1.You Can’t Ignore Missouri’s Barbecue Obsession

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There’s a wonder if those Missourians have barbecue sauce for blood, because by statistics the good residents of St. Louis actually consume it more than any other city in America. In fact, Kansas City (in Missouri, not Kansas) has been known for its barbecue cuisine since 1908, back when the “Father of Kansas City BBQ” Henry Perry sold smoked meats in an alley out of an old railroad car. Those were the good ol’ days. Smear on the sauce!

2. So You Like An Ice-Cold Bud? You Can Thank Missouri

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The Germans and Irish better recognize that beer wouldn’t even be such an international hit if it wasn’t for a few St. Louis immigrants back in the day—Mr. Adolphus Busch and Eberhard Anheuser. Those last names sound familiar? Busch began the brewing right in St. Louis, and Budweiser became the largest brewery in the entire nation. Respect the father of beers, because it lives right here in the Cave State.

3. Just Don’t Try To Drink It Out Of A Bucket

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Believe it or not, there was a special day in St. Louis when people were served beer in buckets. Not cups. Not glasses. Buckets. It was quickly outlawed to ensure that nothing got out of hand, and it’s still illegal today to sit on the curb of any street in the city, drinking beer from a bucket. Talk about ruining the fun.

4. Forget Your Old Teams. All The Best Ones Are In Missouri

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There’s no need to worry about finding a fanatical fan base in Missouri, because you’ve got five—and someone’s always playing no matter what time of year. The Cardinals, Royals, Rams, Chiefs, and Blue all call Missouri home, and on game day you better wear the right colors.

5. You Can Keep Your Lake Michigan. Missouri’s Got the Lake of the Ozarks!

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Sure, all the big Midwest thrills might happen at Lake Michigan, and yet in the long run there’s not a whole lot to do on the lake except sit on a boat. At Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks there are resorts, boating, golfing, shopping, fishing, lodging, eating, parking, and other recreational activities that’ll blow your mind.

6. Float Trips Are The Most Fun You Could Ever Have

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Thanks to the titanic Mississippi River, just about everyone has a story about floating on the water in a canoe, raft or inner tube for an afternoon. And it’s not just the Mississippi—float trips are pretty common on just about every river across the state as well. Just wait until springtime. You’ll see. Bring some Budweiser and barbecue sauce.

7. Cow Tipping Is An Unofficial Sport In Missouri

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Ask any bored high school student out there in the cornfields of Missouri. What else is there to do on a weekend? Let’s go cow tipping, naturally! Talk about an awesome Saturday night. Seriously.

8. In Miz-our-uh They Don’t Run From Tornadoes, They Watch ‘Em.

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Whenever there’s a twister brewing, don’t be surprised to see countless Missourians setting up chairs on the porch or front yard to watch the spectacle. They’re completely fearless. And they have the right. Back in 1925 a devastating tornado in Annapolis, Missouri destroyed nearly a quarter of a mile of buildings, trees and cars. All in three hours, too. And the Joplin tornado in 2011 was an EF-5, the most intense classification of tornado there is. So Missourians are completely used to them. Those little ones? Really kind of cute.

9. The Only Spices You’ll Need Here Are Salt, Pepper and Ketchup

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Missourians are simple people when it comes to cooking. And that’s okay. Rosemary, thyme, tarragon? Please…. That’s all just too confusing. When you’re dealing with fries, burgers, steak and fish, all you need is the Holy Trinity of cooking.

10. California’s Got Nothing on Missouri’s Earthquakes

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Not that you should really be worried, for the most part, as it’s been over two centuries since Missouri’s seen any earthquakes of monumental proportion. That being said, the four largest earthquakes in American history did occur those over two centuries ago right in New Madrid, Missouri. In between December of 1811 and February of 1812, quakes hit as high as 8 on the scale, and since then, no other city – including in California – has seen that magnitude. That’s right, Cal – you lose!

11. Welcome To Cuba—Cuba, Missouri, That Is

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Nope, not a typo. That’s a totally possible scenario. Hopefully you’ve brushed up on your memorization of cities, towns, states and countries, because Missouri will throw you for a loop. You’ve got Cuba, Versailles, California, Nevada, Houston, Cabool, Louisiana, Springfield, and Mexico. Those are all real cities in Missouri. Look them up. Just don’t get confused.

12. Toss a Dinner Roll At A Missourian And They’ll Love You Forever

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It’s not that Missourians are just obsessed with food fights. But when the projectiles are good ol’ fashioned dinner rolls like at Lambert’s Café in Sikeston, Missouri, we’ve got ourselves a ballgame. This is one restaurant (not the one in a cave) where just about everyone can ask for a roll and have it thrown. You’ve got home-style cooking and something called “pass arounds,” sides like black-eyed peas and fried okra that are passed from person to person in buckets for you to grab and put on your plate. Talk about service.

13. You Better Love Caves There in Missouri

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You might notice that a lot of the residents there are cave dwellers. There are a record 5,500 caves in Missouri alone. In the 1800s Missouri was a prime source of saltpeter, the same ingredient used for gunpowder, hence all the caves the state now has. In fact, Richland, Missouri, is the only city in the U.S. with a restaurant located in a cave. Yes, it’s for real.

14. You’re Guaranteed to Find at Least One Miner in a Missouri Diner Somewhere

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What with all the caves there, of course, Missouri has a history of being the lead in the nation for the mining of lead. Get it? It’s still a pretty common job, so you’re bound to run into one (or twelve) just about anywhere.

15. Watch Where You Dance In Missouri

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Dancing is illegal. But only in Purdy, Missouri. There’s apparently a law there prohibiting all dancing. Wouldn’t Kevin Bacon be upset at that?

16. You Won't Have To Break The Bank To Have Fun In St. Louis

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In contrast to other big cities where normally you’d have to spend a bit of dough to explore the streets, sights and sounds, in St. Louis you can visit the World-Class St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Science Center, the Art Museum, Missouri History Museum, Citygarden, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tours, Grant’s Farm, the World Bird Sanctuary, and Cahokia Mounds. All for free. Not a single dime spent. Beat that, New York.

17. Classical Ragtime Is The State Anthem

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Basically. Back in the day when music was all about invention and discovery, a little sub-genre called ragtime was the cream of the crop in Missouri. Thanks to Scott Joplin of Sedalia back in 1899 and his incredible string of ragtime hits, the state was (and still is) the star of the musical style. Check out the annual Scott Joplin Festival if you doubt—and definitely if you love ragtime.

18. Everything’s Bigger In...Kansas City?

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Aside from the fact that they currently are one of the only cities in the U.S. to have Google Fiber, there are giant eats like Jess and Jim’s 75 oz. sirloin, Westport Flea Market’s 5-patty Super Flea burger, and Amigo’s 4-pounder El Gigante burrito, just to name a few. Plus KC’s over 200 fountains, the new revolutionary “streetcars” that are something out of Isaac Asimov’s science fiction books, the gigantic over 1K-acre Swope Park, and more Irish festivities than even the biggest whiskey-gulper can take (a parade, the Kansas City Irish Fest, the Irish Center, tons of Irish pubs). If you want to go big, go Kansas City.

19. Tom Sawyer Days Are The Best Days

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The Hannibal Jaycees’ National Tom Sawyer Days celebration has been going strong for more than 50 years with a fence painting competition, frog jumping contest, arts & crafts, mud volleyball, an actual carnival, a parade, stage entertainment, dancing, food, and 4th of July fireworks over the Mississippi River. Now that’s a party….

20. Before Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney Was the Heart of Missouri

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Listen: Florida and California may have the happiest places on Earth (Disney World and Disneyland, right?), but we have to respect our origins. Most definitely, world-renowned filmmaker, animator and entrepreneur Walt Disney actually grew up in Missouri. Part of his childhood was right in Marceline, MO, and then he moved to Kansas City where he actually began his own business: Laugh-O-Gram Studio. This is where it all began. This is how Mickey first took his first breath of penciled and Technicolor air. It began right here – in Missouri. If you don’t believe me, just visit Disneyland and know that the Main Street there is actually modeled after the town he grew up in.

21. Come Out For The World’s Biggest International Fest

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The “Silver Dollar City” (Branson) holds the honor for the nation’s biggest international festival. It’s called World-Fest, and it’s astronomical. You’ll see all sorts of performers from all different cultures, ethnicities, customs—they’re all right here in Branson, Missouri. Don’t even think about missing it. What do you love about living in Missouri? Tell us in the comments below!