You Know You Lived in Cincinnati if...


You know the 1st pro baseball team was the Cincinnati Red Stockings (1869).

You remember watching Bob Shreve's "All Night Theater".

You call it a pop not a soft drink or a soda. You could buy one at King Kwik, which was promoted by the Kwik Brothers.

You know it's worth the hike to Kenwood for Esther Price Candies, which was her second store opening.  Until then families had to drive to Dayton for Ohio's best chocolate.

The Roebling Suspension Bridge was the first ever suspension bridge built in 1866.  It remained the longest suspension bridge until the Brooklyn Bridge was completed in 1883.  It also was designed by John Roebling.

You (or your kids) played KNOTHOLE ball not LITTLE LEAGUE.

You know that "Millcreek" would not be a good bottled water name.

You remember the flowers Ruth Lyons put on her microphone.

You shopped for appliances at Swallen's and electronics at Steinberg's.

You knew Norwood, OH is a city that is completely surrounded by another city - Cincinnati. Norwood was incorporated in 1888.

You know that P&G refers to Procter and Gamble and that's what you call it no matter what anyone else tells you.

You could take a picnic basket to Coney Island & it was still there at lunch.

You asked for a beer & it was brewed in Cincinnati.

Before Wal-Mart there was China Town, Rink’s and Ontario’s.

You've gone to a PONY KEG to get drinks and snacks.

You know "Paul Baby's" last name (Dixon).

You remember Bob Shreve on channel 9 for afternoon cartoons and the wild mouse ride at Coney Island.

For seniors - you cruised up the OHIO on the Island Queen to Coney and danced at Moonlight Gardens and took a swim at Sunlight Pool.

You remember Hattie the Witch.  "Old battie Hattie, from old Cincinnati!"

Christmas wasn't compete until you saw the miniature trains downtown in Cincinnati Gas and Electric's window.

You don't say y'all. You say, "you guys", and that includes the women too AND some say "yous guys"(sic).

You know that Kahn's = "the weiner the world awaited".

You know who said on Reds' broadcasts: "this is the old left-hander, rounding third and headed for home." (Joe Nuxhall)

You also know who says on Reds' broadcasts: "And this one belongs to the Reds." (Marty Brennemen)

You were told (maybe by a grandparent) that in 1853 the Cincinnati Fire Department became the first full-time paid professional fire department in the country,

You remember the Cincinnati Reds playing at Crosley Field (and then Riverfront Stadium and now Great American Ball Park).

You remember the Streitman Biscuit Company... before Keebler purchased them.

You remember the Midwestern Hayride.

You remember shopping "downtown" at Shillito's, Pogue's, Mabley & Carew's and McAlpin's instead of Macys and Dillards.

You remember the Cool Ghoul on local TV.

You remember Ruth Lyons and her 50-50 Club.

You knew Bob Braun from the 50-50 Club before he sold furniture on late night TV commercials.

You can sing the "Audience wave" jingle from the "50-50 Club".

Skipper Ryle was a mentor.

You immediately recognize the name Brent Spence (but you don't know who he was? - Kentucky Politician).

You know pigs do fly, as can be seen by four majestic winged pigs at Sawyer Point in Cincinnati (formerly "Porkopolis").

Every year 1000's flock to Cincinnati to run in the Flying Pig marathon...the fastest growing marathon in the country.

You know that the Cincinnati airport isn't even in OHIO and that the airport symbol (CVG) stands for Covington, KY!

You know that Reading Road is pronounced "RED"ing not "READING" Road.

You know what bread is "Hearth-baked on stone" (Rubel's rye bread)

You remember when the first "Gold Star Chili" parlor was named "Hamburger Heaven" in Mt. Washington: just across the street from the old movie theater. The place served up a fine burger plus a very unusual chili and spaghetti combo. And of course, nothing tasted better than those little hot dogs topped with chili, cheese and onions.

You know who said, "I don't care about making money...I just looooove to sell carpet."

You spend every weekend in SEPTEMBER going to a different OKTOBERFEST!

You remember when the Bengals last went to the Superbowl that gas was $1.09 / gallon (1989).

You have friends and neighbors with names like Guckenberger, Hirlinger, Schottlekotte, Schraffenberger, Schoenling and other names that can relate to "Vas you ever in Zinzinnati"?

You plan your summer weekends around the local parish festivals.

You think the only tri-state area in the US is: Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana (some say that's how Okeana got its name...but those living in the small town of the same name say...the tri-state name has nothing to do with the name of the town, even though a few "funny guys" have said so over the years. Okeana was a local Native American princess...the town is named after her).

During a taste test you can tell the difference between the following chilis:


Cincinnati Recipe


Gold Star

Camp Washington


Price Hill 

(any others?)

You know how to spell our city and it's not:





(for other versions check out ebay!)

You go to "Cookouts" not "BBQ's".

You "Warsh" your clothes!

Anytime anyone asks you where you graduated, you answer (without hesitation) your high school. No one cares where you went to college.

One of your favorite summer treats is either a 'Black Cow' or a 'Red Cow' (using BARQ's and courtesy of Uncle Al and Captain Windy).

You know how to "save cash with "Cash"".

You know a cross-town shootout isn't a big fight in the wild wild west, but a basketball game between UC and XU!

You pronounce it "sin-sin-nat-tee" not "sin-sin-na-ta".

You take a leisurely summer drive through a suburban neighborhood and you see many cornhole games being played!

You know that the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge is commonly refered to as Big Mac because of it Golden Yellow Arches.

You know that "Paul-Baby" isn't Paul Newman, but rather Paul Dixon.

It's not Easter without Papas cream eggs.

You're at a Bob Evans restaurant watching someone put ketchup on their eggs.

Instead of saying "what?" you say "please?".

You add an "s" to the end of grocery store names, such as Kroger(s), Meijer(s).

You drive on roads that change names at county lines, and roads with hyphenated names i.e., Cincinnati-Dayton, Fields-Ertel, Hamilton-Mason, Loveland-Madeira, Glendale-Milford, etc 

You can buy beer by driving into a drive-through pole-barn.

You refer to the animal shelter/dog pound as "the SPCA", much to the bewilderment of non-Cincinnatians of this independent, non-government organization.

You believe LaRosa's is fine Italian dining and carry a "Buddy Card".

You recognize that Anthony Munoz is a former NFL Player and not a furniture salesman.

You remind people that Pompilios was in the movie "Rainman".

You can understand traffic reports which ignore road names and use phrases such as:


"the Lockland split",


"The S-Curve", and

"Wards Corner".

Your convenient store sounds like a labor union (United Dairy Farmers).

You believe that Pete Rose should be in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

You miss Marge Schott.

It doesn't seem weird to you that everyone has an Uncle Al.

Your favorite Coney Island (SKYLINE CHILI!) isn't in New York.

You know what brats and metts (i.e QUEEN CITY SAUSAGE) are, and you've probably tasted goetta (GLIER'S!!)

You think a mixed marriage is when an East Sider marries a West Sider.

You know that Findlay Market is the oldest Public Market in Ohio.


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