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In Defense Of New Jersey

New Jersey gets a bad rep. It's the butt of every joke. People call it the 'armpit of America', and what's the difference between Jersey girls and trash? Trash actually gets picked up, of course.

Growing up in New Jersey, we all kind of knew that the rest of the country thought we were lame. However, regardless of our reputation, most of us couldn't be prouder to be from our peanut-shaped state. Want to know why? Here's why.

We've got shopping malls for days!

You want clothes? We got clothes. Food courts? Fountains? Arcades? Yeah, we've got all that covered. Head over to Palisades Center Mall (which, to be fair, is in New York, but like, barely, okay?!), and you can go to a mall with its very own FERRIS WHEEL.

You think New York pizza is good? You've never been to Jersey.

The Italian food in Jersey is unsurpassed perfection. Like, sure, you've got some great restaurants in NYC, but where do you think these guys' Sicilian nonnas live? That's right. In Jersey. We're eating cannoli so authentic that it's straight from your grandma.

Our communities are bursting with culture.

New Jersey has the third largest immigration population in the country, which means that our communities are incredibly diverse. When we're in school, we learn so much about each other's cultures, and in turn, gain a broader, more developed worldview.

The Statue of Liberty is ours. Sorry, New York.

So when people think of New York City, one of the things that they think of is the Statue of Liberty. What a lot of people DON'T know is the Statue of Liberty is technically in Jersey City, as the NJ/NY border is right down the middle of the Hudson.

We have Wawa. You guys. WE HAVE WAWA.

I'll be honest. I actually didn't live next to a Wawa when I lived in Jersey, but whenever we'd go on road trips through the state, we'd stop at a Wawa on the way. Who knew that a hoagie from a touch-screen vending machine could be as delicious as this?!

Visiting the shore? Visit your Monopoly property in person.

So if you've played Monopoly, you know all about the Boardwalk, Park Place, Atlantic Avenue, etc. But did you know that all the streets on the board were named after actual streets in Atlantic City? Oh yeah, get some salt water taffy while you're there, too.

We gave you Paul Rudd, Shaq, Danny Devito, and Meryl Streep.

We even gave you Fetty Wap, Kevin Smith, and the guy who wrote Game of Thrones. Hey, other states, we're getting stuff done. What have you done for us lately, huh?

Our accent strikes fear into the hearts of men.

Thanks to The Sopranos and classic mafia movies like The Godfather and Goodfellas, when people outside of Jersey hear our accent, we sound aggressive as hell. Even when we're harmless. Which is good because talking's cheaper than buying pepper spray.

So who else here is from Jersey (or who's visited)? Are you a Jersey fan or just another lowlife gavone?

And if you think where YOU live is superior, feel free to make your very own 'In Defense Of' card giving your home state a little love.
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have you ever HAD PIZZA BEFORE @DANIDEE
I know you didn't just try to make an argument for Jersey pizza over New York pizza
My mom used to drive for a trucking company out of New Jersey, I never heard any bad things about Jersey until I watched a Kevin Smith movie.
@LAVONYORK naaah though. I miss my NY pizza the most, I can't be having these Jersey folk trying to take pot shots!
Yes long live New Jersey born in AC and now 5 miles away from our cheesesteaks are life
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You have to drive up a steep-ass hill to get to The Ridges. It sits atop an appalachian giant overlooking the busy Ohio University campus. You can see it from almost anywhere. It's a hulking structure, mostly post-victorian with bars all over the windows. As soon as you set foot anywhere near it, you can feel the haunting presence of its ghosts. Trust me. After the great mental health collapse of the early 1900's The Ridges turned into a nightmarish place where patients were treated with electro-shock therapy, ice baths and ice-pick lobotomies (you know, that thing that happens to McMurphy in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest). Essentially they jammed an ice pick through your eye socket and into your brain to "alleviate pressure" and make you a "normal" person. It ended up killing lots of people and leaving the ones that survived totally brain dead. Several freaky things happened at The Ridges before its doors were shut forever. December 1st of 1978, a patient named Margaret Schilling vanished. According to legend she was playing hide and seek with some nurses. They got distracted and stopped looking for her. She was gone for over a month, until her body was found in her room by a maintenance worker in January of 1979. The fact that someone died at the Ridges isn't too creepy, considering it was a primitive mental hospital, but this is: A stain was left on the floor of her room. And after countless bleachings and cleaning attempts the stain would re-appear. The Journal of Forensic Sciences studied the stain and revealed that it was indeed the result of human decomposition. Margaret was left there for 5 weeks. And every time someone tried to remove the mark, it came back, furthering the proof that she was haunting the grounds of the place she was left to die in. The asylum has a cemetery attached to it as well to act as the burial grounds for the patients that were admitted through the court system who had no friends or family to cover burial costs. My senior year of college I shot a short film with some Film studies graduate students in this cemetery. It was one of the most harrowing experiences of my life. There was definitely bad energy all around. Walking through the cemetery, you can see the unmarked graves. People who died without a name...nobody to mourn them. The cemetery in this picture above is elevated, hidden above the grounds. Some of the stones are marked with flags for veterans who came from the Athens area, but most of them are unmarked. Blank. Nothing. [A tour of the TB ward at The Ridges.] The Tuburculosis Ward at The Ridges is by far the scariest part. This was where the most violent and disturbed people would be quarantined. Most of the They ended up tearing it down my Sophomore year of high school due to a number of things, but I think it's because it was too haunted to be kept standing. There was lead based paint everywhere, broken windows and people kept breaking into it and hurting themselves. It's like Pet Sematary up in there...if you go in, you're cursed forever. [The staff of Brick Beats Magazine at OU in front of the TB ward, hey...I'm in the middle!] So of course, I went there. Being the idiot that I've always been, I was intrigued by the antique structure and the haunted, terrifying lore attached to it. I took some of my friends, who were all working for this music magazine I had become the co-Editor-In-Chief of freshman year. We took some pictures for an issue up there. And man...just looking up at that building...the memory of it gives me the chills. This was shortly before it was torn down. On the way up, one of our cars got stuck, we ended up hearing a lot of screeching and rattling and yes...there were open windows covering us in paranormal fear. I never went back. While i could go on for years about how scary The Ridges is, I'd better move on...to the final tale I'll tell. The most haunted point on campus is Wilson hall. It lies in the center of a "pentagram" created by five cemeteries surrounding the campus. See that star in the middle? That's West Green, a major spot for dormitories and a hub for kids on campus. [Wilson Hall was featured on SyFy's "Scariest Places on Earth". Room 428 is referred to as "Satan's Dormitory"] Room 428 of Wilson hall is the most haunted place in all of Athens. A young man died there in the 1970's, his death was never ruled a suicide or a murder. It was just left unsolved. A young female student died in room 428 later, after allegedly practicing some occult rituals there. She used the room's "dark energy" to practice some kind of witchcraft that enabled her to leave her body through her spirit. People call it "astral projection". She also contacted the dead. According to legend, the girl died violently in the room, smearing her own blood on the walls. Apparently all of the dark spirits in room 428 drove her her to kill herself, but we'll never know. Wilson Hall was built on an Indian Burial ground...that may be the reason for all of the paranormal activity and deaths. School officials closed it off and turned it into a boiler room, but screams and horrific sounds could still be heard. The building is still a dormitory. Athens, Ohio was voted the 13th most haunted place in the world. THE WORLD. I haven't thought about these legends, these hauntings that occured at my alma matter in a while. And with Halloween coming up it's no surprise that they're on my mind. You may not believe in ghosts, but if you ask any Ohio University Bobcat? I'm sure they do.