Whenever we hear a new term come out over here we tend to run to Urban Dictionary for the down-low on what it means. It can be fun and it can be disgusting. This time as we searched Binghamton — Oh dear.
Here’s some of the highlights of the harassment that Binghamton took on the chin on their website.
“Imagine Hell, then make it cold.”
“The place that will make you glad to be anywhere but there for the rest of your natural life.”
“A city in Upstate New York whose only reason for existence is the State University situated there. This sad fact is not widely recognized by residents and causes a great deal of animosity toward the students whose money keeps the shit-hole from becoming a ghost town.”
“The Forsaken Lands.”
“I may have a debilitating brain disease, but at least I don’t live in Binghamton.”
“An overpopulated truck stop.”
“A bleak, bleak place. And I’m not a SUNY Binghamton student. I grew up right outside of Binghamton, and I must say that all the people who complain about the weather (and the lack of culture, and the declining economy and general feeling of soul-crushing despair) are quite right. This place is worse than Utica, man. Driving around and looking at people I see walking death. People walking their dogs look as if they’re only moving as a result of being pulled by the animals-they don’t seem to have the will to do anything. So they drink, and rot.”
“Like much of upstate new york, the city of Binghamton has been in a steady state of decline for the better part of three decades. But it was never all that great to begin with.”
“I think the city of Binghamton should adopt ‘Binghamton-because living isn’t everything’ as a catchphrase on whatever half-assed advertisements for the area they manufacture.”
What do you think? Is the City of Carousels getting an unfair assessment? Are there redeeming qualities that overshadow those excerpts posted above? Should I be going to Urban Dictionary for accurate critiques? What are some things you love about Binghamton?
Email me if you like to tell me your thoughts! RichBirdsall@Magic1017FM.com.[Via Urban Dictionary]