1. “The Buckeyes Don’t Deserve All That Media Coverage”
Source: Flickr User erocka
Every year when the Buckeyes come out to play, the fans are expecting a national championship, be it football or basketball. To them, there is no better team in the country and the Buckeyes are fully deserving of every bit of attention they get.
2. “What Makes Ohio Chili So Different?”
Source: Flickr user chief_huddleston
If someone grew up near Cincinnati, they’re always down for a three-way from Skyline, spaghetti noodles topped with chili and a mound of cheese that’s impossible to stop eating once you start.
Even if someone isn’t from the area, they’ll still be very familiar with what “Cincinnati” chili is and why it’s different, regardless of whether they’re a fan or not.
3. “Forget LeBron. He Had His Chance.”
Source: Flickr User Keith Allison
Now that he’s back in Cleveland, everyone is starting to love this hometown hero again. Even if the Cavs have a few off games, you’ll never hear someone from Ohio blame it on King James.
4. “You Sound Pretentious When You Say ‘THE’ Ohio State University”
Source: Flickr User WDPG
Ohio loves the Ohio State University. So much that they insist on saying the “the” before their name to add extra emphasis with regards to how awesome the school is.
5. “The Browns Should Just Give Up”
Source: Flickr User dennis
No matter how poorly the Browns are playing any given year, their fans stand strong by their side. It’s because of this that the Browns Backers are the largest fan club in the NFL. Win or lose, hopeful eyes will always be watching.
6. “Michiganders Are People, Too”
Source: Flickr User daveynin
Michigan is a bitter Big Ten rival with Ohio State. There’s no college team more hated by Buckeye fans than the Wolverines.
7. “Are You Supposed To Eat The Shell Of A Buckeye?”
Source: Flickr User jsmjr
Ohioans love to eat buckeyes, just not the type that fall from trees. The buckeyes they shove in their mouth are peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate.
8. “Eh… It’s Just Opening Day”
Source: Flickr User 5chw4r7z
In Ohio, opening day for their local major league baseball teams has the power to shut down cities, especially in Cincy. There are parades, parties, and tons of people even “call in sick” for work.
9. “Can It Just Be Winter Already?!”
Source: Flickr User Georgie R
Winters in Ohio can get rough, especially the farther north one goes. With bitter cold, plenty of ice, and strong winds, the winter months always seem like they last forever (and not the “fun” kind of forever).
10. “Why Do People Keep Doing That With Their Arms?”
Source: Flickr User Aaron Friedman
While it might confuse some out-of-towners at first, every Ohioan knows exactly what these gestures mean when someone throws them up in a picture or at the big game. O-H-I-O!
It’s like the YMCA dance but way, way cooler.
11. “I’ll Take A Soda Please”
Source: Flickr User petercooperuk
When someone orders carbonated sugar water in Ohio, they call it “pop.” No clue why it’s not “coke” or “soda”, perhaps “pop” is just more fun to say.
12. “That Polish Boy Sure Is Cute”
Source: Flickr User stu_spivack
If someone says the words “Polish boy” in Ohio, they’re talking about a wiener, not a person.
A popular dish exclusive to Ohio is the Polish boy, a bunned Kielbasa topped with fries, slaw, and plenty of barbecue sauce.
13. “I Went To School At Miami For The Beaches”
Source: Miami University via Facebook
While most people hear “Miami” and they think “Florida,” the original Miami University was in Oxford, Ohio, founded in 1809.
If someone says they went to Miami, they probably mean the school in state with a great academic program and tons of parties, but sadly…no beaches.
14. “Cedar Point Is Way Overrated”
Source: Flickr User Corey Ann
There are few amusement parks in the world that top Cedar Point. Known for their world-record number of 72 rides, including 16 roller coasters, anyone who has been to Cedar Point knows it’s the best around.
15. “That Trip To Athens Was Boring”
Source: Flickr User Patrick Denker
Nope, we’re not talking about the Greek town with a long, dry history of columns and sandals. Athens, Ohio couldn’t be more different.
Known around the country for the insane partying that goes on at the local Ohio University, any trip to this town will give you stories that last a lifetime.
16. “Dipping Your Fries In Your Frosty Is Gross”
Source: Flickr User shortiestar3000
When it comes to dipping hot, salty fries in a cold, sweet Frosty, Ohioans did it first. With Wendy’s getting its start right in Columbus, this practice is very common in the Buckeye State. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it.
17. “There’s No Such Thing As The Curse”
Source: Flickr User daveynin
Shhhh….Don’t jinx it. Many Bengals fans believe that the team has been cursed during post-season play ever since injuring Bo Jackson at the end of the 1990 season. Whether a fan thinks the curse is true or not, they won’t dare to doubt its existence out loud.
… In fact, I should stop talking about it right now.
18. “Don’t Pass That Buggy, You Might Scare The Horse”
Source: Flickr User ralpe
Ohioans are well aware that they’re in the heart of Amish country thanks to the presence of their slow-moving horse-drawn buggies on the roads. While it might be dangerous for all parties involved, most people won’t think twice about zipping around a black buggy the first chance they get.
What's something you'd never hear a true Ohio native say? Tell us in the comments below!