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12 Things Every Phoenix Resident Understands

Goodness gracious, that heat. Doesn't matter, though — Phoenix lives on with an array of vibrant local culture like the proud motorcycle shops of Biker Battleground: Phoenix, Tuesdays 10/9c on HISTORY.

1. Sure, it's the desert, but there's a whole bunch of tubing to be done in the Salt River.

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2. With all these cacti lying around, might as well make 'em into candy.

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3. More bike shops than Starbucks shops means motorcycle culture is Phoenix culture.

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4. The haboob: silly name, terrifying weather event.

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5. Oh, your city has a pigeon problem? Yeah, Phoenix has something similar — coyotes.

6. Anytime Eegee's wants to set up shop again, they're more than welcome to.

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7. Tourists run Scottsdale Fashion Square, but that leaves the rest of Phoenix to discover.

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8. From IMAX screenings to Adults' Night Out, the Arizona Science Center simply cannot be beat.

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9. Whenever there's "breaking news" about an excessive heat warning remaining in effect:

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10. The utter necessity of air-conditioned baseball.

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11. Leather car seats are not an option.

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12. And the Japanese Friendship Garden truly shines at all times.

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