‘Tis the week to give thanks and it’s fair to say North Carolina is a crucial piece of the America puzzle. From our delicious cuisine, southern culture, clever inventions, and overall awesomeness–we’ve contributed a lot. Each state has their own culture and contributions but America and the world can thank us for these.
1. A lil' extra heat.
Don't let the name 'Texas' fool ya. Texas Pete was originally manufactured in Winston-Salem and has been a favorite for over 80 years.
2. And a lot of sweet.
Krispy Kreme, the international glazed sensation, was also invented in Winston-Salem.
3. Beautiful beaches.
Some of the most breathtaking in the nation, to be exact.
4. And the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Their beauty is abundant but especially in the fall.
5. The BEST rivalry in the nation.
It's not just college basketball, it's Carolina vs. Duke.
6. Finger lickin' good BBQ.
And not just one but TWO types.
7. Bluegrass music as you know it today.
Thanks to native Earl Scruggs and his 'three-finger' pickin' banjo technique.
8. NASCAR as you know it today.
NASCAR originated in Florida but NC native Dale Earnhardt put NASCAR and racing on the map and is remembered as one of the best and most beloved NASCAR drivers with over 76 Winston Cup wins.
9. Andy Griffith
And of course Mayberry. Andy taught everyone how to be a good person.
10. Legendary soft drinks.
Cheerwine AND Pepsi! That's a tough act to follow.
Shut up Ohio.
12. The barcode and computer function Ctrl+Alt+Del.
Both the barcode and Ctrl+Alt+Del are used globally everyday, but were originally invented in the Research Triangle Park. One (big) step for mankind.
13. SO much delicious beer.
North Carolina has one of the fastest growing beer scenes in the USA with nationally known craft beers and breweries.
14. Some of the best musicians ever.
North Carolina produces and has produced SO much musical talent, we also have the highest number of American Idol winners.
15. The backdrop for your favorite movies.
Over 200 feature-length movies have been shot in North Carolina.
16. Simple ways to feel better.
Both Goody's headache powder and the internationally-used Vick's VapoRub were invented in North Carolina.
17. A fun date or family outing.
Founded by Don Clayton, 'Putt-Putt Fun Center' got its roots in Fayetteville and became a global phenomenon.
18. Carolina pride.
And we know nothin's finer!
Why are YOU thankful for North Carolina? Share your thoughts in the comments.