10 Biggest Myths About Phoenix

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There are a whole lot of myths and urban legends about Phoenix.

Strap on your helmet just in case your mind gets blown by our picks for the 10 biggest myths about Arizona's capital:

10.) It's Full of Old People

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The median age in Phoenix is about 32. The median age in the United States is about 35. When people mark Phoenix as a place for retirees and snowbirds, they mostly mean the Phoenix area. Retirees have their own cities in the West Valley, for example.

The state's median age is 36, while the median age in Scottsdale is 41. It's not Phoenix that's full of old folks.

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Rhiannon Calypso
Rhiannon Calypso

#1 - It's a real city, not a collection of suburbs with all the problems of a big city (crime, pollution, dangerous highways, govt corruption)

Noah Richardson
Noah Richardson

The only people who think phx has culture, still live there.

Dorian Demetrulias
Dorian Demetrulias

The technology to fix air pollution exists the trouble is that things like the GEET Reactor that can be adapted to common internal combustion engines is that they are so fuel efficient the oil barrons are deathly afraid for their precious bloody fortunes. Fucking bastards.

Jose Avila
Jose Avila

Hahaha shouldn't of left Angelica Vargas

Kyle Holschlag
Kyle Holschlag

Riveting, non amateur looking or sounding journalism. /sarcasm

Lalo HD Flores
Lalo HD Flores

Is there anything being done for an alternate source of water? The Colorado river will go dry eventually.

Ali Donmez
Ali Donmez

I have heard the boat one for the past ten years, obviously believing it because it is common folklore, yet at the same time going wtf?

Mickey McCormick
Mickey McCormick

Never heard number 1.Number 10?Did the writer read the latest on Lake Mead or the Colorado and how they are both losing water at a high rate?Along with the severe drought in the west,that poses a HUGE problem for the valley...

Tierra M Wilson
Tierra M Wilson

Shhh!! Don't tell everyone. Then they'll want to come here. I like our little misconceptions. Keeps us big but small :)

Daniel Reigada
Daniel Reigada

Interesting. Also people who never leave the east coast tend to think its nothing but a big sandbox out here with nothing to see or do.

Xtramental
Xtramental

"Some people believe the "Phoenix Lights" seen over the Valley in 1997 are still a mystery. It's really not -- they weren't aliens. The Air Force explained that the lights hovering visible from Phoenix -- lights that just happened to be hovering over an Air Force range -- were some long-burning flares dropped by some National Guard planes during a training exercise. Multiple physicists who conducted independent research based on the evidence found this explanation perfectly acceptable."

....Bullshit....

Jeffrey A Benedict
Jeffrey A Benedict

Barry Goldwater would be so ashamed of what's happened to his state.

Jeffrey A Benedict
Jeffrey A Benedict

Don't worry about the myths. Reality is the problem. You have a reactionary conservative legislature that is on par with the Taliban. The governor is about as smart as Sarah Palin, and your infamous Sheriff is an international embarrassment. That doesn't say much for the average IQ of the electorate. Phoenix is seen as a place where old bible thumping bigots go to die. Why would decent people even want to visit?

Virag Tenyi
Virag Tenyi

Just a question: If you hate this city and the people in it and you think there is no culture or anything valuable here... Why do you live here? Really?

Brian Mackey
Brian Mackey

7) Bullshit. I know several people who watched the V fly directly over them. I suspect it was a stealth drone action that paved the way for the new air traffic control tower at Sky Harbor. A Mathias Rust operation.

RaisingArizona
RaisingArizona

What about the fact that people in other states or around the world think we talk like Nicholas Cage in Raising Arizona or that all of Arizona is a desolate desert with cowboys roaming around? hahaha


Lakeisha  Williams
Lakeisha Williams

El Chapo has been captured. I guess local law enforcement will have to find a new full time employer. Laughing myself silly

Timothy D Little
Timothy D Little

If you go into a women under wear store. go into the changing room. say I'm not a bigot 3 times with your back turned. when you turn around you see Arpios face.

Michael V Farnum
Michael V Farnum

Arizona businesses refuse to serve gay people. Oh, that may become the truth.

Rebecca Hotchkiss
Rebecca Hotchkiss

They got it wrong about the Phoenix Lights. That anyone's trying to call them flares is the myth. People saw them all over the state. Way to misinform.

interst88
interst88

come on! Phoenix Lights were not flares. talk to all the people who saw them. *that* should be the myth. 

Lakeisha  Williams
Lakeisha Williams

Joe Kennedy Get out all the time. And each time the food is awful. Just awful. But thanks for your interest. I guess if your served slop...Slop is all you'd expect.

Steve Palermo
Steve Palermo

There is actually gold in the superstition mountains.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

I have been to Mexican, Italian, Jewish, Polish, German delis. Asian and Arabic stores. Many different cultural events. I guess you don't get out much.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

To even begin to think water is no big deal is asinine. Considering we here in the valley need it to snow up north and it isn't and water from the Colorado we are in trouble. They are cutting 15 to 20 percent from the Colorado that Arizona used to get and there has been very little snow up north.

Jack Krebs
Jack Krebs

"6.) There's No Culture" Sorry High Times; citing yourself doesn't count.

Lakeisha  Williams
Lakeisha Williams

It is the kidnapping capital of the US. Most kidnappings are cartel related. Phoenix is already out of water. Everything out of your faucet comes from recycled gray water. Phoenix does NOT have any culture. Especially, in comparison to other major cities. No one in the.entire Maricopa County can NOT COOK. I honestly think chefs come to Phoenix to open restaurants after they've been fired and barred from cooking in other major cities. Very few native Phoenicians exist. The city is designed to keep "OTHERS" out. I've never seen so many homes surrounded by CINDER BLOCK WALLS in my life.

Eric Shaw
Eric Shaw

the alley where all the hobo and street peopled lived in downtown phoenix ... parents warmed us not to go near at night

Joann Hatton
Joann Hatton

That the average citizen agrees with the actions of the idiots in the legislature

Nick Nuvamsa
Nick Nuvamsa

It was hit by a meteor, Lots of Native people live here, you can cook food outside w/ tin foil, When it rains people cant drive...that about sums it up lol

burt
burt

Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.

Bret Taitch
Bret Taitch

One of those -if you have to say it ain't true, it probably is- situations.

krazybill
krazybill

"Meanwhile, Arizonans have been killed by lighting in eight of the last 10 years..."

Lighting?  You need a proofreader, stat!  I'll do it for $55k/year + benefits. 

MGM5
MGM5

"Dry heat."

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