35 Things Only True Philadelphians Know

By: Isadora Teich

35 Things Only True Philadelphians Know
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Philadelphia is one of the most populous cities in the country! It has a unique food culture and history that makes it unlike any other city in the country. Test your Philly chops with this HowStuffWorks quiz!
Philly is also known as "The City of Brotherly __________."
Quakers
Love
Philadelphia has a number of nicknames. These include Philly, The City of Brotherly Love and The Cradle of Liberty.
Arms
Neighborhoods

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The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia: True or False?
True
In 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed by our Founding Fathers in this city. It was also largely written in Philadelphia by Thomas Jefferson.
False

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Which sandwich is the city known for?
Lobster roll
French dip
Bahn Mi
Cheesesteak
This sandwich has gone viral and been glammed up and tweaked by chefs around the country over the fast few years, but it had its start in Philly. It's orginally cheese and thinly sliced beefsteak in a hoagie roll, and the cheese originally was Cheez Whiz!

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Philadelphia has the largest ________ population in America, after NYC.
Hispanic
Italian
Philadelphia has the second-largest Irish and Italian populations in America after NYC. This influence can be seen largely in the Italian Market neighborhood of the city.
Korean
Armenian

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What do locals call Philadelphia most often?
Philly
It is rare to hear a local refer to the city as Philadelphia. It's almost always Philly.
The Phil
PHL
The 215

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Which of these places can you not visit in Philadelphia?
South Philly
West Philly
Center City
East Philly
Due to Philadelphia's shape and placement next to the Delaware River, there is no East Philly. East Philly would be where New Jersey is, across the Delaware.

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What is the local public transportation called?
PHLT
LET
MAXX
SEPTA
The buses, trains, trolleys, and subways are all run by SEPTA. SEPTA stands for Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

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Which of these is not a Philly neighborhood?
Point Breeze
Kensington
Society Hill
Bushwick
All of these are Philly neighborhoods except for Bushwick. Bushwick is in northern Brooklyn, NYC.

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How many subway lines are there in Philly?
2
There are two subway lines in the city. These are the Broad Street Line and the Market-Frankford Line.
5
16
None

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Which of these foods can you get at Reading Terminal Market?
Po'Boys
Amish Pretzels
Bassett's Ice Cream
All of the above
This famous indoor farmers market has been operating in the city of Philadelphia since 1892. It has a wide variety of foods, gifts and specialty items.

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Which of these is a popular Philadelphia treat?
Irish potatoes
Irish potatoes are actually small candies. Especially popular around St. Patrick's Day, these creamy coconut balls are rolled in cinnamon.
Deep dish pizza
Beignets
Crab cakes

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Philadelphia is said to have more _________ than any other city in the country.
Parks
Restaurants
Beaches
Public art
Philly has more than 2,000 outdoor murals. Due to this, it has been called the Mural Capital of America.

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The famous Curse of Billy Penn affected:
Philly sports teams
It's said that when One Liberty Place was built in 1987, which stood taller than City Hall, this angered Billy Penn and caused him to curse Philly's major sports teams to embarrassing losses. This held true until 2008, when the Phillies won the World Series.
The weather
The economy
New Jersey

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Which of these is Philly's NFL football team?
The Phillies
The 76ers
The Eagles
The Eagles, or as some locals call them, The Iggles, are the city's NFL football team. Many locals also call them The Birds.
The Steelers

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America's first ________ was founded in the city.
Hospital
America's first hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital was founded in 1751. It was co-founded by the famous Ben Franklin.
Restaurant
Street
Farm

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What is the mascot of the Philadelphia Phillies?
Margot The Moose
The Phillie Phanatic
The Phillie Phanatic is a large green furry flightless bird in a team jersey. He is a widely loved and recognized mascot.
Eagle Jeff
Dom The Dog

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Which of these neighborhoods is known for being hip?
Society Hill
Fishtown
Fishtown is a developing area of the city full of bars, music venues and interesting restaurants and coffee shops. Many local musicians and artists live there.
Newbold
Northeast Philadelphia

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Which of these does Philly have?
Koreatown
Chinatown
Philly's Chinatown is a vibrant place full of diverse Asian restaurants and bakeries. Its entrance is marked by the colorful Friendship Gate at 10th and Arch.
Little India
Little Italy

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1 out of every 6 ________ in America is trained in Philly.
Lawyers
Opera singers
Doctors
Philadelphia has numerous higher education institutions and some of the most prestigious medical programs in the country. Doctors from all over the country and world have trained in the city.
FBI agents

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Philly had the first subway system in America; True or False?
True
False
Philly's subway system opened in 1907. It is the third oldest after Boston's and NYC's.

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Philadelphia was at one point the capital of:
Pennsylvania
United States
For 10 years, Philadelphia served as the capital of the U.S. and seat of federal government. It was the capital from 1790-1800, when Washington was under construction.
New Jersey
The Union

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Which founding father is buried in Philadelphia?
George Washington
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin is arguably the most famous Philadelphian of all time. He is buried in Christ Church Cemetery in Old City.
James Madison
John Hancock

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What is technically 14th Street in Philly is known as:
Broad Street
Much of the city was designed as a grid with numbered streets running north-south. What is called Broad Street is technically 14th Street.
Kimmel Ave
Boulder Drive
City Ave

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The Philadelphia Zoo is the __________ zoo in America.
Largest
Smallest
Oldest
The Philadelphia Zoo opened on July 1, 1874. It is the nation's first zoo.
Most diverse

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Which of these schools is not in Philly?
Temple University
Drexel University
The University of Pennsylvania
Penn State University
Philadelphia has many universities and colleges. Penn State University is located in State College, PA, far away from the city.

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Philadelphia was the first city in North America to practice:
Religious freedom
Pennsylvania was founded by Quakers, who believed in practicing religious tolerance. In 1682, the city became the first in the New World to guarantee religious freedom to its residents.
Communism
Buddhism
Free childhood education

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Which of these sandwiches is said to have been invented in Philly?
Peanut butter and jelly
Hoagie
Hoagies are said to have been invented by Italian-Americans at the World War I era shipyard in Philadelphia known as Hog Island. Hoagies are made up meats, cheeses and lettuce on Italian bread.
Turkey club
Grilled cheese

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Philadelphia is in the top ________ biggest cities in the US.
3
5
10
Philly is the 6th most populated city in the country. It has an estimated population of roughly 1.5 million people.
20

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What is Italian ice called in Philly?
Water ice
This dessert was brought to the US by Italian immigrants. The Philadelphia metropolitan area is the only area of the country to refer to the treat as water ice.
Summer ice
Ice cream
Freezies

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Which of these was invented in Philly?
Soda
While soda is not associated with The City of Brotherly Love, it may have been invented there. Some think it was the creation of Dr. Phillip Syng Physick, who gave patients carbonated drinks as medicine and tried to sweeten them to make them more palatable.
Cheese
Computers
The wheel

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Which of these rivers touches Philadelphia?
Mississippi River
Yukon River
Cape Fear River
Schuylkill River
This river which goes through Philadelphia is pronounced SKOO-kill. It means "hidden river" in Netherland Dutch.

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Which parade takes place in the city every year?
Pulaski Day Parade
Dominican Day Parade
Mummers Day Parade
The Mummers Parade happens every year on New Year's Day. This costumed parade is believed to be the oldest folk festival in the US.
Halloween Parade

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Philadelphia is the only World Heritage city in America: True or False?
True
There are 250 cities considered World Heritage cities around the globe. Philadelphia is the only American city on that list.
False

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Philly has America's oldest __________.
Museum
College
Farmer's market
Inhabited street
Elfreth's Alley is America's oldest continuously inhabited street. It's in the Old City section of Philadelphia.

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Were pretzels invented in Philly?
Yes
No
While pretzels are often associated with Philadelphia, they were not invented there. They were brought over from Europe by the Pennsylvania Dutch.

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