11 Signs You Are From North Carolina

North Carolina’s got a big Southern welcome for newcomers, but you know you’re really a North Carolina native when these signs apply to you.
If you order a cheddar 'Bo, it may be one of the signs you are from North Carolina

Watch out! Your Carolina roots are showing

If you are a fan of Cheerwine, it may be one of the signs you are from North Carolina
Photo courtesy of Cheerwine

1. When people are debating the merits of Coke vs. Pepsi, you rest secure in the knowledge that Cheerwine is the only soft drink that really matters.

And not just because it was invented in North Carolina. But, you know, it was invented in North Carolina.

2. You are always correcting people who pronounce “Appalachian” the wrong way.

It’s App-uh-LATCH-uhn. Sheesh.

3. You heard the Avett Brothers and Ben Folds Five long before everyone else.

There must be something in that chowchow that turns North Carolinians into awesome musicians because it’s kind of ridiculous how many big name music acts started out here.

4. You are craving a Cheddar Bo right now.

Just hearing the name of the addictive biscuit topped with gooey, melted cheddar cheese makes you want to drive to Bojangles and order one (pictured at top center) immediately.

Rolling down a sand dune at Jockey's Ridge is part of being a North Carolina native
Jockey’s Ridge

5. You have rolled down a sand dune.

And it was awesome. Even the amazing amount of sand that ended up in your underwear.

6. You have a beef with Ohio.

Ever heard of a couple of guys named the Wright brothers, O? Because I kind of think the place where they invented the airplane counts as the “birthplace of aviation.” Just saying.

7. You do not start casual conversations about college basketball.

You know what’s at stake if you accidentally mention Duke to the wrong person.

8. You never order “sweet tea.”

Because all tea is sweet … as God intended.

9. You’ve ordered your burger or hot dog all the way.

And you know you’re getting a messy pile of chili, slaw, onions, and mustard. Yum.

10. You hate Christmas Town USA.

Seriously, the traffic on I-85 from that McAdenville attraction is enough to make anybody a Grinch…but c’mon. You really love it.

11. You will do a U-turn when the Krispy Kreme “Hot Now” light is on.

Because North Carolina is also where the light and airy doughnuts were born.

Cheddar Bo photo courtesy of Bojangles

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