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You Know You’re From Michigan When…

I’ve received this in an email from time to time and It’s so true I had to post it.  If you’re from Michigan you’ll get a chuckle, if you’re not you’ll probably say “Huh?”.

  • You define summer as three months of bad sledding.
  • You think Alkaline batteries were named for a Tiger outfielder.
  • You can identify an Ohio accent.
  • Your idea of a seven-course meal is a six pack and a bucket of smelt.
  • If during the summer there are more out of town plates than Michigan plates.
  • Owning a Japanese car is a hanging offense in your hometown.
  • You know how to play (and pronounce) Euchre.
  • The Big Mac is something that you drive across.
  • You believe that “down south” means Toledo.
  • You bake with soda and drink pop.
  • You drive 75 on the highway and you pass on the right.
  • Your Little League baseball game was snowed out.
  • You learned how to drive a boat before you learned how to ride a bike.
  • You know how to pronounce “Mackinac”.
  • The word “thumb” has a geographical rather than an anatomical significance.
  • You have experienced frostbite and sunburn in the same week.
  • You expect Vernor’s when you order ginger ale.
  • You know that Kalamazoo not only exists, but that it isn’t far from Hell.
  • Your favorite holidays are Christmas, Thanksgiving, the opening of deer season and Devil’s Night.
  • Your snowmobile, lawn mower and fishing boat all have big block Chevy engines.
  • At least one person in your family disowns you for the week of the Michigan/Michigan State football game.
  • You know what a millage is.
  • Traveling coast to coast means driving from Port Huron to Muskegon.
  • Half the change in your pocket is Canadian, eh.
  • You show people where you grew up by pointing to a spot on your left hand.
  • You know what a “Yooper” is.
  • Your car rusts out before you need the brakes done
  • Half the people you know say they are from Detroit… yet you don’t personally know anyone who actually lives in Detroit
  • “Up North” means north of Clare.
  • You know what a pastie is.
  • You occasionally cheer “Go Lions- and take the Tigers with you.”
  • Snow tires come standard on all your cars.
  • At least 25% of your relatives work for the auto industry.
  • You don’t understand what the big deal about Chicago is.
  • Octopus and hockey go together as naturally as hot dogs and baseball.
  • You know more about chill factors and lake effect than you’d EVER like to know!
  • Your snowblower has more miles on it than your car.
  • Shoveling the driveway constitutes a great upper body workout.
  • When giving directions, you refer to “A Michigan Left.” aka Michigan U-Turn
  • You know when it has rained because of the smell of worms.
  • You never watch the Weather Channel – you can just assume they’re wrong.
  • The snowmen you make in your front yard actually freeze. Solid.
  • The snow freezes so hard that you can actually walk across it and not break it or leave any marks.
  • All your shoes are called “tennis shoes”, even though no one here plays tennis anyway.
  • Your major school field trip includes camping and cross-country skiing.
  • Half your friends have a perfect sledding hill right in their own backyard.
  • You know you’re from Michigan when your relatives call you a troll because you live “under” the bridge.
  • You know you’re from Michigan when your idea of a family vacation is going to Cedar Point
  • You know you’re from Michigan when going to the “party store” isn’t to buy balloons. It’s to buy beer.