Saturday, January 27, 2007

You know you're from Michigan when...

This has been kicking around for years in different forms, before blogging and maybe even before the Web came about.:

You know you're from Michigan when...
.... you define Summer as three months of bad sledding
.... you have ever gotten frostbitten and sunburned in the same week
.... you can identify an Ohio accent
.... you point at the palm of your right hand when telling people where you grew up
.... octopus and hockey go together as naturally as hot dogs and baseball
.... traveling coast to coast means going from Port Huron to Muskegon
.... a Big Mac is something you can drive across
.... you have no problem spelling Mackinac Island
.... you have as many Canadian coins in your pockets as American ones
.... you know that a place called "Kalamazoo" really exists
.... you bake with "soda" and drink "pop"
.... you don't have a coughing fit from one sip of Vernor's
.... you know what a Vernor's is
.... you know WHY Paradise is colder than Hell
.... your car rusts out before the brakes wear out
.... if you think of Indiana as the South
.... half of the change in your pocket is Canadian.
.... you know that Pontiac and Cadillac are cities (and people!) as well as cars
.... you can travel through Detroit and not get mugged
.... your idea of reaching Climax is driving just past Kalamazoo.

Any such lists for other states?


borgwoman said...

I would think that all of Jeff Foxworthy's jokes work for Texans.

Leo said...

Here is a site that lists bunches of em

voyageur said...

Those are good. I did previously look up Texas (found one) and Delaware (did not find one: is there such thing as Delaware pride?)

The Texas one had several shared items with the Michigan one.

This was one of the unique ones the Texas listing had:

20. Finally, you are 100% Texan if you have ever heard this conversation:
"You wanna coke?"
"What kind?"
"Dr. Pepper!"

So, is that really one of those places where coke comes in many flavors, including Pepsi? I really have not been to the South much at all especially recently, but I've heard it is this way in North Carolina for sure.

borgwoman said...

I quit saying coke so much after I heard a couple of stories about people confusing a request for coca-cola with a request for cocaine. I have tried to say soda instead, except when at a restaurant and actually ordering a Coke. But I will also take a Pepsi.

voyageur said...

The "soda" vs "pop" difference can be big in some places. I try to remember to say "soda" when I go to some parts of the country.

Dawn said...

Yes, coke is synonymous with any brand of soft drink. I've trained myself to say soda now instead of coke. :-)