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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"
"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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      Janet 2 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 6 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 2 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 2 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 2 years ago from Earth

      I could really use some Michigan weather right now.

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      Kurt Frazier Sr 2 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 3 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 3 years ago

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

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      Joshua Dalrymple 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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


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      Mark G Weller 4 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.

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      Pam 5 years ago

      I grew up in Royal Oak, and although I have lived outside of the state for many years, I have been asked just once where I got my "Michigan accent.". And by a native Canadian, no less!

      Now I live in Columbia, SC, and while by opening my mouth to speak immediately suggests that I'm not "from here," not one person can identify the origin of my accent. They just know that it's "Northern."

      Thanks for writing such a funny, informative article! Every year, I look forward to hearing the dulcet Michigan tones, drinking "pahp," and amazing friends and family with the fact that in SC, we can grow flowers all year long. I am a proud, 'he-appy' Michigan native!

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      Becki 5 years ago

      I shared these with my mom. She shared some more Michigan trivia. The pop reference was explained to her when visiting the Bottle House in Kaleva MI. Pop refers to the 'pop' sounds the top used to make when opening a bottle. There was a bottling plant in Kaleva MI and so the distribution of these types of bottles was localized to mostly Michigan. Also, she said that growing up in Michigan, pop always referred to a bottle. Soda came from a soda fountain where someone actually mixed the syrup and soda water by shooting or 'jerking' the soda spigot, and this is where we get the name 'soda jerk'.

      I have found that in most of Michigan 'The Bridge' refers to the Mackinac Bridge (the Mighty Mac) and 'The Bridge to Canada' is how people refer to the bridge between Detroit and Windsor.

      Also, in my family we use the terms 'highway/freeway/expressway' almost interchangeably, and I think that is because in Michigan, although we have some toll bridges, we don't have a lot of toll roads.

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      Skye 5 years ago

      That is true that Euchre is played a lot in Michigan. However I have played this game a lot with out of state friends and the biggest argument we have is whether it is Bowers or Bars. I grew up with Bowers in Michigan but people south of Toledo call them Bars. Weird huh.

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      Heather 5 years ago

      Fun to read!

      But, you're from Michigan and you've never used your hand to show where you're from? I'm from Michigan and have done this regularly... all of my adult life. Most often, I use it to show my kids or someone from out of state, sometimes I'll use it to point to different cities, this is my town, this is GR, this is TC, this is the D, to demonstrate proximity, etc. But, there are times I've done it when meeting another Michigander, maybe someone from up north.

      Also, I'm surprised to hear you refer to I-94 as highway 94.... Everyone I know uses the I or the M ....I-94, I-75, M-15, M-24. I never hear someone say Highway 75.

      Another stereotype is that everyone gets a family discount to at least one of the big three, which is why so many Michiganders drive American cars. When I travelled to Florida frequently for business in my early twenties, I was SHOCKED at how many foreign cars there were on the roads. Definitely not something you see as much of in Michigan.

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      jr 5 years ago

      Very good article. You forgot about "flatlanders" though. Lol

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      Niko 5 years ago

      Derek, whereabouts north of Detroit did you grow up? I grew up in Milford and moved down to Florida as well about 6 years ago. Kinda strange how people follow similar trends, given I have heard of and met a whole bunch of people who have moved down to Sarasota from MI, IL, WI, and reluctantly OH. haha just joking around with Ohio...kinda.

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      Becki 5 years ago

      Born, raised & live in western Michigan (Grand Rapids). This stuff was too funny, 'cuz it's so dead-on, even the accent. (Secretariah State). My family jokes that Michigan highways have two seasons: winter and barrel storage. Also, that Michigan fashion is called layers.

      The one thing that was missed is the 'can-do' attitude that people have. Our economy has taken a hit for a decade or more, but the people that are here are hard working, friendly, willing to give a helping hand. Michigan is beautiful and not just because of our scenery. If you haven't visited yet, put us on your bucket list.

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      Derek 5 years ago

      So much of this hub and the comments are true. I grew up just north of Detroit and one road was always fun to say, especially as a kid, Gratiot, "Gra Sh*t". Felt like you got away with swearing. Also, state roads are called "M" road. M-3, M-59, M-29. I moved to Florida and all the state roads are labeled S.R. 557, SR ..., which I thought was short for "service road", which we also had in the Detroit area.

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      nina 5 years ago

      im originally from iron river im an upper by birth and everithing i true except we only had three bars lots and lots of churches and every person i know has hit at least three deers

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      Libby 5 years ago

      I grew up in Holland, and now live in Grand Haven. :-) My favorite saying about Michigan is that we have all four seasons: Almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction!

      I had to actually make a video of myself speaking for a class I was taking online, and the very first thing people from other states said to me was, "your accent is so cute!"

      I have a friend in Florida who, immediately after picking on me for calling it "pahp," said she was going to get a Coke and came back with a Sprite.

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      Nicole 5 years ago

      I'm a lifer! Born, raised, and still live in Michigan. Despite our troubles, there's no place I'd rather live! Nothing beats our fresh water lakes, unique cities, rural beauty, and sheer variety, from big city entertainment, to vast beaches, to rustic woodlands. Summers are hot, Winter is cold, Spring brings the beauty of new life like no other, and Autumn is glorious and filled with color.

      @Ron, I was wondering the same thing: If you're a Michigander, I don't know how you could not use your hand as a map. That is one of the most common things here! Pop, Canadian money, Yoopers and trolls, all true! We used to go to the bars in Canada because we were too young here. Those were the days, when you could easily cross the bridge to go to dinner. Not anymore, unfortunately.

      While it is not true that all we do is drink, we do tend to use our many bars churches for socialization and fellowship outside of our homes. Guess that's just part of being indoors for half of the year.

      I've never hit a deer, yet. But it seems most people who do, have done it several times. Some people just have bad luck. Opening day of deer season is like a holiday. @Denise, spot on with the seasons: Snowmobile, hunting, and construction, although we could add Motorcycle season (Spring) if you're lucky enough to enjoy it before Construction season. LOL. Yes, we have to anticipate Halloween needing to fit over snowsuits, because you just never know. The weather is fickle and you can see just about every kind of weather in the span of five minutes. My favorite part of Michigan seasons is that temperature is relative. Fifty degrees is either a warm spell or a cold snap, depending on if it's February or August.

      The culture difference between the Upper and Lower are distinct but part of what makes Michigan so wonderful. And just so everyone is clear, it is pronounced Pass-tee, not pay-stee. BIG difference, LOL ;)

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      Denise 5 years ago

      Michigan's seasons are also known as Snowmobile season (Winter), Deer Season (Fall), and Construction Season (which is Spring & Summer).

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      Josh 5 years ago

      I'm in my mid 20s and I live in Kalamazoo, MI. My cousins from Nevada are always making fun of the way my family says pahp (pop) and mahm (mom). For this reason I always say soda. On the reverse, I get flack from my Michigan friends for things I've picked up from my cousins like pronouncing 'dollar' as 'daw-ler' instead of 'dah-ler'.

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      Zara Rasul 5 years ago from Mumbai, India

      "you drink pop" :) funny how every place has their unique lingo and things that are so different, yet the same. Never been to Michigan. Would love to some day and drink soda pop! Great hub

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      Ron 5 years ago

      How exactly have you been a Michigander and NOT seen someone point out where they live on their hand?

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Sounds like a fun place to visit. I have only been to most cities and towns in Illinois, neighbouring St Louis, New York and LA.

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      Chris 5 years ago

      Marne, Mi. Represent.

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      Monkeyface 5 years ago

      I have lived in several areas of Michigan. I grew up in Grand Rapids, went to school in Mt Pleasant, and have taught in Muskegon, Alpena, and Niles. I live in St Joe. I think the only thing I would add is that people think all of Michigan is Detroit. There are really three Michigans: Detroit, Way up North (not just Traverse City), and everywhere else.

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      thenarrator 5 years ago

      This was fun to read. You made me imagine living there. When I visit I'll be watching out for celebrities.

      Greetings from Egypt ;)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Fun hub!! I visited Michigan many times when I lived in NY and there was a huge difference between MI and NY. I'd like to read one of these hubs about every state.

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      carl 5 years ago

      i grew up in the small town of Middleville (Middleville is south of grand rapids next to Wayland or Caledonia) a lot of people don't know where it is i believe it is defined in the urban dictionary as a small town where everyone drives tractors around. Anyway i found many of these to be very true i now live in Arkansas but i sure do wish i live there still

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      CC 5 years ago

      Great hub. I'm a Michigander transplanted to Texas, and a lot of these are true. I'm from the East side of the state, and use the hand method a lot!

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      Brook Mize 5 years ago

      In MI you have to know how to not only spell Schoenherr, but pronounce it too.

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      Coops 5 years ago

      There is a stereotype that the first day of firearm deer hunting season, Nov. 15, is a state holiday. It isn't statewide, but a number of school districts do close down that day because the student count would be to low for it to count as an actual school day.

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      Kellie Epstein 5 years ago

      Another thing I noticed when I lived in Ohio is that they call purses pocketbooks, remotes clickers and vacuums sweepers. I had never heard of those things called that ever until I moved there! Is it just me?

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      Kellie Epstein 5 years ago

      One of my favorites so far Melanie! :) and I have totally used my hand to show people where I'm from because no one has EVER heard of new buffalo! Lol:) when I lived in Toledo or Columbus Ohio I constantly had to hold my hand up and point to where our wonderful little town is located. Keep up the great work! I always love reading your articles! :)

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      Danielle 5 years ago

      I'm from Michigan and now live in Nebraska. I have to say, that last one about people in Michigan drinking a lot is definitely not true. Not just in my opinion, but factually. Nebraska is the number 2 binge-drinking state. Michigan isn't even in the top 10. There isn't even a city in Michigan on the top 20 binge-drinking cities. Another one I've heard is "You know what a Michigan left is". I know it's not the technical name for them, but I can say I've only ever seen them in Michigan, in the bigger cities.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Washington

      Awesome! I work with 3 people from MI. Your Hub described them spot on! Very funny!

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      SopranoRocks 5 years ago from Upper Peninsula, Michigan, USA

      I was born and raised and still live in Michigan. I hate the winters but the other seasons are gorgeous. As for not meeting a celebrity, my brother is captain of a boat to Mackinac Island and meets quite a few every summer. Lots of politicians too. And don't forget that the Yoopers (like me) are above the bridge and the Trolls are below it. Great HUB!

      Edit: Also you know Michiganders if they know how to correctly pronounce our "state food" the Pastie.

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      Cassidy 5 years ago

      I live in a really small town in Michigan (like 100 people in each graduating class at my school) and I laughed when I read that we have a lot of bars and churches. He have 2 bars directly next to each other, and just in town, which is very small, we have like 7 churches.

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      Richard Bivins 5 years ago from Charleston, SC

      The summer between my Junior and Senior year of High School, I moved furniture with my uncle all over the country. It was my first visit ever to Michigan, on our way back from Oregon, and we were packing a house in Upper Michigan. I can't remember the name of the town but I remember it being quaint with a park in the town center. I thought of Mayberry. What really stood out was that everyone was carrying a rifle on their shoulder, even some old ladies. Being from Chicago, I had never seen so many armed people, until I joined the military a few years later. I don't know if it was hunting season or if there was a local turkey shoot, but it just struck me as odd and thought maybe its just Michigan. A few days later we were in Detroit, and I wondered if the place would look as crappy as it did if the residents here all carried rifles. Upper and lower Michigan are such different places, it's a wonder they are the same state. Oh yea, we call it pop here too but when I was visiting Biloxi, MS I was in a diner and asked for a Coke, the waitress asked what kind, odd but I asked what kind do you have, she said we have orange, root beer, sprite, and Pepsi... I smiled and just asked for a root beer.

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Great hub idea Mel! I love the subtle yet huge diffences between state cultures. I noticed the pop vs. soda when I was really young. If you ask for soda in Nebraska you get an ice cream soda - ask for POP in St. Louis and someone would probably volunteer and give you one in the eyeball! lol

      Never ever heard of Euchre....funny:) Voted up and all that!

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      It was a real treat to see the lighthouse from my hometown, St Joe, on your page. I enjoyed your excellent article. Yes we drink pop and I HAVE hit a deer, unfortunately. Thank you for a fun Hub.

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      JoshuaDR 5 years ago from Charleston, SC

      In the South people just call soda, coke.

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      Randomasesino2012 5 years ago

      You could have said that the state tree is the tall traffic barrels, the state shrub is the normal barrel and the state animal is traffic barrels in the shape of a deer.

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      Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I love how people can laugh at their stereotypes. Never having been to your state, I don't even think I know anyone from Michigan. Never heard of Euchre either. I feel enlightened! Voted up!

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      Tom Samworth 5 years ago from Canada

      Cool stuff - I grew up in London, Ontario and went to Michigan a lot. Now that I live closer to New York State, I have to say that Michigan has, by far, better people and better prices!

      Here's a reverse stereotype: I once went out with a girl from the Grand Rapids area. Her family called me 'Nanook of the North'. In fact, I had to travel northwest to visit them...

      Will be in Detroit in March for a Red Wings/Blackhawks game - looking forward to it..

      By the way - the only deer/car incident I was ever involved in occurred somewhere below Mackinaw City.

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      bloggernotjogger 5 years ago from La Cala de Mijas, Spain

      That was very fun to read. I grew up in Ontario. We say pop too. It´s actually called soda pop, but you can say soda or pop for short.

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      Lone Ranger 5 years ago

      I used to live in northern Michigan. I was introduced to the card game Euchre while there, but since I moved away I have never played it again or met anyone who knows how.

      My grandfather helped build the Mackinac Bridge pronounced (Mac-in-awe).

      True enough, right around Halloween, you'd better bundle up, because old man winter likes to bob for apples. Never seen so much snow - truly a winter-wonderland!

      Never seen so many deer in my life, except while in my beloved Michigan. Literally one must stop to let herds pass over the roadway.

      I don't much care for the southern part of the state, but I do love northern Michigan very much. People are very neighborly and kindhearted, even though the economic picture is bleak.

      Fun Hub! Felt good to reminisce...thank you!!!

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      There are a lot of Michigoons in Florida. Nuts roll downhill. Within a year, they are in jail, or bounce back home.

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      Aleza 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Awesome hub. As the wife of a Michigan native, I can vouch for the hand thing. It's an inevitable part of every introduction, usually followed by a joke about Florida and another body part.

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      Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

      I enjoyed reading this - took me down memory lane as I grew up outside of Detroit.

      When I was in boot camp, we had a weekend pass toward the end and I met my brother and a few of his friends at the beach (they were going to school on the other side of the base). One guy asked me if I wanted a soda and I said sure! I was surprised to be handed a coke when to me a soda was "pop" and ice cream!

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Well, I've never been to Michigan; but I'd like to go. I've passed through lots of places that I'd like to spend some time in as well.

      By "spending time" - I don't mean "doing time," LOL!

      You know, I used to think that there was something odd about Texas weather - because everyone said so.

      Now I think that no matter where you live - the people there will tell you that the weather is crazy, etc. It's just the general awe of nature, I suppose.

      As thin as I am....gosh, I think Michigan in the SUMMER would be ideal!

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      princesswithapen 5 years ago


      It was fun reading this hub. At the end of the day, every place has its peculiarities and stereotypes. I found "..You've never met a celebrity.." very amusing!


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      Melanie Shebel 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

      Oh wow, ThoughtSandwiches! It's a small world! We have a lot of family in Dowagiac (and it's a small town, you weren't far off on your spelling.)

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      hush4444 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Very clever and very funny! Thanks for answering the question. I've always heard positive things about Michigan, especially the natural beauty. Oh, and we drink soda.

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada


      My childhood consisted of living in Chicago with my mom and spending summers in Michigan with my dad (Decatur/Dowaigiac) ...pretty sure I spelled both those wrong...and you have brought back some memories...especially the bars...dad liked his bars...

      Great Job!


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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Nice job. Although I live in Michigan I learned a few new things from your Hub.

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