Living in Kentucky is unique as compared to other states. There are things we do here that do not happen anywhere else. There are things we say that cause people to simply cock their head sideways with a confused look. That brings us to questions that can usually only be answered if you are from Kentucky, or very familiar with the Bluegrass State.
15. What's a Derby hat?
Initially the Derby hats were inspired by apparel at the English horse races. In modern times, people tend to purchase or make festive hats to wear to the Kentucky Derby and there are hat themed contests. Some of these creations are beautiful, others… are unique.
14. What are those Louisville Bats?
The Louisville bats are Kentucky’s minor league baseball team with a recently changed, yet somewhat familiar logo.
13. No, not those bats, the big one?
That would be the Louisville Slugger, a renowned company in Louisville that has made baseball bats since 1894. At that time, they also made hockey sticks and have been immortalized in the Eazy E song, “Sorry Louie”.
12. Where can I watch a good ball game?
A Louisville fan will pull out their pocket schedule, and respond accordingly. Than, they will likely provide you with the best local pubs and venues to enjoy the game with tasty wings and drinks as well. Or, did you mean the actual bird?
11. Where can I watch a good ball game?
A Kentucky Wildcat fan will pull out their season pocket schedule, and respond accordingly. Than, they will likely provide you with the best local pubs and venues to enjoy the game with tasty wings and drinks as well.
10. What is folk art?
The Appalachians are the folk art pioneers of Kentucky. Folk art is something made by hand from natural or available materials. This can be deer antlers, wood, clay, and anything else that comes to mind. Long ago, the poor would make dolls for their children out of wood carvings, rags or both.
9. What is Burgoo?
Burgoo is hamburger, pork, chicken, fish, venison, mutton, or basically whatever meat is available. It is combined with available vegetables and made into a rich, hearty stew often served up with cornbread or biscuits. Some may call it leftover stew, but in most cases, it is seldom the same twice.
8. What is the difference between regular whiskey and Kentucky bourbon?
A bourbon snob will tell you the only “real” bourbon is made here. Other whiskey is just a cheap alternative for the rich, full flavored taste of an authentic Kentucky Bourbon.
7. What is the greatest 2 minutes in sports?
Kentucky Derby, the longest running horse race in the US. Now, let me tell you why our horses are the greatest thing since sliced bread…
6. What is a Hot Brown?
This Kentucky delicacy originated in the Brown Hotel and was made by Chef Fred K. Schmidt in 1926. It is an open faced sandwich with overflowing with turkey, bacon, and tomato with a Mornay or cheese sauce variant.
5. Where is the blue grass?
Bluegrass isn’t really blue, but the bloom is during the beginning of one season. This is only one specific breed, and the grass itself is quite green. There is no such thing as actual blue grass here.
4. What is Benedictine?
It is the most delightful, light, airy and refreshing cucumber spread you will ever taste. The spread is fine alone on a sandwich, or used as a dip or addition to sandwiches, as the taste pairs well with almost anything. The cucumber spread was made during 1893 in Louisville by Jennie Carter Benedict, a caterer and cook book author.
3. How do you say Louisville?
During travels we have never had anyone actually say Louisville the way locals do. That is unless they were originally from, or previous residents of here. Some say LooAvul, LooEvul, Luhvul, Louieville, Looeyville and Looaville, but only Kentuckians say Louisville.
2. Why just coke?
When a Kentuckian asks what type of coke you want, it doesn’t mean just coke. Coke can be coke, sprite, cherry, mountain dew or whatever flavor “coke” you prefer. Please be specific, as this also includes Pepsi products. This may also vary a bit according to your location in the state. I've also heard soda and pop used a few times.
1. Why do Kentuckians wear so much blue and red?
Unlike some states, our flamboyant display of these two colors is likely sports related instead of gang related. Blue for Kentucky and red for Louisville are proudly displayed all across the state by sports fans, and often times their babies, animals, vehicles, furnishings, etc.
If you travel outside of Kentucky, some of these things will go unmentioned, remaining completely unknown. However, these are questions that you can likely answer if you are from Kentucky, or very familiar. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself the focus of one or more of these from non-Kentuckians. What kinds of questions do you find yourself able to easily answer for “visitors”?