I think her version requires 7 factoids so, starting with something chocolate, here goes...
1. When I was 6 I went to Hershey Park with my mom, my brother, and my grandparents. I got separated from everyone and became quite hysterical because I was convinced I'd never see anyone in my family for the rest of my life.
2. In spite of that traumatic experience, sometime during 2008 I am hoping to go the the Spa at Hotel Hershey with my best friend, Gwennie so we can celebrate our 40th birthdays being pampered in chocolate together. It's kinda pricey and we are both rather broke so it may or may not happen.
3. Mr. Lime's grandfather worked in the Hershey Factory most of his life. I am considered a heretic for preferring the flavor of Nestle's chocolate syrup to Herhsey's.
4. I pronounce the word syrup as SEARup. Mr. Lime and his family say SIRup. I consider them heretics.
5. Since I grew up near Philadelphia I used to pronounce the word water as WOODer. It's a local inflection I have been cured of though years of browbeating. Yes, I realize it sounds ridiculous to anyone outside southeast Pennsylvania but if you've ever seen or tasted the Schuylkill River you might understand why we don't call it WAHter. By the way, the correct pronunciation for the name of the river is Skookle.
6. There is also a road in the vicinity of Philadelphia called the Schuylkill Expressway. I have memories of my mother driving there with a white knuckled grip on the steering wheel trying to figure out how to get us to the Jersey Shore when I was a kid. Both the river and the road are sometimes referred to as "The Surekill."
7. While I am on my Philly kick....I believe sandwiches consisting of lettuce, tomato, onion, cold cuts, cheese and some sort of dressing on a long, hard roll should always be referred to as HOAGIES. They are not subs. A sub is a ocean going vessel that spends long periods of time completely submerged. They are not heroes. Heroes are people who engage in brave and selfless acts for the well being of others. Heroes can even be found on subs. The sandwich is called a H-O-A-G-I-E! That is, unless it is a cheesesteak, in which case I believe if you have to qualify the thing as a PHILLY cheesesteak it is obviously a poor imitation not worth even considering.
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As a point of clarification for the folks born and bred on the West coast of the USA....all Easterners do not sound like they come from New York or Boston.