Missouri January 09, 2017
11 Things Every Missourian Wants The Rest Of The Country To Know
Everyone’s got their own opinions or preconceived ideas of Missouri, but it’s time that we set the record straight.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. We don't just eat barbecue.
It's true, Missouri has undoubtedly the best barbecue in the country, if not the world. But that doesn't mean our palate is limited to burnt ends and a slab of ribs. Our state is bursting at the seams with
delicious dining establishments
aside from barbecue food.
2. We don't all live on a farm.
"Oh, you're from Missouri? You must live on a farm." Actually, I live in an apartment that's walking distance from bars, restaurants and shops. Also, I have never milked a cow in my life. With two major cities, it's safe to say our state can get pretty urban, too.
3. Our sports teams are kind of a big deal.
In the past twenty years, our professional sports teams have won two World Series and two MLS Championship Cups. But this year, it's time for the Chiefs to bring us home a Super Bowl Championship.
4. Our winters aren't THAT cold.
Compared to most states in the Midwest, Missouri is actually pretty mild when it comes to winter. In fact, it's not too uncommon to see us out with shorts and flip flops on when it's 40 degrees out.
5. "The Simpsons" was not based off of a Missouri town.
The family from the hit TV show, "The Simpsons" lived in a town called Springfield. However, their hometown was actually named after Springfield, Oregon, not Springfield, Missouri.
6. We have a history of border wars.
From 1907 to 2012, the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri were in the same athletic conference. This made us the longest-running rivalry west of the Mississippi River in 2011. On November 26, 2011, Mizzou won the final Border War game against the University of Kansas during a football game at Arrowhead Stadium. But that doesn't mean were fans or friends of the Jayhawks now.
7. Ravioli is better off fried.
Really, trust us on this. This delicacy was invented and perfected in St. Louis and it's absolutely amazing.
8. There's a reason so many things are named after Mark Twain.
Mark Twain National Forest, Mark Twain Dinette, Mark Twain Hotel...you can say, we're a bit obsessed. But you would be too if one of America's greatest authors grew up in one of your state's small towns (Hannibal).
9. We're home to a lot of caves.
They don't call us the Cave State because we hole up in ourselves up all day. We earned that nickname due to having over 6,000 caves in our state.
10. Walt Disney got his start in Missouri.
Step aside, Hollywood. We called dibs on Disney first. Much of Walt Disney's early career was based in Kansas City. We're not claiming that we taught him all he knew, but it's safe to say that we provided lots of inspiration for that imaginative mind.
11. We're amazing at inventing things.
Aunt Jemima pancake flour, the waffle cone, 7up and iced tea are just a few of the things you'd have to live without if it wasn't for us. You're welcome.
What else should the rest of the world know about us? Let us know in the comments.