Believe it or not, being from Upstate NY down here in NYC is somewhat of an anomaly, and many people here in NYC have a great lack of understanding of the huge state that sits on top of their city.
ROB: Yeah, I grew up just south of Albany.
PERSON X: Oh… yeah, that’s right by Buffalo, isn’t it?
ROB: Nope. Buffalo’s like 6 hours away. In fact, I was closer to Washington DC than I was to Buffalo.
But did you ever wonder why there are a lot of upstate towns with the same names of exotic places? Because back when they were chartering them, they wanted people to move there and populate!
You won’t find any pyramids, in Cairo, NY, but you will find the Catskill Mountains!
Mexico, NY gets about three feet of snow every year.
You won’t find any hash bars in Amsterdam, NY, but you will find plenty of defunct textile mills.
Christ was not born in Bethlehem, NY, but it is by Albany.
The Potsdam Conference did not take place at the State University of New York at Potsdam.
Syracuse, NY does not have any ancient ruins, but it does have the Syracuse University Orangemen. (Go Orangemen!)
Malta, NY is not in the middle of the Mediterranean, but it is in the middle of Saratoga County, and has an awesome Drive-in movie theatre!
You won’t find any bullfights in Madrid, NY, but you will find plenty of snow!
You won’t find any Greek ruins in Attica, NY, but you will find a prison
And you won’t find the Parthenon in Athens, NY, but you will find the Hudson-Athens lighthouse!
You won’t find any ancient civilizations in Phoenicia, NY, but you can go tubing there!
If you are looking for the tower of Babylon, don’t bother looking in Babylon, NY. You’ll just find a bunch of Long Islanders there!
Those of you who are Jane Eyre fans need to keep looking for the Earl of Rochester. You’ll only find the Eastman School of Music, the Kodak Plant and the Gennesee River in Rochester, NY.
And it’s doubtful you’ll find the Colosseum in Rome, NY; but Syracuse is close by, and they have a stadium! (Where you can see the Orangemen! Go Orangemen!)