Oklahoma – home of fried butter on a stick, tornados and bull riding in bars!

Posted on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 at 1:25 pm by Engine Communications



Sarah and her hubby Erik (and his massive belt buckle)

Sarah and her hubby Erik (and his massive belt buckle)

Guest contribution by our Creative Director, Sarah Rozema-Seaton.




We moved to Oklahoma, and well, it has been quite an experience to date. I think that Oklahoma has some of the craziest drivers I have ever come across.  Apparently to navigate a vehicle here you have to have a Starbucks in one hand, cell phone in the other and be wrestling with a teacup poodle. There are drive through banks, coffee, food, pharmacies… everything seems to have a drive through! And no matter what the food, it can be fried and served on a stick!
The experience has been quite eye opening, the biggest being in regards to the bars here. Look one minute and there is line dancing to rap music and then all of a sudden the dance floor clears and out comes the bull riding,–IN THE BAR! If you want to try bull riding, it’s a mere $75. Beer and bullriding, why does that seem like a combination for trouble?
We have had some funny experiences, but it has been a pretty smooth transition, considering the cultural change from Canada to the deep south. There are a lot of really good things here, like the fast online shopping, great food and the cheap price of gas!
I thought as I am away from home, I will give you keep you all updated with life in the States, as well as a few fun facts about Oklahoma! 
The world’s first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City on July 16, 1935.

In Bristow, Oklahoma it is against the law to serve water to a customer in a restaurant unless one peanut in a shell is also served. The consequences for this “serious” offence can result in a fine of up to five dollars.
If you play catch in the streets of Bartlesville, you’re breaking the law.

Per square mile, Oklahoma has the most tornadoes of all U.S. states.
Whaling is illegal in the state of Oklahoma. (The state is inland)
In Tulsa you may not open a soda bottle without the supervision of a licensed engineer.
Oklahoma was the setting for the movie “Twister”.
It is against the law to spit on a sidewalk.
Garth Brooks was born in Tulsa and grew up in Yukon, Oklahoma .
Tissues in the back of cars are illegal.
It is against the law to take a bite out of another person’s hamburger.

It is illegal to read a comic book while driving a motor vehicle.
The official State Meal of Oklahoma is chicken fried steak, fried okra, squash, cornbread, barbecue pork, biscuits, sausage and gravy, grits, corn, strawberries, black eyed peas and pecan pie.
If you put the hind legs of a farm animal into your boots, you are breaking the law.
It is illegal to wear your boots to bed.

Yikes! The 'national sport' in action.

Yikes! The 'national sport' in action. (This was actually taken in the bar. Crazy!)

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  1. The bull riding pic was taken in the bar!!!!

  2. Are you SERIOUS?! That’s crazy!

  3. Wait for it, there are drive-through Christmas pageants in a few more months. And today I seen a man driving while shaving (he was looking in his rear view mirror while he did it).

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