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You Know You're From NC If....

Posted June 13, 2007

What sets North Carolinians apart? Please weigh in on that question today.

Another way to put it is: You know you're from North Carolina if ___________.

Raleigh's Roger Wiggs gets us started with his own list. Please have some fun and add to it.

Here we go. You know you’re from NC if:

1. You give directions using KFC and Waffle House as landmarks.

2. You can't imagine life without sweet tea.

3. Your 'heavy winter clothing' consists of a sweater and a London Fog with lining.

4. You get your carbs from biscuits, rolls, pancakes, and grits.

5. You own at least one t-shirt from Burt’s Surf Shop and The Sanitary Fishmarket.

6. In summer you have home-grown tomatoes with every meal.

7. You can recognize a copperhead and your heart drops when you see one.

8. You have an opinion about UNC. You either went there and loved it or you hate everyone who did. And when you think of Duke, it’s mayonnaise.

9. You sold Krispy Kreme doughnuts for a school or church fundraiser before those glazed doughnuts went global.

10. You remember watching the ACC Tournament on television at school.

11. You know it's pronounced APPALACHIAN and not "App-a-lay-shun.”

12. You can spell words such as Ocracoke, Fuquay-Varina and Chocowinity.

13. You know that barbecue is a food and not an occasion and it applies to pork, not hotdogs or hamburgers.

14. You carry jumper cables in your car.

15. You have been skinny dipping.

16. One inch of snow closes school and shuts down the city.


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  • Sound Man Jun 14, 2007

    You know you are from North Carolina if you refer to "him" as Jim Lindsey instead of Roscoe P. Coletrain!

  • rinoa Jun 14, 2007

    Wow, brings back such fond memories!

    You know you are from NC stay on the porch or in the field during a rain storm

  • parawife Jun 14, 2007

    you put ketchup on everything

  • bleslie Jun 14, 2007

    These have all been great! I think I can write a song or two with your comments. I love the "short row" reference. I never worked in eastern tobacco being a "burley" boy from Burke.


  • jchalmersnc Jun 14, 2007

    As I recall, Putt-Putt was a product of Fayettville.

    If you have attended church on Sunday morning, made peach ice cream with neighbors in the afternoon, went to a blue grass pick'in in the early evening at a country store, ate watermelon for supper and ended the day on a porch swing with a quart of ice tea; you are from NC.

  • isabella731 Jun 14, 2007

    Being in the military, I traveled a lot, but there really IS no place like home, is there? You've all pretty much covered the ones I'd have said lol.

  • Iconoclast Jun 13, 2007

    You were taught in school that North Carolina is the "vale of humility between the two mountains of conceit".

    Every morning in assembly, you sang "The Old North State" right after the national anthem.

    You know Confederate Memorial Day is May 10 and remember getting out of school for the holiday.

    You say "craw dads" not cray fish.

    You remember March 1960 when it snowed every Wednesday for a month.

    You know if a person is from east or west by whether they prime or crop.

  • gopanthers Jun 13, 2007

    Boiled Peanuts. Isn't that a N.C. thing. I must admit they are so good.

  • gratefultoGOD Jun 13, 2007

    1- if you have "barned" tobacco
    2- you eat bananna/mayo sandwichs and cucumbers in vinegar
    3- Yes .. eat nabs!!
    4- know what " got right much" means.... a lot!
    5- loved the foods at family reunions and church homecomings!
    6- pround of my accent... traveled the world for the last 20 years..and still have it!!
    7-say prayer before each meal.. and on my knees at night! 8- love the mountains and the beach 9-know that ECU is the Best school around!! and last but not least #10 KNOW THAT PIEDMONT AIRLINES WAS THE BEST AIRLINES IN THE WORLD BECAUSE IT STARTED IN NC!!

  • lbrtbl59 Jun 13, 2007

    I always love things like this about my native state. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. Reading about nabs, "fixin to", "mashin buttons", etc. always brings a chuckle because I have had to deal with "darnyankees" who were ignorant! :) Anyway, I will add another know you are from North Carolina IF you know it is pronounced Rocky MOUNT, not ROCKY Mount.




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