December 01, 2017
In case you hadn't heard, Pennsylvania switched its tourism motto earlier this year from "The State of Independence" to "Pennsylvania, Pursue Your Happiness," a beaming nod to the Declaration of Independence.
It sounds inviting enough, and the folksy font conjures up farmer's markets, Rennaissance fairs, glimmering creeks, string bands and cricket songs on the mountainside. These are some of the state's more salient markers of identity, right? The colonial heart, the industrial gut and a self-important East Coast mindset.
For much of the past week, Twitter has been riffing on a fun meme, "Me in My State," in which users around the country follow the same A-B format.
In one statement, you're supposed to share what you say about your home state when you're in it. The second statement is meant to show how you brag about your home state to everyone else, or how you trash it.
This has been such a fun exercise that we decided to round up some of the best "Me in My State" tweets from Pennsylvania. Fair warning, some of these get fairly explicit.
me in pennsylvania: pa sucks— Ariana Gardizy (@arianagardizy) November 29, 2017
me anywhere else: Pa is THE HOME of the liberty bell. I was baptized in independence hall. Carson Wentz is my dad. I decide when spring comes off whether an animal sees its shadow. i pledge allegiance to wawa. yes, it's a hoagie. free meek. #jawn
Me in PA: ugh— 🎄jamie sleighsley🎄 (@jamiesheasley) November 27, 2017
Me anywhere else: Philly is the city of brotherly love. My first words were in Pennsylvania Dutch & my mom breastfed me Wawa coffee. I eat hoagies for every meal. I churned butter before I could walk. I MARRIED Punxsutawney Phil; William Penn officiated the wedding https://t.co/H8rOab2Tkh
Me in Pennsylvania: there’s nothing here— Grace McCamant (@grace_mccamant) November 27, 2017
Me anywhere else: Home to the snack food capital and THE Liberty Bell. WE ARE. I learned how to say Hershey before I was born. My backyard is the Gettysburg battlefield and Benjamin Franklin is my dad. Everyone has a pet deer.
Me in PA: Pennsylvania is trash.— Sandwich Enjoyer (@SonOfCrunch) November 27, 2017
Me anywhere else: Nah it is. We have betrayed our ancestors who were the backbone of the Union army that laid waste to the traitorous confederate dogs by putting the confederate flag on our pickups. Thaddeus Stevens is pissed. https://t.co/8gXJKWk8Vi
me in Pennsylvania: this state is full of cornfields and hicks and shitty beer— abs ☾ (@mont3m) November 26, 2017
me anywhere else: ah the rolling golden hills of my homeland, we started Hershey's chocolate BITCH, yeungling is the elixir of life
Me in Pennsylvania: this state has the worst roads. Its corrupt and always humid or freezing or raining. 60% of it is empty with no culture.— ❄The Winter Warlock❄ (@pedagogyofjim) November 27, 2017
Me anywhere else: ITS PRONOUNCED WAR-DUR. https://t.co/QqJz7l5LN2
me in PA: pennsylvania is soooo boring— kate’s bush (@VernHass) November 26, 2017
me anywhere else: pennsylvania is the backbone of this nation. I memorized the declaration of independence when I was in the womb. I raised a barn while eating a cheesesteak and then lost my virginity on a Duck Tour.
me in PA: god PA is horrible— Sarah (@SarahBlugis) November 27, 2017
me anywhere else: Pennsylvania is the heart and soul of this democracy. I bleed AND sweat Yuengling Lager. My home is built entirely from coal. I shot my first deer when I was 3. My favorite foods are Mrs. T's pierogies and Skoal. https://t.co/JuH2Pv5CR9
Me in PA: why do we have a town named intercourse?— connor (@connorbarbee) November 29, 2017
me anywhere else: pennsylvania is God’s gift to the world. philadelphia is the birthplace of this nation. my first words were trust the process. i was born in a wawa wearing an eagles jersey while eating a cheesesteak. https://t.co/9ivxKZwHzP
Me in Pennsylvania: smoking big doings out here in Amish— PoppaBearQ (@IceBearQ) November 30, 2017
Me anywhere else: i know meek mill https://t.co/Lxlvdvy2kD
Me in Pennsylvania: There is literally nothing to do unless you drive 60 miles in any direction.— Derek Hale (@DerekHale1989) November 30, 2017
Me anywhere else: There is literally nothing to do unless you drive 60 miles in any direction. Local population; less than 3000
me in pennsylvania: god, I love pennsylvania— margaret (@backwards_gem) November 28, 2017
me anywhere else: ok, most people in Pennsylvania aren’t racist. We have two huge cities!! The Office!!!! so many trees but still growing urbanization! but yeah trump won the state https://t.co/uRnRtSpm7U
Me in Pennsylvania: PA is so boring— Ani Jason (@Ani_Jason22) November 29, 2017
Me anywhere else: holy shit I was so right
Me in PA: man, Pennsylvania literally sucks at everything— ali✌️ (@allliiii216) November 29, 2017
Me anywhere else: PA housed the Nation’s Capitol first. Middlesworth Chips are the shit, so are whoopie pies. PA wilds is the most beautiful place on Earth. Have you heard about the Susquehanna? It’s a pretty big deal. https://t.co/uxwMB1ue4A
Me in Pennsylvania: PA is so boring.— dumbass lilly (@slowtownn) November 28, 2017
Me anywhere else: Philadelphia is SO HISTORICAL. We house the chocolate of the world here in Hershey, and 2 philly cheesesteaks basically replaced my lungs. We OWN sports. We’re totally iconic for our cities but also have all four seasons!! https://t.co/QdzSlXjZip
Me in Pennsylvania: basically everywhere else sucks, I'm never leaving— damon ficken.🌹 (@damonfick) November 28, 2017