Pittsburgh February 23, 2018
11 Pittsburgh Quirks That Set Us Apart From The Rest
Okay, yinzers, this one’s for you! If you happen to like our
Only in Pittsburgh page on Facebook (and you should because it’s fun!), you might just have been part of a lively discussion a couple of days ago. We asked – and you let us know – what extremely weird things only Pittsburghers do. Without further ado and thanks to all of you, we give you 11 Pittsburgh quirks that set us apart from the rest. (And we wouldn’t have it any other way, would we?)
1. We’re a jaywalking bunch.
Virtual hands up if you’re a regular jaywalker. We, Pittsburghers, typically don’t pay attention to traffic lights and, well, the rules. We cross when no cars are coming and when everyone else does.
2. We leave our money on the bar while we’re, ahem, in the restroom.
And, guess what? That money’s still on the bar when we get back. Yinzers are a trusting
and a trustworthy bunch.
3. Turkey gravy on those fries, please!
Why, anything else would be unnatural, right?
4. We use gum bands, thank you very much.
Others may use rubber bands. But, we use gum bands while we’re having a drink of pop after leaving Jine Iggle.
5. Um, excuse me, but Kennywood’s open.
And we, uh, don’t mean the amusement park.
6. Some of us go to the bathroom
in the basement.
Most of us probably have memories of going to a relative’s house and having to trek down to the basement to use the bathroom. Or, maybe you have one of the famous Pittsburgh toilets in your basement.
7. We worsh clothes, red up our rooms, and run the sweeper.
Some people might say we speak a different language. But, anyone who’s lived in the Burgh for any time at all picks up the lingo pretty quick. Which is your favorite Pittsburghese word or phrase? Share with us ‘n at.
8. Who needs ketchup or mustard? We use fries.
Condiments, schmondiments. Who needs ‘em? We top of our sandwiches, salads, and anything else we want with fries.
9. Care for a fried jumbo sandwich?
Confession time. How many times have you talked about having a fried jumbo sandwich or a jumbo sandwich of any kind and got a weird look in return? If you’re in Pittsburgh, we know what you’re talking about. To anyone else, the eyebrows usually go up.
10. Slow down! Tunnel ahead!
La, la, la. We’re driving merrily along the Parkway East, maybe a few miles – or 10 – over the speed limit. Then we edge closer to the Edgewood/Swissvale exit and it happens. Everyone just starts to slow down to a crawl. Could it be a tunnel monster lurks within the Squirrel Hill Tunnel? What’s
your theory for why we slow down before the tunnel?
11. Oh, yinz, are just the best!
That’s not weird at all. Pittsburghers are just an awesome group of people. Tip of the hat to all the yinzers both here and far who are proud to call the Burgh their hometown.
Let’s keep the momentum going. What are
your favorite Pittsburgh quirks? Share below! Or, click here to read about 11 extremely weird things only Pittsburghers do.