1. Every Mainer Has A Love Affair With Moxie
Moxie soda is almost unheard of outside of New England, but in Maine you would never guess that because the people of the Pine Tree State would just about take a bullet for Moxie. This soda gets its… ahem… unique flavor from gentian root, which is said to possess medicinal properties.
While demand for the drink is next to nonexistent in most of the U.S. Mainers fierce love love of the unconventional beverage (you might even say moxie) is all they really need to keep the brand alive.
2. Mainers Are Constantly Running Into Moose
Not running into as in “Hi, how you doin’?,” more like “Holy crap, what the heck just happened?”
Maine just happens to be the moosiest state in the lower 48, and automobile/moose collisions average about 550 per year. Moose collisions can happen at any time but tend to spike in spring and fall, so at that time of year private jetpack is probably the best way to get around.
3. Folks In Maine Love Them Some L.L. Bean…
Well, you got to support your hometown homies, and Leon Leonwood Bean was a Mainer through and through.
What really makes L.L. Bean the retailer of choice here in its home state, though, is that all of the clothing it offers was designed to be comfortable, practical and not-too-flashy—kind of like Mainers themselves.
4. And Duck Boots Are De Rigeur Here
The original duck boot, after all, was the product that launched the L.L. Bean empire, under it’s original name of “Maine hunting shoe.” And every man woman and child in Maine owns a pair.
While these leather-topped, rubber-bottomed boots are now available in a wide range of fashion colors, we recommend something in a tasteful black or white for those more formal occasions.
5. People In Maine Are Total Seafood Snobs
Well, if you’re in Maine, clam shack cuisine is, indeed fine dining. Mainers could practically live off clams because Maine fried clams are whole-belly Ipswich clams, and they’ve just got the lightest coating of crumbs that does nothing to stand in the way of the yummy taste of ocean and summertime—and don’t even get me started on the lobster rolls.
6. Mainers Say “Ayuh” To Life
“Ayuh” is the quintessential Maine word. It basically means “yeah”, “yup” or (in Canadian) “eh,” although it can be used in the beginning or middle of a sentence as well as being tacked on to the end.
Although no-one is entirely sure of the word’s etymology, the two main opinions are that it was brought over by Scots settlers (“aye”) or perhaps early mariners (“aye-aye”, cap’n!”). I prefer to think it comes from pirates myself, and is actually a corrupted version of “arrrrrrhhhhhh.”
7. Mainer’s Have The Most Bad Ass Garages In The Country
And who can blame them, you need a lot of garage real estate to house all Mainers’ modes of transportations. First of all they don’t drive puny Smart Cars or Prius’, Mainers roll in trucks and SUVs because 89 percent of Maine is forest and you need something a lot lot harder to make it in the Pine Tree State—but thats just the beginning…
In summertime you’ll see plenty of Mainers traversing the wilds of Maine on their ATVs. In winter, it’s a whole ’nother story: Maine ranks as the nation’s second-snowiest state in the union. So, unless they want to stay home until Easter, its time to fire up the snowmobile.
So yeah, that takes up a lot of garage space.
8. When Folks In Maine Speak, You Better Pay Attention
Perhaps one of the most pervasive stereotypes is that of the taciturn Mainer.
One old joke revolves around a traveling salesman (don’t they all?) who approaches an old geezer sitting on the front porch of a Maine country store next to a big dog. The salesman asks the man “Does your dog bite?” and when the man answers with a monosyllabic “Nope,” the salesman goes to pet the dog. When the dog takes a chomp out of him, he says “I thought you said your dog doesn’t bite?” “He don’t,” answers the man, “but that one do.”
Mainers, on the whole, don’t tend to be a bunch of Chatty Cathys—so when a Mainer does speak, you should probably listen carefully.
9. The Maine Alphabet Has No Letter “R”
In Maine, any word that ends in “r” gets transformed into a word ending in “ah” or perhaps an “uh.” “Car” comes out as “cah,” “deer” (or “dear”) as “dee-ah,” “paper” as “paypuh” and “Bar Harbor” as “Bahahbah.”
My absolute favorite word in the Maine language has got to be “Hahbahbah”, an ice cream treat more correctly spelled “Harbor Bar.” Speaking of which—these chocolate-dipped chocolate chip cookie-wiches are only sold in Maine, since if you can’t pronounce the name correctly, you just don’t deserve the awesome yumminess.
10. Everyone In Maine Is An Outdoor Warrior
Well, with so much beautiful wilderness, who wouldn’t want to spend as much time outside as possible? Mainers love to go moose hunting (best way to keep those beasts off the roads), and they also hunt deer, bear and ducks (since they’re already shod in the appropriate footwear). Maine’s also got wicked good fishing, and they’re not so shellfish as to keep their bountiful seafood harvest all to themselves.
Not all of Maine’s outdoor opportunities revolve around blood and guts, however: Mother Nature Network picked Portland, Maine as one of the best cities for outdoor enthusiasts based on its hiking and kayaking. And Mainers wouldn’t have it any other way!
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