1. Vermonters Are Total Hippies
Following the establishment of hippie communes the 1960s, certified hippies accounted for roughly 30 percent of Vermont’s population, and their influence is evident in the relative tolerance for alternative lifestyles along with an environmentally friendly vibe.
But Vermont hippies aren’t the lazy, unproductive types that you might think. Vermont’s hippie influx has produced some of America’s most iconic brands under the oversight of certified hippie ownership. Any time you enjoy Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, you’re enjoying the fruits of hippie innovation.
2. People In Vermont Can Spot An Outsider From A Mile Away
If you are a native of Massachusetts or New York, and you think you can roll into Vermont and get the natives to accept you just because you have similar ideals as many of Vermont’s natives, I have some bad news for you: You will be labeled as a “flatlander,” and your presence will not be welcomed.
Vermont native Fred Tuttle defeated multimillionaire Jack McMullen in the 1998 Republican primary because he schooled the flatlander on Vermont trivia and won the Senate election even though he was outspent $475,000 to $201. Tuttle then openly endorsed his primary opponent Pat Leahy so that Tuttle wouldn’t have to move to D.C. if he won. If you can’t win a game of Vermont Trivial Pursuit, not only will you expose yourself as a flatlander, but you can forget about seeking public office no matter how much money you spend.
3. Yes, Vermonters Are Outnumbered By Cows (Kind Of)
Flickr user Mark Hintsa
I know what you’re thinking: “No, Ian. Vermont has more than 600,000 people and only 150,000 cows, so that’s just not true… you moron!” Simmer down. Let’s forget for a moment that those figures still give Vermont the highest cow-to-person ratio in the country.
Vermont has the second oldest median age of all 50 states, which means that it has a high number of elderly residents that aren’t exactly going to be out and about all that often. When you eliminate small children from the equation, I’m prepared to bet there are more mature dairy cows actually out interacting with the world than adult Vermonters.
4. Like It Or Not, Vermonters Worship Maple Syrup
Vermont has more than 2,000 maple products producers and is responsible for more than one third of the total maple syrup production in the United States. Along with all of this delicious maple syrup comes a variety of sticky candies, and even a maple-syrup-based cotton candy. Now, if only someone could figure out how to make a zero-calorie maple syrup that actually tastes good, I’d be in business.
5. True Vermonters All Talk Funny
Several folks from the Green Mountain State have a problem simply enunciating all of the letters in the word “mountain.” They’ll eliminate the “t” from the word and say “mown-in” instead, which means they can also be challenged when it comes to pronouncing the “t” at the end of “Vermont” as well. I essence, if you can find someone in Vermont whose pronunciation of the state’s name is grammatically correct by English standards, they’re probably not from Vermont.
6. Vermonters Are Fighting The Good Fight—Against Mosquitoes
Source: Flickr user James Jordan
Not only are Vermont’s mosquitoes a rough bunch to tangle with in terms of their aggressiveness, persistence and sheer numbers, but there is at least one confirmed case of a Vermont death from a mosquito-borne virus.
Unless your state has “mosquito control districts” set up for the sole purpose of tackling the mosquito problem, not to mention mosquitoes that are literally killing people, you need to hush your mouth when a Vermonter talks about how bad the mosquitoes are.
7. Vermonters Think 20 Degrees Is T-shirt Weather
With an annual median temperature around 42 degrees, Vermont typically ranks in or around the five coldest states in the U.S. Under some conditions, Vermont’s are literally classified as being “too cold for snow,” but you try telling that to the residents of the Southern Green Mountains where yearly snowfall often top 120 inches.
8. Vermonters Are White… All Kinds Of White
Vermont has developed a reputation on the outside for being a very “white” state. This is neither a good thing nor a bad thing; it simply is what it is. If you are the type of person that defines “diversity” as the presence of ethnic groups that are not traditionally defined as white, Vermont is the second least diverse state in the country.
That’s a shame, because if you look at the ethnic breakdown, Vermonters are actually composed of 13 different European ethnicities, which sounds pretty cool, but the haters just see this as 13 different shades of white. Sigh.
9. Vermonters Don’t Pay Attention To The Vermont Haters
Vermont comes in at 49th in population out of all 50 states. That’s a smaller population than the actual smallest state, Rhode Island. People might occasionally forget about them among all those cows, but Vermonters don’t care. They’ve got the best damn maple syrup in the world, and where would ice cream lovers be without that Vermont hippie attitude? Nowhere.
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