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With this collection of spelling errors I will share with you now, I admit that Pittsburgh does have flaws. We are not infallible, and we are certainly not perfect. But, spelling Allegheny wrong—how long have you lived here?! I’m not sure how people make these simple errors, but the fact is, spelling is important. No one will take you seriously if you can’t spell; I know I certainly won’t. If you know me at all, you know I cannot resist correcting your spelling on Facebook, even if it does make you angry at me for a minute. I don’t claim to be perfect, but I think I’ve got these word’s spellings down pat.

Here’s looking at you, Pittsburghers:

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Who doesn’t know how to spell Kielbasa in this state?

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In my research, I found that there have been not just two different spellings of Pittsburgh, but three: Pittsbourgh, Pittsburg, and Pittsburgh. The first only saw one mention, as far as I’ve seen, in a letter from General John Forbes to William Pitt the Elder, on November 27, 1758, letting him know that the city had been named after him.

But, how and why did Pittsburgh’s spelling change?

Pittsburg, Piittsburgh, Pittsburg VS Pittsburgh

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Best Pittsburgh Memes

Everyone in Pittsburgh gripes about the tunnels, traffic moving through the Fort Pitt Tunnel, and our sports teams, which is why Pittsburgh memes are getting more popular by the day. The ones listed below are some classics I’ve found on the internet, and if I didn’t credit them correctly (like a jagoff), feel free to correct me.

Mine and many other Pittsburgh citizens’ favorite continues to be the Pittsburgh Tunnel Monster Meme. This was created by Karen Copeland, a Mt. Washington native. It was created in 2008, and was legendary from that moment on.

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Photo Credit: Karen Copeland

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As time goes on, more and more movies are being filmed here in our Steel City. Is anyone surprised? This city is filled with awesome landscapes and colorful backdrops. The increase in the Pennsylvania Film Tax didn’t hurt our economy, either. If you’re unsure, this means that Pennsylvania offers a 25% tax credit to any movie that uses 60% of its production budget here.

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Right now, there are a number of movies filming here at the moment, in theaters, and coming out soon that were filmed right here in Pittsburgh.

Movies in Production

Southpaw: Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams were spotted recently eating downtown at Meat and Potatoes, checking out the city when they got a break in filming. This movie currently has no release date, but is about a boxer crawling his way to the top, whilst struggling with his own issues along the way.

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If you’ve already gotten your Father’s Day gifts for this weekend, you’re way ahead of a lot of us here in the ‘Burgh. And just because you’re last-minute shopping doesn’t mean you are bound to get a crappy gift for your Dad. Most of these gifts I will be suggesting can be bought online (and delivered a little late, if that fits in with your plan for this weekend) or at a store nearby. For the Pittsburgh Dad, who is hardworking, most likely a blue collar worker, nice but slightly surly, although always loving, I’ve got the best gift suggestions for your Father’s Day celebrations.

-Pittsburgh Dad stuff: The Pittsburgh Dad & Co. made a great list of Pittsburgh Dad merchandise that your Dad will cherish forever, found here. This list includes the new Big Ben and Pittsburgh Dad Hot Sauces, a collaboration of these two greats of Pittsburgh. I would also suggest the Pittsburgh Dad 3-2-1 Win Beer for all of those beer-loving dads out there.

-Sports Merchandise: What Pittsburgh Dad doesn’t want more Pirates, Steelers, and Penguins gear? They can never get enough, so check out Amazon.com or any local store for some Pittsburgh sports shirts, hats, and the like for Dad.

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Pens tee, anyone?

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We will all remember where we were when we heard Dan Byslma was fired from the Penguins management team. I was in Lowe’s, shocked and appalled after hearing the news from my Pens alert. I yelped in shock and uttered a few obscene words, but all in all, I was mostly just disappointed. Bylsma came to Pittsburgh, and seemingly turned this team around. When asked about him, the team always had good things to say. He got us a Stanley Cup in 2009, and kept us in the Playoffs for the last 5 years. Personally, I liked the guy, but I don’t get a vote on the new management the Pens bring in. Other changes included promoting Jason Botterill to Associate General Manager and naming Bill Guerin and Tom Fitzgerald to Assistant General Managers, if you hadn’t heard the news yet.

At least it wasn't McGuire...

To send Bylsma off, I’d like to share some awesome things he has done for the Pens (for the haters):

-He coached the team to win a franchise-record 252 games

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Zombies always ruled here,” Said Scott Tady in Times Online, “Zombie diehards viewed Pittsburgh as the horror genre’s epicenter many years before the undead drama The Walking Dead.

This is what many people say about Pittsburgh, and this past week, more than ever before, passersby have commented on zombie shirts I tend to wear. One is pictured below, and the other is my favored Steel City Con tee with a zombie on it. This reminded me that Pittsburgh is the Zombie Capital of the World, and the timeline below explains just how our zombie heritage began here.

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1968: The Night of the Living Dead was set in and filmed here in Pennsylvania. The movie filmed here in Butler County and Evans City. George Romero went to Carnegie Mellon, and his first work was filming shorts for WQED’s Mister Roger’s Neighborhood. The MPAA rating system wasn’t in place until November 1968, so this movie didn’t even have a rating. Romero also directed Dawn of the DeadDay of the DeadLand of the DeadDiary of the Dead, and Survival of the Dead.

 1978: Dawn of the Dead filmed in Monroeville Mall; the famous Tom Savini, who has done makeup and special effects for movies such as Martin, Dawn of the DeadCreepshow, and Monkey Shines, started out helping with makeup for this very movie.

1985: Greg Nicotero, also from Pittsburgh, assisted Tom Savini, starting off with Romero’s Day of the Dead this year, and has since done makeup for movies such as Planet Terror and Evil Dead II. Nicotero now does makeup for The Walking Dead.

2005: Land of the Dead was released, which was set in downtown Pittsburgh.The game Urban Dead is released, and is set in Pittsburgh.

-Also in 2005: The University of Pittsburgh’s Safar Center for Resuscitation Research announced that they had placed dogs in suspended animation and reanimated them. They drained the dogs’ blood, then injected a low-temperature solution into their veins. After they were clinically dead for three hours, the blood was put back into their circulatory systems’ and delivered an electric shock to their hearts, which brought them back to life.

2006: The first notable Zombie Walk is held in Pittsburgh. This one set the world record at Monroeville Mall with 1,028 zombies, which has since been beaten. Ever since, though, it has raised money for The Pittsburgh Food Bank (whenever you go to the zombie walk, you are asked to bring at least 1 can of non-perishable food to the walk with you).

2007: Diary of the Dead, another Romero film, came out, which is a story about Pitt students who are making a horror film, and end up starring in a real-life horror film filled with zombies.

2008: The video game Left 4 Dead is released, which makes reference to Pittsburgh with in-game locations such as Mercy Hospital and Allegheny National Forest.

2009: Pittsburgh becomes home to Quarantine, The Zombie Opera.

2012:Lawrenceville’s House of the Dead opened. This was also the year that the card game Pittsburgh 68 was released, which pays tribute to original zombie classics. Also, runners had their first chance to take part in The Zombie Mud Run and Run From Zombies marathons.

2013: Hines Ward was cast as a zombie in The Walking Dead.