30 Commandments of Living in Cincinnati

Whether you were born in the Queen City or moved here and became one of us, there are just some things that every Cincinnatian knows: Cincinnati-style chili is a delicacy, our traffic sucks and our pride runs deep for our sports teams — no matter how many times we've been burned.

Some rules about Cincinnati life exist for all Cincinnatians. Scroll through to see our list of Cincinnati commandments.

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You will not swim in the Ohio River, even if people assure you it’s “safe.”
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

You will not swim in the Ohio River, even if people assure you it’s “safe.”

You will pledge loyalty to either Skyline or Gold Star, but not both.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

You will pledge loyalty to either Skyline or Gold Star, but not both.

You will avoid the Brent Spence Bridge at every opportunity.
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You will avoid the Brent Spence Bridge at every opportunity.

You will believe “blue” is a creamy whip flavor.
Photo: Sami Stewart

You will believe “blue” is a creamy whip flavor.

You will get a fancy overpriced cocktail somewhere in Over-the-Rhine.

You will get a fancy overpriced cocktail somewhere in Over-the-Rhine.

You will have a favorite local brewery, even if you don't drink beer.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

You will have a favorite local brewery, even if you don't drink beer.

You watch the WKRP in Cincinnati “Turkeys Away” episode every Thanksgiving.
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You watch the WKRP in Cincinnati “Turkeys Away” episode every Thanksgiving.

You will always remind people about the period of time The Racer at Kings Island also ran backwards.
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You will always remind people about the period of time The Racer at Kings Island also ran backwards.

You will defend the fact that George Clooney is from Cincinnati, even though he hasn’t lived here since the 1970s.
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You will defend the fact that George Clooney is from Cincinnati, even though he hasn’t lived here since the 1970s.

You will do the same for Sarah Jessica Parker

You will do the same for Sarah Jessica Parker