Many people think of Ohio as a state full of cows and hicks; while this is true, it's also true that the major cities have serious problems with gangs, crime and violence.
Many other contributors have mentioned that Ohio smells funny. This is because a large portion of the population hardly ever showers or changes their clothes.
Most people in Ohio are unfriendly and unintelligent. Also the weather sucks and is insanely unpredictable.
Ohio also boasts the worst drivers in the entire nation; they do not seem to understand the meaning of a green light (they believe that a green light means they should slow down and/or stop their car.)
Ohio is mostly a flat and boring state. The only really good thing about Ohio is Cedar Point, the number one rated amusement park in the US. Also, Ohio has one of the largest state fairs in the nation and Columbus has one of the largest fireworks displays in the nation. Oh, plus there's a GameWorks. Other than that, there's not much to do in Ohio, especially during the winter months.
Ohio is a nice place to visit during the summer if you want to see some of the attractions, but you definitely don't want to have to live there.
Most people believe, however, that Ohio DOES in fact exists, and that its mystery is due solely to the mysterious mists that seem to enshroud the entirety of the state in...well...mystery, deterring all but the most stalwart of travelers. Constituents to this belief also hold that Ohio is, in fact, the last home of the dinosaurs, and that Ohioan economy is based almost solely on quarrying and agricultural works using highly-trained dinosaurs as the primary (and literal) beasts of burden.
Someone from Pennsylvania: Actually, it does...it's just mysterious, you didn't even realize it was there. You know, what with all the enigmatically swirling mists and all...
Someone from Indiana: Really?!
Someone from West Virginia: Oh yeah, definately. A dinosaur from Ohio ate my sister, actually.
Someone from Kentucky: Oh, hey guys! What's going on?
The Other Four People: Oh...nothing...You know...
Someone from Kentucky: Cool! You want to hang out?
The Other Four People: *evasive mumbles*
Ohio DisLikes: that team from Up North (3rd Saturday of every November...) People who do not respond immediately with "I-O" when one screams: "O-H", Buzz Kills (which pretty much includes every citizen of Michigan)
Home to a bunch of formerly bad but now improving pro sports teams, a ton of colleges, the OSU Buckeyes, actual buckeyes, part of the Rust Belt, Cedar Point and a lot of soybeans, cows, and corn.
Ohio contains a little bit of all the typical Midwestern environments- college towns, suburbs, cities, urban areas trying to reinvent themseles, farmlands, etc. It also contains part of Appalachia, and a large number of "swing voters". It has quite a few ardent liberals and conservatives, and has been the home and/or birthplace of eight presidents. The weather, it being part of the Midwest region, is often "crazy" and swings between hot, mild, cold, and freezing. The four seasons are widely known to be "winter, still winter, almost winter, and construction" or something to that effect (believed to be taken from a Jeff Foxworthy chain email).
There's definitely a lot more there than bad drivers, "hicks", and cows, and just driving through the state does not really do it justice. You've got to experience it to really understand it, and then you can pass judgement.
2) A song written by Neil Young (while he was working with Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young) in response to the Kent State Massacre, which occured at Kent State University in Ohio on May 4, 1970 when National Guardsmen opened fire on student protesters on the KSU campus.
2) "This summer I hear the drumming,/ Four dead in Ohio."- Neil Young, (Crosby,Stills, Nash, and Young), "Ohio"
Me - "Oh, just a normal week in Ohio."