EXPECTATION: It's so hot that things literally burst into flames.
REALITY: Summers are hot, but not that hot.
EXPECTATION: Everything in Arizona is ugly and brown.
REALITY: Half the state is covered in pine trees and mountains, which are both very beautiful and colorful.
EXPECTATION: There are poisonous rattlesnakes everywhere!
REALITY: This is true, except that instead of poisonous snakes, they're tiny harmless lizards who do push-ups on the wall in your backyard.
EXPECTATION: Everyone has a pool.
REALITY: Not everyone has a pool...but everyone knows someone who has a pool.
EXPECTATION: You can literally fry an egg on the sidewalk in Arizona.
REALITY: OK, this one's actually true.
EXPECTATION: Scorpions are sleeping in your shoes every night.
REALITY: Nothing could survive inside your shoes, let alone get a good night's sleep.
EXPECTATION: It never rains in Arizona.
REALITY: It doesn't rain. It storms.
EXPECTATION: Coyotes want to destroy everything you own.
REALITY: They're actually just animals that live in the same region as you.
EXPECTATION: The only thing to do in Arizona is play golf.
REALITY: There's plenty to do on a golf course besides playing golf.
EXPECTATION: It never snows in Arizona.
REALITY: Yes it does! It's that white stuff we ski on every single winter, in one of Arizona's many quality ski resorts.
EXPECTATION: Arizona sunsets are pretty.
REALITY: Arizona sunsets are freakin' BREATHTAKING.
EXPECTATION: The Valley is drying up!
REALITY: The Valley is actually really good at managing its water supply.
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