WELCOME TO Pennsylvania

Where every highway eventually narrows to a single lane ...

Our seasons (2) are winter and construction.

State Animal -- The Barrier Horse -- Caution Flasher

The Barrier HorseState Animal

State Historical Marker -- Keep Right

Historical MarkerKeep Right

State Mineral -- Asphalt

State MineralState Mineral

State Flag Statue -- Go Slow

State Flag/State Statue State Flag/State Statue

State Motto -- Folded down sign

State Motto State Motto -- folded down highway sign.

State Tree -- Be Prepared to Stop, Merging Lanes, Fines Double

State TreeState Tree -- Be prepared to stop, Merging Lanes, Fines double

State Joke -- Men Working

State Joke -- Men WorkingMen Working

You Know You're From or In Pennsylvania If:

You've never referred to Philadelphia as anything but Philly.

And New Jersey has always been Jersey.

You refer to Pennsylvania as "PA"
(pronounced Peeay).
How many other states do that?

You know what "Punxsutawney Phil" (A Ground Hog) is,
and what it means if he sees his shadow.

The first day of buck and the first day of doe season are school holidays.

You can use the phrase fire hall wedding reception
and not even bat an eye.

You can't go to a wedding without hearing the Chicken Dance,
at least 1 Polka
and either an Italian song (sung in Italian),
or Hava Nagila.

At least 5 people on your block have electric candles in all or most of their windows all year long.

You know what a Hex sign is.

You know what a State Store is,
and your out of state friends find it incredulous
that you can't purchase liquor at the mini-mart.

You own only three condiments salt, pepper and Heinz ketchup.

Words like:

actually mean something to you.

You can eat cold pizza
(even for breakfast)
and know others who do the same.
(Those from NY find this barbaric.)

You not only have heard of Birch Beer,
but you know it comes in several colors:
Red, White, Brown, Gold.

You know several places to purchase or that serve

You can eat a cold soft pretzel from a street vendor
without fear and enjoy it.

You know the difference between

and know that you can't get a really good one outside PA.

You live for summer, when street and county fairs signal the beginning of funnel cake season.

Customers ask the waitress for dippy eggs for breakfast.

You know that the following are PA towns:

You know what a township, borough, and commonwealth is.

You can identify drivers from New York, New Jersey, Ohio, or other neighboring states by their unique and irritating driving habits.

A traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a horse-drawn carriage on the highway in Lancaster County.

You know several people who have hit deer more than once.

You carry jumper cables in your car and your female passengers know how to use them.

You still keep kitty litter, starting fluid, de-icer, or a snow brush in your trunk, even if you live in the South.

Driving is always better in winter because the potholes are filled with snow.

As a kid you built snow forts and leaf piles that were taller than you were.

Your graduating class consisted of mostly Polish, German, & Italian names.

"You guys" and "Uze" is a perfectly acceptable reference to a group of men & women.

You know how to respond to the question "Djeetyet?"


You learned to pronounce

You know what a "Mummer" is,
and are disappointed if you can't catch
at least highlights of the parade.

You actually understand these jokes
and send them on to other Pennsylvanians.
Plus, friends who you want to let know
why you think the way you do.

Editorial: In 1976 The Pennsylvania Highway Department
(PHD, not Ph.D.) was short for Pot Hole Department.
Rumor had it that the skillful making of potholes was always
seeded with the means to develop more for next winter,
and to assure work in-between for the rest of the year.