1. CNY > EVERY OTHER NY

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Upstate New York? No way. Try Central New York. It’s CNY pride here forever. Because not all Upstaters are created equal and Central is the best.

2. Everyone In Syracuse Must Worship Salt Potatoes

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What is a salt potato? Well, it’s only the most delicious potato on the planet. It’s also probably the most complete food on the planet. In case of armageddon, grab all the salt potatoes and you’ll be fine. But never use someone’s salt potatoes to make potato salad because you’re doing it all wrong.

3. Ditto Dinosaur BBQ

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A lot of places claim Dinosaur BBQ as their own, but everyone here knows it’s a ‘Cuse thing. It all started here in 1988 and has been the go to spot for barbecue ever since. And when Adam Richman from Man v. Food showed up in 2010 to take the Pork-Sket challenge, the only thought locals had was “way to finally pick up on what everyone here has known about for 20 years.”

4. Syracuse Folks Don't Just Save Orange For Halloween

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The only thing that can compare to the food in Syracuse is college basketball. Syracuse University fans here are, hands down, the best in the country. Show up at a game at the Dome with 35,000 bright orange fans screaming in your ear (whether they’re winning or losing) before you even try to argue that another city is more loyal.

5. 24 Seconds Is All Any Syracuse Sports Fan Needs

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If someone doesn’t get it, they don’t like basketball. Which means they’re probably not from Syracuse where you can find the Shot Clock Monument. It pays homage to the advent of the 24 second rule that changed the way the sport is played by putting an end to stalling tactics. So just remember, if you can’t get it done in 24 seconds, chances are you’re probably just stalling.

6. Yep, The Syracuse Love For Wegman’s Is Basically Like A Cult

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People throughout New York take their grocery chains extremely seriously, something out-of-staters never truly understand. But when it comes to Syracuse, they’re all members of the cult of Wegman’s. No other chain will ever compare and no other store can instantly improve their mood in the same way.

7. People In Syracuse Know Georgetown Is The Worst

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As far as sports go, Georgetown gets zero respect from the folks in Syracuse and, chances are, they never will. The rivalry between the Syracuse Orange and the Georgetown Hoyas dates back to the 1980s. At this point, an entire generation has been bred to hate the team, the fans, the players, their coach… If it’s blue and gray in Syracuse, it’s hated.

8. The Syracuse Accent Is Minnesota-Ultra-Light

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Actually, this is one that has to be explained more to the people in Syracuse than out. The accent here can tend to sound a bit like that of a Minnesota accent, with nasal “a” and “o” sounds. Everyone outside of Syracuse can hear it, even in some other Upstate counties. But most of the people in Syracuse can’t hear it and refuse to accept this idea of an accent. All you have to do, though, is ask them to say “mom” and the Syracuse will shine right through.

9. Any Day That Starts With A Bagel From Bruegger’s Is Guaranteed To Be Awesome

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The bagels at Bruegger’s are legendary and make the perfect start to your day. Especially when paired with a Bruegger’s coffee.

10. Dreaming Of A White Christmas? People In Syracuse Live It

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Most places around the country only dream of seeing a white Christmas. They even made a song about it. And then it went on to be covered approximately 840 times. So, white Christmases are a really big deal. But if you move to Syracuse, you’ll get them all the time since by the end of December, you’re already well into the snowy season. If you have to deal with this much snow, getting it around the holidays is a major bonus.

11. Syracuse Folks Are The Only Ones Allowed To Complain About Snow At All

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A lot of places might complain and/or brag about their snow. But no one can compare to Syracuse who comes in as the number one city for most annual snowfall with 115.6 inches. So, you might as well take some bragging rights with it. Which is why no one hesitates to criticize anyone for their driving skills (this means you, Georgia) and also why they will eagerly point out that the six-foot snow pile you see in a parking lot in June was no less than twenty-feet high back in February.

12. No One In Syracuse Needs A Mall When They Have The Regional Market

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The regional market is a favorite spot in Syracuse for locals. On Saturdays it’s a farmer’s market and on Sundays, it transforms into a flea market. Where else could you ever find local honey and a Pink Floyd original LP for $3? The answer is nowhere.

13. Tom Cruise Totally Named His Kid After Syracuse And Thought No One Noticed

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You think I’m making it up? Because everyone knows that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ daughter is named Suri Cruise. That’s right. Say it again. Suri-Cruise. Tom was born right here in Syracuse. Now, he might not straight-up admit it and chalk it up to “coincidence.” But everyone in Syracuse knows the real truth. Suri Cruise = Syracuse.

14. For People In Syracuse, Half Moons Have Nothing To Do With Phases

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Any outsider who thinks they know what these cookies are have no idea. The half moon cookies found elsewhere are made with devil’s food cake, giving them a spongey consistency. In other words, nothing like the half moons in Syracuse which are amazing and are necessary for living. Just don’t call them “black and whites.”

15. Everyone In Syracuse Goes To The State Fair For The Butter

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Just how big is the New York State Fair? In the immortal words of Billy Fuccillo, “It’s gonna be HUUUUGE!” It’s the oldest and one of the biggest in the country, with over a million visitors coming each year. And it all started here in Syracuse in 1891. But what everyone won’t tell you is that they’re secretly there just to check out the butter sculptures.

16. Syracuse Folks Will Tell You Exactly What A White Hot Is

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A white hot is the answer to all of life’s questions, disguised as a white colored hot dog. And where do you go for the best white hot? Whereever they use Hofmann dogs, of course. (Sorry, Zweigels!) Which leads me to…

17. Everyone In Syracuse Knows There’s Nothing That A Trip To Heid’s Can’t Cure

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The only way to explain this one to anyone is to take them straight to Heid’s of Liverpool and order them up a Mixed Double. Watch as no one can possibly stay in a bad mood after biting into this white hot-coney hybrid. Heid’s is a local staple.

18. And If Heid's Doesn't Work, Syracuse Folks Wash It All Down With Byrne’s Milk

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The only acceptable drink to wash down your Heid’s Mixed Double is a milk from Byrne’s Dairy. It can be plain or it can be chocolate (or even mint in March), but it can only be Byrne’s.

19. Yes, Everyone In Syracuse Knows That Traffic Light On Tipp Hill Is Upside Down

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The upside down traffic light hangs over top of Syracuse’s Irish neighborhood. Although it’s nothing new to locals, visitors often have to be given a friendly honk to start moving again when the light turns green because they’re staring at it wondering if they’re just seeing things.

20. And They'll Tell You Why That Guy Is Painting A Shamrock On It

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It’s midnight. Someone is painting a shamrock on the Tipp Hill traffic light. You know what that means, don’t you? If you’re from Syracuse, of course you do. Everyone else should just cover themselves in as much green as they can possibly find because it’s about to get all St. Patty’s Day up in here.

21. Everyone In Syracuse Actually Knows How To Pronounce Onondaga

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Same goes for Pompey, Otsego, Cayuga, Chenango, and Schoharie… Most New Yorkers get these right, since the state is full of hard-to-pronounce words, cities, and places. But why can no one else get this one right?

22. True Syracuse Locals Go Anywhere But Destiny

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It’s the place where everyone wants to go in Syracuse. Except for the people who live in Syracuse. Because, ugh, literally anything is better than another game of GlowGolf.

23. For Syracuse Folks, Spring Isn’t A Season

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Spring might be a season everywhere else. But here in Syracuse, spring is whenever it’s 40 degrees. It doesn’t matter if it’s the middle of December after a blizzard. Actually, it especially counts if it’s after a blizzard. When the temperatures have dipped below the threshold of human tolerance for long enough, 40 degrees feels like tropical weather and you’ll find people wearing shorts with winter coast all over the place.

24. And They Knows The Sound Garden Isn’t Just A Band From The '90s

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It’s where everyone still goes for music in Syracuse. The Sound Garden still spreads the best music ever around the city and sells CDs you probably completely forgot about but won’t be able to resist passing on for $4.

25. For People In Syracuse, Every Night Is Trivia Night

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Anyone who comes to Syracuse quickly figures out that the key to having the best night on the town involves knowing as many random facts as possible. Trivia Night competitions can literally be found throughout the city every night of the year if you look. You don’t even have to look hard, considering all the clubs and leagues around.

26. The Need To Buy Two Loaves From Columbus Bakery Is Real

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There is a secret to getting your freshly baked and hugely awesome bread from Columbus Bakery that only the locals know. It’s very tricky, so pay attention: you have to buy two loaves. Okay, so that’s not tricky at all. But it’s definitely key. The first loaf ends up getting eaten on the way home, the second acts as your backup. Works every time.

27. Syracuse Folks Will Tell You Exactly How Huge A Car Sale Can Be

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The mother of all earworms. No, really. It’s never going to die.

28. Every Syracuse Local Would Request A Spiedie For Their Last Meal

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Spiedies are delicious chunks of chicken, pork, lamb, veal, venison or beef marinated overnight or longer and are a local staple in the long list of Syracuse cuisine. And they’re the best when they’re loaded in a sandwich. Philly cheesesteaks? Please. They’re nothing compared to a local spiedie sandwich; they just don’t have as good of a marketing director.

29. Don't Forget To Plug Your Ears While Leaving The Carrier Dome

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When exiting the pressurized dome into the freezing cold sub-zero temperatures, ear drums are famous for popping like crazy. Chewing gum or plugging up your ears usually helps. Feature Image Source: Heid’s Of Liverpool Facebook What have you had to explain to out-of-towners about Syracuse? Tell us in the comments below!