48 Signs You're From North Carolina

48 Signs You're From North Carolina

Old North State Forever.

North Carolina is a beautiful, wonderful state. From mountains to beaches, to UNC to Duke, there is nothing mediocre about the great Tar Heel state. If you were raised in North Carolina, you should be able to identify with the following:

1. You either have the lighthouse or the plane on your drivers license (Nobody gets the seal).

2. You roll your eyes and correct people that pronounce it "App-a-LAY-shun" instead of "App-a-LATCH-un."

3. You have probably been to the Biltmore Estate (AKA America's only castle) before on a school field trip.

4. If there is even a CHANCE of snow school will be cancelled for a week, the grocery store will be out of milk and bread, and everyone will be afraid to drive.

5. You either like light blue or dark blue, not both.

6. Or you like red.

7. Some of your family members probably make/sell real moonshine and it's WAY better than that knock-off crap they sell in gas stations now.

8. Cook Out is life.

9. You have waited in line in your car for two or three hours just to see a street of Christmas lights in McAdenville (AKA Christmastown, USA).

10. In elementary school you heard the phrases "Duke is puke! Wake is fake! But NC State is the one we hate!" and "You can't get to heaven in a red canoe 'cause God's favorite color is CAROLINA BLUE!" thanks to your obnoxious UNC-loving classmates.

11. Billy Graham is a state-wide hero and you've probably been to his beautiful library.

12. You often wonder why Charlotte isn't the capital instead of Raleigh.

13. Two of God's greatest gifts were invented in North Carolina: Cheerwine and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.

14. NASCAR is a big deal.

15. In school there was importance placed on the Lost Colony, Blackbeard, and tobacco.

16. It doesn't matter what time of year you go swimming in the mountains, the river water is always freezing.

17. You've been to Sliding Rock before.

18. "Wagon Wheel" (by Old Crow Medicine Show) is a very important song to you and you knew it way before Darius Rucker covered it.

19. Occasionally, you have to worry about a hurricane destroying your town.

20. Bojangles is the best way to cure a hangover.

21. We love going "All the way," AKA chili, slaw, onions, and mustard on our hotdogs.

22. You brag about all the amazing movies filmed here, including "The Last of the Mohicans," "Dirty Dancing," "The Hunger Games," "A Walk to Remember," "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," and "The Color Purple."

23. And also the popular TV shows filmed in North Carolina, including "One Tree Hill," "Homeland," "Under the Dome," "Sleepy Hollow" and
"Dawson's Creek."

24. You rep 23 because the greatest basketball player of all time is also from here: Michael Jordan.

25. There are two kinds of barbecue: Eastern-style and Lexington-style, and you probably have a preference. Either way, North Carolina has the best barbecue in the country.

26. And barbecue is a NOUN, not a verb.

27. We have some of the best breweries in the country, also.

28. The ACC tournament is an extremely important time of the year where families and friendships will be torn apart.

29. Many people think North Carolina is super conservative, until they make their way to Asheville.

30. There's nothing more relaxing than driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Fall.

31. You've definitely been to Carowinds and then realized it's not that great.

32. Every hour is happy hour to you, because North Carolina legally cannot have an official happy hour!

33. You can always see a lovely dogwood tree blooming in the spring.

34. You will fight anyone who says Ohio was first in flight.

35. You get annoyed at people who are all of the sudden Panthers fans this year because they're doing well. Meanwhile, you were a Panthers fan even when they were 1-15.

36. If you need to buy furniture, there are only two places to go: Hickory or High Point.

37. You know the North Carolina mountains are the best and only place to get a Christmas tree.

38. You know the struggle of waiting to get your after 9's when you first get your driver's license.

39. There is no shortage of places to go hiking because we have so many beautiful national forests.

40. Even though we're on the coast, most people go to the beach in South Carolina.

41. You think the Rocky Mountains are great, but the Blue Ridge Mountains are home.

42. Tracking red clay into your house is normal.

43. You had to memorize the names of all the North Carolina lighthouses in 4th grade.

44. You either conquered the swinging mile-high bridge on Grandfather Mountain, or turned around halfway in fear.

45. There's a certain time of summer when it's too hot to even go swimming because the pool water feels like bathwater.

46. People from other states get confused when you say you're going to Beech and grab your skiing gear.

47. You know our state motto "esse quam videri" (meaning "to be, rather than to seem") is an appropriate representation of our great state.

48. You are proud to be a North Carolinian and wouldn't have wanted to grow up anywhere else.

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12 Frightful Flight Struggles That Make You Want To Fly Straight Home

Flying may seem like fun and games, but it really does come with a lot of baggage.

When most people picture flying (on an airplane of course), or see any airlines ads on TV they see a calm relaxed person who seems to be smiling continuously. As they glance out the window at the beautiful fluffy clouds, they are served all the snacks they desire by gorgeous flight attendants that could pass as models. However, in my case, and as many frequent flyers would know, this isn't the reality for 99 percent of the flying population. Sure, I find the actual experience of flying on an airplane surreal and magical, but it doesn't come without its baggage.

1. Before the trip is when the literal baggage begins.

2. It's all fun and games, until you realize your airlines has a one suitcase limit, you have an hour left to pack... and you haven't started.

3. You have to make sure you have all of the travel documents you need and that they are all up to date

And if they aren't, get ready to stand in some very long lines...

4. At the airport, you have to lug around all of your suitcases until you check them in.

5. Your suitcase weighs too much and you try to reduce the weight in any way possible to avoid paying extra.

This includes eating any food you packed in your bag on-the spot and throwing away anything that may weigh too much.

6. You have to go through the extremely picky and long airport security line (which is necessary to be safe) and take things out of the overstuffed bag that you worked so hard to zip up.

7. When you are hungry and forgot to pack snacks and your only option is buying overpriced airport food.

Bottled water should never be seven dollars.

8. Your flight gets canceled or delayed over and over again and you have to find ways to kill time.

9. On the flight, your body is in confusion because your flight is at 3 a.m., plus you are flying across time zones.

10. You sit next to someone that bothers you.

And have to find a way to keep your sanity for the rest of the flight, which can sometimes be more than 16 hours, while sitting in one place.

11. All the possible scenarios of how a flight accident can occur start to pop up in your head.

And you actually begin to pay especially close attention to the safety demonstrations.

12. You have to use the bathroom really badly...

... but you have to crawl over three people to get out of your seat to actually get to the bathroom.

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It's Just Me & The City

You have to keep the hustle alive.

For a city that never sleeps

I've seen you grow quiet in suspense

Lost with no direction during those hours on the 34th

with nothing but a Penn heading to the Station

In hopes that I've been making the right decisions to avoid all of this temptation

All the things I've been making has just been a declaration to me

Of who I should be,

who I want to be,

who I'm destined to be

because I see this me that most don't see

and the potential I see in me has been unseen to the public.

For there hasn't been any interests to get to know that me.

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