IT'S A STATE!! Did you know?

United States
December 13, 2006 11:59am CST
I am tired of people poking fun at West Virginia. I was at work the other day and had on a WVU hat. One of my co-workers started joking around with the inbred, barefoot, toothless, redneck... and so on. I know he was joking. We had our laughs and it stopped. He even let me know that he was just kidding. Later, after work, I put the hat back on and walked out the door. I got into a nice conversation about the gator bowl and WVU with someone at the bus stop. After awhile he started asking me about where I grew up, what it was like, big city/small city. I told him that I was raised outside of the capitol city, Charleston, in West Virginia. It never fails; I get it all the time. He said, "Oh yeah, I've been to Richmond. I loved Virginia." They call us rednecks, toothless, hillbillies... I know that West Virginia is a state. Why don't you? I know about your state and where it’s located! I think they called it school. I went for 12 years, liked it so much that I paid to go for another 6 years.
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@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
13 Dec 06
Even though I have been out of school for a while I still know West Virginia is a state. For me it is people think we still drive around in horse drawn carriages. I know I live in the west but come on the wild west has been gone for a long time. We actually have cars and paved streets and street lights and all the modern comforts that the other states have. People are just stupid sometimes. Go figure.
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@loopie (123)
• United States
13 Dec 06
I am from Charleston myself, but currently live in rural Pennsylvania and I think those west virginia jokes should be reversed for parts of PA instead, lots of inbreeding going around here lots of amish lots of horse drawn buggies, lots of rednecks, and a boat load of morons.
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• United States
16 Dec 06
This is why they say things about West Virginia.... W.Va. man drives Oldsmobile on 3 tires AP - Fri Dec 15, 4:06 PM ET BECKLEY, W.Va. - David Woods' Oldsmobile obviously needed some work, lest of which was a fourth tire. But that didn't stop the 30-year-old Meadow Bridge man from driving the older model car on three tires and a rim to the local auto parts store Wednesday night. Sorry, I just started laughing hysterically when I read this because I was reading through topics the other day and seen your post...so when I seen this, I just had to post this! I'm seriously not making fun! I've lived in West Virginia. So, please don't be mad, I just thought this was funny, I realize it's probably not helping to make your point, and I do apologize! I've lived in Tennessee too, I'm sure you've heard all those jokes too, so don't think it's just West Virginia! Happy Holidays! Happy Holidays.
• United States
16 Dec 06
its all good. we make fun of theose people too.
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@chikku (673)
• India
13 Dec 06
i am surprised to know this. I am from India and even I know that West Virginia and Virginia are two different states. I sure hope that people in your country learn about this soon...
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@wvchell78 (564)
• United States
13 Dec 06
West Virginia - West Virginia
Being from West Virginia I understand exactly what you are saying here. It irritates me so much when I am ordering something over the telephone and the person says Virginia when I have clearly state West Virginia. When my husband first told my mother in law that he was marrying a girl from WV she ask if I had 1 tooth. When we visit them in Ohio there is always some form of a joke made in reference to WV. The best part is when she researched her genealogy she discovered she has alot of family in WV.
@padewy (129)
• United States
13 Dec 06
I was suprised when i was in college and a professor gave a quiz to test us on basic knowledge and that was one of the questions. i was suprise with how many people didn't actually know it.
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@LovingIt (5398)
• United States
13 Dec 06
I know it's a state. Someone was on here the other day from Iowa and was posting that people had not heard of her state either. How do people get even a grade school education without knowing the 50 states? That's really sad!!! As for the jokes? Well, I'm from Arkansas. There's not an inbred, barefoot, toothless, redneck joke that I haven't heard. I have to listen to the Clinton ones on top of all those. sigh.
@briennekb (613)
• United States
13 Dec 06
I think everyone knows it's a state. When people poke fun, it's not like they truely believe that WV is nothing but toothless rednecks. It's just a silly stereotype. Not to be taken seriously.
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• United States
13 Dec 06
Hi there, Yeah, I am tired of the same old stale jokes also. I grew up in Wheeling. I also lived in Clarksburg and Bridgeport. What a fantastic state. Camping and hiking in the mountains, fishing everywhere. The people are friendly, the air is clean. I just think people who make fun of it are jealous. The state is finally starting to grow economically, especially in the northern areas. They are finally getting some big retail names, including a super nice Cabelas. Who could ask for more? I love the place and can't wait to get back there. I am stuck in the great swamp known as Florida. I am dying to get back to Wheeling and a visit to Colemans Fish Market, best fish sandwich in the country. Love ya W.Va.!Oh, and when somebody starts the redneck jokes i always find out where that person is from. when they say Oh, I am from Indiana, jersey or what ever I tell them this joke. Do you know the tooth brush was invented in "insert their state", and they say No, I didn't know that. You say, Yeah, if it was invented in West Virginia, they would have called it a "Teeth Brush"Ha, ha!!!! Well, cheer up, and remember, they are only joking with you.
• United States
14 Dec 06
I was born in Wheeling!
• United States
15 Dec 06
I went through grade school in Wheeling, then moved across the river, and graduated high school in Ohio. Still have most of my family in the area.
• United States
13 Dec 06
Unfortunately ignorance is rampet. We graduate students who haven't a clue about their own country nor it's history.
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• Ireland
13 Dec 06
I think you will always have fun poked at you no matter what part of the world you live in. Here in Ireland, the Dublin people are called Jackeens, or city slickers by the people who live out in the country, and the Dublin people call the people who live outside Dublin, cultchies or rednecks. Dublin is divided by the river Liffey into North Dublin and South Dublin. Each side pokes fun at the other. South side is know as upper class, and the north side as the working class. Od habits die hard and there is nothing that we can do to change that. So we will just grin and bear it.
@ozangel82 (754)
• Australia
13 Dec 06
LOL, we have the same stereotype in Australia towards the state of Tasmania, everyone says they are inbred and all that, but we all know it is a joke. Lucky for us we only have 5 states and 2 territories though, so everyone knows what and where they are, no messing that up, except for maybe the redneck inbred tasmanians, lol i kid!
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• United States
13 Dec 06
Sorry, but the only thing I know about WV is coal mining. I don't know much about the state, but I do know it's a state.
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• United States
13 Dec 06
When i was in 5th grade we had to name all the states adn their capitals and be able to point to them on a map. I think people just dont care to know.
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@juicemilk (2286)
• Australia
13 Dec 06
I'm from the other side of the world and even I know West Virginia is a state :) I think you'll just have to try and deal with it though, people are going to hassle people about anything they can no matter where you go. I'm from New Zealand and live in Australia, and Australians are really lame and can't think of any new jokes so I just get the same ones over and over (not even funny anyways) and get told I can't speak properly...when obviously everyone knows that its the Australians who can't speak properly! lol
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• United States
13 Dec 06
It wasn't until I moved to Virginia that I heard all the West Virginia jokes. I am from Oklahoma and these same jokes were always geared towards Arkansas. It doesn't matter where you live you will hear jokes about some state or town or whatever...that is just how people work...lol. As far as knowing that it is a state, yes I know that. I knew all the states and their capitols like in the third grade so I don't know why people don't know about any one state...ask them where they went to school so I can make sure that my kids don't go there. Have a great day!
• United States
13 Dec 06
That's West-By-God-Virginia to those who can't figure it out. Right next door to Ohio and just a tad bit west of Virginia. Wild mountains and lovely valleys. And what's the big deal about Richmond anyway? There's on in Indiania too.
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• United States
13 Dec 06
This is actually comical. It does go to show that people don't know their geography very well though, doesn't it? I was watching the tv show "Beauty and the Geek" the other day because it is also quite amusing. Anyways, one of the "beauties" had to answer a question - What state is east of West Virginia? She answered something along the lines of Rhode Island. I was just thinking to myself, wow, someone needs to look at a map or at least listen to the question. How obvious was the answer? Come on now...
@Force_Fed (748)
• United States
13 Dec 06
LOL. Calm down it's all in love. WV has some beutiful parts to it. It's just the ruralness that gets city folk feeling high and mighty. I live in Virginia now, the real Virginia(TIC), but when I tell people I'm from New York they automatically assume I mean NYC. Like I've never seen a real live cow before. We only had about 80 head on the farm growing up. Stereotypes go both ways. I know some excellent W. Va. jokes, but they can be used on any state really, well, except maybe Ny or Ca. Force
@balabrahmam (1074)
• India
14 Dec 06
No i did not knowthe place but i want go like that places
@isha900 (1459)
• India
14 Dec 06
i also dont know
• United States
14 Dec 06
Well, I can see why people poke fun at it. You people do not put yourselves on the map. West Virginia needs to spice things up. See, New York has NYC, California has Hollywood, Los Angeles, and San Fransico, Illinois has Chicago, Florida has the Keys, Texas has Houston and Dallas, Utah has Mormons, Montana has a Big Sky, Washington has Seattle, Maine has fishing, Mass has Boston, well, you get the picture.
• United States
14 Dec 06
Wheeling also has greyhound dog racing, a casino,olgebay park, spidel golf course, it is usually a stop for the Delta Queen riverboat cruises, a historical market, lots of antique shops, a historic suspension bridge, and much, much more.
@anniepa (27240)
• United States
12 May 08
I can understand how you feel, although I know people are only joking it still can hurt. I saw in this very discussion someone said pretty much the same thing about my state, so don't feel bad. We know what people are really like where we live. The truth is, there are rednecks, white-trash, whatever other derogatory terms anyone can come up with for some people in every state and in every country of the world. If someone really doesn't realize West Virginia is a state if I were you I'd say, "So who's the real dumb-a$$?" Annie