1. “Do You Know [insert random South Carolinian’s name here]?”
For some reason, outsiders tend to assume that North Carolina and South Carolina are the same thing. In reality, they couldn’t be more different.
2. “What’s A Bojangles?”
Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, it’s a well-known fact that Bojangles’ has the tastiest fast food fried chicken around. You’ll be addicted after one bite.
3. “Is There Alcohol In This?”
While the name might be confusing, Cheerwine isn’t an alcoholic beverage. It’s just a cherry-flavored soda coming out of the Salisbury area that’s popular around these parts.
4. “Is Your Tea Always This Sweet?”
When it comes to tea, North Carolinians won’t settle for anything that’s not ice cold and full of sugar. If an out-of-towner is ordering this out, make sure they know what to expect.
5. “Why Is Everyone Wearing Blue?”
With both the Tar Heels and Duke headquartered in North Carolina, an overwhelming amount of people are wearing some shade of blue come game day. Really, the only people that break this norm in force are the NC State fans.
6. “Is That Moonshine Safe To Drink?”
A popular pastime in the North Carolina region, making homemade liquor is a hobby for many. If some shows up at a party, I’d let the other guests try it first.
7. “Is That Slaw On My Hot Dog?”
Topped with chili, slaw, and onions, once you’ve had your fair share of Carolina dogs, all other hot dogs just seem plain and boring.
8. “What Is A Tar Heel?”
In short, it’s someone from North Carolina or a fan of UNC.
However, what’s generally accepted as the longer story is that British troops of the Revolutionary War stepped in tar while passing through the state thanks to North Carolina’s many abundant pine trees, getting tar on their heels and slowing them down.
9. “Doesn’t Livermush Gross You Out?”
One food that you’ll really only find in the South, livermush is composed of pig liver, parts of the animal’s head, and cornmeal before being seasoned and spiced. You might have a hard time getting your visiting friends to try this one.
10. “Is The Head Still On That Thing!?”
When it comes to hog roasts, North Carolinians love to go all the way. The people here just toss the entire pig on the fire and let it slowly cook before feasting.
11. “Does Everyone Here Love NASCAR?”
Yes, yes they do…and the closer you get to Charlotte Motor Speedway, the more fans you’ll find.
12. “Are Grits Like Oatmeal?”
While these two dishes often share a similar bland color and strange texture, the similarities stop there. Grits are made from corn while oatmeal consists of oats. They’re two completely different foods and you can taste it.
If you know someone who hasn’t tried grits firsthand, change that immediately.
13. “Do People Always Act Like This When It Snows?”
In North Carolina, even the report of a few flurries is reason enough to panic. Expect huge traffic delays and plenty of emptied grocery store shelves come any accumulation.
14. “Isn’t Michael Jordan From There?”
Technically, MJ was born in Brooklyn, but he did go to high school and college in North Carolina. He’s probably one of the biggest fans of the Tar Heel State you’ll ever meet.
15. “Is Everyone Here Obsessed With Sun Drop?”
Another soda favorite in the NC region, this citrusy drink is often compared to Mountain Dew thanks to its color and very high level of caffeine.
16. “Wait…A Toboggan Is A Hat?”
While most of the country considers a “toboggan” to be a type of downhill sled, in North Carolina it’s a hat. Confusing the two can make for some awkward situations.
17. “What’s A Buggy?”
Another term that is relatively exclusive to the South, a “buggy” is a shopping cart in North Carolina. Just one more little thing that tends to catch out-of-towners off guard.
18. “Why Are Your Devils Blue?”
While their name might seem to reference an evil entity from the Bible, the meaning behind Duke’s nickname isn’t quite so religiously based. They’re named after a group of French infantry troops that fought in World War 1. They went by “les Diables Bleus,” meaning the Blue Devils.
19. “What’s OBX Stand For?”
A popular tourist destination among North Carolinians and tourists alike, the Outer Banks (also known as OBX) consists of a long string of barrier islands in the Atlantic off the coast of NC.
They’re known for being particularly awesome thanks to their warm climate and tons of beachfront area.
20. “Should I Watch Out For Wolves?”
On the contrary, tons of people are cheering for the wolves in this state. With a name originating from a quote many years ago claiming that NC State athletes were as “unruly as a pack of wolves,” the nickname “Wolfpack” stuck.
The only other wolf you’ll find here are smaller red wolves, often mistaken for coyotes. They’re relatively harmless when it comes to humans.
21. “What Makes Your Barbecue So Special?”
… Are you kidding me?!
Often made using only the most succulent pork around, North Carolina is famous for their vinegar based sauces. Of course, you can still get other varieties, but the local preference is usually best.
22. “Isn’t A Chowchow A Type Of Dog?”
Technically, yes. But around here if someone is talking about eating some chow-chow, they’re probably referring to a special type of local relish made with green tomatoes, cabbage, and a long list of other veggies.
23. “How Do You Pronounce Appalachian, Again?”
One topic that’s constantly up for debate, some people say “a-puh-Lay-chuhn” while others prefer “a-puh-LATCH-uhn.” People in North Carolina tend to side with the latter, but you’ll still occasionally hear arguments as there really isn’t a definitive answer.
24. “Why Does Everyone Keep Blessing My Heart?”
North Carolina has a very unique, home-grown sense of sarcasm in which “bless your heart” is actually a slam. If someone says this, they’re probably showing pity for you…in the most polite way possible, of course.
25. “Do People Actually Go To The Beach Here?”
North Carolina might not be a Florida or California, but of course people go to the beach here. It’s just as beautiful and not nearly as crowded.
26. “What’s The Big Deal With Duke’s?”
This condiment might come from South Carolina, but that doesn’t keep their neighbors to the North from showing it some love. One of the most delicious mayonnaises around, once you try it, it’ll ruin you for all those other wannabes.
27. “What’s So Awesome About North Carolina?”
After a short visit, it’s easy for anyone to tell what makes North Carolina so unique. With a beautiful coastline, truly delicious cuisine, and some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, North Carolina is one of the coolest places in the country to be.
What’s the question everyone asks you just because you’re from North Carolina? Tell us in the comments below!