30 Things Ohioans Love

As told by a New Yorker who is currently dating one, is friends with countless others, and spent four years voluntarily living in this great (yet, at times, very odd) state during my glory days of college.

1. Ohio State football

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2. Being a swing state

ID: 1487733

3. Ranch dressing

ID: 1487795

4. Hating Lebron

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5. Mountain Dew

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6. Referring to random parts of random towns and cities as “downtown”

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7. Sperrys

ID: 1512898

8. Donatos

ID: 1513357

9. American-made cars

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10. Defending the Cleveland Browns

ID: 1515029

11. Chinese buffets

ID: 1513203

12. Dating their high school sweetheart far into college… or, eventually, just marrying them.

ID: 1518049

13. Cedar Point

ID: 1512834

14. Referring to soda strictly as “pop”

ID: 1517842

15. Most restaurant chains (namely: Panera, Olive Garden, Chipotle, and Outback — I could go on)

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16. Their high school

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17. Wearing athletic clothing while having no intention of working out

ID: 1545503

18. Chicken bacon ranch pizza and sandwiches

(Note: I realize that both pizza and ranch have already been listed but, believe me, these particular items needed another reference.)

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19. Drive-thrus in general

ID: 1514799

20. Saying “you’re fine” instead of “no problem” or “no worries”

ID: 1513424

21. Skyline Chili

ID: 1513732

22. Cornhole

(Note: Yes, that is Paul Ryan playing cornhole. You’re welcome.)

ID: 1545615

23. Claiming to live in a city but really living in a suburb

ID: 1546223

24. “The range”

ID: 1565407

25. Referring to sneakers strictly as “tennis shoes” or “tennys”

ID: 1515766

26. Graeter’s ice cream

ID: 1513352

27. Going to the beach aka Lake Erie

ID: 1546221

28. Referring to vacuums as “sweepers”

ID: 1545396

29. Wendy’s

ID: 1512520

30. Being “the birthplace of aviation”

(Note: For a bit, there was a big dispute about which state was actually the birthplace of aviation. Although the first flight took off from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Ohioans claim to deserve the title because the home-grown Wright brothers invented the first aircraft in their bicycle shop in Dayton.)

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