Pittsburgh December 01, 2017
9 Undeniable Things You’ll Find In Every Pittsburgh Home
Pittsburgh’s a diverse city, of course, but we all come together pretty easily. To cheer on our favorite sports teams. To help a fellow Pittsburgher who needs it. And, most of us also share some similarities in what we have in our homes. Call it a Burgh thing, if you will. Here are nine things you’ll find in every Pittsburgh home.
1. The Terrible Towel
It really is a Burgh thing. You'd be hard-pressed to find a home that doesn't have at least one Terrible Towel. Even Pittsburghers who have moved away keep their Terrible Towels close at hand for Steeler Sundays.
2. A Pittsburgh toilet
Okay, so not every Pittsburgher has a Pittsburgh toilet in their home. But, we've all heard of the Pittsburgh toilet, that toilet in the basement that's just kind of sitting there. Local lore has it that the toilet was put in the basement so coal miners and steel workers could quickly change and use the bathroom before heading upstairs to be with family at the end of a long day.
3. Heinz ketchup
No matter where you go in Pittsburgh, including in our homes, you're going to find Heinz Ketchup (and other Heinz products). After all, the Heinz family has played such a significant role in the city's history.
4. A closet full of black and gold
Look in any Pittsburgher's closet and you're likely to see more black and gold than any other color in their wardrobe. Pittsburgh's colors are a source of pride. And, you always have to be prepared for a pep rally and to celebrate a championship win.
5. A shovel
Sure, you could technically survive without a shovel in Pittsburgh in the winter. You'd just be stuck inside. Pittsburghers always keep at least one shovel on hand for digging out on those snowy mornings.
6. A spare chair
We all have that chair, especially if we live in the city and a parking spot on the street. Sometimes we add a note to it but Pittsburghers already know its significance. After we've worked hard to dig out our spot, we place that chair in it to show it is ours. And, we expect that cleaned parking spot to still be available when we return home.
That's right. We have pop in our home. Coke. Pepsi. Mountain Dew. Pop. Not soda.
8. Chipped ham
Anyone who grows up in Pittsburgh knows just how filling - and delightful - a hearty chipped ham sandwich can be as a meal. You'll likely find Isaly's chipped chopped ham in most Pittsburgh homes at one time or another.
9. A family picture at…
Virtual hands up. Do you have photos of you, your family, and your friends smiling and posing in front of Pittsburgh's most popular spots? Hamming it up at Kennywood? Relaxing on the lazy river at Idlewild? Or, holding up your Terrible Towel at Heinz Field? There's little doubt every Pittsburgh home has photos of our favorite places in the Burgh.
What else can you find in every Pittsburgh home? Share your thoughts below then
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