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[User Picture]From: avocado_tom Date: July 17th, 2005 - 03:55 pm (Link)
I was driving to work through Finlayville a couple months ago and saw the sign:

"Smoke Free Bong"

(I believe it had originally said "Smoke Free Bingo")

Hey, at least we're not in the "Bible Belt" - Pittsburgh's got nothin' on their Church per capita ratio, which I expect is something like 1:2.


Aside: The origins of establishments like the "Italian Club" often date back to the days before Social Security, Disability, Medicare, etc. Ethnic groups would have a "Club" which in addition to providing a gathering place for members of that ethnicity (and you did generally have to be a member), it was also used to buy insurance (medical, home, otherwise) and provide buying power in a day when "Benefits" from a job were unheard of. So you joined the Polish Club, paid your dues, and could get in on health care which you could actually (sorta) afford. It's kinda like how any professional groups you might be a member of keep offering you "AIChE Term Life Insurance".

So, it wasn't just about all the Italians hanging out and poo-pooing the Croats. (Not that they didn't do that too!)

Caveat: all of the above is based on the Pittsburgh region, but I suspect it has some truth elsewhere.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 17th, 2005 - 04:33 pm (Link)
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: July 18th, 2005 - 12:30 pm (Link)
what's NEPA?
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 18th, 2005 - 12:39 pm (Link)
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: July 18th, 2005 - 12:46 pm (Link)
Ok, I had actually guessed that that might be it. But I wanted to make sure it wasn't the acronym for some club or something that I was unaware of.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: July 18th, 2005 - 12:30 pm (Link)
I thought I had read somewhere that pittsburgh was actually pretty dense in the person to church ratio. But I don't remember where I read that, or how it compared to other specific places. *shrug*

The bible belt can't compete with our bridges though, dammit!

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