Thinking about moving out of town (how dare you!), taking a vacation, or heading off to school in an area outside of Buffalo? We’re about to prepare you for questions you will undoubtedly be asked as soon as you say, “I’m from Buffalo.” Don’t say we didn’t warn you:
1. Aren’t you used to the cold?
Does anyone really ever get used to the sharp, piercing bite of sub-zero temperatures? NO. Just like nobody enjoys sweating bullets in the summer. We just know how to handle the cold weather better than most, that’s all.
2. You’re probably melting in this heat, huh?
The flip side of the last question. First off, it’s 60º outside. Second, contrary to popular belief, we do have more than one season in “Brr”ffalo. In fact, we have four. Mild springs, balmy summers, and the most perfectly crisp falls. And yeah, it snows a lot, too. What of it?
3. No goal!
Okay, so this one isn’t really a question, but still. For whatever reason, people seem to think we love to be reminded of our sports teams’ not-so-stellar pasts. You know what also won’t earn you brownie points with a Buffalonian?
4. Do you remember “wide right?"
Rub salt in our wounds, why don’t you? As if it’s not bad enough that the Bills just finished their 17th season without a playoff run, we’re also reminded often by total strangers of perhaps the single worst moment in Buffalo sports history. Let me say it again. SEVENTEEN years. You know the saying, “There’s always next year?” We invented that.
5. Why do you even like the Bills?
If anyone ever thinks of a great explanation for our love-hate relationship with the Buffalo Bills, please clue us in. We’re still not sure how to explain our undying devotion for our team other than the fact that we have no choice – as Buffalonians, we were born into the #BillsMafia.
6. Oh, like Buffalo Wild Wings?
*Eyeroll* Anywhere that calls their wings “Buffalo wings” is NOT representative of the 716. They’re chicken wings or just “wings.” Also – Buffalo Wild Wings started in Ohio, if that gives you any indication of their authenticity. (Although we will admit their boneless wings really are decently good.)
7. Can you say something like bagel, bag, or anything with a long a in it?
Okay, we get it. Western New Yorkers have a distinctive accent. So what if we give the long “a” a little bit of extra attention? It’s not that bAd!
8. What’s the beef between Buffalo and Jon Bon Jovi?
Long story short, if he would have bought the Bills, they wouldn't have had "a prayer" of staying in Buffalo. We're not the type to hold a grudge but... Okay, that's a lie. We definitely are.
9. Oh, you mean Taco Bell?
Please don’t diss the Mighty. Not only does Taco Bell not even come close to comparing to the Super Mighty, they also don’t serve fountain loganberry. Mighty Taco is so good and such a Buffalo staple that you can now order burritos and have them sent to you anywhere in the USA. (Even if it's just so you can prove to out-of-towners that it really is that much better.)
10. Why do you love Tim Hortons so much?
Even if you aren’t a “Timmy Ho’s” diehard, it’s hard to deny the pull of an iced capp in the summer or assorted Timbits in the breakroom at work. Not to mention there’s basically a Tim Horton’s on every corner in WNY to satisfy your caffeine cravings.
11. How do you pronounce (INSERT TOWN/ROAD NAME)?
Buffalo prides itself on our history and heritage. Most names of our towns and roads – Tonawanda, Cheektowaga, and Scajaquada, to name a few – stem from their Iroquois ancestry.
What have you been asked when you say you’re from the Queen City? Share your favorite sigh-inducing questions with us!