It’s inevitable in life that you’ll meet new people from out-of-state and exchange pleasantries that include the question, “Where are you from?” When they learn you’re an Oklahoman, for some odd reason, they ask the strangest questions. They either saw the musical Oklahoma! or watched Grapes of Wrath and still think of the state stuck in those eras. Either way, I have learned to have fun with the questions and give them a dose of sarcasm for the “stereotypical” ones. Here are 17 things people always ask when they know you’re from Oklahoma:
1. Have you ever been in a tornado?
That depends. If you live in Moore, then yes. The majority of Oklahomans have not, but those who have will always remember.
2. Have you ever been cow tipping?
No. That's animal cruelty.
3. Did you marry your cousin?
Wrong state. Try one state to the east - Arkansas.
4. How do you stand the heat?
Just like everyone else...air conditioning and water.
5. What is there to do in Oklahoma, anyway?
Well, we start the day by taking the horse and buggy to town for a visit to the General Store to pick up supplies, then head back before the wind comes sweeping down the plain. All sarcasm aside, we have plenty to do that makes life fun and exciting.
6. Does everyone drive trucks?
Well most of us do, only if the horse and buggy isn't available.
7. What's the deal with Will Rogers?
Don't you know he is "Oklahoma's Favorite Son?" Rogers was born in Indian Territory (now part of Oklahoma) in 1879. He became one of the most famous American media stars during the 1920s and 1930s. Oklahoma has many places dedicated in his honor, including an airport and a highway.
8. Is everyone in Oklahoma obsessed with college football?
Not everyone is a fanatic, but you'll know when you see them.
9. Is there anything you don't deep-fry?
That's up for debate. Our broccoli maybe?
10. Do you live in the country on a farm?
While many Oklahomans do live in the country, maybe even on a farm, most live in metropolitan areas.
11. Are there any trees in Oklahoma?
Actually, a whole region in northeastern Oklahoma is referred to as Green Country and is filled with lush green trees, on top of the many other trees across the state.
12. Oh, you're an Okie from Muskogee?
It's just a song guys...except for the 38,000 people that actually live in Muskogee.
13. Does it snow there?
Yes, snow, sleet, ice and hail...every year, year after year.
14. Better question...Do Oklahomans know how to drive in snow?
I plead the 5th.
15. Do you have real earthquakes?
We do now...even more than California. A damaged home in central Oklahoma from a magnitude 5.6 earthquake on Nov. 6, 2011, is shown above.
16. Is the dirt really red?
As red as red clay soil can be.
17. Why is the state called the Sooner state?
Because the sooner you meet us, the sooner you'll like us. Alright...On April 22, 1889 the unassigned lands of the Indian Territory (later called Oklahoma Territory) were opened to settlers. Thousands of people lined up on the border and, when the signal was given, they raced into the territory to claim their land. Some people went in early to stake claims. They became known as "Sooners." In 1908, the University of Oklahoma adopted "Sooners" as the nickname of its football team. Eventually, Oklahoma became known as "The Sooner State."
Which questions do you hear the most when people find out you are from Oklahoma? What’s your best comeback for the “stereotypical” questions?