Even when Ohioans travel to other states or countries, we’re pretty easy to spot. From diehard sports rivalries, we’ll never let go of, to strange pronunciations, there are some undeniable trademarks of those of us who live here that may have folks from other states wondering, “What is so weird about Ohio?” Once you’ve lived in the Buckeye State long enough, it’s not hard to spot signs that you’re from Ohio. The following are just a few definite (and slightly strange) tip-offs that indicate if someone is from Ohio – and we’ll wholeheartedly deny their weirdness. Let’s see how many of these weird things about Ohio you are guilty of doing. There are several that I, personally, have no problem admitting to, that other folks might find weird.

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Did you know that we created the first hot dog in Ohio? Read about more things unique to Ohio that might surprise you. If you’re from Ohio – and as proud of your state as I am – why not show it off by wearing your Ohio roots for all to see? And if you’re searching for some one-of-a-kind adventures, check out these top-rated attractions in Ohio that we recommend you are bound to discover even more strange things in Ohio.

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What are the most popular Ohio stereotypes?

Ohio stereotypes typically involve cornfields, farming, and Ohio State football. While most Ohio stereotypes are humorous, they’re not always accurate. (For instance, we don’t ALL hate Michigan fans or the state itself.) Other times, Ohio stereotypes are dead on—and we will likely laugh along with you. Ohioans have a sense of humor that makes them love their state, no matter how much they might make fun of it. Check out our previous article for another humorous list of 14 totally true stereotypes Ohioans should just accept as fact.

What are the weirdest things to do in Ohio?

Ohio is a truly unique state. There are several strange but fun things to see only in Ohio, such as the:

  • World’s Largest Baske, Newark
  • Great Serpent Mound, Peebles
  • Cornhenge, Dublin
  • Troll Hole, Alliance
  • Hartman’s Rock Garden, Springfield

For some neat day trip ideas, check out our previous article about the 11 oddest places you can possibly go in Ohio.

What activities can I only do in Ohio?

The Buckeye State is home to several world-renowned and one-of-a-kind attractions. Some must-see attractions that you can only visit in Ohio include:

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland
  • America’s Oldest Concrete Street, Bellefontaine
  • Glacial Grooves Memorial, Kelleys Island
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton
  • Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky (The "Roller Coaster Capital of the World")

Check out this previous article for a list of places and things you can only do in Ohio.

What are some fun facts about Ohio? 

Did you know that Akron was the first state in the U.S. to use police cars? This is just one fun fact about Ohio, but here are some more that you might not know about:

  • Ohio is home to the world's largest gavel.
  • More U.S. Presidents were born in Ohio than any other state.
  • Oberlin College was the first interracial and coeducational college in the United States.
  • The official rock song of Ohio is "Hang On Sloopy."
  • Ohio has one of the largest Amish populations in the U.S.
  • Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, hailed from Ohio.
  • Cleveland claims to have erected America’s first traffic light on Aug. 5, 1914.

Read our previous article to discover more about these fun facts about Ohio.

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