Cincinnati November 26, 2017
8 Foolproof Ways To Spot An Imposter In Cincinnati
Cincinnati is a great place to live and we welcome anyone with open arms who wants to call this lovely town home. But just like any other city in America, we have our own quirks and inside jokes that those who aren’t from here may not catch on to right away. In fact, if you spot someone doing any of these things, it’s likely you’ve witnessed an imposter in Cincinnati and it’s just fine to go ahead and teach them the ways of our city.
1. They take the cut-in-the-hill at rush hour (or anytime, really).
The stretch of highway that leads down the hill from Northern Kentucky toward downtown Cincinnati is notorious for being backed up. During rush hour it's a mess going both ways, and these days it seems that it is crowded nonstop. Locals know that there are many other routes to take to get around this, but at least if you do choose 75/71, you'll get to enjoy this view!
2. They have to look up the phone number to order pizza.
If you're a Cincinnati local, when was the last time you had to look up the number of a local pizza joint? The answer is probably never because we all have 347-1111 permanently ingrained in our brains.
3. They twirl their spaghetti and ask for a menu at a chili spot.
Serving Cincinnati-style chili to someone is a great way to tell if they're an imposter. Locals know the easiest way to enjoy a 3-way is to cut it, rather than twirl it around your fork. They also don't really need a menu to order!
4. They don't request time off from work for Opening Day.
An imposter may realize too late that you just can't be bothered with work on Reds Opening Day. Calling in sick is way too obvious, so it's best to just use up a vacation day. And next season, the game is on a Thursday and the parade will follow on the next Monday, so start planning accordingly now!
5. They wear black and gold in the same outfit.
Most Cincinnatians wouldn't dream of wearing black and gold, AKA Steelers colors, at the same time. If this color combination becomes a trend, you better believe that only the imposters in Cincinnati will be sporting it.
6. They stay calm with the threat of bad weather.
Admit it, when the weather forecast calls for even a dusting, you run to the store for bread, milk, and eggs. It's okay, we all do it. But the imposters are probably relaxing at home, not freaking out.
7. They don't understand why the Cincinnati airport is in Kentucky.
Actually, many Cincinnati locals are probably still confused about this one. But it is technically called the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and its abbreviation is CVG, so it kind of makes sense.
8. They don't know how to spell Cincinnati.
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If you grew up in Cincinnati, you likely had to learn your address around Kindergarten, which included how to spell your hometown. It may not be the easiest word in the world to spell, but if you live here, you should probably go ahead and memorize it.
Cincinnati is a special place with plenty of quirks and character. How can you tell if someone isn’t from Cincinnati? What do you think of our list? Let us know in the comments!
And if you do happen to know an out-of-towner or have visitors to Cincinnati, check out our list of underrated places to visit