1. The Proper Way To Pronounce “Louisville”
Source: Flickr user Roller Coaster Philosophy
Many have tried and most have failed. For the record its “LOU-uh-vull,” if you want to sound like a local.
2. Louisvillians Take College Basketball More Seriously Than Life Itself
There are sports rivalries, and then there is the University of Kentucky versus the University of Louisville rivalry—and that’s the one that matters.
Once you choose a side, that’s your team for good. And while the Wildcats and Cardinals battle it out in other arenas, the tension surrounding basketball season runs high (just ask your uncle about that one family gathering). Don’t worry, Cardinals fans, we’re not even going to start on the 2012 Final Four.
3. Everyone Knows That Turn Signals Are Used Differently Here
Driving in Louisville can be interesting, to say the least. Not only do people give directions to places based on landmarks that are no longer there, but they also tend to use their turn signals only when they’re in the midst of turning.
No, you’re not going to get a warning, we’re just going to do it.
4. Whiskey? Pshaw, No Thank You. People In Louisville Drink Bourbon
When you’re talking about drinking Kentucky’s famed nectar, you wouldn’t dare call it “whiskey.” And even if you don’t drink bourbon, you know quite a lot about it. For instance, Jack Daniel’s doesn’t count.
5. The Derby Is Cool And All, But Folks Here Would Rather Go To The Oaks
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The Kentucky Derby may be the most widely anticipated and discussed two-minute event of the year—and admit it, you’ve postponed something with the words “after Derby” before—but you’d much rather see the Kentucky Oaks the week before.
Plus, the more times you can celebrate with a mint julep, the better.
6. Despite The Naysayers, Folks In Louisville Know The Cheeseburger Was Invented Here
Source: Flickr user Marshall Astor
Whatever people may say about where the cheeseburger was actually invented, people here know the truth. Charles Kaelin came up with the term at his Louisville restaurant in 1934—and we don’t care if someone else put cheese on a patty before then. This city is the home of the cheeseburger.
7. People In Louisville’s Love For Muhammad Ali Really Is The Greatest
Muhammad Ali is our hometown hero, and our affection for the three-time world heavyweight champ runs deep. Yes, there are other museums in town – we have plenty of respect for the Louisville Slugger, too – but there’s something about the Muhammad Ali Center that fills us with a larger sense of pride.
8. You Hear “Kentuckiana” A Lot, But People In Louisville Prefer To Stay On This Side Of The River
Poor Southern Indiana, we know: We’re tough on you. We do share a cutesy name, though, so that’s … um, fun. See? We’re trying to be nice. It’s hard, though. Louisvillians just really, really love what’s happening on this side of the Ohio.
9. People In Louisville’s Appreciation For Zombies Goes Above And Beyond (The Grave)
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A fascination with zombies has really never been out of style, but Louisville was one of the first cities to kindle the buzz.
Louisville’s Zombie Attack has been around for a decade, and tens of thousands gather on Bardstown Road in August to make one of the largest events of its kind come to life (or death). And if marching down a street in full, bloody costume isn’t fun enough, there was also an after party at the Highland Tap Room this year.
10. Despite Louisville Being The Largest City In Kentucky, You Still Keep Running Into People You Know
Louisville’s population may be on the rise, but this city still has the atmosphere of a small town. It feels like there are barely three degrees of separation between locals, and you’re guaranteed to run into someone you know whether you’re in NuLu or at Fourth Street Live. Just kidding about that last one, only tourists go there.
But seriously that small town feel is just one of the many reasons why anyone lucky enough to have lived in Louisville can’t imagine calling anywhere else home.
Did we miss anything? Tell us what you think is unique about Louisville in the comments below!