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Making Fun of Other States

   Discussion: Making Fun of Other States
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 13 years, 3 months ago
Every state (except for Alaska and Hawaii) has jokes making fun of its neighbors. What are your favorites? As a New Yorker mine are: If you were to give the United States and enema you'd give it in New Jersey. No wonder New Yorkers are depressed, the light at the end of the tunnel is New Jersey.
lawrence Back · 13 years, 3 months ago
My own state is so horrible I don't need to make fun of my neighbours. Virginia is easy enough to pick on.
trunger is counting... · 13 years, 3 months ago
since i'm a baseball type of guy, i only make fun of chicago mostly for a certain team which shall remain nameless. although, "cursed" would certainly figure in to that....
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 13 years, 3 months ago
Do you mean the Cursed Underachieving Baseball Squad?
lawrence Back · 13 years, 3 months ago
you'd never see a fan of that nameless team in a picture like this, though:
Songbill Back · 13 years, 3 months ago
Urrgh.  We're not all like that, I swear.
ChrisChin is Getting Old Back · 13 years, 3 months ago
Maybe he's referring to the everyone with the last name of Moran.
nate... Back · 13 years, 3 months ago
Or maybe he signed it on behalf of his family.

Jerrilyh Back · 13 years, 2 months ago
> Maybe he's referring to the everyone with the last name of Moran. 

Maybe he's referring to Erin Moran from Happy Days?
Songbill Back · 13 years, 3 months ago
Where did you get that Lawrence? What's he "protesting"?
lawrence Back · 13 years, 2 months ago
No idea. Just did a google image search for 'morans'. And it shows up on the lj Cubs community whenever they play that other team.
Misch Back · 13 years, 2 months ago
That's also a common image for fark.com
Misch · 13 years, 3 months ago
Pennsyltucky.

This story, via Fark, tells the truth about my neighbors to the west.
Snow In Summer Back · 13 years, 3 months ago
pffft!  that's amateur. Nothing beats the one from a couple winters ago.  Woman got lost driving at night & ended up on (and then in) the local lake.  Accidental death.

Wait, she was from Ohio... never mind.
Rachel Marie aka RAI Back · 13 years, 3 months ago
Please note: Pennsyltucky does not encompass the entire state. Just everything between Philly & Pittsburgh.
Misch Back · 13 years, 3 months ago
That's a good point.
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 13 years, 3 months ago
I said states but I didn't really mean to exclude Canadian Provinces or divisions of other countries. I mean even a Quebecois should be able to make fun of Ontario.

They both border New York so i'm allowed.

*joolee* · 13 years, 3 months ago
I'm sure I posted this before, but it's a classic I use on Marie, my college roomie from Mount Laurel:

What's the difference b/t Jersey girls and trash? Trash gets taken out! OH OH OH!!!! ;)
Phoenix · 13 years, 3 months ago
A bit unrelated but still.

Shortly after the start of the Iraq war 2 guys of a German comedy show went to rural Texas with maps and asked random people to show them Iraq on the map and made fun of them (since approx. only 5% could :D). All recorded with hidden cameras.

Mockery gold.
sheryls · 13 years, 3 months ago
i live between indiana, michigan, pennsylvania and kentucky. i dont even know where to start.

Cincinnati is too far south, so many call it Cincitucky. also, any city in Ohio deemed backwater is *partial city name*-tucky. Swanton? Swan-tucky.

Nothern Ohioans, esp of the Toledoan variety, know all about the blue-tailed traffic slugs (MichiganDers). although i think that term is outdated, since Michigan drivers are now way faster than Ohio drivers.

And a Michigan Pass is to pass someone by riding their ass until they get out of your way.

I dunno anything in partuclar people say about Indiana, but it does seem that most of the drivers from there are very old, and very slow. :P

Pennsylvania all we know is DONT SPEED ON I-80 FOR GODS SAKE! set your cruise at 1 below the limit and just deal with it :P
lawrence Back · 13 years, 3 months ago
I dunno anything in partuclar people say about Indiana, but it does seem that most of the drivers from there are very old, and very slow. :P

it's not that they're slow, it's that they're an hour behind, due to the lack of daylight saving time. (although that joke is also outdated now)
Josh Woodward Back · 13 years, 3 months ago
Michigan drivers are only fast in Michigan. In Ohio, they drive 10 below the speed limit. :-/
sheryls Back · 13 years, 3 months ago
ah, thus the "blue tailed traffic slug" name. see, my dad's from cinci and he uses that phrase.

see, we lived like maybe 3 miles from the MI border, so most often they were whipping down I-75 at top speed because they forgot they crossed the border :P so if you get too north in Ohio, they're maniacs :D
Talcott Back · 13 years, 2 months ago
Living this close to Cinci, I'm still not used to hearing about local Kentucky news every day.

You left off West Virginia.
What? Too easy? ;-)
sheryls Back · 13 years, 2 months ago
oooh yeah. i totally forgot about WV. pretty much because i've never had to drive through it to get anywhere :P 

guess we ain't too bright out hea'.

honestly, when i saw this thread, i mostly thought of shit to say about Ohio :D

Expecting Baby #2 in Octo · 13 years, 3 months ago
Blow me, Mass.holes! :-P
Annika · 13 years, 3 months ago
I don't think we make fun our neighbors.. We're such good people here in Washington! ;P
Annika Back · 13 years, 3 months ago
I'd guess we'd be made fun of for being coffee drinking geeky non-tanned rain.. heads.  Or something.  We're easy to make fun of.
A girl named Becca Back · 13 years, 2 months ago
I dunno, I've heard lots of Washington natives make fun of Idaho...
Annika Back · 13 years, 2 months ago
Oh yeah huh?  The potato heads live there.  It's been years since I've heard anyone talk about it though.
lawrence Back · 13 years, 2 months ago
I've heard lots of non Washington natives make fun of Idaho...
100% dainty! · 13 years, 2 months ago
Pennsylvania has enough to be made fun of. But nobody has mentioned Delaware yet! Like, how it's nothing but a redneck shopping mall with some beaches? It's so lame it's *trying* to be New Jersey.

I have a shirt that says Del-a-where?
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 13 years, 2 months ago
It has a permanent traffic jam on 95. When I used to drive to Baltimore regularly I learned that half the driving time was the 17 miles in Delaware.
Mamalissa! · 13 years, 2 months ago
When my parents lived in New Mexico, they got a shot glass that said "Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow you may be in Utah."
John J. Ryan · 13 years, 2 months ago
I hate Newfoundland cause they talk too weird,
And Prince Edward Island is.... oh wait, wrong country.....
Rachel Marie aka RAI Back · 13 years, 2 months ago
You're just jealous of their accents.
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 13 years, 2 months ago
This is from the New York Times:
We’ve been interested to hear that the state dirt movement is gaining steam. As The Wall Street Journal pointed out this week, 21 states have now named an official state dirt, and New Jersey is considering adding a sandy loam to the list of honored soils. People have, of course, laughed. Some have suggested that a state legislature facing an $18 billion pension shortfall should have something better to do with its time. That kind of negative thinking misses the point.

The naming of state things is one of the most time-honored activities of state legislatures. Besides its dirt controversy, New Jersey has been wrestling with the tomato, which advocates seem determined to name the state vegetable even though it is a fruit. Alabama just made the black bear its state mammal. (Alabama, which is big on naming things, already has a state soil, along with a state nut, quilt, amphibian and outdoor musical.)

Key lime pie beat back the pecan lobby to become Florida’s official state pie this year, an event heralded by the American Pie Council. The nation is awash with official state rocks, muffins, sports, fossils, horses, freshwater fish, saltwater fish and — in the case of Texas and Virginia — state bats.

There are two excellent reasons to encourage this sort of thing. One is that although legislatures do indeed have many more important things to do, experience shows they’re probably not going to do them. The other is that state symbols usually begin their climb to honor in an elementary school classroom, where students learn the democratic process by nominating and voting on candidates for, say, state dog or state cookie. This is a fine teaching tool that just gets better if a state legislator empowers the children by turning their idea into a bill.

The only problem is that some states (are you listening, Alabama?) are clearly running out of things to name. The answer might be term limits for symbols. Instead of arguing about the state pie or state dirt, lawmakers should go back to the classics, and pick a new state mammal, flower, tree and bird every decade or so. The children would love it, and it would encourage more variety. The cardinals and mocking birds and meadowlarks have had a lock on the state bird business for too long.


My favorite is that the state insect of California is the California Dog-faced Butterfly.
Mamalissa! Back · 13 years, 2 months ago
State bird of Missouri?  The Eastern Blue Bird.

Edit: i.e. not the Cardinal.
John J. Ryan Back · 13 years, 2 months ago
Old Dominion by EFO was a finalist to be the state song of Virginia.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 13 years, 2 months ago
New York's State Bird is the Bluebird.
Nik Chaikin Back · 13 years, 2 months ago
Thats why I'm always so happy when i visit the city.
Misch Back · 13 years, 2 months ago
New York's State Bird is the Bluebird.

It's no longer a hand gesture?
Mamalissa! Back · 13 years, 2 months ago
As long as it's not the Gannet.  They wet their nests.

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