10 Things You Have to Explain to People Who Aren't From Phoenix

Phoenix isn't quite like other American cities — like when you have to slam on the brakes because there's a coyote in the road.

Below, find 10 things about Phoenix you'll have to explain to people who aren't from here:

10.) What a javelina is

It's not actually a pig; it just looks like one.

9.) Taco Bell is not Mexican food


This is the equivalent of Michael Scott getting an authentic New York slice.

8.) Yes, it does get hotter

Whenever it cracks 95 degrees, a newbie will ask, "DOES IT GET HOTTER THAN THIS!?"

Um, yeah, it does.

7.) What a haboob is

A big dust ball. Spoiler alert: People just call them dust storms.

  6.) We're not like our elected leaders


Do not assume the average Phoenix resident's views align with Joe Arpaio or Jan Brewer.

5.) How to pronounce things

Mispronouncing names like Prescott, Papago, or Tohono O'odham are rookie mistakes. People even find a way to pronounce Tempe strangely.


4.) Yes, scorpions are real

If you live here, you're going to find one in your house.

3.) You're not going to get kidnapped

In case you missed the memo, Phoenix is not the "kidnapping capital of the world." That claim was a finalist for "lie of the year" from Politifact.


2.) Which type of cactus you don't want to touch

Not all cacti are created equal. Some are so smooth, you can pet them. Others, like the Cylindropuntia fulgida — a.k.a. jumping cholla — you do not want to pal around with.

1.) You're going to have to drive

Unless you moved to the center of Phoenix (which you probably haven't) you're going to have to drive — pretty much everywhere.


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