Okay, fellow Pennsylvanians, we all know just how unique our state and the people who live in it are and that’s what makes PA so special. But, let’s face it, some of the things Pennsylvanians do may seem perfectly normal to us but probably appear really off-the-wall to others. Here are just 13 of those things.
1. We don’t call it Pennsylvania. PA’s just fine.
It’s just what we do. And, if you visit or move here, you’ll start referring to our beloved state as PA, too.
2. We eat Scrapple and…
Okay, so, it’s really a love-hate relationship with scrapple. You either love it or you hate it. There’s really no in-between.
3. Some of us don’t order a side of fries. Instead, we eat our fries on our sandwiches and on our salads.
Pennsylvanians know how to multitask and that’s just how the famous sandwich with fries on top came about. If you’ve not tried a sandwich or a salad with fries on top, you don’t know what you’re missing.
4. We ring in the New Year with a mushroom, a Hershey kiss, and a wrench, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Sure, we could drop a ball on New Year’s Eve but that’s what everyone else does. Towns across Pennsylvania have their own traditions. Mechanicsburg drops a wrench. Hershey drops an oversized kiss, and Kennett Square drops a mushroom. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, sends its ball up rather than dropping it.
5. We race belt sanders and…
Join the race or cheer on the contenders who are vying to become the champion. Experience belt sander racing, hosted by Bertie’s Inn in Exeter, during the Annual Belt Sander Race.
You’ve never really lived until you’ve experienced a good, old-fashioned outhouse race. Build your own outhouse or cheer on the contestants in the Annual Dushore Founders Day Outhouse Races.
7. We get our winter weather prediction from a groundhog.
He might not be the most reliable of our meteorologists but Punxsutawney Phil is our go to groundhog when it comes to weather predictions.
8. We wear shorts in the winter, usually with a sweatshirt and tennis shoes.
Shorts are just comfy and that’s why we wear them all four seasons, including in the winter.
9. We go to mud sales at the firehouse.
No, we don’t buy mud at the mud sales at firehouses. Mud sales – which got their name from the spring’s thawing ground – are fundraisers held by firefighters in Amish communities across the state. Mud Sales feature a wide array of products, including handmade goods, food, furniture, and antiques.
10. And celebrate new marriages, birthdays, and anniversaries at the fire hall.
You’ve never really lived in PA until you’ve attended a fire hall celebration – either someone else’s or your own.
11. We don’t need instruments to make music. We’ve got ringing rocks.
That’s right. PA boasts a natural wonder unlike any other. Ringing Rocks Park is home to rocks that – when you tap on them with a hammer – ring.
12. We snap selfies with oversized shoes and…
Then, after we’ve gotten our photographs, we head inside the shoe – also known as the Haines Shoe House – and indulge in a delicious dessert, like ice cream, cake, or brownies.
13. Larger than life coffee pots.
Snap photos of the Giant Coffee Pot in Bedford by itself and with others after you’ve taken plenty of selfies. The Giant Coffee Pot has been a favorite stop of travelers since 1927.
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