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19 Signs You're From Michigan

Updated on May 28, 2017
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Melanie was born and raised in southern Michigan. She is now a chemistry major in the Honors College at Purdue Northwest.

Every US state is known for a number of stereotypes and my home state, Michigan, is no different. A lot of Michigan stereotypes are oddly similar to stereotypes of those from Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Canada. Some of these things are total myths, some are slightly based on fact, and some of these are 100% true.

It's important to know that a stereotype isn't always true. While some things might be true for a number of people in the Great Lakes State, it may be completely off for another person. The same holds true for people from other states. This is why it's important to get to know a person before making snap decisions about them based on where they're from.

Pure Michigan, not like those fake Michigans sold at mall kiosks
Pure Michigan, not like those fake Michigans sold at mall kiosks | Source

You point to a spot on your hand to show someone where you're from

This is definitely a nifty way to show someone where you're from and, embarrassingly enough, I've used this method! This is definitely not a hurtful stereotype and it's kind of a fun way to show some Michigan pride!

You've never met a celebrity
This one doesn't make any sense to me. I don't know about other parts of Michigan, but there are lots of celebrities that have summer homes in our area. Heck! My brother swam in Muhammed Ali's swimming pool!

Notable residents of my town include:
Dennis Farina, actor on Law & Order
Patrick Swayze had a condo here
Louis Farrakhan (I was actually stopped by his security as a kid for inadvertently wandering onto his property)
Roger Ebert
Kyle Korver of the Chicago Bulls
Richard Daley, former Chicago mayor

Muhammed Ali lives nearby (out in Berrien Springs) and Oprah had a home a few miles outside of town (actually in Indiana, though.) It is also rumored that the guy who wears the "Benny the Bull" mascot costume for the Chicago Bulls lives down the street from us, but I'm not sure how true that is. So, the "you've never met a celebrity" thing isn't true, at least in this area.

Michigan's beautiful fall foliage! (just kidding) Winter on the Paw Paw River
Michigan's beautiful fall foliage! (just kidding) Winter on the Paw Paw River | Source

Michigan weather!
There are a lot of weather-related stereotypes about Michigan.

  • You design your children's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.
    The weather suddenly gets very cold around Halloween, so this one has a lot of truth in it.
  • You can experience all four seasons in one day.
    This is sort of true, the weather can change quite rapidly here in Michigan.
  • 4th of July celebrations are held indoors because of the cold
    Not true except maybe far, far north like the UP. It gets really hot here, summer days can reach into the 80s and 90s particularly in July and August.
  • Winter lasts 9 months.
    This one does seem to be true. Summer is really nice, but it does take a while to heat up and then it only lasts for a few months and then gets really cold again.

    One misconception is that Michigan is like the Arctic Tundra. People have asked me, "How warm does it get in the Summer?" When I tell them that it gets into the 90s some days, they look disappointed. Sometimes I feel like responding, "I'm just kidding... yeah, the warmest is just above freezing, sometimes we only wear one coat."
  • Home Improvement stores are packed in the summer
    This is true. I used to work at Lowe's and when it got warm out, it was super busy. In fact, I was hired as a seasonal (temporary) employee before I was officially hired in. There were actually a ton of us who were all hired as seasonal if that tells you how busy these stores are in the summer.

Map of the US According to Michiganders

Parody map of the US according to Michiganders
Parody map of the US according to Michiganders | Source

You can spend Canadian money
That used to be true, to a degree. In recent years, people have been getting really picky about taking Canadian money.

However, people never heavily abused the Canadian money thing. If we got Canadian money, we never complained and would spend it just like American money. We only received change, never bills and we could spend it anywhere around here except the banks.

Detroit actually does have some really pretty areas (Picture: The West Canfield Historic District)
Detroit actually does have some really pretty areas (Picture: The West Canfield Historic District) | Source

You know how to play (and say) Euchre
That's pronounced like "you + kerr" and I used to know how to play this game. It's a four player card game that uses only the nines, tens, jacks, queens, kings, and aces.

A lot of people do seem to know how to play this game as there are always clubs listed on public access television that meet up and play it. I think this stereotype is also true in Indiana, at least I've heard this stereotype applied to people from Indiana.

Lake Michigan keeps New Buffalo a little chillier than towns further inland.
Lake Michigan keeps New Buffalo a little chillier than towns further inland. | Source

An international trip involves choosing The Bridge or The Tunnel.
This stereotype is talking about the drive to Canada through Detroit. If you're taking the trip across the border here (to Windsor, Ontario), you have the choice of taking a bridge or a tunnel. When we cross in Detroit, we usually take the tunnel, however, we usually cross up north on the bridge from Port Huron, Michigan to Sarnia, Ontario.

This actually quite commonplace in MIchigan, so drive carefully in the countryside
This actually quite commonplace in MIchigan, so drive carefully in the countryside | Source

Everyone, including women, know how to use jumper cables
I had a non-Michigan friend who had to use my jumper cables to jump his car and he put them on wrong, causing the cables to melt. I was actually shocked that this person didn't know how to use jumper cables and remember thinking, "How can you not know how to use jumper cables?"

Too bad they don't cross ONLY at the sign
Too bad they don't cross ONLY at the sign | Source

People use statues of deer to decorate their yard
There are places where people don't do this? This stereotype isn't true of everyone in Michigan, but a lot of people do decorate their yards with deer statues. The same holds true in Indiana. I was almost in a car accident because someone had their deer statue kind of close to the road and I thought it was a deer.

Everyone you know has hit at least two deer
Okay, this is an exaggeration, but there are a lot of deer here. I have never hit a deer, but one thing that sticks out in my mind is that fact that we had to watch THREE videos in driver's ed about deer. Also, I've heard stories about how people keep the deer they hit for meat. Why is this not considered eating road kill?

Michigan has some beautiful lighthouses. This one is located in St. Joe, MI, about 30 minutes north for us
Michigan has some beautiful lighthouses. This one is located in St. Joe, MI, about 30 minutes north for us | Source

What's Soda?

You drink pop
We do drink pop. One of my friends went out to California and asked for a pop at a movie theater and the girl was really confused and told him they didn't serve popsicles. I don't know if it was just the girl or maybe people out west really don't know what we're talking about. I didn't know people called it soda until I went to an out-of-state middle school... so maybe 12 or 13.

I have heard that some regions of the country, people call it coke no matter what flavor it is. This idea baffles me. How do you ask for a Sprite?
"I would like a Sprite Coke, please"
or
"I would like a Coke." "What kind would you like?" "I'll have a Sprite."

Michigan has lots of highway, which means lots of construction
Michigan has lots of highway, which means lots of construction | Source
You know you're from Michigan when you know how to say Mackinac (The Mackinac Bridge)
You know you're from Michigan when you know how to say Mackinac (The Mackinac Bridge) | Source

Michigan has two types of lighthouses: actual lighthouses and orange barrels
Haha, very funny! [sarcasm] I don't know why, but seemingly the roads are ALWAYS under construction. Perhaps it's because we have tar roads here (because of the salt trucks in the winter) and tar roads, well, get potholes all the time!

There is a joke that we kind of have in the family about a specific junction off of Highway 94 (where it meets Highway 65 in Indiana.) The joke is something like, "You'll want to get off before the 65 junction because it's under construction." This is because this particular section of the highway has been under constant construction since I can remember. However, that area gets extremely heavy traffic, so they are probably constantly having to do repairs.

Owning a foreign car is a sin.
It's a mortal sin, too, because you knowingly committed it. Oh the shame!

You dislike Ohio even if you don't care about football.
If you're from Michigan, the weather alters your DNA such that you have a permanent, inherent dislike for Ohio. You can't describe why, either. You just do.

Your town has an equal number of bars and churches
There are a lot of bars and churches in my town. There are quite a few of drinking related Michigan stereotypes and I don't really find these to be true. I'm guessing maybe people think that all Michiganders do is drink.

While it is cold here and going to a bar might be a fun indoor activity, not everyone here drinks. In fact, my family members may just have a drink around the holidays or special occasions. Some of my friends drink and some don't. I think it's the same as anywhere.

What are some stereotypes you've heard about Michigan? Are you from Michigan? If so which of these stereotypes are true for you and which aren't?

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      Ken Lucas 6 days ago

      I EFFIN HATE OHIO STATE! .....If my daughter wanted to marry or hook up with a guy from Ohio State I'd boycott the damn wedding! You just don't know how much I loathe and despise that damn school. I HATE OHIO STATE!!!!

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      Elizabeth Fairweather 11 days ago from Michigan

      Love it! Especially the Ohio bit, it is soooo true! My dad says if Michigan is playing you root for them, if Michigan is not playing you root for State (reluctantly) but if ANYONE is playing Ohio you vote for the opponent, period! (Mid-Michigan girl here!)

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      Janet 5 months ago

      Born and raised in south east MI!

      Love this article!

      I just recently moved to Nevada and apparently I have an accent!!! I drive for Lyft and I'm always asked where I'm from and asked a lot of questions about MI, so I was glad to see that my answers matched up with what I read here and I was also correct when correcting something a passenger had to say about MI.

      Gosh I'm really missing my home state now.

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      Bonnie Weaver 9 months ago

      Loved loved loved it. Lived here since '67 and it's all true but u forgot pen! An ink pen is called a pin. From Dowagiac!

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      renee21 2 years ago

      Cool hub!

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      My wife and I have managed not to hit any deer, even when we lived in the U.P., but one time the car ahead of us did.

      One time my wife had to wear her winter coat to the July 4 fireworks.

      Is it true that snowplow blades in the U. P. are three stories high, that a Yooper plowbus is a cross between a school bus and a snowplow, that Yooper children must follow a rope hand over hand to get from home to the nearest plowbus stop through the perpetual blizzard, and that Yoopers put on their shorts and start barbecuing outdoors when the temperature gets up to 33F in April or May?

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      staceybubbles 2 years ago

      Tons of celebrities from my hometown of Battle Creek...tony the tiger, toucan sam, snap, crackle n pop. Ernie keebler moved there a few years ago.... =)

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      Juliane 3 years ago

      Loved this! My dad is from Michigan, and I lived there for a couple years when I was young. I now live in Mississippi, and I can vouch for calling all soda "Coke." When I was younger, I remember asking for a Coke, expecting the vendor to ask me what kind, and I was so disappointed when she gave me a Coke. I wanted a Sprite!

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      hcliii 3 years ago

      James Earl Jones is from Newaygo.

      Bob Seger is from Ann Arbor.

      Kid Rock, Eminem, Motown.

      Lots of celebrities around.

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      I could really use some Michigan weather right now.

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      Kurt Frazier Sr 3 years ago from Mobile Al

      I really enjoyed this hub. I was born in Watervliet, Mi and now live in Mobile, Al. Moved here in '99 and only once have I seen a bit of snow and ice here. I did hit my first and only deer while living here. Thanks for the reminders about where I came from.

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      shane o 3 years ago

      I'm from Michigan and all of this is true. I never thought i had an accent until I spent 6 months in California. I try to pronounce everything as correctly as I can but my Michigan accent slips out on occasion. I'm not a huge fan of euchre but I know how to play. That's almost a must. I've hit 7 deer in my own vehicles but have also been in others cars and hit at least 5 more. I loved showing people out West where I was from by pulling out my hand map. Michigan is truly a great state and when shit gets crazy like earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, or whatever Michigan will be the spot to be in.

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      John 3 years ago

      I am not from Michigan, but I met 4 celebrities after living there for only three years. There are a ton of famous people from Michigan, especially the Detroit area.

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      Melanie Shebel 3 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

      I agree. I didn't know that burgers came with anything other than k,m,p,o on it. That's a completely foreign idea to me!

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      Karin Martinez 3 years ago

      I can't believe you missed a big one like this ....hamburger come with ketchup mustard pickle & onion standard. Everything butt means no onion. Everywhere else except MC Donald's serves them mayo lettuce & tomato. In Michigan if you want those toppings instead you have to order a deluxe and back when I was a kid that was 25 cents more. I miss being able to order my hamburgers without telling them to put only k,m,p,o on it. The way a burger was meant to be eaten.

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

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      Haley 3 years ago

      I'm from Middleville, Michigan, and I must say most of these stereotypes are spot on except for the celebrity one. I met Kellin Quinn and Justin Hills from Sleeping With Sirens a few years back, and they're both from Michigan.

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      Megan 3 years ago

      This is a great hub! I am from the Marysville area, smack dab next to Port Huron and these are hilarious. I never even think twice about being across the lake from Sarnia, Ontario. Around here, having Canadians shopping everywhere is very commonplace as well as dual-citizenship and Canadian-American couples. Other places, it might seem different.

      And it's very true that Euchre is a Michigan or northern state game. We used to visit Florida and rally with other schools. When we would suggest Euchre, the response usually was, "What the hell is Euchre?"

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      Aimee 3 years ago

      I live in Port Huron (pronounced here-on)

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      jmartin1344 3 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan

      Great hub melbel! I love in Royal Oak, and have been experiencing many of your weather related comments very recently! Also, as a person who has lived in many places and other countries, I LOVE your comment about international trips! Made me laugh.

      Nice hub!

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      Alice Fournier 3 years ago from Amsterdam

      This is hilarious, I've actually met someone from Michigan that showed me where he lived on his hand... Great hub!

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      Tasha 3 years ago

      I would add that for many "southern" Michiganders, vacation simply meant going "up north,"

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      Daddy Paul 3 years ago from Michigan

      Ask a kid from Michigan if they want a soda and they will tell you they want chocolate. Pop is like coke.

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      Kim 3 years ago

      I used to love in Michigan and I can agree with most all of it. When I first moved there the map on the hand thing confused me especially when people expected me to understand what they ment. Patricia Palonco (not sure if I spelled that right) is a childrenss author who actually lives in the extremely small town I did, so the celebrity stereotype isn't exactly fitting for the whole state at least lol.

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      JC Heppler 3 years ago from USA

      This is a really cool hub. Thanks for the cool way you talked about Michigan. Voted up!

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      Matt 3 years ago

      We have two seasons: winter and construction.

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      Tabitha E Cleary 3 years ago from Montgomery, AL

      I laughed when reading this :D. My husband is from Flint, Michigan and I am from Alabama. And it's funny he has quoted almost all of these sayings before. And I must say that I enjoy playing Euchre ^_^. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Me 4 years ago

      A few minutes away from my uncles house in Troy there is a park with a rock wall in the front and the back is a trail, there a so many deer I got 2feet away from one and every where you turn there are deer.

      I can vouch for the 'pop' one. I was visiting my cousins in NC when I asked the waitress what kind of pop there was and she looked at me strange.

      I have never met a celebrity although I wish I have. Unless you count authors. I haven't.

      Love my lakes. :)

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      Sagmi53 4 years ago

      Michiganders all know what each other means when we say we are going "up north".

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      Joshua Dalrymple 4 years ago from Naples, Italy

      One of my favorites it, "You know you're from Michigan if your high school had snowmobile parking." Obviously not true, but still funny!

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      gsurvivor 4 years ago

      I have a friend from Michigan, I just have to show this to him! :D Loved the article, a vote up from here!

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      tastiger04 4 years ago

      Interesting! I've never lived in Michigan, but I always enjoy these kinds of articles. Voted up and interesting :)

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      We just got back from Michigan. I love the state the people we ran into they are friendly and helpful. People who work in the stores not so friendly. We say pop here in northern Wisconsin. My daughter had to stop using the word when she moved to southern Wisconsin people made fun of her.

      I think Michigan is the only state that has two parts split up can only get to the other side by a bridge that I won't cross if the wind is up. You can also get to the other side by boat.

      Enjoyed your hub voted up.

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      VB News 4 years ago

      I have lived in a few different states and always wonder at the variables. Soda vs. Pop, Coffee Regular vs Black Coffee, Grinder vs Sub Sandwich...loads of fun seeing some in print with explanations :)

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      dreamseeker2 4 years ago

      I too am from MI! : ) Yay, my home state...where I was born! I have been out in WA though since I was fifteen, when my folks moved us out here. I have also lived a short three years in CA, when I was a young girl. When we came out to the Pacific NW, it seemed the styles out here were behind the times...odd, eh? Being so close to CA. But, guess NY was closer to our trends in MI. We still call pop (soda) pop! My family does anyway. In regards to the weather, the odd thing is that I always thought MI had all four seasons. That's what I remember anyway. Also, it is the one state which has fast food restaurants like: Big Boys, and Robbies. It also sells 'Bun' candy bars. Maple and original. (I love those things!) We even ate pickled balony, which no one out here even heard of...lol! Thanks for sharing your hub. It made me miss my home state and recall some fond memories. : ) We came from the suburb of Grand Rapids, known as Wyoming. Go figure, eh? Voted this one up, of course!!

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      innershimmer7 4 years ago from Illinois

      So funny and true! I am from Traverse City, Michigan. I miss it so much, its beautiful and yes the winters can be harsh and long, but I think our seasonal beauty is to die for!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      You nailed it! Great hub on Michigan. My dad is from there and moved away when he was 20 or so. They don't play euchre down south, but he's got the licence plate and is willing to teach anyone whether they want to learn or not. Sending this to him!

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      kamerongroup 4 years ago

      Great Hub! It's also funny how there are regional differences within the state. I grew up in Staten Island, N.Y. However during the summers and occasional winters (Boyne Mt. really?) we would spend time between White Cloud ("where the north begins, and the pure waters flow") and GR. And it seemed most of my relatives were either employed by Fisher Body (GM) or Steelcase (American Seating). So cars and office furniture were the topic of conversation. Along with my "New Yawk" accent. Kroger, Marathon, Faygo "red pop", and the best Salmon fishing in the Pere Marquette river. Yeah, it's "Pure Michigan."

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      nene 4 years ago

      Very funny and true. I have lived in Michigan my whole life. Talking with people from out-of-state have pointed out that Michiganders also measure driving distance by hours instead of actual mileage. I have to say I'm guilty of that one for sure! Good hub!

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      Ralph Deeds 4 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

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      Tamara Barabasz 4 years ago from Durham, Nc

      Don't forget Aretha Franklin, jack white of white stripes, Eminem, and Tim Allen!

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      I was all over Michigan last month. Is it me or that Michigan has most interstates around Detroit area than any other state of the USA or province of Canada?

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      TotalChaos 4 years ago

      Lived in MI, about 20 minutes southwest from Detroit almost all my life. While working in Iowa for a year and a half, the ladies I worked with used to laugh at me because they said I sounded like I was from Canada, eh?

      Have never hit a deer but know many people that have. Going on vacation "Up North" requires driving further north than Traverse City. (To me, anyway).

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      collegedad 4 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      When I looked out my window and saw the fresh snow on the ground yesterday I was reminded of this hub. Only in the U.P. would it snow on mother's day.

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      Kate 4 years ago

      I am personally proud of my Michigan accent, my friend moved here from California and I asked her if I could buy her a pop and she was completely lost, so I had to quickly say soda and she finally understood.

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      John 4 years ago

      I met someone who moved from New York to Michigan. She thought we all bowled and ate Coneys.

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      Ron 4 years ago

      How have you never seen anyone use their hand to point to where they live?

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Another Michigan stereotype - everybody works in auto industry there.

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      NC4Life078 5 years ago from United States of America

      I am surprised this is not on the list and no one has mentioned it: "You know your from Michigan when you have had a 'Pasty' and know how to say it" Especially those up in the UP. I loved the Mackinac one, so true.

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      Stephen Bush 5 years ago from Ohio

      I'm from Ohio and swear that I never make fun of Michigan. It helps that we lived in the Upper Peninsula for a while and loved it.

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      Peter V 5 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

      Ha! Great list. Although my family is from Michigan, I have only lived in Michigan for a year, but I already started pointing to a spot on my hand to indicate where I live. These were a lot of fun to read through. Voted up!

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      collegedad 5 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      Ok I'm a Yooper and resemble most of those comments! I'm not offended. There true! And I've hit at least two deer. They went in the back of the truck and off to the freezer too. Saved money on ammo that year.

      Did you mention rust? There is nothing more aggressive than a UP Irnon Moth! They'll eat a car in no time. The Trolls don't have near as much trouble with those as we do!

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      CarlySullens 5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      This is great! I used to live in Ann Arbor, and yes, I did show people where that was on my hand. This hub made me laugh. voted up and shared.

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      TripleAMom 5 years ago from Florida

      This is funny. I'm from Florida and I love how the map you have has Disney and Daytona. I live about 8 hours North of both in Pensacola (both are close together and the state is about 13 hours from tip to tip). Also, my mother still says she drinks "coke" for every drink. She hates even "soda" which I say, so "pop" is really foreign to her. Great hub. Voted up and sharing.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I am very southern.. I am from North Carolina. my grandfather called soda, pop.. the father est north I have been and lived in Champagne ILL.

      we are weird in North Carolina..lol..In fact I lived near where Andy Griffith was from..like a couple of hours.. I was told that because I was a southern that I didn't like to wear shoes. well it is true. i hate shoes.. lol

      this is a funny hub. voted up and sharing

      Debbie

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Funny and interesting melbel!

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      SteveMichiganMan 5 years ago

      There are many celebrities who were born and/or live in Michigan. Go on "Wikipedia" and bring up their "List of People from Michigan" and you'll know what I mean !!

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      Kla 5 years ago

      I grew up in sister lakes/dowagiac! I now live in Florida and I have people tell me I have an accent because I annunciate my a's such as "bad" they say "bahd" I say bad lol

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      Ray 5 years ago

      ROTFL..@ BROOK...I am an Eastsider, too...went to Ferris for college...so, when giving directions to WestSide friends...completely not thinking..I have: had them take Gratiot exit from 94..(to dump them on to Gratiot by Macomb Mall..kind of forgot to explain...2nd Gratiot exit..U DON'T WANT TO BE DROPPED ON GRATIOT IN D'TOWN..)...still famous for giving husband his turn by turn directions using "MILE RD.'S...WHEN...THAT PARTICULAR ROAD IS NEVER CALLED BY ITS "MILE RD. NAME"...So he either misses his turn..(but I always know a seco...or he just barely makes it if I can catch it..).. rd. examples...15 mile, 16 mile..HA..This road has like 4/5 names..Metro Pkwy, Big Beaver, Quartos..n I'm missing one...AND THEN...(CAUSE MY FAMILY LIVES NEAR LAKESIDE...we get to M-59...and I call it Hall!!!!

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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      The Lake Michigan shore from the Sleeping Bear dunes for miles to the south is one of the most beautiful, pristine beaches in the world.

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      miaella 5 years ago

      Born a Yooper, always a Yooper, Dem Trolls do forget we exist, but that's ok, usually....But I trully do understand the language, accent wha ya talking abou....Nomallcy, madder of opinion.....just saying....Say Ya to Da U.P., eh.......

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      AKqueencrab 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska, USA

      Love it! I've never been to Michigan but I have relatives there. Some of these stereotypes sound like the ones we have in Alaska.

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      rie 5 years ago

      another thing we have is "doorwalls". my girlfriend moved to AZ and her son in law thought she was making it up. I always forget I can't get Vernors or Fago elswhere as well. People outside of Michigan don't know the difference between Vernors and Ginger Ale.......... they taste totally different. Love having a built in map and I do measure distance by minutes/hours. E-way and the letter/number combos are all we use and I am great at Michigan lefts! Other states have legal Uies (you ees) we have Michigan lefts. great article

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      Keith Matyi 5 years ago from Denton, TX

      Nice job! I am originally from Toledo and spent much time in Michigan. Beautiful state. Keep writing these good articles!

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      irishpixiegurl13 5 years ago from Racine, WI

      I only visit relatives in Michigan for the summer but its still more home to me than Wisconsin will ever be. I call my soda POP and people look at me like im nuts lol they just jealous. thnx for posting this very fun to read.

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      silver97rwa 5 years ago

      Ahhh...I was born and raised in MI, but had to move about 3 years ago for a job (gotta find one where you can right?) So I'm stuck in TX for now. I loved reading these...brings back SO many memories!! I'm originally from South Haven, so the "FIPs" had me totally laughing. I spent a lot of time in Silver Lake as well, and we often used "touron" (combination of "tourist" and "moron") as well. And...I seriously miss Euchre!! NO ONE in TX has any idea what I'm talking about...and it is RIDICUOUSLY difficult to watch a Red Wings game - I even tried to bribe my satellite company to give me FSD...no go :-(

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      Maggie 5 years ago

      I live in Michigan and I believe we only have three seasons winter, summer, and construction.

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      Jenoside 5 years ago

      A friend of mine is from Alabama and in her state, she would ask for a coke and they would ask her what kind, so your second option there is what happens.

      Also, it's TOTALLY soda. Well, I live in Florida and it's soda here. But I'm a born Ohioan (Toledo, so practically Michigan) and I have a really hard time calling it pop when I'm up there. Everyone knows I'm not from there.

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      Nicole 5 years ago

      I grew up in St. Ignace in the UP. When I first joined the military I went to tech school in Mississippi and was asked repeatedly if I was from Canada.

      Then my first station was in Ohio and I bought my first car (foreign :/) and had to stop and ask where the Secretary of State was at. I got the weirdest look. I said you know where you get your license plates from. He said "oh the DMV?" Um ok lol. It was an eye opener joining the military.

      One I don't know what everyone else may call it in Michigan but my family always called 40 oz beer, "jumbos". So when I was in Ohio my friend and I were at the class six (alcohol store on base) and he was like "can you get me a couple of 40's?" and I didn't know what he was talking about an he showed me and I said "Oh a jumbo" and again with the crazy look haha. I miss the lakes though. I'm in Colorado now and the first "lake" I saw here, I could see the other side and walk around it in 30 minutes....not a lake in my book haha.

      Surprisingly my first supervisor in the military was from Houghton Lake and my most recent last supervisor was from the Soo lol. Good list, BTW Everyone uses there hand as a map when there from Michigan and whoever said people drink the most in Nebraska and Michigan isn't even in the top ten has clearly never been to St. Ignace because almost everyone is a drunk there.

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      Ann 5 years ago

      When I went to college (Albion) I was told I had an Allegan Co. accent! This individual knew 3 or 4 of us from Allegan, and thought we all talked the same. I'd never have guessed! And yes, we live right down the road from Mar'in, with that glottal stop...

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      jawmail3000 5 years ago

      My Ny husband to Mio and he was just getting used to M15, M13, he thought it was M10.

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      TotalChaos 5 years ago

      My mom was from Escanaba, and she said that they were called "Nothern Hilllbillies". And you snicker when the exit off of 1-75 is #69 or better known as "Big Beaver".

      Perfect storys from everyone else here too!

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      I thought about this hub while at a town council meeting in Sebastian, Florida. I belong to a grassroots conservation movement in Florida. We are trying to get cities, county and state to cut way back on the amounts of insecticides and fertilizers that are being poured into our aquifer and estuary system. All the factors lined up to give us a catastrophic algae bloom that seriously damaged the sea grasses.

      We held up Michigan as a state that is taking the lead. So. I guess you can tell when someone is from Michigan, if they love their water pure.

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      djmrmoe 5 years ago

      just wanted to say WHAT UP DOE! now that all DETROIT.

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      Andi 5 years ago

      Hey, I have used the hand thing for directions often as do many of my friends.

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      Tanya 5 years ago

      Also, Tim Allen and I believe Kid Rock have summer homes up by Charlevoix! :)

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      Tanya 5 years ago

      I like your posts! Keep up the good work! :) I'm cracking up because I am from MI, but I've been living out of state (in the SOUTH where I'm called a Yankee!) for almost 6 years now. MI will always be my home, so I love reading about it. :)

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      jntadt22 5 years ago

      I'm from Port Huron originally and have since moved to Fort Wayne, IN. So much of this is true. I take so much crap from my wife because of so many of these nuances.

      When someone down here asks me where I'm from, and I tell them about an hour north of Detroit, they then ask me where that's at, my hand goes up and my wife just rolls her eyes and starts laughing at me.

      When we go up to visit or vacation, she gets so ticked off at the "Michigan Lefts".

      I say cut the grass, she says mow the lawn. I didn't think this one was an issue, but whenever I say cut the grass, she hands me scissors?!? Maybe that's just her though!

      And one last one for the road, I've personally never hit a deer, although I've had numerous close calls. The one time I was a passenger, and the driver hit the deer was very memorable. He is deaf, so we were driving east on I-69 and I saw about 5 deer in the median and yell out "Deer!", but he didn't hear me and still plowed them. If that wasn't funny enough, the next two cars behind us, hit two other deer. But in true Michigan fashion, the middle car, wanted all three dead deer for his freezer!!

      Ahhhhh, I miss Michigan!

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      Guest 5 years ago

      I can't believe you forget this one: Michiganders use time for measuring distance, so where a southerner might say "20 mile North on 75," we say "30 minutes North."

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      Mandi 5 years ago

      I grew up about 45 minutes north of Port Huron, took the tunnel to Windsor several times, have hit 2 deer and had several close calls, and my father ALWAYS took Nov 15th off work to fill our freezer! But you forgot one thing! The state flower is the pervasive 'Orange Barrel', a very hardy variety that grows all along asphalt and thrives on exhaust fumes!

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      Rissa 5 years ago

      Michigan only has 2 seasons, Winter and Contruction!

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      Kristi Gabriel 5 years ago from Chesapeake, Virginia

      Don't forget Jeff Daniels in Chelsea...:)

      I never really used my hand because you don't HAVE to show people in MI. Even when I moved to Virginia Beach I didn't have to bc there are so many Navy people who are familiar, or bc so many of them are from MI.

      Always watched the kids at school play euchre, never played it, myself.

      I do remember that beautiful melancholy feel at the end of summer. In VA it drags out into a warm autumn, so it's not as potent. Still beautiful, though.

      /sigh...I miss home.

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      Marianne 5 years ago

      Omg I'm from Detroit and there are a lot of deer in Michigan. Usually we go to see deer at Belle Isle but I guess there are so many of them that I've seen one on the west side by Rouge Park.

      I also keep a blanket, socks, and a hoodie in my car just in case.

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      Kitten 5 years ago

      As for the weather..... I keep a spare Carhart, pair of shorts, sweatshirt, tank, flip flops, boots, and sneakers in my car. Cause you never know up here. For example: Last Saturday I was in a tank top, shorts, and flip flops, Tuesday It was SNOWING! I went to work at 11:30pm Thursday night in a thin sweatshirt, got out at 7:30am and scraped ice off my windshield.

      Oh yeah, and the roads..... I spent a week in Ohio last summer. On the way home I was so beat I fell asleep in the car. I woke up as soon as we crossed the border into Michigan. Not because I just felt a sense of "Homeness" but because the road suddenly turned to crap..... That's pretty bad. I love Michigan.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Congrats on the success - you definitely DO deserve some of it, and especially with this one.

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      Angel 5 years ago

      Ha most of these hold true for me. I am from up by the bridge and we play euchre every day in our college lunch room. Also, I say pop not "soda." That just sounds weird! Everyone I know has hit a deer and can use jumper cables. I ALWAYS point to my hand. Pretty much ALL of these are true for the people I know up here.

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      Ski 5 years ago

      It's a natural reflex for me to point out where I'm from on my hand, I got looked at strangely in college when I asked where the "pop machine" was, and I love playing euchre!

      And I can tell you for a fact that "Benny the Bull" does not live in Michigan! :)

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      Stephy 5 years ago

      Idk if someone already pointed it out or not but i learned recently from "how the states got their shapes" tht its more like they'll ask u or something what kind of coke u want cuz coke is not only a flaver but also a popular brand and pop company.

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      Mom 5 years ago

      Nice to know about Michigan

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      Purpledi 5 years ago

      I grew up in the UP (upper peninsula) and therefore I'm a Yooper (& Green Bay Packer fan) by birth, ya eh? We ate pasties regularly, went to camp (hunting) in November, drank pop, and bravely swam in frigid Lake Superior. For recreation, we camped, fished and rode dirt bikes in the woods of Northern Michigan. I have worn a snowmobile suit under my Haloween costume on a few occasions as a kid. My Grandfather was in charge of building the porch on the Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island. Both of my Grandfathers worked for Ford. I now live in Lansing and regularly use my hand as a map. I have hit 4 deer and had numerous close calls. I also play in a euchre club and go "up north" on weekends. I even played on a basketball team sponsored by a business "up in the Thumb". Gotta love Michigan with all it's uniqueness and natural beauty, a must visit if you haven't been here.

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      Dawn 5 years ago

      You know you live in Michigan if:

      Big Mac and a shake isn't a meal, it's the Bridge on a windy day.

      Coast-to-coast means Muskegon to Port Huron.

      You think alkaline batteries were named for a Tigers outfielder.

      You can drink a slug of Vernors without coughing.

      "The Thumb" is not an anatomtical reference, but a geographical one.

      You know that the four seasons are Almost Winter, Winter, STILL Winter, and Construction.

      Driving in Winter is better because the potholes are full of snow.

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      Katy 5 years ago

      I was born in Arizona and whenever I want a drink I always say "can I have a soda?" and no one ever knows what I'm talking about! But it's weird because I moved away from Arizona before I learned to talk.

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      Shelby 5 years ago

      I live in extreme SE Michigan and only about half of this is true for us. Maybe it's just our area but those FOPs are really annoying.

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      Nycki 5 years ago

      I am born and raised in Michigan and I've hit deer twice. The first time, I hit 2...but I missed the other 3! The second time was a fawn, sad, but not traumatizing. I know a guy that lives in an area populated so heavily by deer that he hits a minimum of 1 a year. ...I have also called many people "FIP"s...but really, in a small beach town, those people act like they own it.

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      Cory 5 years ago

      Michigan fall is the best. Leaves everywhere, crisp weather, all the apples and sweet potatoes you could want... Though you do get random other seasons intruding on your nice weather. The summer is bad, though. It's not ridiculously hot, but it is far too humid. It's like walking into a brick wall. Thank God for air conditioning. The guns get bigger and more popular at higher latitudes. There really aren't too many in the south, at least in southeast Michigan.

      I did have to recently explain the "hand as a map" to some French people. I couldn't do it without finding an atlas and physically showing the map of the state!

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      Greg Slawson 5 years ago

      I cannot believe you have never seen a Michigander point at there hand to show a location.

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      Kai 5 years ago

      Born and raised in upper michigan about an hour from the bridge (Alpena). I only hit a deer once but here you have to watch for them in the city limits, not just in the country. More bars than churches and people tend to drink more than should lol. But i love it here and i loved reading this hub. Makes you realize more about yourself

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      Josh 5 years ago

      I used the word "pop" while in Scotland, and the girl reacted like she knew what it meant. I think she was humoring the crazy American.

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      Lexi 5 years ago

      I am in total agreement about 'pop.' I live in SoCal right now, since my husband is stationed out here, and honestly, a lot of the California residents get a little bit of an attitude when you say 'pop.' I had one girl out here get into a bit of an argument with me, but for the most part, in this area people do know what 'pop' is. Also, it's a Canadian term, and there are quite a few people here from western Canada, like British Columbia, so it's not TOTALLY uncommon. But it can be really entertaining to say 'pop' instead of 'soda' just so people can say, 'You're not from around here, are you?'

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      April 5 years ago

      Lol, the more i read ur posts the more i learn about myself. I had no clue that I had an accent, and ur other article explained why everyone tells me i talk too fast. But this one was pretty funny too, i had no idea it wasn't commonplace to stop and wait for deer to cross the road or to hit a lot of deer. I have personally in the last year hit 12 deer so its not that strange to me. And i do have to say it is pop not soda, n coke is a type of pop people. Lived in MI all my life and yes the weather can go through all seasons in a day.