24 Things That Are Only Normal in Cleveland

It isn't just the physical space that makes up a city. Quirks, eccentricities and things unique to a region is what give a place character and originality. So, while some of these things and sayings that are only normal in Cleveland might be odd, they're what make Cleveland, well, Cleveland.

It isn't just the physical space that makes up a city. Quirks, eccentricities and things unique to a region is what give a place character and originality. So, while some of these things and sayings that are only normal in Cleveland might be odd, they're what make Cleveland, well, Cleveland.

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We Absolutely Love And Absolutely Hate Blossom Music Center
There’s nothing like a beautiful summer night at Blossom, seeing the world renowned Cleveland Orchestra or whatever band is touring that summer. But getting in and out and driving out to the venue? Yuck. We’d rather not go. But, think about the setting, the sound. OK, we’re in. Maybe.
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We Absolutely Love And Absolutely Hate Blossom Music Center


There’s nothing like a beautiful summer night at Blossom, seeing the world renowned Cleveland Orchestra or whatever band is touring that summer. But getting in and out and driving out to the venue? Yuck. We’d rather not go. But, think about the setting, the sound. OK, we’re in. Maybe.

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Thinking “Traffic Was Terrible,” When You Only Had To Wait 10 Minutes
Your ride was 40 minutes instead of 32? Oh man. What a travesty! We can’t believe you had to sit in traffic so bad. Friends, compared to New York or Los Angeles, that ain't nothing.
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Thinking “Traffic Was Terrible,” When You Only Had To Wait 10 Minutes


Your ride was 40 minutes instead of 32? Oh man. What a travesty! We can’t believe you had to sit in traffic so bad. Friends, compared to New York or Los Angeles, that ain't nothing.

Photo via @NativeArtzCle/Instagram
There Could Be A Blizzard On The East Side And The West Side Didn’t Get One Snowflake
Because of the difference in elevation between the two sides of town, a winter storm could easily attack the east side while leaving the west side without an ounce of snow. Just a normal winter day in Cleveland.
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There Could Be A Blizzard On The East Side And The West Side Didn’t Get One Snowflake


Because of the difference in elevation between the two sides of town, a winter storm could easily attack the east side while leaving the west side without an ounce of snow. Just a normal winter day in Cleveland.

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Consider Vacationing at Put-In-Bay and Kelley’s Island Luxurious
Every summer, we head to Put-In-Bay or Kelley’s Island, either to party or relax, and we have the time of our lives.
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Consider Vacationing at Put-In-Bay and Kelley’s Island Luxurious


Every summer, we head to Put-In-Bay or Kelley’s Island, either to party or relax, and we have the time of our lives.

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 Knowing the Term “Polish Boy” Doesn’t Mean A Young Man From Poland
Grilled sausage, french fries, cole slaw and barbecue or hot sauce on a hoagie? That started in Cleveland and you can get Polish Boys all over the city.
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Knowing the Term “Polish Boy” Doesn’t Mean A Young Man From Poland


Grilled sausage, french fries, cole slaw and barbecue or hot sauce on a hoagie? That started in Cleveland and you can get Polish Boys all over the city.

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Knowing Every Local Commercial
‘Garfield 1-2-3-2-3, Garfield 1-2-3-2-3’, ‘Universalllll Winnndoows Direct’, ‘I’m Bob Serpentini, Serpentini Chevrolet’, ‘The Ganley Man Cannn’, ‘Discount Drug Mart saves you the run-around’, ‘I-X-Indoor-Amusement-Park.’ We know you sang or said all of those. Don’t forget Tim Misny and Elk and Elk. And Clevelanders favorite, ‘Liberty’s in Solon, Maple Heights, Brunswick, Parma Heights, Vermillion, hummmmmmmmmmm.’ 
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Knowing Every Local Commercial


‘Garfield 1-2-3-2-3, Garfield 1-2-3-2-3’, ‘Universalllll Winnndoows Direct’, ‘I’m Bob Serpentini, Serpentini Chevrolet’, ‘The Ganley Man Cannn’, ‘Discount Drug Mart saves you the run-around’, ‘I-X-Indoor-Amusement-Park.’ We know you sang or said all of those. Don’t forget Tim Misny and Elk and Elk. And Clevelanders favorite, ‘Liberty’s in Solon, Maple Heights, Brunswick, Parma Heights, Vermillion, hummmmmmmmmmm.’

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 Celebrating Being on National Publications’ Best of Lists 
If any national publication wants a surefire way of having their articles shared by every Clevelander, put Cleveland on a best-of-whatever list and watch the article go viral. Up-and-coming cities, best art scene, best foodie scene, best tiddlywinks scene, whatever, we want to be on it.
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Celebrating Being on National Publications’ Best of Lists


If any national publication wants a surefire way of having their articles shared by every Clevelander, put Cleveland on a best-of-whatever list and watch the article go viral. Up-and-coming cities, best art scene, best foodie scene, best tiddlywinks scene, whatever, we want to be on it.

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Calling Our Stadiums By Names From 10+ Years Ago
The place Indians play baseball hasn’t been called Jacob’s Field since 2004, but that doesn’t stop Clevelanders from still calling it ‘The Jake’, which brings to mind memories of those beloved '90s teams. And you still call Quicken Loans Arena “Gund Arena”? Move on already.
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Calling Our Stadiums By Names From 10+ Years Ago


The place Indians play baseball hasn’t been called Jacob’s Field since 2004, but that doesn’t stop Clevelanders from still calling it ‘The Jake’, which brings to mind memories of those beloved '90s teams. And you still call Quicken Loans Arena “Gund Arena”? Move on already.

Photo by Brett Zelman
High School Football As Religion
Ignatius-Eds. Brunswick-Strongsville. Chagrin Falls-Aurora. Say those words to any Clevelander and they’ll know you’re referring to the cult following that is Northeast Ohio high school football.
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High School Football As Religion


Ignatius-Eds. Brunswick-Strongsville. Chagrin Falls-Aurora. Say those words to any Clevelander and they’ll know you’re referring to the cult following that is Northeast Ohio high school football.

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Loving Our Pathetic Football Franchise Even When The Other Teams Are Title Contenders
Tribe are World Series contenders? Cavaliers going to four straight NBA Finals? You’d think that would make them 1a and 1b as far as popularity in town. Nope. The Browns, coming off a historically bad 1-31 record over the last two seasons, are still, ridiculously, the No. 1 team in town.
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Loving Our Pathetic Football Franchise Even When The Other Teams Are Title Contenders


Tribe are World Series contenders? Cavaliers going to four straight NBA Finals? You’d think that would make them 1a and 1b as far as popularity in town. Nope. The Browns, coming off a historically bad 1-31 record over the last two seasons, are still, ridiculously, the No. 1 team in town.

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