C’Mon, It’ll Be Fun, and It’ll Make My Dad Happy

My dad says I always disregard his ideas.  He is basing this assumption largely on the years of 1985-1991, which is entirely unfair, as my brain cells were dulled by the cloud of Aqua Net that followed me wherever I went.

And yet, the assumption persists.  He called me this afternoon and said, "I have an idea for your blog which you can listen to and then dismiss completely."

Oh, Dad.

He said he was getting such a kick of the comments on this post, about how we all wind up dealing with the assumptions about where we live geographically.  You know, Arkansans are rednecks, Californians eat tofu, Floridians are tan, New Jerseyans (Jerseyites?) are in the mafia. 

So, my dad wanted to hear (and for the record, I think it’s an excellent idea–did you hear that, Dad? I said it was AN EXCELLENT IDEA) what stereotypes you face where you live.  And–just come clean–how much of it might be the tiniest bit true?

Fire away.  Unless you are a New Jerseyite mafia member, in which case, please do not fire.  I am blameless. It was all my dad’s idea.

312 thoughts on “C’Mon, It’ll Be Fun, and It’ll Make My Dad Happy

  1. Kara @ Me-Moddy says:

    I have to comment right now simply because I am awake at nearly 1:00 a.m. and because I am the FIRST person to comment on your post tonight (or this morning) – what an honor!
    Grew up in Missouri. The typical stereo types involve guns, pick-up trucks and flannel. If you just stop by the local Bass Pro Shops – you will see that it is all true! I still love that place though – it’s the only place I truly feel AT HOME.
    Loved your last post about this topic.

  2. Amanda says:

    I grew up in Oklahoma, and when I was in High School, my mom opted to take in an exchange student from Germany named Meike. Before she came to live with our family, we had a number of phone dates to get to know one another.
    During one conversation, Meike’s father described their life to my mother. He told her about their community, their house, her school, etc.
    When my mom began describing our life, he interrupted her to ask if his daughter would be in any danger living with us in Oklahoma. Confused, she asked him to explain. He expressed honest concern that his daughter would be attacked by Indians — you know, the ones who rode horses, lived in teepees, and scalped people. In 1992.

  3. Dorothy says:

    I live in Edmonton, Alberta. Other parts of Canada think we’re all rednecks and cowboys. The redneck part might be true; once during the NHL playoffs they played the hockey game on the little tv’s in the lobby during intermission at the symphony.
    Most Americans I meet assume it’s never really hot here. That’s not true; it’s been as hot here as it was in L.A. last week. But it is really, really cold in January.

  4. R says:

    Well, I am currently living in Utah, but I am originally from Michigan. The people here LOVE to make fun of the accent I have, and we love to make fun of theirs. As far as stereotypes, I don’t think I feel any have been put on me…well, there is the just because your living in Utah, must mean you’re LDS/Mormon one. Yeah, it’s true…but not for everyone. Just happens to be true for me.

  5. Cindy says:

    Well, I live in NC. I was born here and never moved over 8 miles from my home place.
    We are SOUTHERN and we are PROUD! I have a very Southern accent and find it amusing that Yankees move down from up North and then pick on the way we talk–ha! The funny thing is that my adoptive daughter from India has a REAL SOUTHERN TWANG to her voice and it is soooo funny!!
    Some say tomato or potato, and we just say “mater and tater”, ya know?
    I guess people would consider North Carolinians to be a wide range of different personalities. We have rednecks, hillbillies, farmers, golfers, retirees, you name it, we’ve got it.
    But whether you are a true Southerner or a transplant, NC is a great place to live.
    I don’t really know what people would expect of NC–I’ve hardly ever left the state..I know when I traveled to Boston, several people would overhear us and just stop to listen to us talk–weird!

  6. Rachel says:

    I live in Idaho. I get “Idaho? No You-da-ho” quite often. Pretty sure it’s not a reflection on me. Also, most people think we’re all potato farmers, or crazy potato eaters. Both not true.

  7. Christy says:

    Well…I too grew up in Arkansas. My mom tells the story of when her Girl Scout Troop took a trip to the the Capitol in D.C. As they stood in the rotunda Callin’ the Hawgs, people actually commented on how shocked they were to find that Arkansans WORE SHOES. Evidently we’re supposed to be shoeless, have only a handful of teeth, and own at least 3 shotguns.
    Now that I’m living in Michigan I have to fight the Arkansas Stereotypes AND the Michigander Stereotypes. Seriously folks, Michigan is NOT “Yankee Country”. If you call me your “Yankee Cousin” one more time, I’m liable to go all Jersey on your tail.

  8. Leslie says:

    I live in Alabama. One of the stereotypes is that we all marry our cousins.
    My husband and I have been married for ten years. At this years family reunion, one of Karl’s distant aunts pulled me aside and said, “C’mere, I need to show you something.”
    You know where this is going.
    She pulled out a huge photo album and showed me a picture of my grandmother from when she was a little girl. And them she showed me some other pictures, taking me back six generations to show that my husband and I had the same grandparents so many generations ago.
    I promise we had no idea we were actually related when we applied for our marriage license!

  9. Carrie says:

    I live in Alaska so have to put up with the dark half the year/light half the year, drive your dog sled to work comments every time I travel anywhere else. *Sigh* Just for the record, it never stays light all the time were I live (same with dark) and we get less snow here than some state in the lower 48 (North Dakota comes to mind).
    We do however wear rain boots with EVERYTHING, including skirts, and never wear makeup. Also the ratio of men to women is really high so the popular saying here is “The odds are good…but the goods are odd!” THAT is very, very, very true!

  10. Junglewife says:

    Well, this is way off the usual map but I live in Indonesia, and everyone assumes that all Indonesians are m*slims and therefore t*rrorists. Where we live right now, most of the people are NOT m*slims, but we did used to live in an area that was heavily m*slim, and none of them hated Americans and none of them were t*rrorists… Most of the m*slims we knew just were sincerely seeking to follow and obey God, it’s just that the God they were taught about was not exactly the God we love and obey. They’re not bad people, just deceived.

  11. MoobeeMa says:

    That it rains all the time in Oregon. Oh contraire!!!!! Only the Western-most part of the state is even green! The majority of the state is high desert. Warm in the summer and cold but clear in the winter.

  12. Alyssa @ Keeping the Kingdom First says:

    Tell your Dad I think he is brilliant.
    I am a Texan transplanted from Southern California (Orange County) 2 years ago.
    Before you jump to conclusions, allow me to save you the trouble:
    1. Yes, I am BLONDE.
    2. Yes, I LOVE tofu. And smoothies. And Fish Tacos.
    3. No, my boobs are real.
    4. Yes, I say DUDE a lot.
    5. No, I do not love to go shopping.
    6. No, I did not sell my house in CA for a million bucks when we moved! No, I did not pay cash for the house I have now in Texas.
    7. No, I have never owned a Range Rover or Gucci sunglasses.
    Any other questions?

  13. monica @ transplanting me says:

    i grew up in texas. just a short drive from j.r. ewings ranch. and to set a few things straight – yes, everything is bigger in texas, way bigger. and we all have gobs and gobs of oil in our backyards.
    i had always heard that because tx was a republic and could secede from the union at any time the state flag could be flown higher than the american flag – not true.

  14. Reformed Grits says:

    Being from Alabama, whenever I go anywhere– especially overseas– people love to hear me talk. And that tickles me, because I love to talk. But what makes me mad is when people think I’m not bright or smart because my accent makes me sound dumb. Scuse me? They also hear weird stories about chitlins which I’ve never eaten. And I don’t hunt either.

  15. Kelly @ Love Well says:

    I grew up in Minnesota. Yes, it’s cold — in January. But in the summer, it can be hot and humid, just like the rest of the Midwest.
    And while some people here sound like the folks from Fargo, I can assure you we never shred people in wood chippers.
    Well, almost never.

  16. Marlene says:

    I live in Brooklyn, NY. Yes, I have a New Yawk accent, but it’s only noticible to me when I am out of NY.
    A lot of people think that most people in Brooklyn are in the mafia. Most aren’t, but my landlord’s family has had their share of drama.
    Some people online think that Brooklyn is very ghetto. Some parts are really ghetto, but I am miles away from that. Homes here are $850 – over a million. How’s a poor teacher suppose to afford that?
    Ya can see some of the homes here:
    But some decent (not great) actors and actresses come from Brooklyn – Marisa Tomei, Scott Baio, Woody Allen, Tony Danza, Samantha Mathis, Mary Tyler Moore, Lea Remini and Chris Rock.

  17. Kate says:

    i live in houston… and yes, that is in fact in texas… but i didn’t ride a horse to my high school… i don’t wear a cowboy hat… or even own one… i live in HOUSTON… the 4th largest city in the nation… my little suburban section alone is mostly transplants ( thanks to NASA being all of 2 minutes away from my house ) and is well over 250,000 people… and yet every time i leave the confines of my blessed homeland the first thing people ask me is if we ride horses everywhere… ummm… no… i drive my excursion mom-mobile… but i am fixin’ to enlighten all ya’ll… we have Go Texan Day… it’s true.. and everyone, including suburbanites, dresses as cowboy as they possibly can and talks about texas history… which native texans know a great deal of since they spend two entire years in school taking Texas history… and they are proud of it… and you would be too… all ya’ll would be… jealous… i gotta go saddle up now and rustle up some grub for my yunguns…
    ps. the state flag can be flown the same height as the american and the state can not secede, but can break up into 5 different states to increase their congressional prowess at any time… and i didn’t even live here for the texas history years!

  18. Ashley says:

    I live in West Texas. I can only imagine what people think- that we ride and rope, and wear spurs and ten gallon hats everywhere we go. My in-laws do, so I guess there’s some truth to that, but I wish that everyone knew that there is no where else on earth like this place. People in West Texas/Panhandle are the best EVER.
    So, while we do have lots of sprawling space and enjoy a good rodeo, our hearts are warm and friendly and we’ll welcome ya right in and make you feel like family! Yes, we do all say y’all!!

  19. Lora says:

    Well, I’m from Arkansas and now I live in Alabama–does that say it all?!? Seriously, talk about stereotypes!!
    Really, I wear shoes, am not married to any relative (I’m safe since he’s from Oklahoma), I don’t hunt nor does my husband, but I do have that Southern drawl–and I’m okay with that:)
    However, my sister was actually born above the Mason Dixon line (28 years ago!!) and everyone in our family still refers to her as a *Yankee* even though she’s lived in the South for 21 years:)

  20. Marianne says:

    This is a great post idea!
    As for me, I grew up outside of Annapolis, Maryland, have moved around with my dear hubs via the US Navy and corporate jobs (five states total) and now am a happily transplanted Buckeye.
    That’s Ohio for you East Coast folks…and I say that with sincerity since I grew up in the East Coast Bubble.
    Some of the funniest things I’ve noticed (and my hubs has pointed out to me as a born and bred Buckeye) are the little language differences. He says acrost rather than across. Oh, and up to the lake is North while down to the river is South. And even after sixteen years (we met young!), he still gets a kick out of my southern y’alls and tarreds.
    That’s tired for those of you wondering!
    I’ll have to check back for more comments…this is a hoot!

  21. Heather says:

    I actually just made a post about this on my blog. I live in a suburb of Dallas, Texas. I do NOT ride a horse, wear a cowboy hat, have missing front teeth, or talk like a hick. My friends may disagree on that last one, because they seem to think I have the strongest Texas accent of them all, but I definitely don’t talk how Texans are portrayed on TV.

  22. Alyce says:

    I live in Oregon and other stereotypes besides that it rains all the time are: that everyone wears flannel, is a logger or a cowboy and rides horses. My dad has always worked in a sawmill, and looking back at pictures of family reunions at Christmas we were all dressed in our very best plaid flannel. Seriously. Now that I am an adult I no longer own anything flannel. πŸ™‚ And for the record I have never ridden a horse.

  23. maudie-mae says:

    I live in Washington State and the assumption is that the whole state is Seattle, or that the whole state is green (I live in the desert).

  24. TransitionGirl says:

    I’m from Singapore and when I was doing my BA in the US, people used to always ask if I spoke English (Yes, very well), if monkeys roamed the streets freely (only in the zoo & nature park), and if Singapore was part of China (nope.)

  25. Lisa says:

    I am from California and everyone assumes we live at the beach, have great tans, blonde hair and eat tofu. Well, I live closer to the mountains, I am almost always very un-tan, I have natural black hair(starting to get grey!) and I hate tofu!
    What a great idea Dad for the blog post!

  26. Kristin says:

    Well, I am an Oklahoman, and we all know how we can be perceived (country bumpkin-y), but why do the local news stations have to perpetuate the stereotype?! Without fail, at least once a newscast, someone will be interviewed whose teeth are less than “complete.” Always!

  27. Kim says:

    I live in Idaho…we are not all skinheads and we don’t eat potatoes all the time!
    However, this state has some of the most beautiful scenery and the nicest people ever! We love, love, love it here!
    We moved to Nebraska for 2 1/2 years and came back as soon as we could!
    I moved here from California 15 years ago where I was supposed to be blond, thin and have big boobs..I must have missed the boat, because I am/have none of those things!

  28. heidi says:

    i’m also from south orange county, ca. i had to laugh when i read alyssa’s list of answers… i have a few more…
    1. no, i don’t surf. (most people don’t – it’s CRAZY HARD!!) most people boogie board. foam board with a string that velcro’s to your wrist – you lay on it and ride the waves. totally awesome.
    2. yes, most of us say ‘dude’ pretty often. and ‘sweeeet’ and ‘niiiice’ and ‘gnarly’ and ‘chick’.
    3. mmm…smoothies… fish tacos…. mmmm… and MEXICAN FOOD!! oh, wanna know something ironic? walk into a chinese food restaurant and guess who’s in the kitchen? latinos! nothing against them – they’re lovely, sweet, hardworking people as a whole – but ironic to find latinos in a chinese restaurant! only here…
    4. mine are real, too, but so many in so.cal are NOT!! and lips and…well…you name it.
    5. about the selling the house for a million bucks… our house is 1400 sq. ft. and worth $800,000 easy. and we’re 20 min from the beach. shacks off pacific coast hwy in laguna beach (or relatively close)? you’re talkin’ 2-4 million. don’t even ask about waterfront mansions…
    oh…and just fyi… there are 3 five star hotels within only a few miles of each other on the coast and a 4th one going up. they’re always busy.
    just my 2cents!!

  29. Nancy says:

    First of all – Hi Rock’s Dad!!! This was a great idea!
    I’m in California. I’m in the northern central eastern-ish part of the state. Or the southern north eastern-ish part, depending on how you squint.
    We’re not LA or San Francisco. We think they’re just as, um… unusual as the rest of the country does. I haven’t put my feet in the ocean since, like, 1996. There’s sharks in there dude!
    Okay fine. I say dude. Whatever.
    Let’s see, what else do we do in Northern Central Easternish/ Southern North Easternish CA?
    Wine tasting. Check. And let me tell ya – it all tastes like grapes.
    Sushi? Absolutely. But only the cooked kind. Okay, some of my friends eat the raw stuff, but ew…
    We’re all democrats? Nope. It’s about a 50/50 split like the rest of the country. The last thing you want to bring up at a Northern Central Easternish/ Southern North Easternish CA barbeque is politics.
    Because who has that kind of time?
    And let’s just talk about California Pizza Kitchen. When my husband lived in Maryland in the early 1990’s, his friends there took him to CPK. He had no clue what any of it was supposed to be. We didn’t have anything like that AT ALL at the time. At the time I think CPK was headquartered somewhere back east.
    Reminds me of when a friend of our’s had a German exchange student. We got her a German Chocolate cake. Complete with the coconut/pecan frosting. She had no idea what it was. Apparently they don’t have German Chocolate Cake in Germany.
    Who knew?

  30. Linds says:

    I grew up in South Africa, and the kids I teach here now all assume I lived in a ronadvel (mud hut) and had lions outside the door. If I mention high-tech /skyscrapers/ ultra modern details, they do not believe me. They also think I am lying, because I happen to be white skinned. This, might I add, says volumes about the modern practice of teaching Geography/Global ed!

  31. Char says:

    Oh, great idea for a post and comments!
    I grew up in CA, but no, I am not a blonde, nor have I ever surfed (although I did do a little “valley girl” speak back in the 80’s, even though I was most definitely NOT a valley girl, being from NORTHERN CA).
    Now, I live in Vegas… talk about misconceptions. No, we do not live in a casino, no we do not work in a casino, and yes, there ARE Christians in Las Vegas. Quite a few, actually!

  32. Marcy Massura-The Glamorous Life says:

    Oh Rocks Dad- this is a great idea!
    Okay I am a 3rd generation Orange County California native. Ya know California right? The Land of Fruits and Nuts as my husbands family in Chicago call it! Most of the assumptions ARE true. Lots of shallow, vain, credit rich and cash poor, botox loving, silocone implant buying, on the 3rd marriage moms out here. But it is not ALL that way. Actually lots of people assume I am from New York. (dark hair, wearing lots of black and I talk fast- perhaps a little pushy too. So that all fits THEIR cliche’s!)…..Oh and I did pay over a million for my house which would cost about $100,000 in North Carolina (I looked)….but hey we have Disneyland AND the beach…um, what more is there? Did I mention shallow?

  33. CcsMomma says:

    Oh, wow! I’m surprised at how many have commented and it’s the middle of the night when this post went up. Guess I’m not the only one who can’t sleep.
    I live in Pennsylvania. I guess that would techinically make me a Yankee (I am sooo southern at heart y’all. spent too much time there growing up.) The only stereotype I can think of is that northern Yankee one. You know, the one that says we’re stuck up, rude to outsiders and neighbors, and can’t cook. FYI-In my neck of the woods the people are as friendly as they come; the type that would help anyone, including a complete stranger. And believe me, these PA ladies can cook! Oh, my, my my.

  34. Liz C. says:

    Living in Idaho the last 8 years has played merry cob with my son’s phonetic ability. He’s nine, and didn’t speak until he was over three, so he’s basically an Idahoan when it comes to language.
    He lays his head on a “pellow”, things go on “sell”, and we’ve worked very hard to retain his genetic ability to pronounce “ing”, because everyone around us cannot–it’s “een.”
    Seen-een (singing), go-een (going), teetch-een (teaching), wahk-een (walking.) A good friend of mine is a voice teacher, and had one student dissolve in tears when she realized her complete inability to pronounce “ing” was holding her back from voice scholarships outside of Idaho.
    My boy, he’s getting better. The little girls are doing fine. My oldest daughter is still the only kid in Idaho who sings with a British accent (I think she channels Julie Andrews), but she’s just odd.
    Coming from Eastern Oregon, these stereotypes were encountered when I went to Portland State University, and were also true:
    I have eaten rattlesnake. It does not taste like chicken.
    We mountain people do not generally need a coat if it’s above zero. That’s still 32 degrees below freezing. Yes, I’m perfectly warm.
    Though my name is not Heidi, we did ski to the bus stop.
    I induldged in a few stereotypes, myself. When I moved to the Grande Ronde valley after leaving PSU, my goal was to date a redneck with a gunrack in his truck. I did, too–and learned that in each month of the year, there is *something* you can legally kill and eat in Oregon, and that there is such a thing as a redneck with a Master’s Degree.
    Of course, his Master’s Degree had to do with plywood. (Okay, “engineered lumber products.” I really never anticipated you could get a Master’s of Plywood, for real.)
    Shannon, tell your Daddy he’s a brilliant fellow–I’m having a blast reading the comments!!

  35. Mrs. F says:

    I live in California. No, I can not surf. Contrary to popular belief, the whole state is NOT ocean side. Geez. We actually have to travel to see the waves.

  36. Tracy says:

    I live in South Africa, in a large city! (Durban, East Coast) When I was travelling abroad a few years ago, people would assume that we had lions, tigers etc in our back garden. A couple of years later a friend from the UK came to visit and he hadnt been here for an hour when his mum texted him, to ask if he had seen any wild animals yet. We set up a photo shoot with my daughters toy elephant in our garden. Took the pic to make it look huge, and sent it to all his friends, saying this was Tracy’s garden. Most took it as a joke, but one emailed back wanting to know if that was an Indian or African elephant as it seemed to have characteristics of both! He was a bit upset when we told him the truth
    And just for the record, no, there are no wild animals in my town, apart from things like meerkats, and monkeys, but only in the outlying areas. Not everyone lives in a mudhut, and going around without clothes will get you arrested!

  37. Veronica @ Toddled Dredge says:

    I’m not sure that people know Ohio enough to even have stereotypes. I watched Jon Stewart’s show on TV when he was visiting Ohio, and it was full of snide implications that we were all rabid sports fans incapable of understanding irony or complexity. That was annoying.

  38. Lorraine says:

    Well, I spent years 1 – 13 in Jersey. and yup, the whole mafia thing… Well, i have an uncle up there, who is in construction but not the mafia (that we know of), and he totally seems like the type, ‘cept he’s not Italian. but to hear him say “fogittabtit” sounds erie. My dad always said that New Jersey was a great place, to be from. I agree.
    I spent the rest of my childhood and way to much of my adult life in southern MD. SMIBs – Southren Maryland InBreds. Oh yea. This is one stereotype that is well deserved. I once saw a rusted out pickup truck with copy paper bumper stickers taped to the back. not kidding.
    Where I live now… Lets just say the my town has the rep of being the Ghetto of the area. I’d say not true, but…. we’ve had way too many wierdos commiting crime on the news lately. They are rehabbing the downtown area though, and trying to clean up that image.

  39. Beth/Mom2TwoVikings says:

    Everyone from Michigan grew up in Detroit area…NOT!
    No one lives outside Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties (the metro Detroit area) unless they’re in Lansing (our capital) or go to a state university (Ann Arbor, East Lansing, Kalamazoo, Ypsilanti, Marquette, etc.)
    Those people in the Upper Peninsula aren’t *really* Michiganders…and those “trolls” who live “under the (Mackinac) Bridge” are just tourists, “fudgies”, or looking for a vacation home.
    Everyone from the state of Michigan IS NOT a University of Michigan fan! There ARE other universities here, for pete’s sake.

  40. Amy says:

    I am from Boston. I use my directional signals when driving and I pronounce (most of) my R’s. Bostonians are perceived as not too friendly, and true to the stereotype, I have a hard time looking people I don’t know in the eye and I am a private person…so this comes across as unfriendly I guess. We hate change and are proud of our history.
    And for the record, most do not “Pahk their cahs in Hahvahd Yahd”… we take the “T” because pahking is too much trouble! πŸ˜‰

  41. Amy says:

    I am from Boston. I use my directional signals when driving and I pronounce (most of) my R’s. Bostonians are perceived as not too friendly, and true to the stereotype, I have a hard time looking people I don’t know in the eye and I am a private person…so this comes across as unfriendly I guess. We hate change and are proud of our history.
    And for the record, most do not “Pahk their cahs in Hahvahd Yahd”… we take the “T” because pahking is too much trouble! πŸ˜‰

  42. Amy says:

    Whoops, sorry for the double post- there was an error when I hit “post”! and I only hit it once! 😦

  43. Tara says:

    Another MinneSNOWtan here. Not the first one – shoot!
    Well, I grew up in a Minneapolis suburb, and I’d say many of the stereotypes are considered for people “up north”, such as:
    knowing how to hunt and fish from birth (I have never shot anything bigger than a BB gun, although I fished a few lakes in my day. My uncle is an avid ice fisherman, if that counts.)
    Of course, it IS as cold as they say (and they never cancel school for 20 feet of snow, just for maybe -75 degree windchill and that’s all), although the summers can get VERY hot and sticky (all the lakes, remember?), so your blood never regulates to the temperature like it does in, say, Florida or I don’t know, Iceland.
    March is known as the “snowiest month” but it can snow 10 inches or more in the middle of April.
    We have used the A/C and the heat on the same day before. Spring and Fall in Minnesota especially. Cool mornings and evenings, but warm afternoons. You learn to dress in layers.
    “I survived the Halloween Blizzard of ’91.” (And have all the cavities to prove it!)
    There IS an accent, although I am convinced I never developed one or have since lost it (I’m currently living on the East Coast), and I never actually “heard” the Minnesota accent until I moved away and then went back home for a visit. I LOVE hearing it now and miss it terribly.
    Another stereotype: everyone is Lutheran. Which is mostly true, except for the diversity in the Cities (Mpls/St.Paul). Actually, there were more Jewish people who attended my school than anything else. (Half the school would be absent on Rash Hashanah and whatnot, no lie.) But everyone else is pretty much Lutheran. Except me, I’m Baptist. At least, a Christian who attends a Baptist church.
    Yes, the mosquito is the unofficial Minnesota state bird. They’ve enjoyed their share of my blood, that’s for sure!
    One thing I noticed even over the last year, is that Minnesotans all say “Ya know…” ALL THE TIME! They don’t even give it a thought.
    Minnesotans wear shorts once the temperature hits 45 degree. Come on, HEAT WAVE. (I’m guilty.)
    Our poor Dairy Queen closes most of the year…but that doesn’t stop any ice cream lover from breaking out the rocky road in the dead of January!
    SNOW football, ’nuff said
    Everyone owns a snowmobile and there are always tracks along the ditches of the highways. SO fun!
    Everybody eats lutifisk. Here’s the truth. NOBODY eats lutifisk. My mom loves the stuff though, and enters lutifisk-eating contests just to get free fish soaked in lye! She’s a true Norwegian! I’m…just blond.
    Now LEFSA, on the other hand. Bring it on with plenty of butter and brown sugar!!! My mom even owns a real lefsa griddle. And a few other Norwegian food appliances as well. Homemade is the best!
    It is called HOTDISH, not casserole.
    Oh, and POP. Not soda. Not Coke. Not soda-pop. I don’t care if we are MinneSOTA. And I never even tried sweet tea until I was 25 years old! (I can hear a collective, “Poor thing…” Eh. I think maybe I had to grow up with it to like it.)
    Not y’all. It’s, you GUYS. Regardless of gender or age.
    Duck Duck GRAY DUCK, not Duck Duck Goose. (And yes, that one is weird, but I’m sticking with it.)
    And, for the record, I did NOT vote for Jesse Ventura. But I had a lot of friends who did! It was my first legal election, i fact!
    Hair conditioner is a MUST in the winter. Fly-away hair is a given. All you curly sue’s would appreciate a Minnesota winter just for that. No frizzy. Mine just goes flat and sticks to my face and chin.
    Everybody (except my family) owns a cabin up north. Ya know, I was SO deprived, you guys!!!!
    My relatives actually say, “Uff-Da!” and mean it. My grandma especially.
    I joined the cross country ski team in high school. One year it didn’t snow a whole month into the season. We were stumped!
    Ok, I better stop now before I get yelled at. This is just scratching the surface. Since living in Minnesota, I moved to Maryland and met my husband, who is from West Virginia! But he is NOT a redneck. Has a few redneck relatives, though, that’s for sure!!!!!

  44. Lysa TerKeurst says:

    I live in North Carolina where we like a little tea with our sugar… or shugahhh as some would say.
    We’re always fixin’ to go somewhere or do something. But before we go, we are sure to use our essential hair product that comes in a tall red can called, “Big Sexy Hair.”
    No matter how things turn out with our hair, we never talk ugly about each other in these here parts. You can say anything you want about anybody and it doesn’t count as ugly as long as you follow it up with “bless her heart.”
    “Aunt Betty must have singed her bangs when she was fixin’ to make some fried Okra and they got all nappy lookin’, bless her heart. At least she’s got her Big Sexy Spray to keep them in their full and upright position.”
    And that just pretty much sums things up here.

  45. Liz says:

    I’m originally from Ohio, and my worse fears were realized that I was a hick when there were TRACTORS in my high school parking lot.
    Literally my school was in the middle of a corn field.

  46. Emily says:

    I’m from Ohio, The Home of The Ohio State University. And I have no idea what the rest of the country would stereotypically think of us? πŸ™‚ Ok, yes we are a little obsessed with a little school in Columbus.

  47. klutzymama says:

    I live in Indiana. I guess the biggest assumption people make about Hoosiers is that we’re all corn farmers. And that we are all fanatical about basketball. Well the basketball thing is true. And we do have a lot of corn farmers, but we have other people too, like doctors and lawyers and such. πŸ™‚

  48. Jeromy says:

    I’m Tara’s (above) husband and I’m West Virginia. I know you think this will be the best one yet but let me first say that the people in my state are not all like the stereotype (I guess that is what make is a stereotype). Actually, when someone sees another person that is the epitome of the stereotype, they shake their head in shame and realize why the rest of the country thinks we’re all like that. I plan to only include those stereotypes that I have witnessed as true at least once and those that do not cruelly play games with someone else’s hardship. Ok, so here goes:
    -Fourteen cars in your yard and none of them work. I have an uncle that collects old, rusty cars (Edsel, Plymouth, etc) and he actually moves them from place to place when he relocates.
    -A half-dozen or more dogs living under your back porch. I think they like it under there because the dirt is cool to lay on. We had a Pomeranian once that loved it under there!
    -The bib overalls with nothing underneath. This guys makes us all sick when he comes around. I think I got a flash of some tighty-whitey’s once so it’s not all true!
    -The outhouse in the back yard. Sad but true: If someone lives where they will not run city water, they have to do something, right?
    -The Pepperoni Roll. It’s like a hot roll with a stick of pepperoni in it. These things will stay fresh longer than the twinkie because of all the “natural” oils in them. Sortof like amber reserving a beetle for thousands of years, West Virginians will be fresh a lot longer than most of the world.
    -Ramps. They’re a wild growing leek/onion type plant that smells really really bad but people flood the woods in March/April to dig these and they actually have Ramp Fest’s to celebrate the smelliness. Growing up, the motto in my home was, “Eat at least one so you can’t smell everyone one else.”
    -Smokers. Everyone and their brother smokes in West Virginia. It’s crazy, I tell you. When cigarettes become $5 a pack, you’ll find West Virginians who will trade rent money for one more puff with Joe Camel.
    West Virginia

  49. Anne says:

    I’m often called a Yankee by anyone south of Pennsylvania. I suppose it just comes with the territory:o). Another thing I’m (sometimes) called is Amish. Not everyone in Pennsylvania is Amish!

  50. Kristin says:

    I’m originally from Maine. I often get asked if I eat/ate a lot of lobster. Nope. My Dad didn’t even like it. (And we lived a few hundred miles from the coast…yes, there is more to Maine than the coast!) I get asked about the blizzard conditions of our winters. They are cold with lots of snow, but not as bad as some states. I get asked why I don’t have an accent. Only a very small part of the coast actually has an accent. Oh…and I’m not joking…after telling people I was from Maine, I actually got asked if that was part of Canada.

  51. Cassie says:

    I’m from Alabama. A very country part of Alabama for that matter. I don’t hunt but everyone else in my community does. My BFF would take hunting trips with her mother and grandmother and I used to think it was the weirdest thing ever that they all went hunting and left the guys at home ha. I don’t eat deer meat (unless I’m tricked, which I have been before) but another good friend of mine’s family owns a deer processing place down the street from my old house. I do run around barefoot a lot, though almost never outside haha.

  52. catnip says:

    I grew up in Maine. We are a state, not part of Canada. I can’t tell you how many people think that!
    No, we don’t eat lobster every day! We don’t even all *gasp* live on the coast! Maine is a big state people, someone has to live inland.
    Also, yes we get a lot of snow in the winter, but I promise you it gets hot in the summer too!
    The funniest assumption I have to refute? We all really do have running water and toilets that flush!

  53. Carolyn F says:

    *Waves* to Cindy, also from NC.
    1. I do NOT like sweet tea.
    2. I do NOT like grits.
    Those are two I think get said about many southerners.

  54. Becky says:

    Well, I’m from Tennessee! There are so many stereotypes that come with that! One that really really bugs me is that because I have a Southern (okay, real Southern) accent that I can’t possibly be a smart person! I do NOT hunt, I do NOT wear overalls, I don’t live on a farm (that would be fun), and I am not missing any teeth. I love sweet Tea and am full of Souther hospitality. And, I will say that I love to go barefoot (even when I was pregnant). πŸ™‚
    Great idea Rocks Dad!!!

  55. Maria says:

    Great question!
    I live in Pennsylvania, but grew up in St. Louis, MO and came here via Chicago and Minneapolis. I also lived in Guadalajara, Mexico and upstate New York during college.
    Depending on where you are living, people have different stereotypes and different expectations where you came from. In Minneapolis, we were from down south. In Chicago, we weren’t from far away. In Pennsylvania we are from somewhere West (people have actually thought we lived next to California in St. Louis – I had to explain it was a few days’ drive to actually get to California). I have also lived in Mexico, where we were Yankees and New York, which was similar to Pennsylvania in what they thought about us.
    Now some of the funny things we discovered as observers in a lot of different cities.
    – In Chicago, some people really sound like the SNL comedy skit about “da bears.” It is a nice mix of fast-paced city with a Midwest feel. The Chicago-style pizza is just different in Chicago and it is good – very calorie filled, but good.
    – In Minnesota, there accents are VERY strong. It took me a while to adjust to them. People do really drive on lakes in the winter because it is so cold. People are often very nice, but also very guarded and it can be difficult to make friends.
    – In Pennsylvania, when you ask someone if they grew up around here, unless they grew up in the zip code you are now, they say no. A typical response is “No, I grew up about 10 miles away.” I have to laugh because in my mind, that’s around here. There are a lot of people who have lived in different places and have found their way back to here (we’re just north of Philly).
    – I assume for outsiders, St. Louis can be a lot like Minnesota in the way that people are kind, but already have their set communities and it can be difficult to break through. We still consider it home and hope to make it back someday.

  56. Jen says:

    *ahem* Australia. And no, we don’t have crocodiles walking down the street, or kangaroos for pets, we have t.v, phones, cars and indoor plumbing, the country is a WHOLE lot bigger than people think… no I don’t know Steve from Sydney… which, by the way, is not our capital city… and we don’t all speak and dress like Steve Irwin or the girls from Kath and Kim.

  57. Maria says:

    One more quickie – on the East coast most people we know really think we grew up on a farm or just removed from a farm. They are surprised to know we have no farm experience and grew up in a regular city, just in Missouri.

  58. Krista says:

    I live in Massachusetts and everyone assumes that I:
    – drive like a maniac
    – talk like this: “Pahk the cah in the habah yahd.”
    – I am a huge blue-statey liberal.
    – am a cold and unfriendly snob.
    Well, with the last one…I really a reserved, quiet person, so people assume that the quiet, introvertedness that I am is all that snobby exterior.
    But I don’t have road rage and I don’t call my aunts ‘arnts’ or say wadah and soder. πŸ˜› And I’m definitely a conservative.

  59. megan says:

    I am a born and raised Texan living in France. It is assumed that I am American from the first French word I speak! People ask me first if I live in New York, and when I tell them I’m from Texas they ask if I love George W.
    Contrary to stereotype, the French like Americans and are always interested to talk with us. In our two years here, we haven’t had one anti-American encounter!

  60. Kim says:

    Hmm, I’m not sure what the sterotype is for Pennsylvania. I live outside of Philly (that’s short for Philadelphia) where our vocabulary includes such words as Yo to greet people and when ordering a steak sandwich you ask for it with or with out. (you’d be talking about cheese).
    Shannon – On a side note I’m back in business. My URL has changed tho. Thanks for checking in on me!

  61. Jeana says:

    Well, if we say we live near Dallas, the first thing people do is start humming the theme song to the old TV show. (Dallas was the name of the show, for you young ‘uns.) If we simply say Texas, they ask if we live on a ranch and own horses, and if it’s like a desert where we live. Parts of Texas are desert, but not all. When we say no, they often ask if we know any astronauts.
    No, we don’t.

  62. Sarah P says:

    G’day from Australia.
    I have never wrestled a crocodile!
    There really are no kangaroos hopping down main street. There are, unfortunately however, possums in the rafters! (Imagine huge rats on steroids that are a protected species…grrr)
    If I lived in Melbourne, an Australian from another State could make me an artistic, coffee drinking, movie critic. However, I live in the Yarra Valley, an outer eastern suburb of Melbourne – 1hr drive east. It is a well known grape growing region (at least to other Aussies anyway) but I have never toured the vineyards, and I don’t own a 4WD.
    As for putting shrimps on the barbie, never have, and Aussies call shrimps: prawns.

  63. Capri K says:

    We are from Michigan and to give folks a visual, we used to say “the Detroit area”.(While pointing to the location on our hand, as all good Michiganders do!)
    I think people had the idea that we carried guns and knew how to handle ourselves!
    Now we say the “Ann Arbor area”. University town verses crime ridden, drug infested city? Wins hands down!
    BTW, it’s total suburbia here, no “city” to be found!

  64. We are THAT family says:

    I was born and raised in Texas. Everyone assumes I talk with a strong ‘twang’ (southern accent). I don’t. I am highly dignified.
    And everyone assumes, we wear cowboy boots down here.
    We only wear them to the Rodeo.
    We moved around for the first 10 years of our marriage. My first child was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I couldn’t believe how many people thought it was only a Spanish speaking state and was a part of Mexico.
    Hellllooooo, New Mexico is in the Union.
    Oh, and can you send your Dad over here, I’ve got some ideas, that I need to bounce off him!

  65. Slacker Mom says:

    Ah, I am from Georgia. I hate the idea that people think there are a bunch of ‘rednecks’ here. (And then there are the people who think its a sunburn to the neck!)There are not. Just like every state, we have a diverse population of residents. Our past times do not involve going out and tipping cows either. We don’t all play the Banjo (although my Dad plays any and all stringed instruments) and the people in North Georgia are not like those creepy creatures from the movie Deliverance.
    What we are though is something better. We are friendly – we will smile at you if we pass you on the sidewalk. We love college football and the Braves, even when they are losing. We will always pitch in to help a neighbor in their hour of need. We love our friends and neighbors from the North. (I married a Nebraskan and didn’t get kicked out of the state!) We don’t fret around all day like Scarlett O’Hara and I have NEVER made anything out of a pair of curtains. πŸ™‚

  66. Judy says:

    Native Texan here…I had big hair in the 80’s, but I don’t think that was a Texas thang, y’all. I have never owned a horse, but my in-laws have four and a donkey. There is an overabundance of pick up trucks around here, and in fact, we owned one up until a couple of months ago. To trade in the pick up for something OTHER than a pick up was a BIG DECISION! You can find the BEST BBQ here and no one makes salsa like South Texas restaurants (we once ate Mexican food in Louisiana and I promise you that the salsa was actually spaghetti sauce! Ew!).
    While we don’t typically see “cowboys” around, we were at Schlitterbahn the other day and saw a dude in the water with his straw cowboy hat on…my son got all excited and wanted to find his horse! Leave it to a three year old…
    And, as said in a similar comment, we do have Go Texan Day – it usually centers around an event like the county fair and rodeo. It is a SCHOOL HOLIDAY. We’re serious about our heritage.
    I grew up being told that the Texas flag can fly at the same height as the American flag because Texas was an independent republic before joining the US. However, ANY state flag can be flown at the same level as the US flag, provided it is on its own pole and the US flag is given a placement of honor (i.e. to the right of the other flag). When flown on the same pole, the US flag flies on top.
    Wow, who knew this would turn into a flag lesson?

  67. Jenni S. says:

    I live on Michigan (didn’t grow up here) and people often think 3 things – terrible drivers (mostly true!), everyone works for one of the Big Three car companies (partly true, though there’s more diversity than you’d expect), freezing cold winters (never truer).
    However, what they don’t know is that the summers are gorgeous and everyone travels north for vacation. And if you’ve ever seen it up there, you’d understand why. The terrain is beautiful.

  68. Toblerone @ Simple Mom says:

    We are Americans who live overseas, so we hear the craziest ideas about us. We’re uber-rich, we’re loud, we have huge cars, we work for the CIA, we only know English, we hate every other country, we love George W.
    And then when they hear we’re specifically from Texas, it’s all over – we’re cowboys, we ride horses everywhere, we wear boots, we go to backyard barbecues with the Bushes.
    From other Americans, they’re usually surprised I don’t have a southern accent. Most Texans from Austin don’t, but people are still surprised when they find out I’m Texan.

  69. kcjayhawk says:

    i live in kansas. i once had someone ask me if i rode a cow to school. i live in a suburb of kansas city. i had never even seen a cow up close until i had kids.

  70. Teri says:

    I grew up & live in Northeast Indiana in a rural community.
    Let’s see, everyone not from this area thinks we all know some german because of the Amish. Not true. For the record, we call their dialect, Slop Bucket Dutch.
    We’re all farmers. My grandfather was & my husband’s grandfather was but we aren’t. We all drive pick-ups, hunting & fishing are the main source of entertainment, which is true to a point for some but not all. I do drive a Durango but only because my husband decided he didn’t want me getting stuck in the snow. We only listen to country music. Not true.
    Corn, cows, and Bobby Knight are all our heros. Again. Not true. Can’t stand corn, hate it in the fall when the farmer across the road cuts it & my house fills up with dust & chaff. Cows are not cute cuddly creatures. They smell and yes, one night as a teen I did get a little trashed & we went cow tipping but only once! And Bobby Knight?!?! Please. I’m a Purdue Fan. I have never been to the Indy 500 Race. Sane people avoid Indy that weekend.
    Now for a bit of truth. Yes, there is a large FFA chapter at our local high school. That’s Future Farmers of America for those who don’t know. And yes, it’s true that one day a year the guys drive the tractors in & park them in front of the school. But not my kids. I homeschool & the only John Deere we own is the lawn mower.

  71. Andi says:

    I don’t know if there are any big stereotypes about St. Louis, where I grew up & currently live. I can tell you if you grew up in St. Louis & meet someone else who also grew up here, the first question you will ask is, “Where did you go to high school?” If you don’t ask it first the other person will.
    I went to college at KU in Lawrence, Kansas. Lawrence was not a hick farm town. It was an amazing town with a huge arts community and fairly liberal mindset. It’s completely unlike the rest of Kansas.
    And, from there I moved to Jersey City, New Jersey- right outside of New York City. It’s supposed to be a hotbed of terrorisim, and sure enough, one night my husband & I were watching Dateline & the reporter was in Jersey City, filming right around the corner from us at a cell phone store- it was owned by a former arms dealer. Lovely.

  72. amy c says:

    I was born in Tennessee, where Andrew Johnson and Andrew Jackson and Davy Crockett came from. We don’t all wear coon skin caps (that’s raccoon), most all of us have all of our teeth, we don’t sit around all day makin’ moonshine and fightin’ with revenuers. We are volunteers like our state nickname- we reach out and help. We are southern, enjoy sweet tea, say ya’ll and phrases as β€œfixin’ to” (which implies we are about to do something), and β€œsupper” (which is the evening meal).

  73. Fuzzytop says:

    I grew up in Arizona (Phoenix area) and the biggest stereotype, which is sadly true, is that it is HOT HOT HOT there….
    I’ve lived in Tennessee for almost three years now, and when I told my people at work I was moving, someone said to me “… hmmmmmm, Tennessee, 3 million people and not one good set of teeth…” Well I have seen some major league dental ugliness here, so there is, unfortunately, some truth to the stereotype. But on the plus side, people here tend to be much more connected to their communities and families than in Arizona, where everyone is a recent transplant from somewhere else.

  74. lisa (lost pezhead) says:

    this is a really fun post. mmmm….well i’ve lived quite a lot of places and being originally from South Carolina, I enjoyed the Southern views people gave. We’ve been in Ohio now going on 5 years and besides absolutly loving the Columbus area….one thing is true, football. I’ve never lived somewhere where football is religion!! It is really fun (and I really don’t enjoy football). The city pretty much shuts down on game day . . . everyone is wearing scarlet and grey (if you go grocery shopping on game day you better be decked out in your buckeye gear). The midwest is so friendly (more so than the South I have to say . . . which can be rather clicky (is that spelled right)?

  75. A&EMom says:

    I’m from Oklahoma, live in a large city, and have only seen tepees in museums. We have cows and cowboys, but not so much here in the city.
    We cringe every time it storms. If there’s a tornado, the news is sure to find Bubba Joe in his wife-beater t-shirt standing toothless in front of where his tin trailer used to be. No doubt CNN will pick it up and there’s Anderson Cooper with Bubba Joe representing all of Oklahoma for the world. Fabulous.

  76. Kira says:

    I live in Las Vegas. Which means that I eat at buffets every night, live in a casino and am teaching my three young children how to properly play blackjack. – Riiiiiiiiight – πŸ˜‰

  77. Linds says:

    I’m from Iowa, many, many people have said, “That’s where they grow potatoes right?” When they realize that they’re mixing Iowa with Idaho they ask me if I live in a cornfield.

  78. JanMary, N Ireland says:

    Lived in N Ireland for all but 1 year of my life. No,
    I don’t live in a thatched cottage
    I don’t do irish dancing
    I don’t have red hair (but my son does)
    I don’t drink Guiness (I prefer diet coke)
    but you probably do all think I have a cute accent (but I don’t think so!)
    Well done your Dad on a great idea for a post. When does his blog start?

  79. SEUSSGIRL says:

    Growing up in Central PA, there are a lot of assumptions about the Amish and just general hickishness (hey, we do close schools on the first day of deer season!). When I went to school in Virginia for a year, everyone compared weird sayings that you never realize are localized. For instance, we say it’s “a quarter till” when we’re saying it’s 9:45 or whatnot. The older generation says “You’uns” and Philly people say “you’s”.
    I hope your dad enjoys all the comments!

  80. The Bargain Shopper Lady says:

    I gew up in Texas as well! We just moved to New England and everyone here thinks I wear Cowboy boots and hats! I do own them but as someone stated, for State Fair Day or Go Texan Day.
    I grew up in Houston and we do have, THE BEST MEXICAN FOOD, great shopping, Beth Moore and some kickin good preachers who will grow your love for God into a huge TEXAS size love!
    I don’t miss the galleria traffic ya’ll!
    ~The Bargain Shopper Lady

  81. lisa (lost pezhead) says:

    Shannon I hope this comment is okay…
    Megan who was about comment #4…yeah, I don’t know if that is your blog you write or what, but devoting an entire blog to criticizing the LDS faith (mormons) is just sad. Especially to link it on this Rocks in my Dryer blog, which is a nice friendly mom type blog – it’s just not appropriate.

  82. Jolyn says:

    I grew up in Kansas and have since lived in seven different states and two different countries in my adult life.
    People assume that I have seen lots of tornadoes — I never saw a single one. (We go downSTAIRS, people.)
    People assume it is completely flat, which it is in Western Kansas but not in eastern. Ever hear of the Flint Hills? I have seen many, many beautiful things in this world, and there is a certain majestic beauty to them thar hills, people.
    People HAVE to make Wizard of Oz jokes. It’s like a compulsion. I never saw the movie until I was an adult.
    People assume it’s boring in Kansas. Granted, it is not exactly a tourist destination. But a large contingent of my mom’s cousins migrated to the country of Southern California over 20 years ago, yet more often THEY are the ones visiting Kansas and not the other way around! People ask them, “Don’t you get bored there?” They say, not with our family! Kansas MAY be boring, but the people rock!

  83. Veggiemomof2 says:

    I grew up south of StLouis, Mo & I hate that anytime my county is on the news for something..they seem to find someone to talk to who is missing teeth, in a ratty housecoat, w/their hair in curlers who “seen” it all!
    I swear it looks like we have a whole county full of rednecks!

  84. Shelly W. says:

    I live outside of Chicago, and I’d say the stereotypes are rather minimal (although our Governor is doing his best to label us the most stupid, liberal state in the union). BUT, when I travel overseas, people still think Al Capone lives. It’s so funny that the gangster image from the 1920’s and 30’s is still around. Chicago is nothing like that. It’s one of the most beautiful cities in the country. There are lots of fun things to do here and the people are great. Sure, the weather pretty much stinks for six months of the year, but for the other six months it’s glorious (like today!).

  85. Laura says:

    I have lived in Texas all but 3 years of my life. I was born on the Llano Estacado just like the song that you’ve probably never heard. Everyone talks about how flat and boring it is there, but I loved it very very much. I also lived in North Texas which everyone associates with Dallas, but we lived in a town of less than 500 on the border of Oklahoma. I’ve lived in Austin, which really is weird just like the bumper stickers. I also have lived in the Rio Grande Valley, which is a lot like Mexico in some ways. I’ve also lived in St. Louis. The people there seem to be known for driving in the “downtown” lane. That means that they drive in the left lane no matter how slow they want to drive, and it really is annoying. They also call I44, I Farty-far. Very odd. And I’ve lived in Minnesota where my Texas accent was quite misplaced. While working in a store someone asked me if our store had an flags. The “a” in minnesota isn’t pronounced the same as in Texas and I showed her every snowflake (I thought she said flake) in our little shop. She probably thought I was a flake.

  86. Lora Lynn says:

    I’m from Alabama. My accent isn’t as thick as some, and when we lived in DC for 8 years, it definitely wasn’t that strong. I remember seeing the looks on people’s faces once they’d talked to me for awhile and THEN learned where I was from. They were shocked that anyone from there would come across “the line” and not be immediately recognizable by the tan lines and twang. I did have a tendency to go without shoes, though, which is a dead give away.
    Now we’re back in the southland and, I have to admit, it’s nice to be here. People are just NICE.

  87. Heather says:

    I grew up in NC but traveling with the military over the years have lost the thickness of the accent that I once had. When people ask me where I’m from and I say NC, they assume one of two things, depending on what they know of NC. One, that I must love college basketball. This one is oh so true. Second, that I am of redneck heritage and must have been happy to get out of there. The first part of that, sort of true. The latter part is not, I’m itching to get back there!

  88. Tammy H. says:

    I was born in Alabama and have lived here most of my life. We do not eat possum and drive on dirt roads. We DO have beautiful neighborhoods that are not trailers. We love antiques and all things southern. In Alabama you must declare your love for either the Tide or the Tigers at a young age. We take our college football seriously! πŸ™‚ Our kids must say “mam” or “sir” – We still say it as adults to people older than us. We do love hunting and fishing, but we play golf and tennis too.

  89. Melissa says:

    I’m a Kentucky-born southern girl, now transplanted to Florida. Because I’m from KY, people assume my family tree doesn’t branch, but that’s not true! Why, my momma was one of 17 children (10 from her momma and 7 from her daddy)…and not all of ’em from the same momma and daddy, so my family tree has PLENTY of branches!! KY kids call their parents momma (or mommy) and daddy longgggg after their parents have passed away.
    Because I now live in FL, people assume that I’m not “really” southern. Florida, at least where I live, is actually very southern, with rednecks, pickup trucks and lots of hunters. Our guys just hunt wild hogs rather than deer.
    People also assume that I have a tan, which I don’t. My least favorite misconception is that we all live on island time. I actually once had a bumper sticker that said “Take it easy on me, I’m a local”. Some of us actually are in a hurry and are prompt to appointments.

  90. Gettysburg Mom says:

    Hello all. I’m orinally from Upstate New York. When I say that do you think Westchester County, right above NYC? Because, I mean up-up-up-upstate NY. That part right below Canada. I’ve had people ask if I’ve ever seen a tree before or what it’s like in NYC. Ummm… I’m from the Adirondacks- A SIX MILLION ACRE STATE PARK- YEAH, I’VE SEEN A TREE! It’s a big state out there beyond the city…

  91. noname says:

    I grew up in the Piedmont of NC. Morgan Freeman played a character from NC in one of his movies, Kiss the Girls, maybe(?) and I’m telling you. We don’t all talk like that! NC hosts many versions of ‘southern’ from your gun toting, hay chewing, tobacco spitting redneck to your prim and proper southern belle. And everything in between. The way we’re portrayed in the movies is often more hilarious than correct. We really do give directions by landmark however. Like, ‘go on down the road and take a left by the old stump and then when you see the fork in the road, bear left. Turn by Old Man so and so’s farm. He’s the one with the rickety fence, not the chicken wire contraption fence. ….’
    I never thought much about it until I moved to Iowa where everyone gives directions by North, South, East and West. I’ve had to stop people and flat ask, is that a left or right before. Or ask for landmarks. Iowans tend to look at me like I’m stupid when I do that, and they can’t follow MY directions (because I don’t use the N-S-E-W thing).

  92. Helen says:

    I live in Georgia but I am from the east coast of Canada.
    Here are some answers to questions we have had since moving here…
    -We drive on the right hand side of the road
    -We celebrate Christmas on December 25th
    -We have our own government.
    -We are not American. We are actually quite different.
    -We have summer and for most of the country our winters are not that much colder than most of the States.
    -We don’t all speak French.
    -Wearing a hooded sweat shirt with shorts is totally acceptable.
    -we say bathroom or washroom, not restroom
    -it’s a chocolate bar, not a candy bar
    -not everyone is gay or a lesbian but most who are not would gladly have them as neighbours.
    -not everyone plays hockey! but 4 out of 5 gals have dated someone who does!!
    -NOT EVERYONE SAYS EH!!! I have never said it in my whole entire life!!!

  93. tas says:

    I am sitting here tryin to think on how Canadians are stereotyped. This classic commercial came to mind. Credit is due to Molson Canadian Beer.
    Hey, I’m not a lumberjack, or a fur trader….
    I don’t live in an igloo or eat blubber, or own a dogsled….
    and I don’t know Jimmy, Sally or Suzy from Canada,
    although I’m certain they’re really really nice.
    I have a Prime Minister, not a president.
    I speak English and French, not American.
    And I pronounce it ‘about’, not ‘a boot’.
    I can proudly sew my country’s flag on my backpack.
    I believe in peace keeping, not policing,
    diversity, not assimilation,
    and that the beaver is a truly proud and noble animal.
    A toque is a hat, a chesterfield is a couch,
    and it is pronounced ‘zed’ not ‘zee’, ‘zed’ !!!!
    Canada is the second largest landmass!
    The first nation of hockey!
    and the best part of North America
    My name is Joe!!
    And I am Canadian!!!

  94. Stephanie says:

    Well, I was born and bred in Alabama, spent 20 years in New Mexico, and now live in North Carolina. And no, we aren’t military.
    It confuses most people. I think we’re unclassifiable.

  95. Hillary says:

    I’m from Washington State, and besides most people not ever realizing there is an eastern side of the state that completely differs from the coastal side, I have actually encountered people from the East Coast who honestly believed we still had no electricity or indoor toilets. They were dead serious.
    Another assumption is that we’re all constantly buzzed from the copious amounts of coffee we consume, diarrhetic from all the apples we eat, and that all we wear are flannel shirts and Birkenstocks.

  96. Rebecca says:

    Nobody’s posted yet from West Virginia, so I’ll speak up to defend our poorly thought of state…
    I’m a native of this state; have never lived elsewhere. Nevertheless, not only do I have shoes and wear them, but I have many pairs of them. I’ve never tasted moonshine, nor known someone who has. I’m not married to a cousin and don’t know anyone else married to their relatives either. Although since you asked for the bits of truth, I will say that in my lineage there are occasional cousin marriages, but this was during the 1800s.
    I’m well-educated, with a post-graduate degree, and I don’t stand out as unusual or anything for this… Yes, we do have a lot of poverty, yes we have some uneducated and illiterate people, but what state doesn’t?
    Yes, we may talk “funny” to you, but guess what? You talk funny to us. πŸ™‚ And our dialect may make us sound to you like we’re “ignorant” and can’t speak proper English, but actually our dialect is merely an archaic form of Scotch-Irish English, a much purer form of the original English language than what the rest of America speaks.

  97. jennielynn says:

    Dude, I am, like, totally from California, and it’s sort of a bummer, you know, because, like, people think I should be blonde? Or at least have highlights? And I totally don’t? Plus I, like, have never had tofu? So, yeah, that’s,like, it?

  98. Minnesotamom says:

    Good idea, Shannon’s Dad!
    Being a Minnesotan, I live with the assumption that everyone here talks exactly like the movie “Fargo.” Not so. They speak in a highly exaggerated accent.
    Also, there are the “Sven & Ole” jokes, insinuating that those of Scandinavian descent are stupid. And whenever I’m not in the upper Midwest, I get made fun of when I say “out and about” (“oat and aboat”).
    Another stereotype is that we’re passive-aggressive, which is applicable to a lot of people (try merging in traffic…”Minnesota nice” goes away quickly). People in Chicago may drive 90, but they’re at least kind enough to let you merge.
    Then there’s the “Minnesota goodbye,” indicating that it takes an additional two hours to guide any guests from your living room to the front door and then to their car. Once they’re in, you follow them down the driveway, waving until they’re out of sight.

  99. crystal says:

    I live in Seattle, but I grew up in Hawaii. It bristles me when people say, “How does it feel to be back in the states now?” What?? Last time I checked, since about 1959, Hawaii IS a state! Then actually having people ask if I wore a grass skirt…..
    Then living in Seattle, there are a whole bunch of misconceptions, most of which are TRUE! Everyone up here wears birkenstocks (not true, now its Keen sandals), everyone shops at Whole Foods (TRUE), it rains alot (true for 3 months of the year), everyone are tree huggers ( TRUE)…. I could go on. The big secret here is that the summers are gorgeous. Most days are a perfect 75 with little humidity.

  100. Stacey @ Happy Are We says:

    Born and raised in California, moved to Oregon for college and stayed for 16 years.
    My family in California thought Oregonians were backwards, s-l-o-w, red-necked Republicans.
    Moved to Texas recently, and the people HERE thinks Oregonians are web-footed, tree-hugging, alternative-lifestyle-lovin’ Democrats.
    Looks like Oregon can’t get a break! (and boy, do I miss it desperately!)

  101. crystal says:

    Oh and I forgot to add….The above “is Hawaii a state” comment was made by someone from Oklahoma, which only adds to the perception of people from Oklahoma.

  102. Mommy Cracked says:

    I was born, raised, and still live here in Mississippi. What do people assume about us Mississippians? We’re rednecks, racists, “backwards”, illiterate, and we marry our kin.
    OK, so some of that might be true somewhere in our great state, but I guarantee you will also find friendly, family-oriented, ready-to-bend-over-backwards-to-help-you kind of people. We’re all about hospitality here. And culture? Are you kidding me? We’ve got B.B. King, Robert Johnson, The World Catfish Festival, Archie Manning, Ole Miss football and even Oprah herself was born and raised here. And when I think of how our great state rallied to overcome the horrors of Hurricane Katrina, it makes me proud to be a Mississippian.
    We do talk funny, but I am particularly endeared to our accents. It is not, however, a reflection of our intelligence. I promise. And we stopped wearing hoop skirts 10 years ago. But we do love our Mint Juleps.

  103. Tanya says:

    I’m originally a michigander who moved to OH after marriage then moved again to FL about 2 years ago. It’s true, MI drivers are terrible! FL is right up there. No, I did not grow up near Detroit. There are two (2) peninsulas in the state. I lived in the upper one. Yoopers (people in the upper peninsula) do have indoor plumbing. There is alot of flannel up there as well as carharts, boots, and pick-up trucks. To be a good buckeye (someone from OH) you MUST love Ohio State football. I’ve never met such crazy people for a sport. They’re even crazy down here in FL. Not everyone in FL lives by the beach and is tan. My family is! There are many that aren’t.

  104. Katie says:

    I live in the great state of New York, not in the city though. I would have to say “New York minute” is so true as much as I try to argue that we don’t live life in the fast lane. I multi task so much, my brain is always going in 5 directions at once, I have to slow myself down for quite a while before needing to go to sleep πŸ™‚

  105. craftylildevil says:

    I moved to West Virginia from Oklahoma and everyone thinks all Okies should talk like the guys in “Okie Noodling”. (With such an accent they needed subtitles).
    And that we all live in teepees and ride horses.

  106. craftylildevil says:

    I should add that if you haven’t seen Okie Noodling you are seriously missing out! (Ok, not really.) It totally gives Okies a bad image. Not all of us are crazy enough to try to catch fish with our bare hands!

  107. Mary says:

    Like the other comments from people in Texas, I don’t ride a horse (but my daughter takes riding lessons), we do say y’all (but we are educated), I have all of my teeth, no tattoos, and I can’t stand NASCAR. I understand this is not what the media portrays and if I see another national news story in which the person conducting the interview chooses the one person in a crowd missing a few teeth, covered in ink, with only 32 brain cells functioning at any given time I might hoot, hollar, and shoot someone with the pistol I keep in my belt! ;o)

  108. Shannon says:

    I am a hoosier. As in the old story of people knocking on the door and the story goes: they said, “whose there?” And thus hoosiers were born. Who knows if it is true. No I don’t live breath and eat basketball and corn. I also don’t drive a racecar around the track. However, I did live moments from the speed way (yes that one-Indianapolis Motor Speedway) and the crowd got to rowdy for me so I move north. 4 miles east of Ohio and 25 miles south of Michigan to escape the race junkies.
    But yes I do love corn and I have some lovely cornfields in my back yard. I don’t own a basketball (nor watch it unless I have too) and have never ever been to a race.

  109. Christa @ No End in Site says:

    I’m from Indiana.
    People think we live in the middle of cornfields, we love auto-racing, and we are constantly dribbling basketballs.
    I hate basketball. Auto-racing seems like a ridiculous waste of gas to me.
    Truth be told, I’ve never been on a tractor. I live in a suburb of Chicago, so the cornfields are a bit of a (short) drive away. I can identify them, and soybeans, too. I do not know what a Hoosier really is. BUT, like David Letterman (a Hoosier himself), I do love good sweet corn-on-the-cob. I do NOT know how to detassel, though.

  110. Shan says:

    I grew up in Oklahoma City. Once( in the late 80’s), my High school business club went to Atlanta GA. for our convention where I was asked very seriously by another student if there were lots of teepees where I lived.
    Of course, I’m not much better. My husband and I were recently daydreaming about him taking a job in a place like Switzerland or Holland. Immediately I started to wonder how I would manage to pull off the pointy wooden shoes and braids. I didn’t say anything out loud but it was rattling around in my head. πŸ˜‰

  111. Jai says:

    Born and raised in Texas and although I know who shot JR, I don’t know him personally.
    I have owned a pair of boots, but only wore them to the rodeo pagents I was in. I have never owned any horses, but boy howdy I wish I did.
    Yes, I have been around the country and have to admit everything IS bigger in TEXAS and hair is no exception. I am trying to lay mine down as we speak.

  112. Liz C. says:

    Lisa, as an LDS person living in the “Mormon Corridor”, I can certify that the “so blessed” blog spoof is not a criticism… it’s a light satire, and a pretty darn good play on the stereotypes that have some basis in fact out here… the “interchangeable descriptors” part is too funny! I read through the blog, and there’s not a speck in it that criticizes the LDS faith, but a whole lot of spoof on some facets of LDS “culture”–I was laughing way too hard to be even a smidge offended by the content, because *I’ve Met Some Of Those Brides!!*

  113. Crystal says:

    I live in Kansas . . . and guess what? I only know one woman named Dorothy and she moved here from Texas! Oh, and something else, we have electricity RIGHT INSIDE OUR HOMES! (and indoor plumbing!)And yeah, there are wheat fields around here, but there’s also trees and lakes and gardens and cities and towns. Oh, and another thing, there’s more to Kansas than Kansas City (which is actually partly in Missouri to tell you the truth) and lastly, we don’t have “Indian” raids on our settlements anymore – they’ve decided to open up casinos!

  114. Marcie B says:

    I live in Illinois and it ALWAYS amazes me when this happens. First comment I hear…”Oh, you live in Chicago?” People, Please!!! There is a whole ‘nother part of this great state! lol I live south of Springfield (yes the state capital, where the gov SHOULD live). We live in a small town, not a tiny bit like Chicago. We like our county fairs, our local celebrations and less traffic. Sometimes we are thought of as rednecks, but thats ok. Sometimes we “own” up to that! lol My cousins from Alabama are the ones who talk funny!

  115. Lesley says:

    I’m from Iowa and I don’t live on a farm, I have never driven a tractor, and I don’t have a pet pig.

  116. Janera says:

    Texas, ma’am.
    And, yes, we are all rich because we have pumpjacks in both the front yard and the back yard.
    Also, yes, we do all wear cowboy hats and boots and ride horses to the saloon as well as to the bank and church.
    Unless it is raining, then we take the Lexus.
    We all talk funny, too, and we are the True South, where all bovine are cows, all have horns, and we all know how to rope ’em.
    Wish you were here.

  117. Jessica Oakes says:

    Washington State, no it doesn’t always rain here. As a matter of fact Seattle gets less rain per year than New York City does, I swear! It just mists A LOT in the fall/winter/spring months.

  118. Tricia says:

    Down here in TX, men are not all cowboys and or rednecks and women don’t all have big hair and wear a lot of makeup.
    I personally have never worn a cowboy hat in my life.
    We do not all drive pick-up’s either, though I do believe we have a higher per capita SUV ratio than most states.
    We are fiercely independent however, remember we were our own country there for a while! :o)
    Oh, and one other thing, I have never used Yahoo in a sentence thought Y’all is completely grammatically correct down here.

  119. MegnTally@Lonesome Pine says:

    I’m enjoying this thread, too, Shannon’s Dad! I kind of mentioned some of the misconceptions of Florida before…you know…Floridians all live on the beach, with alligators and palm trees everywhere.
    Actually, folks also think that all of Florida is party-city like Miami on television. In the northern part of the state where I live…it is totally different! We live near Tallahassee. We have huge hills and very few palm trees. Most of the palm trees that ARE here, aren’t native anyway. We do have huge oaks and magnolias like Gone With the Wind. You could probably think of S. Georgia and be pretty close to us. We do have accents…but go 30 miles north and you get the full drawl!

  120. Jennifer says:

    I live in Minnesota, but very close to Fargo, ND. Yes, we all talk like that movie Fargo. Yes, we like buffets. Yes, it’s cold here 6 months out of the year. But only 6 (okay, sometimes 8) months: I had friends who went to visit So. California in high school and the Cali girls were sure that we Minnesotans had to buy shorts special for a trip to CA. Why on earth would we need them up here in the artic?
    Your dad was right. Great topic!

  121. Erin says:

    I’m a Texas, born and bred. I have lived within a 30 mile radius of my childhood home my entire life. I hear two things almost every single time people that aren’t from Texas find out that I am from Texas. One, do I own a horse/ride a horse? And two, have I ever been to the “Dallas” house? And for the record, it’s “no” on both counts. πŸ™‚

  122. Minnesotamom says:

    Good idea, Shannon’s Dad!
    Being a Minnesotan, I live with the assumption that everyone here talks exactly like the movie “Fargo.” Not so. They speak in a highly exaggerated accent.
    Also, there are the “Sven & Ole” jokes, insinuating that those of Scandinavian descent are stupid. And whenever I’m not in the upper Midwest, I get made fun of when I say “out and about” (“oat and aboat”).
    Another stereotype is that we’re passive-aggressive, which is applicable to a lot of people (try merging in traffic…”Minnesota nice” goes away quickly). People in Chicago may drive 90, but they’re at least kind enough to let you merge.
    Then there’s the “Minnesota goodbye,” indicating that it takes an additional two hours to guide any guests from your living room to the front door and then to their car. Once they’re in, you follow them down the driveway, waving until they’re out of sight.

  123. Jen says:

    I’ve lived in Washington DC for the past 10 years. I think the biggest assumption we get is that we know what the president is doing all the time, as well as what anyone else is doing on the National Mall at any time. The truth is, I’m often the last to know! Also, that our free time is spent perusing the Smithsonians or at national monuments. We do sometimes go to some of the local attractions, but we mostly try to avoid them due to so much tourism.
    Interesting topic!

  124. Victoria says:

    Okay… I live way down in south Louisiana. We don’t go to work in pirogues… We don’t keep alligators as pets *well at least most of us don’t*…. We do speak english.. with a few cajun french terms thrown in. We say things like ‘Are you going to get down?’ meaning “are you going to get out of the car” and “I need to save the dishes”, NO they aren’t in danger, we just mean we need to put them away! Everybody knows everybodys business and there is a festival just about every weekend.
    I’m not sure how true this is but I heard somewhere that only in Louisiana are there drive thru Daiquiri stands…. Any of you have these???

  125. Tina says:

    My husband and I are both from West Virginia.
    Yes, I consider myself a hillbilly. I do wear shoes outdoors, but prefer not to and almost NEVER wear them in the house. No, not even house shoes. I’m not married to my cousin, but my husband and I do look a lot alike. Hmmm…
    I am a bit of a WV cliche, though. Both grandfathers and my dad were coalminers. All were hurt in some fashion in the coal mines. My father-in-law lost his leg in the coal mines and his brother (who came through World War II unscathed) was killed in the coal mines.
    West Virginian’s get made fun of a lot (remember Dick Cheney’s comment just a short while back?), but it is a very proud heritage and I wouldn’t change my roots for anything in the world.
    Mountaineers are always free.

  126. carol ~ i throw like a girl says:

    I am Italian, and I am from New Jersey, but I do not know any members of the Mafia. I don’t live on an exit off the NJ Turnpike and my kids were not born in a mall. LOL!
    There are actually cows across the street from my daughter’s elementary school and my town is classified as “rural”.
    Oh, and I have never used the words “You’s guys” in a sentence!

  127. jean says:

    I’m from Jersey and no, I’m not in the Mafia. It’s tough being from NJ. Everyone thinks you have a NY accent if you live in the northern area. We are treated like the ugly step-sister of NYC. However, I like it here. I live in the suburbs and on a good day it only takes 20 minutes to get into NYC to see a play or go to a museum. It’s nice to live within 2 hours of the Jersey shore and Atlantic City too. I’ve lived here my entire life and plan on staying here. Unless someone wants to make me an offer?!

  128. Barbara H. says:

    I lived in Texas until I got married at 22. When I went to college in SC and people learned I was from TX, they almost always said, “Where’s your accent?” Most people in TX don’t sound like people think people in TX sound like. After a while, I wanted to answer that it was “back home with my 10 gallon hat and tumbleweed.” People seemed to think all Texans lived on a ranch.
    When my husband-to-be told his dad he was dating someone from TX, his dad asked, “Does her Daddy have an oil well in his back yard?” πŸ™‚ Nope, no oilmen or cowboys in the family.

  129. Christine @ Live to Learn says:

    I was born and raised in the US Virgin Islands. 10 years later, my soon to be husbands family, when they heard where I was born assumedI was black and spoke a foreign language. Even after I met them they were astonished that I could be white and speak English, sans an accent! Course they were in Alabama and you how backwards they can be!
    (Please insert a bit of sarcasm above) πŸ™‚

  130. Kristenkj says:

    Well, I’ve lived my entire life in Virginia…NO ONE ELSE has posted about VIRGINIA!!! I don’t know what the stereotypes are for Virginia… Does anyone else know?! I have to say that our state if very different depending on where you go. I live in suburbia, but there are rolling hills and horse country, farms, mountains and very rural areas, and coastal areas and each one of those areas has its very own culture. So I don’t know how to stereotype a state like ours. So would someone please tell me what our state is *suppose* to be like? Seriously?
    Shannon’s Dad, LOVED reading through these…what a great idea!

  131. Kim says:

    I live in Buffalo, NY. Most people seem to assume that we are buried under six or seven FEET of snow, all year long. They also think that we never leave our homes (because we’re too busy huddling together for warmth whilst drinking hot chocolate).
    We do get our share of snow, but only in the winter – and it’s not nearly as much as people think. What I love about Buffalo is that families really set aside time in the summer to get outside and relax, and make the most of the nice weather while we have it.
    Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get back into my pool.

  132. Traci Best says:

    I was born in a college town in central Indiana. WE always made jokes about a certain OTHER college town in north central Indiana. The joke was to find such said university (that has a decided agricultural flair) you just went north until you smelled it and west until you stepped in it. *g*
    They had just as many crude jokes about US I found out years later…when I married into a NON-Hoosier family. My hubby’s family is definately PURDUE all the way.
    We just try to not bring it up when we are all together! LOL!
    And folks…there IS more than corn in Indiana! πŸ™‚

  133. distybug says:

    Contrary to popular belief, we are not all hillbillies here in Alabama. Nor do we hose down African-Americans in the street on a daily basis. Most of us DO have teeth, and we obey the law which says we can’t marry our first cousins.;)

  134. Jennifer says:

    I’m from NC, born and raised. And while it is true that we love our college basketball, there ARE other colleges besides UNC! Not everyone is a Tarheel fan even though NC is the Tarheel state. Go NC State Wolfpack!!
    Not everyone smokes, though we do grow tobacco. We ARE known for the furniture industry and you can get GREAT furniture at great prices, if you know where to go. Sweet tea, BBQ, chewing tobacco. Who could ask for anything more??

  135. Lady in a Smalltown says:

    I grew up in Vermont and have only lived away from the state when I went to college in Virginia.
    Things people in Virginia assumed about me or Vermonters:
    ~we don’t shave our armpits (heck yeah I do)
    ~we all listen to Phish and the Grateful Dead (nope)
    ~we all smoke pot (I didn’t even have friends who smoked pot until college)
    ~we all live on farms and have cows (no, but my town has a cow parade)
    ~we talk funny (I sound more like the people I hear on TV than Southerners do)
    ~we all ski (not even a little)
    ~there are lots of homosexuals (could be, but I doubt that there are really that many more than anywhere else)
    ~we’re all Liberal (okay, that’s mostly true)
    Some (most?) of my school mates couldn’t identify Vermont on a map and couldn’t tell you anything about Vermont.

  136. Jane says:

    Born and raised in the northern panhandle of West Virginia, just north of the Mason-Dixon line. It’s a little strip of the state where you can drive to Ohio or Pennsylvania either one in less than half an hour. Growing up, we always heard comments about Ohio residents, their rusted-out cars, etc. Yes, many people in my family worked in the coal mines. Yes, the men (and some of the women) hunt. And, yes, we said “crick” and “pop” and more.
    I was often surprised when I was younger to learn how many people didn’t know WV existed. We’d vacation in New York, or North Carolina, or elsewhere, and would have to repeatedly explain that, “No, we’re not near the beach, and we’re not from western Virginia. West Virginia, it’s a separate state, really!!!!”
    I moved to Pennsylvania after college, and learned that the same comments made “back home” about Ohio folks were told in reference to West virginia natives. The funny part was living in a VERY rural Pennsylvania area and having people tell me West Virginia jokes. As though they were from a much more upscale, urban land!
    Hmm, north-central Pennsylvania stereotypes? I like the earlier comment about not being “from here.” I am still an “outsider,” despite having lived in the same town for almost 15 years now. And we know people who say, “Oh no, I’m not from here” because they grew up a few miles outside the city limits.
    Great idea, Dad. It’s been fun reading these posts.

  137. Gretchen says:

    I am a Connecticut Yankee living in California. (But I have lived in IL, OH, PA, NJ, and MD too. California is so big that the north and south and the central part should be different states. Different culture, different accent, different everything. I’ve lived in SoCal for 8 years and we are moving to VA next year (yippee!). Living this close to LA is crazy. Fruits and Nuts? Yup. Lots of fake boobs, face lifts, and SUVs. The schools stink (compared to other states we’ve lived in), and lots (but not all, I’ll give you that), of people think they are more important than anyone else: no blinkers, never hold a door open, don’t bother saying hello. I can’t wait to get back to the east coast!

  138. Wendy says:

    I live in a small town in Arkansas.
    Our High School Mascot is the HILLBILLY!(I’m not kidding)
    I know it’s hard to believe, but even despite these two facts….
    1. My family -we all wear shoes.
    2. We all have ALL of our teeth and they are white!
    3. We do not wear overalls.
    4. We do not make our own moonshine.
    5. We are literate.
    6. My husband and I were not related prior to our marriage.
    7. My mother would agree whole-heartedly with your mother that the chant is indeed “move THOSE chains” !!
    AND I think your dad is the BOMB!! πŸ™‚
    (By the way I remember your dad wearing some REALLY NICE overalls!! HA)

  139. Melissa says:

    I’m in Nevada (Carson City). I’m not addicted to gambling. Or a prostitute. Or live in the middle of the desert. It snows here actually.

  140. amy says:

    Born and raised in Michigan, and yes, our accent can be harsh. The /ae/ sound (think the vowel in “Dad”) lives somewhere deep in our sinuses – it’s true. Yes, we do call it “pop” and that vowel sound is sadly often quite close to the vowel sound in “Dad”. It annoys even me, so I’ve retrained myself to call it “soda”, but I tell people it’s on principle: “pop” is a noise; “soda” is a drink.
    Oddly enough, we also have a lot of “rednecks” in pockets all over the state. I don’t know what that’s about.

  141. Domestic Spaz says:

    I’m from South Florida. Born and raised. Stereotypes for us have us living on the beach in bikinis with Coppertone tans year round. I am, however, as white as white can be and I’ve never owned a bikini (tankini is as crazy as I’ll get). I do wear flip flops just about everywhere all year long. I even had red sparkly ones for Christmas. πŸ™‚
    South Florida is such a huge multicultural mix. We have true proud southerners, lots of transplanted northerners, a ton of latin americans, and a giant mix of people from all over the world.
    Our winters are crisp, cool, and absolutely stunningly beautiful and our summers are hot and muggy and swampy. I love it here. πŸ™‚

  142. Tara@From Dawn Till Dusk says:

    Am I the only Brit? I don’t have really dodgy teeth but then again I didn’t spend a month’s wages ‘sorting them out’ so they’re not going to blind you if you come across me in the dark while I’m laughing . . .

  143. Verrysherry says:

    I’m a Californian living in Ireland.
    The Irish expect me to be loud and opinionated. I’m not and I’ve made a very conscientious decision to go along quietly in regards to opinions/debates/discussions. It’s been a real learning experience, not a bad thing at all teaching yourself to listen more and absorb more and talk less.
    I expect the Irish to drink excessively and well, they do; I’ve met many that prove that stereotype correct. But it is important to point out that there are just as many Irish who do not drink crazily.

  144. Christy @ Pip and Squeak says:

    I live in a large city in Texas and always have. When I travel people honestly cannot tell where I am from based on my accent. It is part of being from a city. BUT, when I tell them I am from Texas, they all swear that they could tell and they often think we all ride horses and wear cowboy hats. There is a little of the backwoods or country bumkin stereotype too. When traveling overseas, they either think we are all rich oil tycoons like JR Ewing (I wish) or we are out on the range roping cows.

  145. Regina says:

    I’m a Missourian, by way of California. Like someone said earlier, there is a misconception that everyone here is a toothless, hunting, fat hick. Also, people assume that Missouri is part of the southern states (it isn’t!!). My friends in California say that we have to drive so much more than they do to go places such as the mall. However, I have timed it and they spend the same amount of time in the car due to traffic. So what’s the difference? They sit in their cars in traffic, we drive past fields!

  146. Tonni Geezer says:

    I live in Canada (southern Ontario), and when I’ve traveled in the States, people assume we speak French and live in igloos… which would be a tough life, being that it’s 80 degrees Fahrenheit today! We do learn French in school, but I sure don’t remember much of it!

  147. Stacey Sickmiller says:

    I live in Alabama…for the record, only some people still say, “Pull my finger” at the dinner table.
    I married a yankee. Today he asked a question and followed with, “Itn’t it?” (That should be isn’t it). I said, “You are so southern!”

  148. Chelsey says:

    I live in South Carolina, and most people assume everyone here is racist, conservative and a Christian.
    There are racist people here, but I think maybe it’s more obvious since the people here have had to deal with race issues more. Not that that excuses it, but, for example, my boyfriend grew up in a town with no people of any minority. How could you ever know if anyone there is racist, unless they’d been around people of a different race?
    South Carolina IS a conservative state, but there are definitely large liberal areas (for example, at the universities).
    And I think most people here THINK they are Christians, but that’s definitely not the case.
    Overall, though, I LOVE living in South Carolina. I hope to raise a family here.

  149. Kay says:

    I’m a native Houstonian – that’s a Texan, y’all. Seems like there’s several of us that have already commented on the boots, hats, and horses. And I have a funny story to go with that.
    A friend of mine was picking up some reps from a vendor his business uses at the airport in February. These reps were from some where in Yankee-ville and had never been to Texas before. As it just so happens, as they were driving across town to their business luncheon they passed a long line of horses and horse-drawn carriages along a major interstate. Of course, they all thought that this confirmed their assumptions about our grand state. What they didn’t realize is that they happened to arrive on the day that the Trail Riders were arriving in town to start the annual Rodeo Parade and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. πŸ™‚ My friend had fun trying to explain that one!! “No REALLY. We don’t USUALLY have horses and cowboys riding in to work every day!”
    And “Go Texan Day” is still one of my favorite memories from school days! I loved dressing up and square dancing (yes, we learn how to square dance in Physical Education class here).
    Oh, one last thing… Most Houstonians despise Dallas (we won’t even root for the Cowboys on most days), and most Dallas folks return the favor. Not sure where all the dysfunction came from, except that we Houstonians don’t take too kindly to folks who forget that *we’re* the 4th largest city in the USA and think that Dallas is bigger than us. (Hmm… Maybe we have ‘little man’ issues?) πŸ™‚
    Great post! Thanks for the fun!

  150. Karen says:

    I can’t believe no one else from Louisiana has posted yet! For starters, we don’t all live in the bayou, paddle a pirogue (canoe) to school, or have alligators in the front yard—mine live in the back yard (just kidding!!) We do, however, have a strong love for family, community and heritage. We have beautiful farm land and an appreciation for hard work and determination. I am so proud to be a Cajun!

  151. Heather says:

    Your dad is a stitch!
    Born and raised in Wisconsin.
    Home of the Packers , brats and beer.
    I don’t care for brats or beer and the Packers are fine.
    We are also thought of to be sturdy, thick women! I have to say that I am thicker than I was post babies!
    Oh yeah- and we drink from ” bubblers” rather than ” water fountains.”

  152. Kristin says:

    Well my husband is Military so I’ll just comment about the state that we live in right now. Alaska. And no, it isn’t Dark all year round (Maybe only 5 months), and yes we have 24 hrs of light in June! We do get summers – actually got up to 87 on the 4th of July- on the flip side the coldest day last winter was neg 55. We have to plug in our car or it will freeze and die… and no I don’t live in an igloo – I own a house! πŸ™‚ It snows in October is and melts by Apil/Mayish. Hope that clears some things up! πŸ™‚

  153. Katie says:

    I’m from South Carolina, and I think people imagine us all on the beach, surrounded by palm trees, doing the shag! Also, we are all sweet “Carolina Girls” from the Beach Boys song!
    I live about 30 minutes from the beach, but I only go a few times a year! I don’t know how to shag (although I think it would be fun). Not all the people here are sweet, unfortunately.
    One thing about SC is the “southern hospitality.” Men open doors for women, and always let them go first through small spaces. We do say “y’all” a lot! People are kind and will smile at you when they pass you! Most people don’t know a stranger and will talk to anyone they run into.
    SC has a bad reputation for education, but as a teacher I can say we are working harder than ever to improve that reputation. Believe it or not, I went to SC public schools, college, and grad school and I think I turned out ok!
    SC is a great place to live!

  154. Anonymous says:

    I’m from Georgia where we’re all rednecks whose men marry their sisters. Oh, wait. That’s Alabama…where my dh is from! lol

  155. Allison says:

    My family is from Kentucky, and I can’t tell you how many times people have asked me if my grandparents married their brothers/sisters. EEW! NO!

  156. April says:

    NC here….so I must be a redneck.
    and….I have to be a NASCAR fan.
    I am neither……well unless you consider me often taking a nap to the roar of the cars goin in a repetitive circle….then I may be both a nAsCaR fan and a ReDnEcK

  157. Melanie says:

    I am from Georgia. People assume I love Jimmy Carter. I don’t. He was Mr. Peanut where I lived, too.
    Now I live in Florida and people think we are always at the beach and we wear flip flops all the time.
    OK, the flip flops part is true.
    For the record- I think your dad is cool. And don’t y’all know the Clintons? wink wink

  158. Annie says:

    I am from India and people think we put curry spice all the time. I don’t even know what curry spice is and we certainly don’t use it!

  159. Karen says:

    I was born in Washington DC, and lived in Maryland, California, and New Jersey before I got married to a Navy man and subsequently lived in North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Pennsylvania, Tennessee again, Virginia, North Carolina again, Tennessee a third time, and now finally in Virginia. I don’t think we’ll be staying here forever.
    Most people are speechless so I don’t get too many comments.
    One thing I can tell you though, after having lived 15 years in New Jersey, is that the only people who say “New Joisey” are from New York. Or North Jersey, which is really a NYC suburb.

  160. Erin says:

    I live in South Carolina – everyone thinks we have weird accents and live in double wides with a dog named “Blue” tied up to a tree in the backyard. LOL!

  161. Tiffany says:

    I grew up in Iowa. I believe it is true that there really are more pigs than people there.
    People sometimes joke as well that IOWA is an acronym for Idiots Out Wandering Around. Now really, WHAT is that supposed to mean anyway?
    Iowa is lovely. Simply lovely.
    Great post!

  162. Rachel says:

    Mine isn’t so much a stereotype about where I live (that would be “they’re all hippies”–basically true), as it is a stereotype held by people here.
    I live in Silicon Valley (San Jose, CA area), and around here it is unpopular to be married or have children or be a SAHW/M. So when I got married to my husband at 21 (three years ago), I had to quit my job because I lost all my customers. They assumed the only reasons I would do such a thing while under the age of 35 (preferably 40) were a) I was on drugs, b) I was accidentally pregnant, c) he was abusive and had manipulated me into it, d) I was just plain stupid, e) all of the above.
    My boss treated me just like the customers, and I still have to deal with dirty looks from people I meet who notice my ring.

  163. Mary says:

    Well, I have lived all over. Mostly, the wrong conceptions were MINE! When I lived in Florida, I didn’t want to marry someone from there because I thought they were all a bunch of hicks. When I first moved to Arizona, I thought the Indians at the laundromat were liable to scalp me and when I moved to NC, I was sure someone would burn a cross on my lawn for having a black friend overnight! I still have people visit that think NC is mostly like that. However, most people are just people and when you get to know us (or them), we (or they) are just like you. I will say that North Carolinians for the most part are the sweetest, most hospitable people in the nation. Just check with the natives, though, before you go charging into some of these hollers. =)

  164. Jami @ superfluous miscellany says:

    From California: We’re all young, tan, super-skinny, movie stars. Or tree-hugging hippies. Oh I’ve hugged a tree a few times, but not since I got out of High School. As far as tan, nope: I define the term white. And I’m a well-rounded unknown. I’m sure that I’ll be discovered waiting tables at a cafe in So-Cal, but first I’d have to get a job in So-Cal waiting on tables, which is kinda hard to do at my advanced age.

  165. Lynette says:

    Yes…Sad but true…We are from Minnesota and talk just like we are straight out of the movie “Fargo”…
    We were on vacation in Breckenridge, Colorado, and when asked in a conference room where we were from, my five year old shouted “MinnEEEEsoda.”

  166. Cassandra Stafford says:

    Arkansas here. (Mississippi transplant though) I hate the stereotype against my accent. That because I have an accent (strong one) I must be stupid or ignorant. I lived in Ohio for a brief period several years ago. I was applying for a job and told how “cute” my accent was by the interviewer. I got up and walked out. Please…don’t disregard me or not take me seriously because of my accent. πŸ™‚

  167. kent says:

    I actually had someone ask me if we had indoor plumbing!!!! Yes, I am from Alabama. I have been all over this country including Hawaii and Alaska and many places outside of the USA–we truly are Alabama the beautiful and there is nowhere like the SouthEast–in a very good way!

  168. tracey says:

    I’ve lived in NM for 18 years and everyone assumes:
    1. we’re not in the USA
    2. all Hispanics are lazy
    3. all Native Americans are alcoholics
    4. all public schools are horrible
    5. that “a dry heat” is not hot

  169. Jennifer Walker says:

    Stereotypes for those of us in Nashville~
    We are all country “hicks”, we all like Country music, we all talk like Loretta Lynn, and we all wear cowboy boots.
    Although I don’t consider myself a country “hick” and don’t talk like Loretta Lynn (I hope), I must say that I DO like some Country music, and I LOVE my cowboy boots!

  170. Terina says:

    i’m a city girl from southern california. not blond, but tan very well. i LOVE fish tacos. love going to the beach. when i lived in france for 18 months, the question i got asked the most was if i knew any movie stars. um, no. i have also lived in texas and currently live in NC. we are also military, and i personally haven’t encountered any major stereotypes regarding that. texas and NC have been interesting places to live because it is SO different than so cal. but i try to keep an open mind. but i have yet to meet a tobacco farmer in NC. but seen many many tobacco fields.:)

  171. Amber says:

    I live in North Idaho, on an Indian reservation….so depending on who you are talking to…we are either nasty white trash who took their land, or red necks, as in our truck is a huk of junk (although still running) and we raise chickens and soon a goat in town….oh and town is 230 people…….:D oh and did I mention the fire works……

  172. Kel says:

    Howdy, y’all! I’m a “cowgirl” from West Texas who supposedly wears cowboy hats and boots all the time, rode her horse to school, talks with a Texas twang, and has big hair and loads of jewelry and make-up. To be honest, there is some truth to those stereotypes, but not like what you see portrayed on tv or in the movies. The only one that holds true for me is the twang, but since I’m from a family of Yankees (we moved here when I was 7)I’m not usually pegged as a Texan until the inevitable “y’all” comes out of my mouth – which it does on a regular basis! My husband is a New England transplant and he does not have a twang at all so it is amusing to listen to all the little Texans in our home and their definite accents!

  173. Trixie says:

    Perfect timing! I’m from rural Michigan and pretty much everyone assumes rural people (no matter what state you live in, I presume) are rednecks. And yes it’s true for the most part.
    I recently wrote about how high up on the social ladder we are in our area. Here’s the link:
    And, don’t worry it doesn’t take much here. For example last week we went to a tractor pull and my husband and I were about the best dressed people there.
    I can’t wait to read the rest of the comments; this is a lot of fun; be sure to thank your Dad for us!
    Take Care,

  174. cynthia says:

    go dad!
    from georgia…all my life!
    i say “ya’ll” and “how are ya”?
    it is true that we drink alot of sweet tea.
    i don’t drive a truck with big tires and a rebel flag…although i know many who do.
    isn’t it funny how no matter where you’re from we all have these?

  175. Kathy says:

    I’ve lived in Miami, Fl all my life and I’m not Hispanic. Many times Hispanics who are not originally from here will ask me, in their broken English, “Where are you from?” I look at them, dumbfounded, and say, “From here, where are YOU from?” I don’t have a tan and was once called Snow White when I was a teenager. Contrary to popular belief, crime is not the norm here. I’ve never had my car stolen, never had my purse snatched, never been shot at, and never been offered drugs. I love living here. The weather is paradise and the green grass year round is beautiful.
    I don’t go to Disney World multiple times a year, in fact, only been once in the past 15 years. I’ve never been on a cruise though the port is right here. I don’t live on the beach, I live in a suburb and I could go pick my own tomatoes or strawberries in a field if I wanted to. It’s not all high rises and city lights nor is it all swamp land (although it used to be). I don’t have any orange trees, but I do have about a dozen mango trees.

  176. Melanie says:

    I’m from Nebraska and proud to say that we actually DO have electricity and indoor plumbing in our homes. (Okay, okay…I HAVE used an outhouse a couple of times in my 41 years, but that’s another post for another day.) Our public schools go all the way through the twelfth grade and we have paved streets and sidewalks. Yes, folks, you heard it here–we actually have towns and cities! Not everyone in Nebraska lives in the country and raises corn. It’s also important to note that we don’t all drive Ford pickups and wear calico or western wear.
    Is there a sliver of truth in any of the misconceptions? Hmmmm….I have to admit that in my town you would be hard-pressed to find a BMW dealership, Vera Wang wear, or sushi. The fact that there are still outhouses about that I have used in my lifetime probably speaks volumes too. πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for the fun post.

  177. Molly says:

    Minnesotans are stereotypically known as being even-keeled, to a fault. That was very difficult for me when I first moved hereβ€”I tend to be a little on the expressive side and NEED people to react and emote with me!!!! Yeah, that just doesn’t happen here.
    A funnier stereotype is that Minnesotan loves anything they can get on a stick. That stems from the humongous Minnesota State Fair, where pretty much everything does come on a stick. It’s totally weird.

  178. Nicki says:

    This is fun!
    I live in Indiana.
    There actually is more than corn in Indiana, although, there is A LOT of corn.
    Not everyone plays basketball.
    It is not uncommon to attend a candlelit wedding reception with a handful of guests who are donning their best…NASCAR t-shirts.
    When watching the local news, the ‘eye witness’ being interviewed, will usually have some, if not all, of their teeth missing.
    During that same news interview, you will often hear, “They was runnin that way over there. When what they shoulda did is went back in the house. I ain’t never seen nothin’ like it. That’s fer sure.”
    And, some people warsh dishes and flush torlets.

  179. Cari says:

    I’m originally from NC but was transplanted to WV what seems like a lifetime ago. Anyhoo, years ago before life as a SAHM I was employed by the federal government. Well, the department that employed me was transferring employees to our area. The first night the largest group came to check out the area those of us on night shift decided to play into the stereotype — (we had several on the shift who were pregnant and most of us slipped our shoes off/pregnant or not). Well, the power goes out and someone yells, “Alright, who forgot their lunch and decided to kill the squirrel that was on duty?” We’d told some of the future transferee’s that yes it was true, our electricity to run the computers was generated by squirrels on rodent wheels. Funny thing is some of them actually believed us!
    The thing I can’t stand is when the news (local or national) decides to interview someone — seems they always choose the one person in the crowd that fulfills the stereotype the rest of the nation has about us. (tobacco chewing, one tooth, can’t string three words together, etc.)

  180. Robin says:

    I live in Colorado and I think most people assume we’re all ski bums and that it snows 11 months of the year here. Not exactly…

  181. Judi says:

    So I have just read through all the comments and here is one I haven’t seen yet!
    My husband is from Montana-
    He always gets, Oh, where the Unabomber is from, did ya know him?
    And I am from Utah, and yes, I have seen “seriously blessed” that is taking some heat here today! It is a totally satirical site people–she is making fun of her own kind becuase those are some of the stereotypes that we ‘mormons’ are faced with!
    Yeah, we know people think we are weird, at least she is ok enough to laugh at herself for it!!

  182. Ivy says:

    I grew up in Louisiana and right now I live in Connecticut. I can’t talk to a single person without getting a comment about my accent. People think in Louisiana we sit out drinking on a porch right on the bayou with our pet alligator sitting close by.

  183. lisa (lost pezhead) says:

    Liz…I’m sorry you’re LDS and think it is amusing. As I am also LDS, I find it insulting that someone takes the time to yes, criticize the “culture” as you say of the LDS people. By insulting the people and their culture, by and large you are insulting their religion and way of living. Also many of the commenters on the blog seemed quite insulting in their views of LDS people. I’m sure if the blog was about black “culture”, jewish “culture” or hey even southern baptist girls you wouldn’t sound so accepting, would you? It takes quite little intelligence to be sarcastic and critize other people, cultures, or religions.

  184. mzzterry says:

    I am a Texan.East Texas, where we live there are lots of trees, hills, lakes and it is beautiful. Not that flat west Texas landscape you see in the movies.
    We do have oil wells.
    Honky tonks.
    Rich Folk.
    Poor Folk.
    Good Guys.
    Normal Americans, just like anywhere, USA.

  185. Andrea says:

    I live in Texas but do not own a cowboy hat and have never riden a horse. I was born in Oklahoma but moved here shortly thereafter. Dallas is much like Los Angeles without the ocean.
    Great topic DaddyO!

  186. ThoughtfulMom says:

    I’m an Okie born and bred – not a Sooner, though (Go Pokes!). I’ve lived here most of my life. I spent one summer on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, and I knew that my new Spanish friends would know nothing of Oklahoma but maybe some cowboy and Indian tales. So, I took pictures of my fair city (a rather large one) and took them with me. They wanted to know where the teepees were (I don’t know) and if I’d ever seen a tornado (umm.. yeah. Several.) And if I felt the tremble from the OKC bombing (no… I was an hour away from it).
    Did you know that Oklahoma has more waterfront property than California? I can’t cite you the source, but my father-in-law, who owns a bit of lakefront property loves to quote this statistic.

  187. Tara says:

    We lived in Ukraine for 2 years and I continued my lanugage training with a national twice a week. We usually sat in the kitchen because it was during the baby’s nap time. One afternoon, I jumped up to take something out of the oven and Tetyana was shocked that I knew how to cook. She was under the assumption that all Americans ate at McDonalds everyday!

  188. Valerie says:

    I live in Pennsylvania.
    While visiting family in Vermont I was asked “Are you Amish?!”
    Um, no. The entire state of PA does not ride horse n’ buggy and sew their own clothes.

  189. Jennifer @Chronicles of a Night Owl says:

    I live in Georgia. And the part of GA I live in, people think we are all rednecks & hillbillies. Sadly, all the ones who ARE like that are the ones who always end up on the news and give the rest of us a bad name. There are many barefoot, toothless people around here, but they really aren’t the majority. Seeing how I’ve been here all my life, I really try to make sure I don’t ever resemble that type. However, I can’t hide my true southern accent.

  190. Cathy says:

    Ha! Well, I dreaded moving to Oklahoma 11+ years ago and becoming an “Okie”. It’s been a pleasant surprise. While our area (SW part) is not drenched in cultural opportunities, my neighbors are nice and do not have appliances or old cars in their yard or on the porches. I have yet to see someone be scalped. Now, if I could just convince the natives not to say “the city” when referring to OKC, I think they’d fit just fine with the rest of the country.
    Oh, did I mention that I, the former “Yankee” girl, now say “y’all”??

  191. Lettie says:

    Hi. Please tell your dad that this is a great question. Here goes… I live in Hawaii. We do not go around topless and wear grass skirts and we do not live in grass houses like many seem to think. The majority of islanders don’t have a speck of Hawaiian blood, do not speak fluent Hawaiian, and are of mixed race.

  192. Rachel says:

    Raised in Alaska. Now in So California. Everyone here loves to ask me about the darkness and cold. They can’t fathom it. In Ak we do fish a lot, hunt moose for meat, and snow shoe and ski in the winter. We also have Nordstroms, McDonalds, Walmart etc(I do remember before we had many of those type stores, but now there are more chain types stores). So Ak is great for those that love the outdoors, but it is definitely civilized now too.

  193. amy says:

    I was born in Georgia and have lived here most of my life. However, my husband and I lived in Montana for a year when we were newlyweds. I had visited MT years before, but my dh was surprised that only the western portion had the mountains…the rest is flat prarie. Some of the stereotypes we ran into there were that all people from GA love peaches (they would fix some peachy dessert for us…um, neither of us like peaches, but it was a very sweet gesture), and we all have huge magnolia trees growing in our front yard (maybe in front of our plantation home??). There were certain people in MT who, for whatever reason, pronouced GA “Gee-OR-gee-ah”…we never could figure that one out! πŸ˜‰ As for us, we laughed at how, on sit-down restaurant menus in that area of northeast MT at least, sweet tea was “seasonal”–summer only.

  194. Donna says:

    Gee, I wish it were true that all Floridians are tan! I’m the poster girl for pale! So, throw THAT assumption right out the window.

  195. Activities Coordinator says:

    We moved to northern Mississippi two years ago from southern Louisiana, and I would like to say, just for the record:
    I have all of my teeth.
    We have always had indoor plumbing.
    I don’t speak French.
    I have never owned an alligator.
    I have never eaten an alligator.
    I have never worn an alligator.
    However, and this tends to shock a few of my new neighbors, in my home town we have DRIVE-THRU daiquiri stands.
    I sure miss home. πŸ™‚

  196. Jenn @ Casa de Castro says:

    One of the greatest bumper sticker/T-shirt slogans ever created:
    “I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could.”
    Everything IS bigger in Texas, but that’s okay. It’s all good. Hotter ‘an heck, but good.

  197. Lisa@BlessedwithGrace says:

    I am from Texas. I had big hair in the ’80’s, but who didn’t? I have owned cowboy boots, but never worn them on any regular basis. I’d rather listen to some classic rock, than country. We don’t live in a double wide that has been hit by lightning, has chickens running around the front yard, and we take our christmas lights down after the New Year. Now, I’m not speaking for everyone in Texas. If you go a few miles down the road from where I live, you will find the double wide, the chickens pecking around, and christmas lights hanging that are at least 8 years old. Stereotypes…whaaaat? (Read this section slowly- for effect.) I don’t know whut y’all are taulkin’ about.

  198. Miche says:

    I’m from Texas, so people are surprised when they learn that because apparently I don’t have the accent they think I should. They also assumed I lived on a huge ranch. Which I didnt, I lived in the city and the first bit of country farm life I saw was when we moved here to NC.

  199. Carrie of Ceaseless Praises says:

    Well, we used to live in South-eastern Ohio (which is basically like living in West Virginia, which translates to marry-your-cousin-ville)…but when we found out we were moving to western New York State, we would tell people, We’re moving to New York state, and they would say, “Wow, that’ll be a big adjustment from the country to the BIG CITY”…we would have to explain, “no, we’ll be living in the country…we actually live 7 or 8 hours from New York City.”
    We work at a camp/retreat center, and we actually get calls all the time from people in New Jersey or near The City (as New York Staters call it), wanting to rent our facilities, but when we explain that we’re 8 hours away, they usually change their minds!

  200. Katie W says:

    I live in Tennessee and I am true southern (not redneck). One time I went to New York City and as soon as I opened my mouth for people to hear my southern accent they would ask me if I was shocked to see so many cars, because they assumed we went around on horses. They also mentioned that they were shocked that we were wearing shoes. My first job out of college was at Dell computers, I worked the call center. When men would call in for the northeast and as soon as they would hear my southern accent they would ask for “a man who knows what he is talking about.” That made me so mad.

  201. rrmama says:

    I live in Texas and yes in fact everything is bigger. Not everyone has a ranch or rides horses. Not everyone wears cowboy boots or has oil in their back yard. But the Texas flag is the only flag that can fly the same height as the US flag. How that for big?

  202. Carolina Mama says:

    My Daddy was a New Orleans attorney. And if we had not lost him unexpectedly, I would definitely be taking his ideas @ Carolina Mama where he married my mama 51 years ago. So enjoy it and live in the moments of Daddy’s ideas. πŸ˜‰
    Being a New Orleans native, folks always thought our heritage was about Bourbon Street. They assume it is just complete Mardi Gras year round… well, then again.
    Honestly, that is so not my NOLA. They also think we are all barefoot cajuns and then they ask you what a cajun is.
    They were right about Cafe du Monde, Jazz and eating The Best Seafood til our hearts content.

  203. Staci at Writing and Living says:

    I’m from Southern Illinois. For some reason, when I would travel other places, I would say “Illinois,” and people would hear “Chicago.”
    Illinois is a long state. So while people were assuming I lived some sort of suburban life right out of a John Hughes film, I grew up at the opposite end of the state from Chicago. Southern Illinois is a very rural area, which is culturally much more like Kentucky than Chicago.
    So, in that case, the stereotype wasn’t true.

  204. Robyn says:

    I live in Alabama. Have all my life. I have a VERY pronounced Southern accent (as do most of us) and am proud of it. I do not drive a pick-up truck, although my husband is dying for one. However, he wants a Chevy Avalanche, not a “Samford and Son” truck.
    My 20 month old daughter pronounces the word “foot” like this… “foo-ut”. It has 2 syllables. As all words should with our accent.
    It’s hotter here than imaginable. The humidity is what makes it so hot. You can actually feel the air.
    We are very educated, intelligent people. We wear shoes (even though they are mostly flip flops). We have air-conditioning. What you see on the movies about the South is mostly not true. There are VERY few actors/actresses who get our accent correct. We say “y’all” ALL THE TIME. We are not all fans of the Confederacy. We aren’t all racist, either. I’ve never seen or eaten a chitlin. Gross. I can totally eat my weight in pickled okra and grits, though (separate from each other. Not together. Yuck).
    We also have some of the prettiest beaches in the world. You should come visit them. I’ve been to the Caribbean several times and our beaches definitely measure up.
    We also have a saying – the smaller the town, the bigger the hair. Pretty much holds true.

  205. Mama Belle says:

    I’m from Louisiana. It seems like people think we all live on the bayou with alligators. We have webbed feet and are ignorant.
    And every time the national news interviews someone from southern Louisiana, they are usually missing several teeth. What’s up with that?
    This state is full of brilliant, talented, intelligent people. Give us a break.

  206. Krista says:

    Well, I’m originally from Oregon, but have spent most of my remembering years in Washington. The eastern part. Where it’s high desert and we have hot hot summers and feet upon feet of snow in the winter. We are mostly republicans and we call those from over the mountains (Seattle area) “west-siders”. We are considered the “hicks” of Washington and don’t have much political clout considering that Seattle alone outnumbers all of Eastern Washington. However… I do know people from my high school who married each other… and they were cousins! Ew!
    We also have a lot of Mexicans here for our agricultural industry and sadly they are very stereotyped. Personally I speak Spanish and enjoy their culture, but they are very looked down upon and blamed for a lot of things. However they do also cause some problems. They have brought a major gang influence here.

  207. Annie-Savor This Moment says:

    I’m a transplant from Northern California (Sonoma County) to the middle of nowhere Missouri. My husband (also from Cal) loves to crack jokes about poeple in MO missing teeth and marrying their relatives, but of course, everything is exaggerated!
    We live on my sister’s chicken farm, so I’ve seen my share of chickens! (live and dead)

  208. Marla Taviano says:

    Shannon, your dad is brilliant! (for an Arkansan)
    I’ve lived in Ohio my whole life. I don’t say “crick” or “accrosst” or “warsh-cloth.” (but I know lots of people who do).
    I even pronounce roof to rhyme with goof, not woof. (way to go, me!)
    We live inside the city limits of Columbus and ARE NOT BUCKEYE FOOTBALL FANS. There’s a stereotype-smasher right there. We’re VT fans. (we do have emergency OSU t-shirts–you just never know when you might need one to save your life)
    Most of the other states seem much more glamorous/exciting/beautiful to me (besides Indiana, Michigan, W. Virginia and Kentucky).
    I noticed that someone said people in Ohio are friendlier than southerners. That shocked me.
    This has been fun!!

  209. Kim says:

    Hello from Delaware!
    Del a -WHERE?? yeah, I hear that a lot when we travel.
    And yes, we do have a nasally sounding accent. (pinch your nostrils and say “home” and there you have it)
    There is more to our state then The DuPont Company.
    One truism, we speak in mimutes, not miles. “It’s 15 minutes to the mall, 20 minutes to the office and the beach is only 90 minutes away.” who needs miles when you are the second smallest state in the union?
    And yes, I am often compared to a New York City driver when I take out of towners around in my usually speeding vehicle in 8 lane traffic all under construction.
    We have long been considered one of the rudest places to visit. We don’t mean it, we really don’t! Altho, I am always amazed when we travel south and everyone you meet speaks to you like they grew up with you!
    We are small but there is just so much diversity here it deosn’t matter and living within an hour or two of Baltimore, Philadelphia, NYC, and Wash. DC is pretty much the perks without the bother.
    And lastly, I really am a native Delawarean, but , yes, it’s true, most of the state are transplants b/c it’s such a great place to live/work!

  210. Plastic Daffodils says:

    I was born in California and I’ve lived here by whole life. Most people think that California is one mile wide and it’s all beach. Everyone surfs. Everyone is blond.
    In fact, I’m not blond nor have I ever been blond. I was born in a small mountain town, and guess what? We got a lot of snow. The truth of this stereotype is now I actually live on the beach for the first time in my life (well, 15 blocks from it). However, I still have never surfed, and I probably won’t ever. I still manage to have a good time though.

  211. Faerylandmom says:

    Well, I’m from Oregon, and most people assume two things: 1) We have cut down ALL our trees in Oregon and 2) That I am a liberal hippie.
    Number one is absolutely NOT TRUE IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM! Just to be clear, we are blanketed in trees. We are very green.
    Number two is only partially true. I do many hippie-ish things, like have babies at home, use natural remedies whenever possible, use cloth diapers & wipes, etc… However, I have never smoked pot, been a liberal, or protested anything.
    In fact, I’m kind of a hybrid of Christian and hippie, I think.
    But, I will say that there are a LOT of liberals in Oregon – whether they’re hippies or not is another story.

  212. margalit says:

    I live in “Taxachusetts” which is absolutely ridiculous because our state income tax is not all that high, our property tax is not all that high, and our sales tax is 5%, the same or lower than most states. And yet the rumors persist that we pay way more in taxes. We don’t.
    We also don’t all speak with Boston accents. Most people don’t have much of an accent at all. My kids were born and brought up here and don’t sound even remotely Bostonian. No cahs or pahks or anything like that.
    It doesn’t snow a gazillion feet here every winter. There are some winters that it barely snows at all. And some when we get dumped upon every weekend. But it’s no worse than anywhere else in the Northeast, and a LOT better than the midwest.
    People think everyone in Boston is Irish. Ahem. Nope, not true. There are 300,000 Jews in the greater Boston area. As many as there are in all of England.
    People think Boston is racist and not diverse. Nope, not true. We’re no more racist than anywhere else, and a lot less than most places. And we’re HUGELY diverse. There are 106 native languages spoken in our suburb’s public schools. Our city is a rainbow of colors and ethnicities. I honestly can’t think of a place that isn’t represented by a resident here. That means that we have restaurants run by Ethiopians, Portuguese, Persian, Russian, Israeli, Greek, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese (both mandarin and cantonese as well as szechuan) Ghanian, Brazilian, Argentinian, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, and of course the ubiquitous Irish pubs.
    People assume that Bostonians are cold and unfriendly. Nope, not true. We’re totally ridiculously friendly, but not in that southern way of overgushing. We like to talk online. We like to chat in supermarkets and on the T. We’re very friendly. We just spend a lot of the year inside due to cold.
    People assume that Bostonians are very liberal. For the most part, that’s true. But we’ve had a long line of Republican governors that thankfully ended after Mitt Romney (may he rot in hell for ruining the economy of this state). We’ll always have Irish pols in the state government, but more and more we’re getting reps of every possible stripe. And remember, we had the FIRST African American governor in the country. We also are the first state to legalize gay marriage.

  213. Cibbit says:

    I am a southerner. I have lived all over the great state of Alabama and have called North Carolina home, too.
    I can claim I am from L.A. or as the folks in Mobile, Alabama call it, Lower Alabama since Dauphin Island is actually the most southern point of Alabama. Interestingly enough some of the stereotypes are true. In high school we made a truck bed pool and rode around the island. (For an example picture, Google search for Redneck Swimming Pool.) However, I do not nor have I ever chewed tobacco. My sorority sister, who was from Redmond, Washington, was told that all girls in Alabama chew tobacco. Funny how I have yet to meet one.
    Also, my high school was in Bayou La Batre, AL. If you have seen Forest Gump, you’ll know that the character of Bubba was from the bayou. Let me just tell you now, the only things they portrayed correctly are the shrimp boats and the white fishing boots, that are lovingly called Bayou-Reeboks.

  214. Jane says:

    I’m from LA! The city that is. Yes, I am getting more liberal by the day. I am in the entertainment industry…in the sense that I better entertain my fourth grade class or they’ll stop listening to my lessons! Ten years ago, I swore I would *never* live on the Left Coast and God laughed! He has lead me to a home I could never have imagined fitting me so well.

  215. Anissa @ Hope4Peyton says:

    I live in Florida and…
    1. I am tan
    2. I do spend a lot of time at the beach
    3. I do think flip-flops are appropriate wear for everything
    4. I own 1 “Daytona Beach Spring Break” t-shirt
    5. I do looove a good hurricane!
    6. I plan to move north to die
    –Anissa @ Hope4peyton.org

  216. Suzanne B. (Crunchy Green Mom) says:

    Hi Dad! (Ok.. you might not be MY dad, but I am gonna call you that, it’s like your new first name!)
    Ok.. I’m from Texas born and raised. I now live in the state of bliss and completion, Colorado.
    Most people assume.. I rodeo, have an accent, know how big tumbleweed can get and have a family tree that resembles a bush. Oh, and can handle intense heats.
    #1) No, I ride horses, but I don’t rodeo. I love rodeo riders because… Wrangler Jeans look fabulous on ANYONE!
    #2) No, I don’t have an accent (Unless I drink, THEN it’s a bit thick)
    #3) I’d never seen a tumbleweed until I got here to Colorado.
    #4) I have a large family tree… we aren’t bushy at all.
    #5) I HATE heat. Hence, why I moved here. 95 degree heat here is KILLING me this past week. I like snow, I like cooler evening temps. I am a Texas that moved away because i despise the humidity, heat, and the fact that they drive like it’s Germany!

  217. Mandy says:

    I’m from Utah. I am a Mormon, but I don’t assume anybody is…. I guess you only get that if you aren’t. Also, we supposedly eat a lot of green jello with carrot shreds. I don’t. I don’t EVER eat green jello. Especially not with carrots. YUCK!

  218. Stacey says:

    I went to school in Utah despite being from Wisconsin. The very first question out of anyones mouth when I said i was from Wisconsin was “do you like cheese?” or “do you like cowtipping?”.
    Then when I would be in Wisconsin and said I went to school in Utah everyone asked me if I was Mormon or how many wives my guy friends had. I guess it was interesting to have two stereotypes to live in.

  219. D'Anna says:

    Thanks so much to your dad for this post! It has been so much fun to read!
    I’m a Texan, married to a Russian, living in Russia.
    Texas stereotypes:
    Many of them have already been covered, so I’ll hit a couple of new ones:
    1) that we all have terrain like W Tex, flat and desert-like – actually, I’m from E Tex – the Piney Woods and we have huge pine forests. One of my favorite things as a child was making “houses” with the fallen pine needles. Our weather is HOT and HUMID!
    2) my Russian friends have asked me about “bandits” in Texas – at first I thought they meant like Wild West, but they were talking about the “bandits” that shot JFK!
    1) Russian women are fat and ugly (remember the old “Evening wear, swim-wear” commercial?) and dress badly – this is SO FAR from the truth!!! Russian women are the most beautiful in the world- tall, thin and dress beautifully!
    2) Russians drink alot! Unfortunately, this one is very true for many many people! It is difficult to find a family here w/out someone with a serious drinking problem.
    Can’t wait to read more! : )

  220. Beckie says:

    I’m from Maine. We do not all speak with a heavy downeast accent. I do have family who forget to use h’s and r’s correctly. My husband, who grew up in Pennsilvania, told his family my accent was so thick no one would understand me. Every one of them were shocked when I opened my mouth and spoke clearly.
    The really funny thing is that when my son learned to talk he had a heavy Long Island and New Jersy accent. My father in law was from Long Island and my mother in law was from New Jersy.

  221. Stephanie says:

    This is so funny I put a link on my blog!
    I am from Maine so I guess we talk different.
    pillow= piller
    car= cah
    park = park
    I guess we talk fast too. Any other Mainiacs out there?

  222. Donna @ Thirsty? says:

    I live in Australia and …. yes we do see Kangaroos jumping down the streets in our town! But give the rest of my fellow Aussies a break, it doesnt happen THAT often πŸ™‚

  223. Candace says:

    I am a Georgia girl! I talk like a southern belle unless I am overly tired and then I just sound like a hick. I don’t live in a trailor and I don’t like to have fights. I do like tomato sandwiches and swimming (I have an awesome tan). I am pretty close to the FL border so ya know πŸ˜‰
    When you see a GA person on tv it is typically a person that lives in a trailor and seems to want to fight all the time. They make us sound dumb and extremely ignorant. I promise we aren’t all like that.

  224. Jacki says:

    Here in Warrenton, Virginia it is mostly an agricultural county, and people think we are waaay out in the country. They are suprised to find out it is only 36 miles from Washington, DC and that we DON’T live on a farm.

  225. Anonymous says:

    I dunno about stereotypes in Baltimore (I live a long ways away in the neighboring county), but my mom told me that they really do call you “Hon” in Baltimore and nearby. : )

  226. Lisa B @ simply His says:

    I was born in WV — oh the hillbilly jokes I’ve had to endure (toothbrush invented in WV because we only have one tooth to brush). Some of the same misconceptions as other southern states: shoeless, use an outhouse, no indoor running water (I have no idea where these people thought we take baths — maybe they thought we didn’t), dumb, hillbilly accent, married cousins — oh the list could go on.
    My family moved to Chapel Hill, NC when I was younger — talk about MAJOR culture shock! People in Chapel Hill are just weird. Of course I don’t live there any more (close but not too close). People in NC thought I talked funny when I moved here, and now everyone just thinks I talk funny period. Major southern drawl πŸ™‚
    Your Dad had a great idea! It’s been great reading all the different perspectives!

  227. gretchen from lifenut says:

    Colorado: I must ski, right?
    When I was in college, I worked for a car rental company at the airport in our regional airport. It was the gateway to most of the major mountain resorts. People from the east coast charter flights would ask if the roads were paved.
    No! In fact, the car you rented is actually a COVERED WAGON.

  228. E-Jayjo says:

    I live in the Appalachian Mountains. Of course, this area is always portrayed as cousins marrying each other, women chewing tobacco, people who are toothless, uneducated, etc., etc., etc. The reality is that I do know people who fit into all these categories and love them, but that group is definitely on the decline now… what with kompooters and teknologies reachin’ these hyere parts. Excuz me whilst I spit. πŸ™‚

  229. Tammy says:

    These comments have been fun to read.I would say that the sterotypes have come to be because at one time they were the norm of the area .People move so often that thee is change going on all of the time.I grew up in Rhode Island and I don’t know if there is a streotype of that state,except maybe to say that all of Rhode Island is not like Newport -no mansion for me growing up.Also just like any other place,it is not all like Providence!
    I have lived in Cleveland,Ohio and the sterotype could be true that all are Italian and part of the mafia.The reason being my husband was from the corrupt east side of Clevelnad.The west side of Cleveland is very different.
    Columbus,Ohio -most is true but I do feel for those who don’t like Ohio State.
    Alabama-many are transplants now in Huntsville area,so what used to be streotyped is long gone.Same for Raleigh,North Carolina.I think I know about 10 people who were born here.The rest have moved here.
    People from Mississippi can read and Corinth is far different from Biloxi.
    I can’t think of any about Virginia.State is very different from area to area.Florida is made up of transplants and has the panhandle area which is mostly military-far cry from Miami!

  230. Cori says:

    I live in Montana, transplanted from Washington. We live in a faded, old double wide with fields surrounding us and a BEAUTIFUL view the mountains and rivers create for us down the valley. We have to drive 2 hours to get to the closest WalMart. My kids are constantly barefoot and often dirty,(because they have fun outside, not because they dont bathe!) They go to a school K-8 total 40 kids max. We love outdoor activities. My husband owns guns and loves to hunt. Our apricot trees get visits from deer and bears. We are not part of any militia and we do not own any horses, cowboy hats, or big belt buckles. And we have high speed internet!!!

  231. Kelly says:

    Born and raised in Alabama. It’s the middle of baseball season and you can’t turn on any evening newscast without the entire sports segment showing the countdown to college football with detailed clips of Auburn and Alabama. And I love college football but I went to Miss State and my son went to Samford (small college, also in Alabama) and he plays minor league baseball, also in Alabama, but you can’t get ANY NEWS UNLESS ITS ALABAMA OR AUBURN!! Sorry, that turned into a pet peeve, not a stereotype. BUT, in that vein, I have all my teeth, do NOT chew tobacco, wear shoes (do Southern Belle flip flops count?) went to college, but on the flip side I can homemade jelly, think pink-eyed-purple-hull peas are the BEST, esp. with cornbread, and say y’all in the plural like the lord intended, and wave at my neighbors across the backyard daily. And don’t always lock my doors while I’m at work.

  232. Marichan says:

    Like the first commenter, I too grew up in Missouri, so know exactly of what she speaks. Indeed, there is a famous (infamous?) store sign in Columbia, MO that reads “Liquor, Guns & Ammo.”
    Now I live in New York City, which of course has its own slew of stereotypes. Yes, I wear mostly black. No, I am not particularly rude nor particularly neurotic(although I confess I have my moments). No NY accent (see Midwestern upbringing), although my husband does have a slight one.

  233. Nate's Mom says:

    Maryland suburb of Washington, DC. People believe that District residents are cold and unfriendly, which has some truth to it. You definitely keep to yourself among strangers around here. A high percentage of the population is from someplace else, and is only here temporarily. My family is a bit unusual in that we are natives and plan to stay. And yes, the traffic is the stuff of nightmares. No, I don’t know DC like the back of my hand, have never seen the Pres in person, or much other “inside” info. But hubby is a Fed employee.
    Your dad rocks! Guess that makes sense…

  234. tonyia says:

    Ok, I coming from Alabama I COMPLETELY understand what Leslie is going through. I am married to a WONDERFUL man (who grew up in a little bitty town in Florida that doesn’t even have a traffic light). And of course, his cousin is married to my cousin, so when MY family found out they gave me such a hard time about “keeping it in the family.”
    Also, everyone thinks we Alabamians are dumb. And like the Arkansas post, if there is a tragedy of some sort, OF COURSE the news people are going to get the one person in town that only has ONE TOOTH, whose car is up on blocks and whose suspenders are tied together with rope, blah blah blah, lol! πŸ˜‰
    But ya’ wanna know the kicker? I was born in California. I’ve lived in Texas, Washington, W. Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio and several other states. And my family always gives my a hard time about being a Yankee. HOME is this little town here in Lower Alabama, though. I wouldn’t live anywhere else, stereotypes and all.

  235. tonyia says:

    Ok, I coming from Alabama I COMPLETELY understand what Leslie is going through. I am married to a WONDERFUL man (who grew up in a little bitty town in Florida that doesn’t even have a traffic light). And of course, his cousin is married to my cousin, so when MY family found out they gave me such a hard time about “keeping it in the family.”
    Also, everyone thinks we Alabamians are dumb. And like the Arkansas post, if there is a tragedy of some sort, OF COURSE the news people are going to get the one person in town that only has ONE TOOTH, whose car is up on blocks and whose suspenders are tied together with rope, blah blah blah, lol! πŸ˜‰
    But ya’ wanna know the kicker? I was born in California. I’ve lived in Texas, Washington, W. Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio and several other states. And my family always gives my a hard time about being a Yankee. HOME is this little town here in Lower Alabama, though. I wouldn’t live anywhere else, stereotypes and all.

  236. tonyia says:

    Ok, so now that I feel that I’ve proven we Alabamians are dumb- I am sorry about the double post, my computer burped! 😦

  237. Ashley @ mrs007.net says:

    The following quote is directly from my About Me on my blog. I live in Middle Tennessee and I might have just a slight complex about the stereotypes of people in the south.
    “I was born and raised in the south, but I am not a redneck, so don’t give me any crap. I can read and I don’t let my kids go out in public barefoot. I also have all of my original teeth and I don’t know anyone who uses or manufactures crystal meth.”
    Now, having said that, I am NOT going to dispute the fact I have a southern accent, that I love to cook anything “Paula Deen style” and that I love to go to Wal-Mart.

  238. Kim says:

    Canadian stereotypes:
    1. That we always follow everything with Eh? – not true
    2. That we live in perpetual winter – also not true

  239. dana says:

    In Wisconsin we love our Packers and we love our Cheese Curds, but for goodness sakes, if one person asks if we all wear cheesehead hats, I’ll scream. πŸ˜‰

  240. Jenn says:

    When I would travel to other states (I am from and still live in OkieLand) in high school, the people from other states would ask “so do you ride your horse to school?”

  241. Yvette says:

    Naples, Florida here. Way down in Southwest Fl. I live less than 10 miles from the beach and I can honestly say I have been there less then three times this year. My legs are so white the glow under the sheets. Millionaires out number the Florida crackers. (I am not one of the millionaires. :o) Snowbirds are not actual birds, they are the flocks of people who flock here every year for our beautiful winters.

  242. MIchelle McNally says:

    How very fun! A hoosier checking in here–yes, that’s a person from Indiana, but nobody really knows what that means. Basketball really is a huge deal, Michael Jackson and Dan Quayle really aren’t. I think we are supposed to be some of the fattest, least educated people in the country, if not the planet, but I don’t find that to be true. Of course, I was educated here, so how would I know???

  243. Superchikk says:

    On Saturday, I sat in a Defensive Driving class with a girl who just moved to Arkansas from New York. New York City, to be exact. Yeah.
    Not only was she in culture shock just having moved here and gotten her first moving violation, she became quite concerned when our instructor told us about a few recent road rage incedents involving firearms.
    She raised her hand, said she was from NYC and asked if everyone in Arkansas had a gun in their car.
    The response from the instructor was, “Yeah, pretty much. But so do all the cabbies in NYC.”
    I think we were both a bit stereotyped.

  244. Jennifer says:

    I live in OK but I grew up in West Texas. My mom and sister both still live there…..they both have BIG HAIR and and wear LOTS OF MAKE-UP πŸ™‚

  245. Jennifer says:

    I live in OK but I grew up in West Texas. My mom and sister both still live there…..they both have BIG HAIR and and wear LOTS OF MAKE-UP πŸ™‚

  246. Ruth says:

    I’m from California, the area with beautiful mountains, lakes and four season, which yes, means we do get snow. Of course when I travel and people ask me where I’m from I just say California, which leads to the inevitable, “Oh, from L.A?” I respond, “No, I’m from Northern Californa.” Their response: “Oh, from San Francisco, then?” Then they go on and on about traffic, never-ending warm weather, smog, Disneyland, and hanging out at the ocean and when I tell them we have none of that where I live they get this perplexed look on their face like what else is there in California? And, no we definitely do not eat tofu where I’m from. In fact, a great dinner usually consisits of a big fat steak or a juicy hamburger.

  247. Julienne says:

    I was born and raised in Palm Springs, California and hate all the stereotypes so much I am often vague about where I was raised. Most everyone assumes I’m rich and grew up in a life of privilege, should be a size zero and was always outside tanning.
    In actuality, I’ve always had weight problems and am now learning to be proud of my body. I grew up with an amazing mother that never let me feel how very poor we really were and the only reason I was tan was because I’m such a water baby it was hard to get me out of the pool. Oh yeah – I hate the ocean too! I would much rather walk on the rocky beaches of Oregon all bundled up in jeans and sweaters.

  248. Dawn says:

    I’m from Utah, and whenever someone is from Utah it is automatically assumed they are a Mormon. For the record, I’M NOT A MORMON!

  249. GiBee says:

    I live in the Washington Metropolitan Area — and everyone things we’re raving liberals. Most people are, but we are very conservative!
    We also live in the country — and many people thing we are rednecks. We aren’t all rednecks. Some of us actually have our own teeth, and have a college edu-mication. Honest.
    My husband saw this saying the other day which totally cracked me up —
    “I think the term Redneck is totally offensive… I prefer Appalachian American.”

  250. Heather says:

    I went on a missions trip in high school, and no one would believe that I was from California. Fresno, CA, actually. The part that’s 200 miles from LA, and the #1 agricultural county in the country (seriously!). I laugh about being more “country” than my husband from Indiana who grew up an hour from Chicago. πŸ˜‰

  251. Shelly says:

    Well, I grew up in Maine, so I must:
    -“be used to the cold” all year
    -pick blueberries
    -live on the coast (PEOPLE, there is a WHOLE STATE there, not just coastline)
    -live near Bar Harbor
    -eat lobster all the time (I WISH!)
    -be a hick
    -love maple syrup (Ok, I do)
    Great topic!

  252. Ronnica says:

    I so had this on the top of my “to blog” ideas! Tell your dad that great minds think alike!
    I grew up in Kansas, so the stereotype includes everyone growing up on a farm, falling victim to tornadoes, and being Dorothy/meeting Toto or some other Wizard of Oz reference. Of course, very few people actually live on farms (I didn’t…it actually shocks some to realize I’m a city girl…not a BIG city girl, but definitely a city girl!) and tornadoes, well, are very real.

  253. ET @ Titus2:3-5 says:

    One assumption is that in Canada it’s always COLD and we live in igloos! LOL! Um, no igloos here, just houses. But I must admit that it is darn cold for at least 6 months every year, moderate for 4-5 months, and good and stinkin’ hot only 1-2 months.
    Also, that Candadians say “eh” a lot. Totally true! πŸ™‚

  254. Richelle says:

    As “white strangers” living in W. Africa (we are missionaries) everyone assumes that 1. we are super rich,
    2. have air conditioning all throughout our house (I WISH…),
    3. we have a personal “in” with the office that grants visas to those wishing to come to the US, and
    4. Americans don’t speak real English – only the British do.

  255. Erica (A Yankee In Jawja) says:

    I had a fabulous childhood, growing up in a small town.
    When people learn I was born and raised in Maine, they usually say, “Oh my!” and ask if we have winter 9 months out of the year, if we had running water and if the bears and moose out number us.
    Proud to be a Mainiac! :- )

  256. Marlo says:

    Allright- is your Dad gloating yet? If he isn’t, he should be!
    And you really don’t need anymore comments, and I won’t really be saying anything new, but I was raised in TN and now live in GA, so I’m a Southern girl. I think the word y’all is a pretty cool word and am not afraid to use it around any and everyone.
    I’ve traveled to 42 of the 50 U.S. States, and what I’ve decided is this: country is everywhere. If you’re in a rural part of the country, be it rural New York or rural Idaho, you’re going to find the same exact types of people. And you know what? They’re all probably quite a bit nicer than the ones who don’t have time for you because they’re too busy making a deal in the city.
    How’s that for a good ol’ generalization?! πŸ™‚

  257. Amy says:

    I was born and raised in the Boulder, Colorado area. No, I don’t ski… too many knee problems. I decided that the ability to walk was far too important.
    My hubby and I moved to a town just South of Nashville, Tennessee almost 14 years ago. It has truly become our home. We love it here.
    The big assumptions that people make about me since I hail from the south are:
    1) We are ignorant hicks that speak with a Southern drawl.
    2) Our diet consists of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, biscuits or other foods cooked with bacon grease.
    3) We only listen to country music.
    4) We wear overalls, have missing teeth, a sofa on the porch of our trailer and have a few dogs chained to a cinder block in the backyard.
    5) I would need to drive to another state to find any acceptable shopping or other modern convenience.
    6) We are Nascar fans
    I could go on…

  258. Dee says:

    Y’all, I’m from Tennessee…
    Just triple all the southern stereotypes and that’s us. And this is the kicker…it wasn’t until I was really old that I realized that people actually believe them. lol
    Love this post..it’s been fun. Thankful that I live in Tn, am amazed that my great-greats (not sure how many greats and not cousins, I don’t think!! lol) got their marriage license in 1812 at the courthouse in the same little town I now live in, within walking disance of my house…plan on staying in Tn UNLESS I should be given the opportunity to live beachfront in the Carolinas…

  259. Anna says:

    Staci- I am from central Illinois- NOT CHICAGO! It’s a totally different world, and where I’m from, not like Chicago OR the farmland of southern Illinois.
    Onto my current location- Colorado. No, I don’t ski. No, I’m not a hippie. No, I don’t live on a farm. It doesn’t snow all year in most of the state. It is HOT today, near 100.
    Yes, my town is STINKY. Only on Thursday. πŸ˜‰
    And the Mormon girls, really- have peace.

  260. Joan says:

    I grew up in rural Nebraska where this is no culture. I graduated with 9 in my senior class in high school. I don’t think we even had a quorum to come up with a stereo type. Although I have shucked corn, churned butter, and milked a cow.

  261. Miriam says:

    I grew up in Alaska and went to Texas for my freshman year of college. More than one person either a)didn’t know where it was (As in- “Oh, Alaska, wow- that’s in the southwest corner of the states, near Hawaii, right?” because of the map inserts) or b)assumed I was raised in a tent or perhaps an igloo.
    Now I’m in Portland. And I have to say, it actually IS packed with liberal hemp-wearing bike-commuting intellectuals. Most are nice, some are a little judgmental. Once I told somebody I was going to Starbucks on my way to church and they said, after a beat where they were absorbing the fact I had admitted to being Christian without apologizing for it, “Oh, is the local coffee shop closed or something?”

  262. Amy says:

    I live in Alabama and it drives me nuts that people think we all speak like Jessica Simpson in the Dukes of Hazzard. Seriously ya’ll, that is the WORST Southern accent ever, and it is even more shameful because she is from Texas.
    Oh, and I’m not married to my 1st cousin, I don’t make moonshine in my backyard, and I’m also not racist by any stretch of the imagination, but I DO drink sweet tea at every meal.
    Bye ya’ll!

  263. Rookie Mom 101 says:

    I grew up in a town where Fair dances still happen the first saturday of the month and everyone worked for the prison system. So of course the joke is always “so did they let you out on parole?” We have a town square that is centered arounnd the court house and everyone gathers at Wal-Mart to “be seen,” and the highlight of the week is seeing who is getting hitch in the local (one page) newspaper on Sunday. We are miles away from the city (45 to be exact) and no we didn’t ride horses to school. We had pasture parties in high school and live for Friday night lights. You lived for the day when you could graduate and “get out” of town but now you long for the days when you can go home and visit Grandma’s house where everything stays the same!

  264. Heather says:

    Well I’ve lived in Las Vegas for four years now and yes there are churches and even christians here. Outside of The Strip or Downtown it’s just another large city. There is still nothing to do after 11pm if you don’t drink or gamble (which I don’t). It is a fun city and there are some of the best restaurants in the world here.

  265. Katie says:

    Ho. Lee. Cow. I don’t have time to read through 279 comments! Any chance you’d do a “best of” post with different comments for each state?

  266. Ericka says:

    I’m SO TIRED of the ‘Chicago-ans are a bunch of brat-eating, beer-drinking, organ-meat ordering, bellowing drunks.’
    Well, ok, if you went a Cubbies game, you just *might* see a little of this πŸ˜‰

  267. Kathy C. says:

    I was born in Texas, and lived there for most of my “growin'” years (except for 5 years in England when I was young).
    I don’t have big hair, and didn’t in the 80’s
    I don’t have an accent, never acquired one
    I never roped a calf, or did barrell racing
    I didn’t live on a ranch
    I have never owned a cow
    My last name was “Ewing”, but we certainly weren’t rich and never had oil
    I wore cowboy boots on occasion
    I never wore Wrangler jeans
    I knew several guys named “Bubba”
    And I truly do believe you can take the girl out of Texas, but you can NEVER take the “Texan” out of the girl! πŸ˜‰

  268. Lisa says:

    I’m from Kansas, and the saying goes that there is a pretty girl behind every tree in western Kansas…that’s probably true, though I’m from eastern Kansas so that saying doesn’t apply here. :o)

  269. Dayna says:

    I’m from Oklahoma, so of course, when I was in elementary school, a friend who moved to Oklahoma from Iowa thought we rode horses on dirt roads. However, my husband is originally from Oregon, and I enjoy calling him and his brother granola heads.

  270. Lee says:

    As a Louisiana girl who now lives in Arizona, I am fully expected to have a kickin’ seafood gumbo recipe and vast knowledge and skill about how to devein shrimp and eat crawfish.
    I know NOTHING! πŸ™‚ I lived in Shreveport, LA from birth til college and never once set foot in New Orleans or any other South Louisiana, Cajun-ized city.

  271. O says:

    Hey, this is awesome. I’m saving some for a rainy day.
    To go micro: I live in a town that is home to a hippie-dippy college, so many assume that all of us who live here are just as hippie-dippy.
    I’ll admit, we joined an organic food cooperative. And when our first son was around 2, he was wearing his sandals with socks, and was an avowed vegetarian (though we were–are–not). When he started calling us by our first names, that was where we drew the line.
    But now I find myself “cooking” with my little one by making homemade hummus and composting the scraps. Next thing you know you’ll find leaves in my hair. It’s in the water (in my Sigg bottle, of course), I think.

  272. tac says:

    just stumbled across your blog this evening, and feel compelled to defend New Jersey. I’ve lived here(on and off) most of my life and I know several people who are NOT in the mafia.
    That strikes me as a very North Jersey thing, (and I’m from very south Jersey). Some characteristics that I will not deny: I am a mallrat, I really like Bon Jovi, and, if I’m not careful, when I’m thirsty I’ll ask for a glass of ‘wooder’.

  273. Gretchen says:

    Indiana – and no I don’t know what a Hoosier is either. Except that when I lived in Springfield, MO people that lived there from St. Louis told me that a Hoosier was a name they called people that were, well, we will just say uneducated. Anyway, I love Indiana, but my husband says there are just no hills here. He is from the Ozarks. Yes, there is more to do here than just grow corn, and yes, we like basketball but we love football (or at least I do – Go Colts!).

  274. tammy says:

    I live in Ohio in the most adorable suburban town. We value arts and history here very much. But it seems anyone who doesn’t know much about Ohio assumes I am either Amish and/or live on a farm. I will agree though, if you are just driving through on an interstate, we are pretty boring to look at. πŸ™‚

  275. Amy in WA (Texas transplant) says:

    I live in Western WA state…however, I’m from Texas. After two plus years in WA, here’s what I’ve found:
    -Liberals, liberals, liberals. TRUE
    -Rains all the time. TRUE (Call it mist if it makes you feel better, and point out that the avg. annual rainfall is less than Dallas, but my goodness, it rains for months and months and when the sun comes out people remark on it…constantly. ‘Cause it’s a big deal.)
    -Gorgeous landscape and mountains. TRUE (And native Washingtonians take advantage of this all year, but those of us who are not used to the weather only venture to the great outdoors during the summer months.)
    -Hippies. TRUE (and protesters, and vegetarians, and vegans, and Birkenstocks, and coffee, and lots and lots of organic products.)
    -Subarus. TRUE
    Oh, and they HATE Wal-Mart. We couldn’t go in one day (yep…I shop at Wal-Mart) because of a bomb threat.
    But we can actually enjoy outdoor activities during the months of June, July and August, which was foreign to me coming from TX. And sometimes we have to wear jackets in the summer, and I LOVE it.

  276. Polina says:

    I live in Latvia, and it is assumed that all latvians are calm, cold and indifferent. I do hope that I am NOT cold and indifferent (while really can be calm from time to time:)

  277. Courtney says:

    Reading all these posts has been so much fun!
    I was born and raised in northern Iowa. Not on a farm. Actually in a very snooty lake town where everyone drove an SUV, not a John Deere. I didn’t even know what a soy bean looked like until I married a farmer. I was never aware of any rumored character traits of an Iowan. Except maybe wrestling. It’s a die hard sport there.
    I married a southern Minnesotan. We live 2 miles north of the Iowa border, but I tell you what, it may as well be a different country. I never realized it, but all that MN stuff… it’s true! I’m sure things are different in the city, but out here on the farm… woah.
    30 miles south in Iowa, we ate casseroles at church potluck. Here, it’s a “hotdish”.
    I had never heard of lutefisk. It’s worse than the paste I sampled as a curious Kindergartener.
    My husband’s grandpa talks like the people on Fargo. Seriously. It’s hilarious.
    “Ohh… that’s niiice” That’s what people say when they HATE something. You have to do it in a real sing-song voice though and try to sound genuine. It’s very phony.
    With few exceptions, the people are people pleasers. The whole “Minnesota nice” thing is very true.
    Everyone IS Lutheran. We aren’t.

  278. April says:

    I live in central Illinois. We do not pronounce the ‘s’ in Illinois.
    Midwesterners are all gun toten’, tractor pullin’, demo derby drivin’, farmers. And for the majority of the population it is true. I grew up in Tennessee and the stereotypes do follow you. For the record, I am none of the above and I don’t fit the typical Tennessee stereotype except I am a VOLS fan through and through. :o)

  279. angela says:

    I live in Cleveland, OH – the most I’ve heard in my travels is the “Mistake by the Lake”
    Honestly I’m proud of Cleveland. We have TONS to do. Yes, the economy is down right now – but there are only, what? 10 places in the US where it’s good.
    We have the Science Center, Rock Hall, Art Museum, History Museum. We have the zoo, Botanical gardens,we have amazing places that not many people visit locally like Stan Hewitt. We have Amish country which is about an hour drive away. Cedar Point isn’t far either. We used to have Geauga Lake amusement park and Sea World until Six Flags ruined that.
    We have a local news guy who’s written some books called One Take Trips. They are mostly within the state, but some go to MI, PA, WV. There are so many awesome, little places to check out.
    Last year my dad, his girlfriend, my boyfriend and I spent a day going around Sandusky – we visited some little out of the way museums and diners. It was great.
    Oh – I’ve also been told we have a funny accent to some people. Like the way we say sorry (pronounced around here as sar-ie) or milk (a neighbor from MO pronounced it me-lk, i and everyone i know pronounced it mi-lk).

  280. Debby says:

    I’m from the San Francisco Bay Area. No, I don’t see movie stars everywhere I go, not all of my friends are gay, I am not tan, I don’t surf and I eat meat.

  281. hogphan says:

    Hi Y’all, this is Shannon’s dad. You folks are fantastic! This has been even better than I had hoped it could be. I’ve both laughed out loud and learned A LOT about many states/regions of our great country and several foreign countries! Frankly, it’s made me want to visit lots of the places you’ve written about. There is so much good about this country and her people (and the countries others of you have written about)and you’ve written beautifully about it. PLUS, you forced Shannon to admit that I could have a good idea! I knew if I lived long enough, that would happen!!!!

  282. Kelley says:

    Well, here goes….
    I’m from Tennessee and, believe it or not, I can actually read. I do wear shoes and I have all of my teeth. I have never worn a pair of overalls and I don’t play a banjo or guitar. I have never been on the 10 o’clock news with rollers in my hair describing the sound of the tornado as it approached the trailer park. I do NOT drive a pick-up truck and, if I did, I absolutely would NOT display a rebel flag there…or a gun rack. I do not cook and eat road kill (although it is NOT against the law to do that here….HELL.O! Thanks to our government for THAT.) I am not nor have I ever considered dating or marrying one of my relatives – ewww! Lastly, I do live right smack dab (how’s that for a good ol’ hillbilly term?) in the middle of the buckle of the Bible belt. It’s true…there’s a church on every corner (well almost).

  283. april says:

    I’m in SW Missouri(born and raised) and I have a toilet in the house(electricity too!), I can read quite well, have all my teeth(minus my wisdom teeth), despise being barefoot, and never have I ate squirrel, rabbit, or opossum. I have never met any of the Clampetts.
    I know for a fact my husband and I are not blood related. He’s from Florida and is Polish descent.
    Another poster listed something about trucks, guns, and flannel…those all came in my life from my lovely Florida boy I married(who, by the way, is oh so very tanned all the time)

  284. Julie says:

    I am from West Virginia. No, I didn’t say Western Virginia. I said, West Virginia. That is a state – check the map. The typical stereotype for us Mountaineers is that we are toothless and married to a cousin. I happen to have a full set of teeth worth about $10k after orthodontics and surgery on my jaw bones to correct an overbite. Also, my husband is not part of my family tree. =) Oh, and I’m proud to be a Mountaineer too!

  285. Jane-Holly [baby steps] says:

    Hey, great comments from everyone, I’m having a great time reading them! I grew up in California – I’m not blonde and I don’t drive like a maniac. Ok, well, my hubby might disagree, but I contend that I am a safe driver who almost always follows the speed limit. I don’t like tofu, my body parts are all real. I HAVE fake’n’baked myself to get a tan.
    Now I live in Oregon, and apparently we’re all either lumberjacks or coffee drinking, wine making, tree hugging liberals. Oh, and we don’t have webbed feet. Wait, let me check again… nope, still no webs.

  286. Heidi says:

    I grew up in Minnesota, and when I moved to Chicago, I discovered a few stereotypes:
    1) People in Minnesota are all conservative, which equals backwards. Since I was somewhat liberal at the time, this made me nuts. In reality, people in Minnesota (when I lived there) seemed to be an unusual mix of conservative and liberal that I’ve never seen since. And remember, Minnesota was the only state in the union to vote for Mondale.
    2) Between my name (Heidi) and being from Minnesota, I had an aura of innocence. “Pure as the wind-driven snow” was the way one person put it.
    3) People in Chicago would tell me that their winters were just as cold as the ones in Minnesota. They were so confused.
    Now I live in Colorado, and I don’t know of many stereotypes about it. So few people are actually from here that it’s too hard to say.
    Back to growing up in Minnesota: I never heard of a heated swimming pool until I met someone from L.A., which I think is hilarious. (Why do people in warmer places heat their swimming pools?) Where I come from, the point of swimming is to cool off. If the water doesn’t take your breath away when you jump in, it’s too warm.

  287. Hannah says:

    I currently live in Northern VA. No, I’m not rich, but it would make life here easier if I was. it’s sooo expensive!
    I grew up in Pennsylvania. A question I am consistently asked is if I know any Amish or Mennonite folks. No. I grew up outside of Harrisburg. (That’s the capital, btw. You might be surprised by the number of people who don’t know that little fact.)
    Yes, I’ve seen the Amish,though, and yes, some of them do not shave their legs. Ewww.
    I get picked on for my accent after hanging around my family in PA for a weekend then coming back here to VA. Who knew that Pennsylvanians had southern accents. Weird.

  288. Betsy says:

    I, too, grew up in Arkansas. I now live in TX, but still fight the “image” that we marry our cousins.
    What makes it REALLY tough to explain is that my husband and I had the same last name when we married. No, we’re not related (he’s NOT from Arkansas). And, it is not a common name.
    Yes, you can imagine the questions and jokes we hear routinely…

  289. Leah in Alaska says:

    I live in a small town commonly referred to as out the “North Road”. We’re all hicks, roughnecks, and rebels- or so they say. On top of that, I’m in Alaska. Some of the stereotypes are true. We hunt and fish for our food, drive trucks, play in the snow and have big families. Hey, the winters are long, what else can I say.

  290. Lindsey says:

    Ok, so I read through all the comments. Really interesting!
    I’m from Pennsylvania, pretty close to Harrisburg. It is shocking how many people think that Philly is the capital.
    I am not Amish, but pretty much all my neighbors are Mennonites. By the way, Mennonites are not Amish. And not all Mennonites are the same. There are a lot of different sects within the religion.
    I am an all-country girl, though!

  291. Deidra says:

    Looks like I’m the first to comment from Mississippi. There are tons of stereotypes about us…as you all must know. However, we really don’t all live in mobile homes or hate minorities…and I don’t personally know anyone that’s been on Jerry Springer.

  292. edj says:

    Tell your dad his idea is brilliant!
    And when we lived overseas, it was funny to meet Americans from different parts of the country, and to see how the stereotypes might apply just a little bit.
    This was fun. Oregon stereotypes have a lot of truth. It does rain a lot but it’s oh-so-green, and we all love coffee and books (except for my friend Sarita but she’s weird), and there sure are a lot of liberals. At least in Portland. Out of the urban area, though, things are quite different. But Portland defines the state, so why not?

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