalities, which is to say townships, but we are not a people given to detail, so people tend to describe where they are from by using the largest town close to them. That, or they just use their left hand as a sort of map, because Puerto Rico is shaped like your hand, and they just point to the correct spot on their hand.

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    I'd chime in, but that would let people know exactly where I'm from, and I'm still not doing that.
     
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    Link the Writer Flipping Out For A Good Story. Contributor

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    Shortly after the conclusion of the American Civil War, there was a big explosion that rocked the downtown port area of my hometown of Mobile, Alabama, blowing a good few blocks into oblivion. People naturally were freaking out thinking the war was starting back up again, but apparently the cause was that a fuse was lit in a storage room containing gunpowder. A freak accident, the official reports basically confirmed. There was no sign of foul play.
     
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    There once was a man from Green Bay
    When making explosives one day
    Dropped his cigar
    In the gunpowder jar
    There once was a man from Green Bay
     
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    People from Michigan, Wisconsin, the Dakotas, probably elsewhere do this too. Surprising how many shapes you can make, thanks to that opposable thumb.
     
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    Pretty sure the Mormon sect here is like non-inclusive Communism. If it ain't your religion good
    luck getting on with an equal way to live, and get a job. :p
     
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    People from London, Ontario get really tired of having to either say "London, Ontario" all the time. Most people can just give the name of their home city, but we have to add the province because apparently there's some other "London" out there somewhere.

    Alternatively, people from London, Ontario will, when speaking to someone in person and when not actually in London, Ontario, will jerk their head in the direction of London, Ontario to indicate which "London" is being referenced.

    It really isn't that hard to come up with new names for places, is it?
     
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    I'm from the middle of nowhere - however Chard which is relatively close is the birth place of powered flight - the first aircraft to fly under its own power did so in chard in 1948 pilotted by its inventor John Stringfellow
     
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    Random fact London, England was originally known as Londo by the pre roman british which means "the wild place" as it was little more than a swamp
     
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    1948?
     
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    People around here refer to Whoopie Pies, as Gobs and they have an obsolete obsession with them. I remember when we first moved down here (from the other end of the state) and we stopped at a restaurant proclaiming to have the best gobs, and we asked what gobs the waitress sighed and said "You might call them whoopie pies, if you`r from that part of the state" Apparently the areas obsession with gobs goes back to when the coal mines were active and the miners wives started putting the icing in between the cake to keep it from sticking to the wrapping when they put it in there husbands lunch. Gobs are sold almost everywhere you look around here they even have a gob festival every year, which is quite fun if you enjoy rich sweets like I do.

    We also happen to be obsessed with hockey, at least on the local level. Even if you don`t follow the NHL or anything like that not supporting the local hockey team is the equivalent of treason in these parts. It`s only a tier 2 junior team butt there treated like rock stars. The movie Slapshot was filmed here and the team in the movie is loosely based on are former team the Jets. The team we had after the Jets and before the Tomahawks even took on the name the Chiefs based on there Slapshot counterparts. We were also christened as Hockeyville in 2015 and hosted a pre season game between the penguins and the Tampa Bay Lightning forever cementing this town as a hockey town.
     
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    I suspect I'm not the only person who knows neither what a Whoopie Pie or a Gob is.
     
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    We're all Italian and inbred where I come from. The rate of genetic disease is... staggering, haha
     
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    You uncivilised savages. It`s basically icing in between two round halves of cake, traditionally chocolate but there are other flavors. My supermarket has a banana one that is to die for.

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    Looks like an Oreo cookie with a thyroid problem to me :)
     
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    More or less.
     
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    Some of us don't understand the concept of daylight savings time. (I didn't know it was a thing until I was in fifth grade or so.)
     
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    Whereas Chicago comes from the local Native American word shikaakwa, which meant "place of the stinking wild onion".
     
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    1848 :facepalm:
     
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    Not "piloted" by Stringfellow - it was an unmanned model.
     
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