If there’s any state in the U.S. that’s misunderstood, it’s definitely Ohio. Many people don’t seem to understand what we’re all about. Sometimes, we bring this upon ourselves. Other times, people genuinely just don’t even know. Here are 11 reasons why we think Ohio is the most misunderstood state in America:
1. Sometimes, we kind of ask for it.
We can’t expect everyone to understand (or even enjoy) our strange creations and one-of-a-kind cuisine. We just can’t.
2. People think we’re trying to flee the planet, when in actuality, we’re just trying to pave the way for mankind.
(This actually takes a lot of determination and academic achievement, by the way.)
3. The sporadic “O-H"...
…which, unfortunately, isn’t always replied with an “I-O!” Understandably, this could confuse visitors. Not everyone in the U.S. knows what it’s like to ooze state pride. (Which is a real shame, actually.)
4. Spelling our state’s name with our arms even after we’ve done the above ^
It just makes for a cool photo, guys. (Again, if you were proud of your state, you’d understand.)
5. Our undying hatred of all things yellow and blue
Don’t even try to understand this one. Understanding is not important. What’s important is the undying hatred. Let’s keep that strong.
6. Our weather patterns
Let’s be real: The could make ANYONE misunderstood.
7. There is this sad misconception that there’s nothing to see or experience in Ohio, when really, we’re the epicenter of U.S. culture and entertainment because ...
8. …we're home to Test City, USA…
Before major fast food chains such as McDonalds, Wendy's and Chipotle release a new menu item to the world, Columbus has first dibs. NPR, Business Insider and several other news outlets have reported extensively on this throughout the past few years.
9. … The Roller Coaster Capital of The World…
Cedar Point in Sandusky is the only amusement park in the world with four roller coasters taller than 200 feet.
10. … The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…
Cleveland is the proud birthplace of rock n' roll.
11. …and The Pro Football Hall of Fame.
You're welcome, America.