17 Signs You're From Durham, North Carolina

17 Signs You're From Durham, North Carolina

Much love for The Bull City.

Durham, North Carolina is unlike any other southern small town. A town of over 200,000 thousand somehow has a small town feel. From its little, crunchy downtown area full of independently owned restaurants and shops to its vast beautiful woodlands and fields, Durham, North Carolina is the place to live. Here are some signs that you’re from the Durham a.k.a the Bull City.

1. You only wear one shade of blue; "Duke" blue or "UNC" blue.

2. You know all about the legendary Cameron Indoor Stadium and Cameron Crazies.

There are no "nose bleed" seats in Cameron and every seat is a great seat. And, you can always count on the Cameron Crazies, who are seated right up against the court, to keep the stadium very rowdy.

3. You've spent many summer nights cheering on the minor league baseball team, the Durham Bulls.

And the fantastic movie made about the Durham Bulls baseball team, Bull Durham, may be one of your favorite movies and, if not, you've at least seen it a handful of times.

Not many towns can claim that their minor league baseball team was the focus of a Hollywood movie!

4. Your summers growing up were spent frolicking around Duke Gardens feeding ducks and enjoying summer dinner picnics.

The Duke Gardens has been named one of the best botanic gardens in the country.

5. You've spent many nights in the Durham Preforming Arts Center watching touring Broadway shows or other headliner events.

It’s the New York City Broadway show experience, but instead you get to do it in your favorite city. No wonder the DPAC is often rated as one of the top one or two ticket selling venues in the country.

6. Beyond just getting to watch live shows, there are many other opportunities to enjoy art performance. Durham is the home to the nation’s premier modern dance festivals – the American Dance Festival.

ADF brings amazing dance performances and education to the heart of Durham.

7. You've probably been to the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival that takes place once a year in Durham.

Full Frame is an international film festival that brings in close to 100 nonfiction films and filmmakers around the world.

8. You can say that Zoboomafoo lived in your town.

The Duke Lemur Center is on the forefront of primate conservation efforts and houses more endangered primates than any other place in the world. Thanks to the Duke Lemur Center, you have probably gotten to see the actual lemur from the show we all watched as kids. Or, at least his offspring, now that Zoboomafoo has passed away.

9. You’ve been spoiled with some of the best restaurants in the South.

Places like Pizzeria Toro, Mateo Tapas, Rue Cler, Scratch and The Parlour ice cream shop, and many more win national accolades. Even the New York Times has written about the amazing foodie scene in Durham.

10. You’ve spent many Saturday mornings at the substantial downtown Farmers Market where you can find locally and organically grown produce from all over the region.

The Farmers Market is full of things to do because there is also a great local crafts market, live music and entertainment, history tours of Durham, and chef demonstrations going on all around you.

11. You never miss the Food Truck Rodeos that come around a few times a year.

50+ food trucks swarm Central Park in downtown Durham and hundreds of Durham residents flood the rodeo to find freshly made delicious food from all cultures of the world, craft beer, and live music.

12. You’ve spent nights walking around American Tobacco campus observing the beautiful lights and entertaining night life.

That Durham skyline is something to behold.

13. You’ve never had a bad cup of coffee. From great coffee shops like Cocoa Cinnamon to local roasters like Counter Culture coffee, Durham makes sure you’ve got your caffeine fix.

You can even do a coffee tasting at Counter Culture and Cocoa Cinnamon will ensure that you’re coffee is laced with flavors ranging from ginger root powder to rosewater to black lava salt. (To be honest, I’m not sure what any of those ingredients are, but I guarantee Cocoa Cinnamon has your back and that coffee with be delicious)

14. You’ve either rode on the Biker Bar or seen the Biker Bar bike on past you while you’ve wished you could join them go for a spin.

Along with your group of best friends, you get to bike along on a 14 person bike and you get to burn calories while putting them on!

15. On hot summer days you’ve made your way to the Eno Rock Quarry.

Nothing beats swinging off the rope into the large natural quarry to cool off on a hot summer day in the Bull City. It is well worth the mile-long hike into this isolated yet locally-known spot.

16. You know all about Durham's intriguing history.

You’ve been to the Bennett Place for field trips in school or learned all about the importance of Black Wall Street, the most vital African American business and entrepreneurial center in the country in the early twentieth century. And, finally you know all about the advantages and challenges of being a city built largely on tobacco money.

17. And finally, you are proud to call yourself a "Durhamite" and wouldn't want to have grown up in any other city besides the Bull City.

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The 7 Best Pieces of Drag Race Lingo Ru-vealed

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Season Three of "RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars" just wrapped last week, but season 10 of Drag Race is scheduled to premiere on March 22nd. You might’ve turned on your TV and thought, “what the heck are they talking about?”. Some of the lingo is confusing and unclear, so here’s a guide to just some of the key catchphrases.

1. The library/Being read

The name of the mini challenge is “Reading is Fundamental, in which queens take turns reading each other. When it’s their turn, they “enter the library”, which just means putting on goofy glasses. Reading is pretty much pointing out flaws but in a funny or over the top way.

2. Shade

Throwing shade is similar to reading someone, but I think of shade as usually more blunt, insulting and less clever.

3. Tea

Derives from the letter “T” standing for truth. Tea refers to gossip, news or information. Commonly used in the sense of “So, what’s the tea?”, which means “girl, what’s the gossip?”. It’s commonly combined with shade, as someone might say “No, tea, no shade, but…” which is a preface saying “no disrespect”. Conversely, someone might say “all tea, all shade” meaning that they know exactly how they sound and don’t care if you’re offended.

4. Fish

A queen is said to be looking fishy/serving fish when they closely resemble a woman. Some of the fishiest queens include Tatianna, Courtney Act, and Farrah Moan.

5. Back Rolls

An insult used in season 5 when Jade Jolie told Alyssa Edwards: “Girl, you had rolls all over the place in the back, it was disgusting!” To which Alyssa responded

6. Snatch Game

A parody of the 1960’s celebrity game show “The Match Game”. On the original show, contestants write in answers to questions, hoping to match the guest judge. Snatch Game operates in the same way, but the contestants have to impersonate a celebrity. This is a challenge that has taken place every season since the second one, and it’s probably the most highly anticipated. This is one of the challenges that really establishes the top queens, as they’re judged based off of likeness and humor. Celebrities that have been impersonated range from Dame Maggie Smith to Britney Spears, Judge Judy, Anna Nicole Smith, and even RuPaul.

7. Comedy vs. Pageant Queens

This is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Some queens are more specialized in makeup, costumes, and overall pageantry. Others are more campy and over the top. Comedy queens are usually stronger in acting or comedy challenges, but pageant queens have the upper hand in design focused challenges.

So there ya have it, a short list of Drag Race terminology. I RuPaulogize if you got a little lost somewhere, but if you managed to make it through this article….


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If The 12 Zodiac Signs Were Portrayed By 6-Second Vines

"It is Wednesday, my dudes." - Leo

So here's my third Vine article, and I wanted to do another one because it gives me an excuse to watch Vine compilations all day! So here it is, zodiac signs as Vines. I hope it makes you laugh as much as I did!

1. Aries

Aries are known for standing up for what they believe in, just like this woman!

2. Taurus

Tauruses are big on security and getting their job done, just like these cops are doing with a little bit more fun!

3. Gemini

Geminis are very fun-loving and all about communication!

4. Cancer

Cancers are very in touch with their feelings. If only they could have helped this pigeon :(

5. Leo

Leos are all about self-expression, and that's all I have to say about this one.

6. Virgo

One of Virgos' traits is attention to detail! This guy seems to have that.

7. Libra

Libras are incredibly charming and romantic. This one screams romance!

8. Scorpio

Scorpios are very intuitive.

9. Sagittarius

Sagittarius signs are very big-hearted and know what people need, like maybe some milk.

10. Capricorn

Capricorns are known for their patience in dealing with things.

11. Aquarius

Aquariuses are very friendly, and they want to make other people smile!

12. Pisces

Pisces can be very sensitive, so do not disrespect them!

I hope you enjoyed and have a fantastic week!

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