1. Anything Can Be Deep Fried

31 Things People From Oklahoma Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
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Out-of-towners will be shocked at the sheer number of things that Oklahomans deep fry, especially if they take a trip to a local fair. Oklahomans have found ways to fry everything from gummy bears, to sticks of butter, to their favorite vegetables, even Coca-Cola.

2. But Chicken Fried Steak Is Everyone’s Favorite

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It will seem odd to out-of-towners to hear the words “chicken” and “steak” put together in a single dish. However, this isn’t quite as wacky as it sounds. Basically the steak is fried using the same technique that’s used to fry chicken, hence the name. Top it with gravy and it can’t be beat.

3. Oklahoma Barbecue Is The Best Of Every World

31 Things People From Oklahoma Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
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While it’s not known nationwide, Oklahoma-style barbecue is the best around. The techniques in the Sooner State seem to be a mixture of what’s seen in various famous barbecue cities around the country. The result? The best barbeque you could find anywhere.

4. Major Events Get Scheduled Around Game Day

31 Things People From Oklahoma Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
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College football is a huge deal in this state. It’s not just a game. It truly is a way of life. It’s not uncommon for big events like weddings, births, and even funerals to get planned around game day. With the Sooners claiming the most wins and best win percentage in the last 75 years, it’s not much of a surprise.

5. Sooners Or Cowboys, Never Both

31 Things People From Oklahoma Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Oklahoma State Cowboy Football via Facebook
If someone in Oklahoma isn’t rooting for the Cream & Crimson of the Oklahoma Sooners, they’re probably cheering Orange Power at an Oklahoma State Cowboys game. There’s a huge instate annual rivalry game called the Bedlam Series between the two teams. Even if an out-of-towner is only visiting Oklahoma for a couple days, they’ll probably be forced to pick a side.

6. Calf Fries Are More Than Meets The Eye

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Before an out-of-towner digs into that basket of calf fries they just ordered, make sure they know they’re deep fried bull testicles. They’ll probably thank you later.

7. Catfish Might As Well Be A Food Group

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Oklahoma is huge into catfishing, so get ready to dig in. Often deep fried and served with fries, it’s the best fish n’ chips in the country.

8. A Bison Is Different Than A Buffalo, Okay?!

31 Things People From Oklahoma Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
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While they’re both members of the cattle family, only bison are found in America. Buffalo are found in Asia and Africa. Early settlers made a mistake identifying the animals and it stuck.

9. Four Seasons Are Often Seen In A Single Day

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Oklahoma is home to some wacky weather. It seems as if it can go from sunny to rainy to an extremely windy blizzard in a matter of hours.

10. Don’t Buy Your Beer At The Grocery Store

31 Things People From Oklahoma Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
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Oklahoma has some pretty strict liquor laws, including that only liquor stores are allowed to sell beer that’s over 3.2% alcohol. Grocery stores and gas stations might also have beer and it will appear similar to national favorites, but these are specially made blends with a lower alcohol content. If you’re used to drinking normal Budweiser, it will probably be hard to get buzzed of the grocery store specials.

11. Buy Your Beer Before Super Bowl Sunday

31 Things People From Oklahoma Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
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Another interesting component of the alcohol laws in Oklahoma is that liquor stores must be closed on Sunday. That being said, make sure any purchases necessary for Sunday football are made the day before.

12. Churches, Everywhere

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Oklahoma is one of the most religious places in the country. In certain towns, churches seem to be on every other block. If an out-of-towner is coming from out of state, this is definitely something they’ll notice.

13. Hardly Anyone Lives In The Panhandle

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While the panhandle might be famous for giving Oklahoma its unique cleaver shape, less than 1 percent of the state’s total population calls that area home.

14. Oklahoma Might as Well Be The Capital Of Country Music

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Forget Nashville. Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, and Reba, along with many others, are all from Oklahoma. With wide open ranges and plenty of horses, Oklahoma is more country than Tennessee will ever be.

15. Everyone Loves Will Rogers

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Known as “Oklahoma’s Favorite Son”, Will Rogers, the cowboy/vaudeville performer/actor has a special place in every Oklahoman’s heart. It’s not uncommon to see tons of places and things in Oklahoma bearing his name, including the Will Rogers Airport.

16. Rattlesnake Tastes Pretty Great

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If an out-of-towner gets a chance to eat some rattlesnake, make sure they try it. Hunting this deadly snake is also very popular. Just make sure an out-of-towner is well aware of the risks, as Oklahoma is home to several of the most venomous snakes in the country.

17. Don’t Run When You Hear “Thunder”

31 Things People From Oklahoma Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
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The only major professional sports team in the state, the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team gets plenty of love. While they’re still new to the area, they’ve already made a name for themselves as a dominant force in the NBA.

18. Oklahoman Tornados Are The Real Deal

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With well over 50 tornados hitting the state every year, Oklahoma is one of the windiest places around. Oklahomans are pretty used to this, though. Some people even joke that the tornados are fun to watch or a great excuse to drink a beer!

19. T-Town Means Tulsa

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If an out-of-towner hears the term “T-Town” uttered by an Oklahoman, they’re probably referring to the 2nd largest city in the state, Tulsa. With nearly one million living in the metropolitan area, it’s a huge center for culture, entertainment, and education.

20. It’s Just “The City”

31 Things People From Oklahoma Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
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The state’s largest city, Oklahoma City, is often shortened to simply “the City”. OKC is well known across the country for its downtown districts like “Bricktown”, making it one of the coolest places to visit in the Sooner State.

21. Oklahomans Say Things A Bit Differently

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Several words pop up in the Oklahoman vocabulary that an out-of-towner won’t quite get at first. Most commonly, the phrase “fixin’ to” is used in place of “going to” or “about to.” Other phrases like “bless your heart” are likely to mislead an out-of-towner, who thinks they’re actually being blessed. In reality, this is a subtle jab. Oklahomans are too nice to say anything overtly mean.

22. Some Okie Words Are Impossible For Out-Of-Towners To Pronounce

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Give out-of-towners a chance to pronounce words like Sapulpa, Tishomingo, Chickasha, Muskogee, Checotah, Pushmataha, and Eufaula before you laugh them out of the state.

23. Yes, Cowboys Still Exist

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Cowboy hats and boots are common to see all around the state of Oklahoma, something most out-of-towners will find a little odd. However, with the rich farming and ranching culture, many of these hat-wearers are no posers.

24. Rodeos Are A Big Deal Around These Parts

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With no professional teams for such a long time, rodeos became the sport that every Oklahoman loved. While Checotah is the self-proclaimed “Steer Wrestling Capital of the World,” a rodeo anywhere in the Sooner State is a must see during an out-of-towner’s visit.

25. Oklahomans Got There Sooner

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An out-of-towner is likely to wander why the word “Sooner” keeps popping up in Oklahoma. It originates from the people that entered the area earlier (sooner) than they were supposed to, in order to make claims of land during the land rush of 1889.

26. Oral Roberts Has Nothing To Do With Dental Hygiene

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Nestled in Tulsa, Oral Roberts University is an interdenominational Christian liberal arts school. It’s one of the best schools in the West, but most Oklahomans are likely to recognize it for the giant 60 foot tall, 30 ton bronze praying hands at the entrance of the campus.

27. Coke Comes In Many Colors

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While some states might call carbonated soft drinks “pop” or “soda,” Oklahomans call everything “coke” (with the exception of the far east side of the state). If you want to try over 600 varieties of these sugary beverages, head to Pop’s Soda Ranch, a famous roadside attraction on Route 66.

28. Native American Culture Is Alive And Kickin’

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Oklahoma is home to more tribes than anywhere else in the country, with 39 different tribes and nations in the Sooner State. Native American culture plays a huge role in Oklahoman life.

29. QuikTrip Will Ruin Other Convenient Stores For You

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Source: QuikTrip via Facebook
QuikTrip is one of the cleanest, cheapest gas stations ever. With highly recognizable “QT” cups and tons of drink options, stops at QuikTrip can become quickly addictive.

30. Roadside Attractions Are A Fact Of Oklahoman Life

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With over 400 miles of the original Route 66, Oklahoma is home to a ton of roadside attractions. Places like the Catoosa Blue Whale Waterslide and Durant’s “world’s largest peanut” make for some pretty unique photo ops.

31. Oklahoma Is The Definition Of The Great Wide Open

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With several awesome cities, tons of natural space to explore, an extremely unique culture, and one of the most beautiful sunsets around, it’s easy to convince someone that Oklahoman living is actually pretty great. What have you had to explain to out-of-towners about Oklahoma? Tell us in the comments below!