29 Things Someone From Missouri Might Have To Explain To An Out-Of-TownerLife is a bit different in the Show Me State.
1. First Of All, Kansas City Is Actually In Missouri
Source: Flickr User Hey Paul StudiosDespite its name, the larger, more famous Kansas City is actually in Missouri, not Kansas. Out-of-towners are likely to find this utterly shocking. To them, it just won’t make sense.
2. The State Bird Should Really Be A Cardinal
Source: Flickr User Keith AllisonWhile the state bird is a bluebird, that doesn’t stop this state’s avid pride in all things cardinal. The St. Louis Cardinals have been one of the most dominating teams in Major League Baseball in recent decades, earning them plenty of love in the “Show Me State.”
3. Missouri Is Full Of Royalty
Source: Flickr User MikeKalasnikIf a Missourian isn’t cheering for the Cards, they’ll probably be backing the Kansas City Royals. While the team might not have come out on top in their most recent World Series appearance, it’s a sure bet that the Royals will keep winning games for years to come.
4. Royalty Isn’t Restricted To Just Sports Fans
Source: Flickr User Robert Bejil ProductionsNext time a Budweiser is cracked open, thank Missouri. Without Adolphus Busch of St. Louis creating the King of Beers in 1876, America would never have been introduced to its favorite brewski.
5. The Arch Isn’t Solid Stone
Source: Flickr User soupstanceWhen many out-of-towners see the most dominating feature of the St. Louis skyline, they usually assume that the arch is simply a solid monument. They’ll be shocked when they realize it’s possible to take a ride all the way to the top inside of this giant.
6. Pop Vs. Soda, Pick A Side
Source: Flickr User JeepersMediaThere’s a hot debate going on across the entire country with regards to what a soft drink should be called. Missouri is the epicenter of this argument, with people in the eastern half of the state calling this carbonated, sugary drink “soda”, while those in the west call it “pop.”
7. The Weather Doesn’t Listen To The Weatherman Here
Source: Flickr User Claus ReblerWeather in Missouri tends to get a bit wacky. It can be rainy one moment, then sunny, shortly followed by snow. Because it’s so crazy, make sure an out-of-towner is always prepared for anything.
8. New York And Chicago Aren’t The Only Cities With Their Own Pizzas
Source: Flickr User Daniel ZemansSt. Louis pizza is a one-of-a-kind dish thanks to Provel cheese, a combination of cheddar, Swiss, and provolone. While this topping is extremely popular in the St. Louis area, it can rarely be found elsewhere. This is a Missouri-must.
9. Some Things Taste Good Burnt
Source: Flickr User Brood_wichWhile burning food is often considered a bad thing, burnt ends are one of the most popular barbecue dishes in this area of the country. They’re some of the most flavorful pieces around, cut from the fatty point half of a smoked brisket.
10. Don’t Diss The Barbecue
Source: Flickr User Mike WillisMissouri has the best barbecue in the country, known for their slow-smoked meats and thick sauces. Kansas City, Mo. alone has over 100 barbecue restaurants, each with its own unique taste. What do you think the KC in KC Masterpiece stands for, anyway?
11. It’s Not The Springfield From The Simpsons
Source: Flickr User HamburgerJungIt might burst a bubble of some Simpsons fans, but after lots of debate through the years, Matt Groening, the creator of everyone’s favorite cartoon family, finally admitted in an interview that the Springfield featured in his show was based on the one found in Oregon, not Missouri.
12. Bring Your Earplugs To Arrowhead
Source: Flickr User fonticulusWhen it comes to football, Missouri is torn between the Kansas City Chiefs and the St. Louis Rams. However, if an out-of-towner is headed to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City for a game, make sure that they’re ready to witness one of the loudest, craziest sporting events around. This stadium set the record for loudest crowd ever in September as fans reached 142.2 decibels, the equivalent of standing 164 feet down the runway from a jet.
13. Keep Your Eyes Peeled For Flying Dinner Rolls
Source: Flickr User .Great Grandpa & Grandma T.After getting its start in Sikeston, MO, Lambert’s Café has become famous for throwing dinner rolls to their customers. The rolls are delicious, but make sure you bring your A-game. The 5-second rule still applies.
14. Roads Turn Orange In The Summer
Source: Flickr User BranderGuardMissouri officials seem to use the warm summer months as an excuse to finish all repairs to the state before winter hits. That being said, if an out-of-towner is driving around Missouri, they can expect plenty of construction cones on the roadways.
15. Deep Fried Pasta Is A Thing
Source: Flickr User jeffreywA favorite appetizer across St. Louis, fried ravioli is exactly what it sounds like: ravioli that’s stuffed with meat and dropped in the fryer. An out-of-towner may find imitators across the country, but St. Louis is the only place to find an authentic version of this dish.
16. You Don’t Need A Boat To Float
Source: Flickr User Editor BA famous past time in the Show Me State, “floating” is the one sport that is perfect for any level of athlete. It basically consists of sitting on an inner tube, drinking beer, and slowly drifting down a peaceful creek. If an out-of-towner is visiting during a warmer month, make sure they get dragged along on at least one float trip.
17. Sometimes Its “ee”, Sometimes Its “uh”
Source: Flickr User davaeandloloThe people of Missouri can’t really agree on the correct way to pronounce their own name. Even politicians get caught switching back and forth between Missour-ee and Missour-ah during their local speeches in an attempt to please everyone. A quick rule of thumb to go by is that Missour-uh is used closer to Kansas City and Missour-ee is more of a St. Louis thing.
18. Missourians Love Their Show And Tell
Source: Flickr User woodleywonderworksThe “Show Me State” isn’t technically the official nickname of Missouri, but through frequent use over the years, it’s become widely known. While there are several stories about how this nickname came about, one popular story involves a politician’s response to a long winded statement, in which he said “I’m from Missouri, you have got to show me,” implying that words alone were not enough for him.
19. Tornados Tend To Send More People Outside Than Seeking Shelter
Source: Flickr User PodknoxIt’s no secret that serious tornados frequent Missouri. While this might be a terrifying fact for out-of-towners, when the sirens sound many Missourians prefer to head outside with a beer in hand to watch the storm roll in.
20. Cuba Is Closer Than You Think
Source: City of Cuba, Missouri via FacebookMissourians don’t need any sort of special arrangement to visit Cuba. Cuba, Missouri, that is. With around 3,000 people, the tiny town of Cuba is worth a visit, even if it’s just for bragging rights.
21. Paris Makes A Great Day Trip, Too
Source: Flickr User James WhitesmithSmaller than Cuba with only 1,200 residents, Missouri is also home to a town named Paris. It might not be home to a giant Eiffel Tower, but a vacation to this Paris instead of the one in France is sure to save a few bucks.
22. Missouri Is Filled With Mark Twain Pride.
Source: Flickr User dnhoshorBorn in Florida, Missouri, Mark Twain became one of the most famous American writers ever. It seems as if every small town has a story about Twain and usually some sort of building or statue named after him.
23. Disney Didn’t Start In Florida
Source: Flickr User rahegoWhile Florida is now known worldwide for its involvement with Disney feature films, Walt Disney got his creative start as a youngster growing up in Missouri, after a neighbor sparked an interest in drawing. You can even visit Walt’s original studio in Kansas City!
24. Cornhole Isn’t A Place To Shove It
Source: Flickr User allygirl520In Missouri, cornhole is a popular lawn game in which players toss bags filled with dried corn back and forth in attempt to land them on a wooden board, ultimately hoping that the bag will end up falling through a hole in the center of their target.
25. Sometimes Missouri Is Spelled With A Couple “Z”s
Source: Flickr User KOMUnewsOut-of-towners tend to think that Mizzou is different than the University of Missouri. Nope. It’s the same school, out-of-towners. You can use these two names interchangeably.
26. Caves, Everywhere
Source: Flickr User jenlyIt’s not surprising that another nickname for Missouri is the Cave State. It’s home to over 6,000 discovered caves. Make sure out-of-towners know about cave safety before they go exploring.
27. Frog Legs Have To Come From Somewhere
Source: Flickr User David Reber’s Hammer PhotographyAnother popular pastime in Missouri is hunting frogs, also known as frog gigging. All that’s really required is a multi-prong spear, some hand-eye coordination, and a keen eye for frogs basking in the moonlight.
28. Tractors Rule The Roads
Source: Flickr User Skillah Of VaasaIf there’s a traffic jam in rural Missouri, it probably means that there’s a tractor somewhere up ahead moving very slowly. Missouri isn’t just St. Louis and Kansas City. In fact, most of the state is farmland. While farmers try not to block roads, sometimes they just can’t help it.
29. Missouri Isn’t Your Typical Flyover State
Source: Flickr User HerkieMissouri often gets lumped in with the rest of the Midwest as just another flyover state. This couldn’t be more wrong. A unique blend of big cities and small town life, Missouri truly has something for everyone. With the beautiful Ozarks, awesome sports teams, and some delicious food, the Show Me State is definitely worth exploring. What have you had to explain to out-of-towners about Missouri? Tell us in the comments below!