Wisconsinites are a breed of their own. They are used to living in the frozen tundra for multiple months out of the year, they are the only state to have an NFL team owned by their fans, and they're surrounded by nature. To say they're a breed of their own is an understatement! Here are 19 things Wisconsinites say and do that have to be explained to people that aren't from around here.
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2. Packers Game Day is Serious Business
3. We Measure Distance in Time, Not Miles
This is especially true for people that live in rural parts of the state because the closest town is so far away that it's easiest to measure distance in the amount of time it takes to get there, rather than the number of miles away it is.
4. "Up North"
"Up north" isn't a specific town or location, but we all know what it is. When someone's talking about going up north they're usually talking about a cabin in the woods near a lake somewhere in the northern part of Wisconsin. If you were to draw a straight line across the state from Eau Claire to Green Bay pretty much anything north of that is considered "up north." Your definition of "up north" depends on where you live because the people that live in Eau Claire's "up north" is probably going to be further north than the people living in Madison's "up north."
5. "Ya Know"
I don't really know why we are the only ones that say "ya know", but whenever I say it when I'm not in Wisconsin I get called out on it.
6. Rifle Season is a State Holiday
7. Going to a Home Packer Game is on Your Bucket List
8. Friday Night Fish Fry
Wisconsin is the only state I know of where a Friday fish fry every Friday are a normal thing. Pretty much everywhere else they only have a fish fry during lent, but Wisconsin took this religious event and turned it into an all year tradition.
9. We Have Town Names That Are Hard to Pronounce
Our neighbors to the south call it pop, but we call sugary carbonated beverages soda.
11. We Are Too Nice
Whenever my mom comes to visit me at school she always asks why the people in Wisconsin are so nice. I can never come up with a reasonable explanation, but it's true. Wisconsin is filled with nice people. You can be talking to a stranger at the grocery tore, but feel like you're talking to a friend.
12. "Brett Favre"
Since I was raised in Illinois I'd never heard of a bubbler until I moved here. What I'd call a water fountain, Wisconsinites call a bubbler.
14. We Are The Nation's Dairy Land
15. Brats Are Better Than Hotdogs
If you haven't had a brat you have to try one!
16. The Winter Doesn't Stop Us
Since winter usually lasts for five months or more in Wisconsin, we have to get used to the cold in the snow. We've dealt with it so much that it doesn't stop us from going about our day. Many of us even enjoy winter activities such as snowmobiling, skiing, or ice fishing. When you have winter for such a long period of time like we do you have to learn to deal with it.
17. We Take Our Beer Very Seriously
18. And Our Cheese
19. We Could Never Imagine Living Anywhere Else
The most important thing about us Wisconsinites is we love our state and we never want to leave!
This state comes with its own unique set of traditions and mechnasisms which help it stand apart from other states. Wisconsinites are definitely one-of-a-kind, and we would not want to have it any other way.