Oregon November 21, 2017
9 Foolproof Ways To Spot An Imposter In Oregon
We Oregonians really are a unique breed of people. From our special quirks, interests, and habits, we truly do things differently than the rest of the country. No matter how hard newcomers may try to pretend that they were born and raised here, there are still a few ways to spot someone who’s not actually from the Beaver State.
Take a look:
1. They call the Coast the beach.
Oregonians don't call the beach the beach. Our coastline is rocky, rugged, and very different from the flat, white beaches you find in California. If your new pal is excited to head to "the beach" you definitely have an imposter on your hands.
2. They try to pump their own gas.
This is one of the easiest ways to spot non-Oregonians. If you try to pump your own gas in the Beaver State, you can get slapped with a whopping $500 fine.
3. They refuse to hike in the rain.
Hiking in the rain is an unavoidable part of living in the Pacific Northwest. If Oregonians let a little rain get in the way of our hikes, we'd almost never get outside. So if you catch someone hanging up their hiking boots at the first sign of rain, they may not be from Oregon.
4. They've never eaten an elephant ear.
This impossibly delicious fried dough dessert is a staple at Oregon fairs and festivals. If someone gives you a weird look when you say you want an elephant ear, there's a chance they're new to the Beaver State.
5. They think the Civil War happened in the 1800s.
The annual Civil War football game between the University of Oregon Ducks and the Oregon State Beavers is one of the richest traditions in Oregon. Even non-sports lovers know about this rivalry. Anyone who thinks the Civil War ended in the 19th century is probably a California transplant.
6. They don't recycle.
Here in Oregon, we take recycling very seriously. Week after week, we sort our glass, paper, and plastics. We even have a bottle bill which pays us 10 cents for every approved can or bottle we return. If you catch someone throwing their cans into the trash, it may be time to start questioning their status as an Oregonian.
7. They drive like they're in a hurry.
Oregonians have an established reputation for being slow and polite drivers. Not only do we have a tendency to go 5 miles below the speed limit, but we also often let other drivers go ahead of us at four-way stops. So if you're driving with someone who's going over the speed limit, you might have a little investigating to do.
8. They carry an umbrella at all times.
It may rain a lot in the Willamette Valley, but real Oregonians rarely seek shelter under an umbrella. Instead, we put on our hooded raincoats. If your friend always carries around an umbrella, they just might be an imposter.
9. They can't pronounce Willamette... or Umpqua... or Oregon.
One of the surest way to weed out the non-Oregonians is by seeing how they pronounce the names of our local rivers, streets, and towns. If you catch them saying "Ore-gone" you've got an imposter on your hands!
How can you tell when someone isn’t from the Beaver State? Share your methods with us in the comments below!