25 Things People From Maryland Have To Explain To Out-Of-TownersOne-eyed mascots, square pizza and <em>jousting</em>—that’s just a few of the things Old Line State newcomers just don’t understand, hon.
1. No, Not Everyone Here Is From D.C.Really? Yes, Really.
2. How To Tell The Difference Between A Jimmy And A SallyFlip the crab over: if it’s the Washington Monument, it’s a Jimmy (male crab). If it’s the Capitol Dome, it’s a Sally (female crab)
3. Marylanders Will Need To Explain Why Everyone Is Calling You “Hon”The “hon” phenomenon in Maryland is pretty intimidating to out-of-towners at first, especially if they arrive during the annual “Honfest” (yes, that’s a thing). But no one in Maryland will apologize for calling you “hon” because not only is it a perfectly acceptable (and awesome) term of endearment, it’s also a pretty fabulous lifestyle. So, bob your hair, grab some hairspray, get some horn-rimmed glasses, and join the party.
4. Marylanders Can Tell You Anything And Everything About LacrosseThe state’s official “team” sport is lacrosse so, naturally, everyone is a laxer, brah. When you arrive in Maryland thinking you know what’s what about lacrosse, you get a rude awakening. Don’t believe me? Go to any Johns Hopkins lax game and see for yourself.
5. Yes, This Really Is The State Flag And Not Something Borrowed From The Medieval Times RestaurantPeople have a lotof state flag pride in Maryland. And who can blame them? It looks straight out of “Game of Thrones.”
6. Although, The State Sport Is JoustingYeah, so…officially the state sport of Maryland is jousting. It takes awhile for this one to really sink in when you explain it to out-of-towners but:
- Jousting is still a thing
- Marylanders are pros at it
- Don’t mess with Maryland…They can joust, for God’s sake.
7. Pizza Taste Better When Cut Into SquaresEveryone in Maryland knows the best pizza is Ledo’s pizza. Which means, by the transitive property, that the best pizza is square-shaped pizza, not triangle. So you can take a hike, NYC and Chicago. Maryland knows how it should be done.
8. The Only Chips Worth Getting Are UtzEveryone is Maryland is crazy about Utz. Ruffles? Lays? What even are those brands? It’s Utz or nothing.
9. Marylanders Always Have To Tell Ya Why The Natty Boh Guy Only Has One EyeNo one really knows why the Natty Boh man only has one eye, however people have some pretty strong theories. The most commonly held belief is that Natty Boh’s eye is with Gunther. Gunther was National Bohemian’s biggest competitor after prohibition in the 1930s and the fact that the Natty Boh guy is still missing his eye is attributed to the famous rivalry. Yeah, sure, he lost an eye to the competition…but he definitely came out on top in the end.
10. And A Snowball Isn’t Just What You Throw At Your Neighborhood Friends In The WintersThe best part of a Maryland summer is the snowballs! Maryland is known for its shaved ice and there are stands set up on practically every street corner, all over the state. Hula Honeys is a favorite of many a Marylander.
11. Cal Ripken, Jr. Is Basically A Deity In MarylandCal Ripken, Jr. might as well be a god to Marylanders. Not only was he born in this great state, but he played for the Orioles for over two decades, he’s played in 19 All Star Games, and he has won two MVP awards. He’s no joke. Plus, he’s basically, like, the most charitable man in Maryland and is super active all over the state.
12. Marylanders Love For The Ravens Far Outweighs A Normal Love For A Football TeamThe Ravens aren’t just a football team. They’re a way of life. They saved the sport of football for the state of Maryland after the Colts fiasco (Ugh. Sigh.) Since 2000, The Ravens have won two Super Bowls, four AFC North division titles, and made the playoffs nine times. So, basically, they were Maryland’s saving grace.
13. Even Saying “Colts” Is A Sin In MarylandAs you can imagine, Marylanders haven’t really gotten over their “abandonment” issue that the Colts left them with. Who just packs up and leaves Baltimore to go to Indianapolis! So, one of the first things Marylanders should explain to an out-of-towner? Don’t even say the word “Colts” in the presence of a Marylander.
14. A Marylander Will Tell You How To Craft A BeerMaryland’s been crafting beer since before crafting beer was cool. There are amazing microbreweries are all over the state, like Heavy Seas, Union Craft, Brewers Alley, and Full Tilt. You just can’t go wrong with Maryland beer.
15. It’s “Merlin”—Not Mary-LandMarylanders have a unique accent that out-of-towners sometimes have a hard time understanding. For starters, the state’s name is pronounced, “Merlin’” or sometimes, “Marilyn,” but never Mary-land. Oh and it’s Bawlmer, not “Baltimore”. Oh, and you don’t “wash” your hands with “water,” you “warsh ‘em with wooder.” Don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of it.
16. The National Anthem is “O” So Important to Marylanders
Source: Youtube user agentzeromyheroSo, not only was the author of the National Anthem from Maryland (thanks, Francis Scott Key), which automatically makes the National Anthem more Maryland’s than any other state in America, it’s also “O” so wonderful to sing. Orioles fans are known for yelling the “O” in The Star Spangled Banner louder than any other team in MLB. Yes, Marylanders just have the perfect blend of nationalism and state pride.