“”Life is short, come to the state where it will seem to last the longest.
|—Johnny Carson|
Ohio was a mistake; this state should really be four or five separate states. Northeast Ohio would be right at home in Pennsylvania. Toledo should have stayed with Michigan. The Southeast is basically West Virginia. Cincy is kind of like a world unto itself and even that's been sliced to pieces, with the Dayton-Springfield area sort of attached to it. The only truly "Ohioan" part of Ohio is Columbus.
Like Florida, it's only really important every four years, as a noted swing state. This is possibly changing however, after the state went for Donald Trump by over 8 points in 2016, and favored Republicans by a decent margin in the 2018 midterms.
- Tornado season with pretty blossoms
- Tornado season with stifling, fly-ridden heat waves
- Tornado season with pretty leaves
- Blizzard season, with the occasional tornado.
In the short story collection Knockemstiff, Donald Ray Pollack described one summer night in his hometown (located about 50 miles east of Cincinnati) as being "hotter than a fat lady's box."
First in Flight
Ohio is the home of the Wright Brothers, who created the first practical self-powered airplane. A number of astronauts, including John Glenn and Neil Armstrong, also came from Ohio. This is because living in Ohio makes you think of the most creative ways to be as far away from it as possible. Jim Kirk apparently felt the same way about Iowa.
“”I've got a rhyme that comes with a riddle,
What's round on the ends and high in the middle?
|—Devo, Jocko Homo|
“”Tin soldiers and Nixon's coming,
We're finally on our own
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio.
|—Neil Young/CSNY, Ohio [note 1]|
I can C for miles and miles
Mark Twain properly defined Cincinnati as always being ten years behind everyone else. The best thing about Harambe getting shot is that people now have a reason to Google Cincinnati. You can never spell it right on the first try, and nobody cares to learn. Did you know they eat goetta here? (That’s just scrapple with oatmeal mixed into it. These people eat horse food.)
The world's most awesome supermarket, Jungle Jim's, is in Fairfield, Ohio. Once you have visited Jungle Jim's you will agree, there is no better place to purchase exotic fruits or food such as pig heads or goose testicles. This place has to be seen to be believed.
In addition, in Toledo, one may find Tony Packo's. To suggest that Tony Packo's does not make the best food in three states is blasphemy.
Most importantly, Ohio is way better than Michigan at sports, as well as everything else; they go to Ann Arbor a few times a year to be proven right.
In 1869, Cincinnati became home to the first professional baseball team, which was also one of the world's first professional teams in any sport. (Hooray for professional sports!!! What would American sports fans do without TV ads for Boeing and the American Petroleum Institute?)
Seven U.S. Presidents are from here: James A. Garfield, William Howard Taft, Rutherford B. Hayes, Ulysses S. Grant, William Henry Harrison, Warren G. Harding and Benjamin Harrison. A more constantly rotating cast of forgettable white guys than James Bond.
Ohio is disproportionately influential in American politics, compared to its relatively meager impact on American culture. It's not the most populous state; in fact, it's not even in the top five. However, due to a combination of factors, Ohio is one of the most important states when it comes to American politics. Ohio is a purple state, you see, which means that either of the top two candidates in any given Presidential race could plausibly win Ohio. All of the states with greater shares of the electoral college save Florida are either a red state or a blue state, and are pretty much guaranteed for their respective parties. Therefore, because Ohio's the second biggest state to be "up for grabs", it stands a very decent chance of being the state that decides who will be the next President. Indeed, Ohio provided the votes that decided the 2008 election in Barack Obama's favor, and just one cycle before that provided the vote that gave George W. Bush his second term. No candidate of either party has won without Ohio since 1960, when Kennedy managed to squeak in despite losing Ohio to Nixon. And no Republican candidate has ever won without Ohio. And so, for twelve weeks in every fourth year, Ohio rises from obscurity to become the most talked-about state in the Union, until the election, after which everybody goes right back to completely (and probably rightfully) ignoring it.
Ohio-Michigan Hissy Fit Toledo "War" started back when Michigan applied for statehood. Both Michigan and Ohio threw a hissy fit because both of them claimed sovereignty over the "Toledo Strip" (technically, Michigan was right). They nearly went to war, and it stalled Michigan's statehood. Both sides added up to only 1,600 people, and the "war" ended with one Michigander injury and no deaths. Stuff happened, and in the end, Ohio gained the Toledo Strip, and Michigan gained the Upper Peninsula, which Michigan thought was a bad deal at the time, but it turned out to have massive copper and iron deposits and plentiful timber, more than compensating for the loss of the Toledo Strip. None of this is correlated to the Ohio-Michigan "football" rivalry.
- William Jennings "Bad Luck" Bryan — Three-time loser of presidential races, also the (nominal) winner of the Scopes trial. In 1896 he delivered the "cross of gold" speech at the Democratic National Convention. The speech discredited the gold standard.
- Thomas Edison —
"Total dick" Edison was less in the field of science, and more in the field of trying to patent everything. Why does everyone heap love on Tesla but hate on Edison?
- The Wright Brothers, Neil Armstong and John Glenn
- Paul Newman — Was born in Shaker Heights in 1925, still making a mean salad dressing and spaghetti sauce. Runners-up: Bob Hope, Halle Berry, Drew Carey, Wes Craven, and Arsenio Hall.
- Traci Lords — Famous 80's porn star turned legit actress. Lords is from Steubenville also, but she usually doesn't make the list of famous people from the area.
- Dean Martin — Gets a road named after him, along with an annual festival. Traci gets nothing.
- Omarosa — She was Trump's token black girl. He had her give speeches on why black people and women should vote for her. Guess her use dwindled after the election.
- The "four dead" were unarmed college students protesting the Viet Nam war, and were shot by members of the National Guard. Two of them weren't even in the rally, rather, they were simply walking to/from classes. And if that wasn't enough of a massive fuck up, one of the them, was an ROTC member.
- http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/10/24/mitt-romney-needs-ohio-to-win-the-election.html Mitt Romney needs Ohio to win the election