You Know You're From Ohio When

You Know You're From Ohio When

It's more than the Birthplace of Aviation.

Let’s face it, Ohio is not the most glamourous state to be from but it has its own sort of charm. In the corn fields of Northwest Ohio to the streets of Clifton, you can find a wide variety of people, places and signs you’re from Ohio.

  1. The hell is real sign on I-71 is oddly comforting.
  2. That’s probably because studies show that people from Ohio use curse words more often than any other state.
  3. “We don’t give a damn about the whole state of *ichigan ‘cause we’re from Ohio”
  4. You either come from The Nasty Nati, The Land, Cbus or cornfields.
  5. Getting stuck behind a tractor is a valid excuse to be late.
  6. We have the roller coaster capital of the world.
  7. Whether you root for the Bengals or the Browns, they both suck but we stick by their sides through record losing year after year.
  8. The Cavs are the only winning Ohio team and we all felt pride in their championship win. If we are being real, it’s the only team that’s going to be winning any time soon.
  9. When you know that a Buckeye is not only our state nut but a pretty wonderful candy.
  10. Hearing someone say “I’ll meet you at the Eiffel Tower” and knowing they don’t mean Paris.
  11. There have been eight presidents that have come from the state of Ohio. Three of them died in office.
  12. Big Butter, Touchdown Jesus. Enough said.
  13. “Here’s your local weather, it’s 80 degrees with torrential downpours and snow. Just a normal day here in Ohio”
  14. You know to pronounce cities like Wapakoneta and Cuyahoga.
  15. We take pride in the fact that our rivers can catch on fire.
  16. The feud between Skyline and Gold Star is not real because Gold Star is complete and utter garbage.
  17. There are two seasons in Ohio, winter and construction. After all, 75 has been under construction since ‘Nam.
  18. When you go to another state and see someone wearing Ohio shirts, you immediately start yelling “O-H” and expect and “I-O” in return.
  19. Every other state talks funny even though we say “warsh” instead of “wash”.
  20. Are you even from Ohio if your favorite ice cream isn’t from Graeters?
  21. Kroger’s or Kroger? Every Ohioan knows the real answer here.
  22. “Where are you from?” “Oh I’m about 40 minutes north of Cincinnati”Because saying twenty miles north of Cincinnati is way too hard.

It may be corn fields and bad football teams but it’s home and I couldn’t be more proud of the state that has made me. We have our flaws and there are things that make us hate Ohio, but then the Cavs when a championship or someone from out of state knows what Graeters is and suddenly you love it all over again. The state known as “The heart of it all” has found a way into all of our hearts… And yeah, Michigan still sucks.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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