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OC Answer Man: Why do out-of-staters always ask me if I surf?

It’s a big country, and few outsiders have time to develop nuanced understandings of Orange County. Regional stereotypes are frequently wrong, but people do...

Answer Man: How does one spot fellow Orange County residents when traveling?

The Answer Man rarely ventures outside this paradise, so he doesn’t know firsthand. But reliable sources tell him the key is “nice” casual clothing....

Answer Man: What’s the origin of the Balboa Island Ferry?

In the early 1900s, real estate developers underwrote temporary ferry services from Balboa (the end of the trolley line from L.A.) to the subdivisions around Newport Bay.

O.C. Answer Man: How did UC Irvine end up with an anteater mascot?

A statue of UC Irvine's Mascot, the Anteater can be found in front of the Bren Events Center on UC Irvine's campus. Where did the idea come from?

O.C. Answer Man: Is the City of Santa Ana named for General Santa Anna...

How did one of Orange County's biggest cities get its name?

O.C. Answer Man: Any sign of werewolves in Orange County?

Unlikely, but the most famous one died here. Lon Chaney Jr., the man who played the title role in “The Wolf Man” (1941).

O.C. Answer Man: When and where did Orange County’s first In-N-Out Burger outlet open?

This family-owned chain—launched in 1948 in Baldwin Park by Harry and Esther Snyder and now headquartered in Irvine—didn’t add an Orange County branch until...

They used to call O.C. “Reagan Country.” When did The Gipper first visit?

Ronald Reagan first came to Orange County in the early 1940s, while filming the Depression-themed melodrama “Juke Girl” with Ann Sheridan. The production spent...

OC Answer Man: What’s the strangest Disney attraction ever?

There have been some doozies, including the Bathroom of Tomorrow and a cow with Mickey Mouse-shaped spots. But it’s hard to top the high...

OC Answer Man: We don’t sound like The Californians sketches on ‘Saturday Night Live,’...

Angelenos seem to be the butt of this spoof about the trivial dramas of Southern Californians, and their obsession with freeway and surface street...