1. We will never be able to escape construction.

Between the Turnpike (and it's northeast extension), 80, 78, 95, 81, 422 and 202, we will never know what it's like to drive on a continuously smooth highway.

2. Hearing "stay on route for 270 miles" when traveling from one side of the state to the other.


The only thing more depressing than hearing your gps tell you you're stuck on the highway for almost 300 miles is being stuck in traffic (probably due to construction).

3. Sheetz vs Wawa

Fight me if you think that Sheetz is better.

4. Philly vs Pittsburgh

You can literally cut the state in half in terms of which team they root for, except for that weird section in south central PA that is Baltimore fans.

5. The Amish

If you've gone anywhere near Lancaster county, you know all about the Amish. For those who don't know, they are nothing like the Amish Mafia.

6. Is it wooder or water?

The great linguistic debate is whether or not water is pronounced as WOOD-er or WAH-ter. Some say it's a regional thing, but my family debunks that theory. So what's the truth?

7. Soda or pop?

The second great linguistic debate. This one, however, is completely regional. To my Pittsburgians (Pittsburgites?), why do you call it pop? What is this? The forties?


8. Knowing where the whoopie pie comes from.

Sorry Maine, but it's from here. For those that don't know, we have a huge beef with Maine about where the whoopie pie originated. It's an actual thing and there may one day be bloodshed over it.

9. Forgetting how big PA is.

Although we are only 33rd largest in the US, it's enough for my roommate (who's from the Northwest) and I (who's from the Southeast) to feel like we live in separate states. Often we ask each other, "What do you mean you've never heard of that?!" Culture shock is a curious thing.

10. Going to school in state, but being further away than your out of state friends.

My friends from Maryland are closer to my college then I am, by at least 45 minutes. That's all kinds of messed up, frankly.

11. Gus the second most famous groundhog in PA.

"Keep on scratchin'!" (Who else has that Christmas lottery commercial memorized??)

12. And finally, it's PA not Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania is not only hard to spell, but it takes too much effort to say. We prefer to say good ol' PA instead. At least we will never forget our postal abbreviation. Laziness is good for something!