People who use the term "Flyover States" or think "Middle America" is interchangeable with "Dumb-Ass" should be kicked in the nuts. Seriously. Just because you live near an ocean doesn't make you special. You want culture, we've got plenty, and we don't consider it to be just something for the elite. We have some of the best universities in the country. I've been to art museums in New York and London and they don't hold a candle to the Art Institute. Yes, New York and LA have an international reputation, but that reputation doesn't give the people who happen to live there some sort of special magic. Oh, and by the way, without us... you'd have no damn food. So, shut the hell up.