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Why do some hate the nickname ‘Frisco’?

FRISCO.<p>Just try dropping that word into conversation these days and see what kind of response you get. Chances are good the nickname will be met with a healthy dose of side-eye, a grimace or even a slap on the wrist.<p>Frisco is the nickname we love to hate.<p>Bay Curious listener Rena Yang, a native of …

Is calling city 'Frisco' really that bad?

There are only two times in life when it's excusable for a Bay Area native to say "San Fran":<p>1. When instructing a tourist who has used these words never to do it again.<p>2. When you're trying to say "San Francisco," and an event beyond your control causes you to lose consciousness after two …

What NOT to do in San Francisco

Better options for visitors abound<p>If you are going to San Francisco, there's nothing wrong with following the path beaten by tens of thousands of tourists each day.<p>Sure, Fisherman's Wharf is crowded, cheesy and overpriced, but the waterfront is beautiful.<p>Chinatown's Grant Avenue might be a little …

More things we learned after moving to the San Francisco Bay Area

There can be a lot that happens as you adjust to life in San Francisco.<p>After we ran our original slideshow "Things I learned after I moved to the Bay Area," we realized we had only scratched the surface of local lessons and insider tips.<p>We thought of some more and also pulled some of our favorite …

Even more pre-earthquake photos of San Francisco

A few months ago, we did a gallery of amazing pre-earthquake pictures of San Francisco. The Library of Congress shots continue to generate interest among our readers, so we thought we'd bring you even more great historic shots.<p>The photos date mostly from the mid-1860s and are from the Lawrence and …

15 surprising Bay Area facts that sound like urban legends

1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake

This October marks the 26th anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that shook the Bay Area during the late-afternoon on Oct. 17. With a 6.9 magnitude, its force was devastating. Review our photos of the aftermath, and leave your memories of those terrible moments.

A Burger Chain You've Probably Never Heard Of Was Just Named Best In America

An obscure burger chain was just named the best in America by Consumer Reports.<p>The Habit Burger Grill claimed the top spot for the best-tasting burger in the country, beating out competitors like In-N-Out Burger and Five Guys Burgers and Fries.<p>Habit Burger was established in 1969 in Santa Barbara. …