13 Ohio Stereotypes That Are Completely AccurateGrab yourself a can of cheap beer, a plate of Cincinnati chili and let's dig into these totally true stereotypes about the Buckeye State.
1. Everyone Is A Raving Lunatic When It Comes To Football
Source: Flickr user dennisDamned near 100 percent of the more than 11 million people in Ohio absolutely lose their minds during the football season. Everyone! On Friday nights we go to a high school football game. On Saturdays, we watch Ohio State (even if you didn't go to the university) and on Sundays we scream at our TV because the Bengals or the Browns are infuriating-even when, through some miraculous convergence of events, they manage to have a winning season. The thing is, we don't want to change. We want to be raving lunatics. It's what makes us, you know, us.
2. We'll Tell You We Have Good Chili-But Really, We Know Better
Source: Flickr use leyla.aDon't get me wrong, Ohio has some decent things going for it, but chili ain't one of them. What's Ohio's major contribution to the chili patheon? Skyline Chili. That's about it. If you're from Ohio, you already know about Skyline Chili, aka Cincinnati chili. It's a watery, over-spiced meat sauce sloshed over spaghetti noodles. Cincinnatians love it, but that's because they were raised on it. Everyone else hates Cincinnati chili, as they should.
3. Cincinnati Chili Is Better Than Caviar
Source: Flickr user Ken-IchiAll you Cincy readers, don't call for my head, just yet. Here's where I rep your favorite chocolate-y, allspice-y chili: If you grew up in Cincinnati, if you call the Tri-State area home, then there really is nothing better than a 3-Way (I know, I grew up in the Nasty Nati). Just remember, Cincinnatians are in the epicurean minority here.
4. We Get Super Annoyed By People Who Can't Tell The Difference Between Our State And IowaAt some point in every Ohioan's life, we are confronted by someone who thinks Ohio and Iowa are interchangeable. But we know which state is better. Also, buy a map already, people-geez!
5. When It Comes To Candy, It's Buckeyes Or Nothing
Source: Flickr user stevendepoloThese little peanut butter and chocolate confections are Ohio's gift to the rest of the world. If you are born in Ohio, it's genetically impossible for you not to be able to make these candies-and eat them by the handful (after handful).
6. There Are Only Three Types Of Ohioans
Source: Atlanta_FalconsThese are the social politics of Ohio: You are from one of three distinct regions. If you are not from one of these places, you might as well not live in the state. These regions are: Cincinnati, Columbus, or Cleveland. People from Cincinnati and Cleveland hate each other, because of football, or something. Both of these cities ignore Columbus , which is thought of as the weird hipster city of Ohio, even though it's really just a college town.
7. Everyone Claims To Be From A Major Ohio City
Source: Flickr user IanWhile we are on the subject of The Three C's, here's another stereotype: Basically everyone in Ohio lives in a suburb, but actually claims to live in...oh, just pick a name the begins with a C.
8. Every Four Years We Wants To Murder The Media And Politicians
Source: Flickr user TaestellWhenever it's time for the nation to pick the next politician stupid (crazy?) enough to want to be the President of the United States, the entire state of Ohio goes mental. Droves of underinformed reporters, pollsters and hangers-on descend on Ohio, ready to remind the nation that the Buckeye State is a swing state and a bellwether. And we get warm, fuzzy, murder feelings for these people. (Grit your teeth, friends, it's coming again sooner than you think.)
9. We Really Are Friendly
Source: Flickr user FyrefiendOther than wanting to run a pitchfork through the entire staff of CNN every few years, and some infighting between Cleveland and Cincinnati, we really are a friendly bunch. If you're new to the neighborhood, we'll invite you over to dinner. It's sort of like "Leave It To Beaver," only across an entire state. We want to be your friend, we really do.
10. We Drink Cheap Beer, And Are Proud Of It
Source: Flickr user Ross CatrowYou can keep your fancy craft beers, all we need is an inexpensive brew preferably domestic and preferably drunk with friends around a small backyard fire. Also, drinking a beer in a bottle makes us feel "uppity."
11. We Wear Sperry's Even Though We Don't Own A Boat
Source: Flickr user Nam NgoHave you worn Sperry's? These boat shoes feel like walking on a cloud. If you are from Ohio, one person in your family wears these almost exclusively. Ohioans know it's perfectly acceptable to wear these boating shoes, even if you don't live near water, own a boat, or have even seen a boat. Seriously, like walking on clouds.
12. We Have Two Go-To Reasons Why Our State Is Better Than Your State
Source: Flickr user Mateus_27:24&25There are two things everyone Ohioan will announce as reasons why our state is awesome. Reason one: We have a hundred million astronauts. OK, in actuality 25 astronauts were born in our state. Reason two: Ohio is the birthplace of eight of our Presidents, which is why the state is sometimes called the Mother of Presidents.
13. We Are A Simple People
Source: Flickr user seanasmith78The subhead says it all: We really are a simple people. How do you give an Ohioan everything he or she needs in life? Easy. We want to be close to our family and friends, the latter of which we've most likely known since we were in grade school. We want to tailgate, watch sports, and basically enjoy our lives. Simple.