Buzz·Posted on Jun 18, 201919 Things Floridians Did In School That I Guarantee The Rest Of America Didn'tAlligator safety, anyone?by Audrey EngvalsonBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. We learned mosquito safety. Thamkc / Getty Images I don't know about the rest of you, but my school hosted a mosquito awareness week. I think I'm actually afraid of standing water now. 2. We also learned how to avoid and escape rip currents. Good_stock / Getty Images Don't fight it! Swim to the left or right to escape. 3. We acquired massive amounts of sand in our shoes because that's what the playground was covered in. Baona / Getty Images And it was painful when the little sand granules rubbed between your sock and your heel. 4. We looked for sharks' teeth instead of playing on the swing or slide. lidooley33 / Via instagram.com We definitely kept our collections in a sandwich bag or small box on our dressers. 5. We had indoor recess often because the weather was too hot or rainy. Targovcom / Getty Images Even when it stopped raining 10 minutes later, it would be soggy and humid out. 6. We waited patiently outside for a flyby if our teacher knew the Blue Angels were in town. Handout / Getty Images It was an EVENT. 7. And we begged them to let us skip lessons and watch the sky when Kennedy Space Center was launching something. jkbuildersllc / Via instagram.com Could we see it? Probably not. But still, the excitement was there. 8. Even though we've seen rockets up close during the field trip to Kennedy Space Center that we've all been on. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com We also had to get to school early to leave because it was a long drive. 9. We groaned every time we heard the terms "sunshine state standards." angry_muppet / Via instagram.com Ugh, and the FCAT was terrible. 10. We learned extensively about brackish water and mangrove trees even though that knowledge is pretty useless now. Triggerphoto / Getty Images And we definitely went on a class trip to the eco park in our neighborhood to look at them. 11. And we rode one of these on the way to a field trip at Busch Gardens. Genevieve @gennyadams60 Genevieve Adams 5th grade Lowry Elementary. On the bus back home from 5th grade Busch Gardens field trip!!#hcpsread 11:05 PM - 10 May 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite It was a "science trip" because Busch Garden is also a zoo, but we definitely rode all of the roller coasters. 12. We all wore clothes from Simply Southern to school. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com And we monogrammed everything else. 13. If we weren't wearing Simply Southern, we were wearing Guy Harvey or Salt Life. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com These T-shirts were often paired with some Sperrys. 14. We were taught how to master the "stingray shuffle." View this photo on Instagram instagram.com And we did it every time we went to the beach. 15. We read about people like Ponce de Leon and Henry Ford because they had a significant impact on Florida's history. Mpi / Getty Images, Afp / AFP / Getty Images I doubt any other state knows more about these people than we do. 16. We had to learn the lyrics to "Swanee River" and then we promptly forgot them. Wilsilver77 / Getty Images And those of us who actually visited the Suwannee River didn't really get the hype. 17. We watched the news during a tropical storm or hurricane watch to see if school was canceled. Matt Traugott @mhtraugott School canceled for tropical storm but... 03:47 PM - 02 Sep 2016 Reply Retweet Favorite Sometimes the storm would just turn and we'd have a day off of school where the weather was sunny. 18. And we got to skip school if we didn't use a hurricane makeup day. Lee County School District / Via mrh.leeschools.net Long weekends FTW. 19. Finally, we learned how to outrun an alligator. Brianlasenby / Getty Images That "run in a zigzag" thing is a total lie. Run in a straight line as far away from the gator as possible.