“Excuse me, sir, do you have a moment to talk about our Lord and Savior, Knut?” Alaska is known for a lot of things. Besides having the highest suicide rate in the country, it’s also known for its wildlife, freezing cold and Sarah Palin.
California is pretty different from region to region, but when East Coasters think about Cali, they tend to think of stoner surfers. They also think about L.A., bleach-blonde twenty somethings with more plastic surgery than Joan Rivers.
Connecticut has a reputation for being a pretty preppy state. The stereotype is that everyone owns a boat and looks like they’ve stepped out of a J. Crew ad. This includes salmon-colored pants and a Ralph Lauren collared shirt.
Florida is like the senior assisted living state of the country, right? Besides having a lot of elderly people, the state is known for its bizarre crimes, gators and Disney World. Oh, and Miami is its own microcosm.
“Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.” If you don’t live in Kansas, you probably don’t know much about it besides that they get hit with a lot of tornados. If you’re lucky though, one of those tornados can transport you to the land of Oz.
Louisiana actually has more alligators than the state of Florida. They have a pretty thriving gator hunting industry and even had a TV show called Swamp People on the History Channel. They’re also known for Cajuns, voodoo, jazz and breasts flashing everywhere during Mardi Gras.
You gotta “pahk the cah before you can go into the bah.” Massachusetts was my neighbor growing up, and Rhode Islanders had a pretty similar accent to the people called “ma**holes” (never personally called them that). Massachusetts is also known for its strong Irish pride. It’s better to just stay indoors on March 17th if loud boisterous drunks aren't your thing.
A good chunk of Nevada is desert. So most of what it’s known for is Las Vegas. We all know that Vegas is a hedonistic city full of drunken debauchery, gambling and legal prostitution. So, all around a pretty fun place to be.
Spray tans, short skirts, Armani, leopard print and filthy mouths. This is the unfortunate stereotype of New Jersey. It was made even worse by the extremely famous Jersey Shore MTV show. I’m sure the rest of New Jersey isn’t really happy about that.
Most people don’t know much about Oregon outside of Portland, and Portland is absolutely overrun with hipsters. These hipsters even outdo Williamsburg, Brooklyn hipsters. You’ll probably see more typewriters than laptops in the local coffee shops here.
It always blows my mind that there is actually a town named Intercourse in Pennsylvania. Yes, Amish country is probably one of the things Pennsylvania is known for the best. But, my personal favorite are Philly cheesesteaks and It’s Always Sunny …
My home state and the smallest state in the country, and no, it’s not a real island. We sure do love our “lobstah,” but we also love our Dunkin Donuts. Oh, another thing we’re known for is Nibbles Woodaway, a.k.a the Big Blue Bug.
Sure, when you think of Texas you think of cowboys, ranches, great steak and honkytonk. A lot of people also think about childhood obesity, emphysema and “you can take my gun when you pry it from my cold dead fingers.”
Utah has got some great scenery, and the Badlands are exceptionally beautiful. Unfortunately, when most people think of Utah they think of Mormons, more specifically, polygamists. It’s really too bad that the polygamists give the badlands such a bad name.
My alma mater was the University of Vermont, and I have to say I don’t miss the brutal winters. My eyelashes would legit freeze on my way to class on some winter mornings. But, we did have some great foliage and it’s true that Vermonters really may have maple syrup running through their veins. And maybe cheese…Oh, and Ben and Jerrys.
Woo-wee West Virginia! Appalachian Mountain folk are a unique breed. This includes bits of Kentucky, Alabama, Virginia and North Carolina. The term hillbilly arose from people living in this region, as well as the Ozark Mountains. This guy in the above photo wears that term like a badge of honor. This is Jesco White, from the documentary The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia. He's probably not the spokesperson most West Virginian's would want, but he's Appalachian hillbilly through and through. He’s a proud hillbilly, "outlaw" and mountain dancer.