New York December 30, 2016
18 Things People From New York Always Have To Explain To Out Of Towners
Every state has their own unique qualities, making our citizens stand out in an assortment of ways. Here in New York, we have plenty of components that make those who call this place home so special. Out-of-town visitors may be able to get a taste of what it’s like to live in the Empire State, but there’s certain things that you’ll only ever be able to understand if you’re a resident.
1. No you're not going crazy, you actually
are smelling Cheerios.
Those visiting the city of Buffalo may not realizing that there's a General Mills plant right along the Buffalo river, frequently giving the surrounding area a light scent of Cheerios.
2. And you're not losing your eyesight either, that traffic light
is upside down.
Unlike anything else
you'll see in our country, out near Syracuse in Tipperary Hill there's an upside down traffic light that's been in the area since the mid-1920s! With Irish blood running heavily throughout New York, this traffic light is the result of locals refusing to see the British Red over the Irish Green in their town.
3. Not all of us are Yankees fans.
Whether it's because you're not into the sport or you're just rooting for another team, it's never safe to assume that all of our residents are rooting for this major league team. Let's go Mets!
4. Please don't embarrass yourself, they're simply wings not Buffalo wings.
If you're out to eat with any New Yorkers (or specifically our Western residents) and you order Buffalo wings, we will be quick to correct you.
5. When we say "the city", we always mean New York.
There are plenty of other notable cities within our state that we love and frequently visit, but when we're referring to "the city"? That means we're talking about New York, the others we'll call by their real names.
6. And speaking of the Big Apple, there's more to New York than this one incredible city.
Something we will always be willing to explain, there's
so much more to New York than this tiny area that's downstate.
7. Most of us actually don't live that close to the Canadian border.
A large portion of our border is snuggled right up beneath Canada, but for most of our resident it's actually a bit of a hike to make it all the way out to these areas of New York!
8. But if you're going to make the voyage out to Niagara Falls, visiting the New York side is the absolute best.
Sure we share this unbelievable natural wonder with Canada, but if you ask us? We'll explain that the American side is the greatest to visit.
9. We know a ton of great secret swimming spots, but we aren't going to share any of them with you.
Shrug! New Yorkers tend to be secretive about their favorite locations, but when it comes to swimming holes? We're
10. No, Woodstock didn't actually take place in the town of Woodstock.
It's an easy mistake to be made, but the famous 1960s music festival didn't take place in the town of Woodstock, it happened in Bethel at the Bethel Woods Art Center.
11. Unlike other states, New York has an abundance of amazing wonders like waterfalls...
12. And magical castles that will make you feel like complete royalty.
13. All of our residents like to argue over which region gets hit with the most snow every year.
All of us like to think we get the worst of the winter weather, but which of our regions truly suffers the most?
14. The Amityville Horror House does exist and it actually looks like a very normal home.
A famous location that you could easily drive by without noticing, the famous Amyityville Horror home is still standing today in New York.
15. One of our pet peeves is hearing you say "in Long Island" instead of on.
Something that seems so minor to our out-of-town guests, the slight request could be compared to having your name spelled wrong by a relative. We know it's not a big deal, but just go with it for our sake.
16. We only have eyes for Wegmans, to us there is nothing that can compare.
Not all of our residents get to experience the ultimate joy that is having a Wegmans in your town, but we all know of this magical place. Some of us have even made specific road trips to check out why it is the rest of our fellow New Yorkers love this store so much!
17. Don't understand why you're seeing us wear shirts that say "Ithaca is Gorges"? That's an easy one to explain!
city of waterfalls
, Ithaca is filled with jaw-dropping gorges that are splendidly
. A whimsical play on words, we can't help but shout that Ithaca is Gorges!
18. Feeling like some of our names are a bit of a mouth full? Let us help you with pronouncing those.
Shawangunk to Taughannock and more, there's so many names that are hilarious to see out-of-town relatives attempt to pronounce.
tIs there anything in particular that you’ve ever had to explain to an out-of-town friend? For more fun and laughs, watch these
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