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Monday, August 15, 2016

10 Signs You Grew Up in St. Louis

Posted By on Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 7:27 AM

click to enlarge Does this scream "St. Louis" to you? If so, you were probably born here. - PHOTO COURTESY OF FLICKR/DAVE HERHOLZ
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  • Does this scream "St. Louis" to you? If so, you were probably born here.

St. Louis: A city of unique people with a rich culture that you can't find anywhere else. And while transplants can blend in easily enough, certain things separate the people who grew up here from everyone else — and we're not just talking about where you went to high school.

You may not stand out as a native on first glance. But these ten signs should be considered dead giveaways.

10. You own some form Blues, Cardinals, or Rams merchandise — even if you don't like sports
Whether it's your parents trying to push their love of Cardinals baseball on you before you can even walk, or you just thought the blue note was a drawing of a weird bird on a shirt, you can find some rags supporting one of the three* pro teams of our city somewhere in your closet.

*R.I.P St. Louis Rams: gone, but occasionally forgotten.

9. You've gone on a field trip to the Magic House and/or the City Museum
Let other cities send their elementary school kids to science centers and art museums. Here in St. Louis our rites of passage were much cooler. After all, what other landmark that you visited with your grade school teachers do you now return to on a Friday night? (And no, we're not talking about the Magic House on that one...)

8. You instinctively know never to take Manchester Road under any circumstances
If there is any other possible way to get somewhere without traveling on the Road of Confusion, you take it, because you know all too well that the IQs of everyone around you drop a full 30 points when they turn on to that god-forsaken street.

7. You consider "hoosier" a major insult
It can have infinite meetings in any other city in America (chief among them, apparently, "a person from Indiana"), but a native St. Louisan will save the word "hoosier" for people who have tires sitting on their front lawn and send their five kids to school wearing the same clothes every day of the week.

6. You have a favorite sign, and it's the A-B flying eagle sign on westbound 64
The Arch may signify the Gateway to the West to outsiders, but that light-up Anheuser-Busch billboard means home to us.

Turn the page for more signs ....

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