Pittsburgh’s quite a unique city, in large part, because of the amazing Pittsburghers who have helped build and continue to push the city toward the future. The city, as a whole, and individual Pittsburghers have earned plenty of accolades in its long history. Here are 15 things that Pittsburghers do better than anyone else.
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Some pretty amazing inventions have come from the Burgh. George Ferris invented the Ferris Wheel in 1892, for example. Pittsburgh also lays claim to the first commercial radio station (KDKA), the first retractable dome (Civic Arena), and the first polio vaccine (Jonas Salk).
Speaking of Jonas Salk, he is only one of the many medical pioneers who have made lives better. Home to world class health systems like, UPMC, Pittsburgh has led the way in medical innovations. In fact, Pittsburgh has been named the "Organ Transplantation Capital of the World."
Six time Super Bowl Champs. Stanley Cup Champs in 2016. Need anything else really be said?
4. Roll out the red carpet
Pittsburgh may not boast a Hollywood sign but its beautiful landscape and talented extras make it the perfect location for Hollywood filmmakers. A long list of Hollywood movies have been filmed in Pittsburgh, including The Dark Knight Rises, The Fault In Our Stars, and Jack Reacher.
Pittsburghers know good food - how to make it and how to eat it. And, at the top of the list of foods for which Pittsburgh is known stands the scrumptious pierogie.
6. Roller coasters
Some of the best roller coasters call Kennywood home - the Racer, the Jack Rabbit, and the Thunderbolt, for example.
7. Preserve history
Pittsburgh has played a pivotal role in American history and many of the prominent sites, such as the Fort Pitt Blockhouse, have been preserved for future generations.
8. Go green
Pittsburghers are changing their ways and that includes going green. In fact, the city was named to the list of 25 Solar Cities in the country by the United States Department of Energy.
Pittsburgh's home to an eclectic range of public and private universities, including Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, Point Park University, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
C'mon, admit it. You've been to the grocery store before a snowfall. Pittsburghers are great at panicking before inclement weather, although sufficient toilet paper, milk, and bread seems to ease that anxiety.
11. Avoid potholes and…
Potholes, potholes, everywhere. Pittsburghers probably can't drive a block without encountering an unsightly pothole and that's why we're so good at maneuvering around them.
Those potholes have helped hone our deer dodging skills, too.
Pittsburgh boasts a vibrant cultural district, world class museums, and eclectic neighborhoods. The only way to get bored in the Burgh is to refuse to do anything.
Pittsburghers always lend a helping hand, whether it's raising money for supplies for schoolchildren, collecting winter coats for the needy, or coming to the aid of families and individuals in crisis.
15. Show hometown pride
Ever notice when you're out of town that you always run into other Pittsburghers or people who just love our beautiful city? Pittsburgers rank among the best at showing their hometown pride - both here at home and wherever we travel.