We have a lot of weird things in the Quad Cities that are so unique you may only know what someone is talking about if you happen to be from here. Here are some of my favorites.

  • You know what the phone number is for "Car Dead Call Fred"!
  • You still refer to the casinos as “The Boat” even though they’re landlocked.
  • You've switched from heat to air conditioning back to heat in the same day.
  • You refer to the Mississippi River as "The River" and know which direction it flows.
  • You know that Tugfest is not a dirty term.
  • You know that the Channel Cat does not “meow”.
  • You know what times to avoid the government bridge.
  • You know where and what "The Mark" is.
  • You have eaten a meal at a grocery store and it was completely normal.
  • You have to watch Facebook to see which bridge would be best to get across "The River", since they are all being worked on.
  • You've watched someone fail at "Zipper Merging".
  • You know how many breadsticks you'll get when you sit down at the Olive Garden.
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  • You know that "The Arsenal" is not a supply of weapons, but is instead an island.
  • You know where sliced bread was invented.
  • You know that the John Deere Classic is a golf tournament and not a lawnmower race.
  • You know that Joes, Frank's, Harris, Antonella’s, Giuseppe's, Uncle Bill’s and Johnny’s are not just names, BUT pizza places.
  • You know that Whitey’s is an Ice Cream place, not a racial term.
  • You know that South Park is the name of a mall, not a television show.
  • You know that Credit Island is not a bank.
  • You know that Daisy Dooks is off of I-80, not a character on a television show.
  • You know that Floatzilla is not a movie monster.
  • You've stood in line to buy "sculpted concrete" (Isabelle Bloom).
  • You know that Milan is not pronounced like the one that is the fashion capital of the world.
  • You know that "Magic Mountain" refers to a meal, not an amusement park ride.
  • You use the term "Palmer" as a familiar landmark.
  • You don't crash into the truck-eating bridge driving on Brady or Harrison street.
  • You can sing the Suburban Construction jingle.
  • You have used the phrase, "stupid Iowan" or "go back to Illinois"!
  • You know and crave Quad City Style pizza.
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  • You know that the coming of spring mean that the Rock River WILL flood.  Your house WILL be underwater, and you're okay with it.
  • You measure distance in minutes, not in miles.
  • You know what Taco Pizza is and where it was invented.
  • You know what it means to be cruising the Ave.
  • You THINK you know what four cities make-up the Quad Cities, but no one really knows for sure.
  • You know what Evel Knievel sounds like when he's mad.
  • You hear someone say, "I'm on Kimberly" and you do not think it is something sexual.
  • You know that the Bix 7 is a road race and will not be followed by Bix 8 next year.
  • You know when pothole season is.
  • You cannot see a White Castle restaurant for hours.
  • You know who Chad Pregracke is and why he’s collecting trash.

Have I missed any? Add anymore in the comments and we'll add them.