Here in Ohio, we believe in excellence in all we do—and that includes everything from traveling to outer space to producing Swiss cheese. We like being the best and we plan to keep it that way. The following are 13 things Ohioans do better than anyone else.
1. College football
All other college football teams are inferior. ALL OF THEM. (Don't hate us cause you ain't us.)
Currently, our state capital is the smartest city in the U.S. (and one of the smartest in the world.) The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), a New York-based think tank, named the world's top 7 most intelligent communities in January of 2015. Columbus was recognized for its 2007-2009 brain gain, economic and employment growth and technological advances. To read more about this recognition, click
3. Travel outer space
Joke about it all you want, but we know the truth of the matter: We're smart. We're REALLY smart. (See #2.)
4. Doing this:
No other state's natives can boast about their ability to spell their state name with their arms.
5. Producing greenhouse and nursery plants
Ohio is the leading producer of greenhouse and nursery plants. (You can thank places such as Oberer's Flowers in Dayton and Aris Horticulture in Barberton for this environmental success.)
6. Moving into The White House
Ohio has produced more U.S. presidents than any other state. (OK, so technically we're currently tied with Virginia for which state has the most—but give it time and that will change.)
7. Producing Swiss cheese
Ohio leads the U.S. in production of Swiss cheese. (You can thank our Swiss immigrants for this delicious success.)
8. Roller coasters
Ohio is home to 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.
9. Staying loyal
We’re loyal. Very loyal. No matter the track record, we will stick with you through thick and thin.
10. Dodging deer...
Here in Ohio, you can expect a deer to charge at your car—or stay standing directly in front of it—while driving down just about any type of road. (Interstates are no exception.) What you can’t always expect is that you will avoid them, but in time you learn to always be on guard. Always.
11. ...and potholes.
(OK, so maybe they don't look like this. But that's certainly how they feel when we fail to dodge them.)
12. Braving the winter weather
If we didn’t, we’d never leave our homes until April rolled around. (Or May. Depending on how long winter decides to linger.)
13. Being prepared
Because our seasons follow no predictable (or even logical) pattern, we dress and pack for all contingencies. You won't catch us off guard.