In response to that article, in the spirit of good, clean sports fun and in the spirit of being in the NCAA National Championship (!!!!!!), here are 23 reasons why North Carolina is better than Washington.
The University of Washington has been around since 1861, but the University of North Carolina is the oldest public university in the United States (we’ve been around since 1795). Sorry, Washington.
The Tar Heels have a long and storied history, but at least people know 1) what our mascot means and 2) we were able reclaim a bad history and make it a positive thing.
North Carolina is home to one of the most popular doughnut brands in the world, Krispy Kreme. From what we can find, there are not any world-famous doughnut brands from Washington. Thus, Krispy Kreme had to expand its franchise to the west coast.
Washington is great at having lighthouses — 34 in total. But North Carolina has 41 beautiful lighthouses, including the one on Cape Hatteras. Truly iconic.
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We have Charles Kuralt, David Sedaris, Orson Scott Card and Sarah Dessen — among many others. Washington has Glenn Beck. Do with that what you want.
Both states have gorgeous beaches. But if we’re being size queens about it, Washington has 157 miles of coastline whereas N.C. has 301. That’s almost double the size.
7) Capitol buildings
Washington's capitol building hasn't even been open for a century — it opened in 1928. But North Carolina’s capitol building has been around since 1840. Our capitol before that one suffered a big fire, so that’s just a neat fun fact.
We started it, if you’re into that kind of thing. Washington definitely did not.
9) State insect
Washington’s is the green darner dragonfly, which is great. But North Carolina’s is the European honeybee, and that’s the unofficial/official insect of The Daily Tar Heel/Carrboro/Hillsborough/Chapel Hill, probably.
Governor Roy Cooper recently declared April as North Carolina Beer Month, making drinking beer every day not just a hobby, but a civic duty. We had it on the Oregon list, but it bears repeating.
North Carolina was the first state to establish a state art museum. Shouts out to the North Carolina Museum of Art — y’all are great, and history is on your side to prove that.
Both states are home to a lot of great musicians, but there are way better anthems about North Carolina.
When Jimmy Buffett writes a song about your state, you know it’s the place to be.
18) State vegetable
Washington is home of the Walla Walla Sweet Onion, but North Carolina is the largest producer of the sweet potato in the U.S. If you need proof that sweet potatoes are better, here’s a picture of Linda’s sweet potato tots.
North Carolina has arguably the best sports rivalry around in the Battle of the Blues. We’re pretty sure Gonzaga is the N.C. State of Washington — no real rivals.
If you combine the number of times each Washington men's basketball team has appeared in the NCAA national championship — including this year’s game — you have two. Today is UNC’s 13th appearance in the championship.
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