25 Things You Know If You're From Michigan
Lifestyle

25 Things You Know If You're From Michigan

We will always love our big mitten.

3437
MichPics

I had the great privilege of being born and raised in East Lansing, Michigan, where I lived for 14 years. I, like everyone who was born in Michigan, am so proud to be a Michigander. I love my state, its people, its scenery, and its traditions. I know you're all probably intrigued as to why I love this state so much, so here are 25 things you know if you're from Michigan.

1. You're either a Spartans fan or a Wolverines fan. You cannot be both.

I was born and raised in East Lansing, home of Michigan State University. My mom was a professor there and graduated from there, and my next-door-neighbor growing up was the assistant football coach. I'm a Spartan baby and a proud one at that. Sorry, University of Michigan fans!


2. UP is not a direction, but a place.


The UP (Upper Peninsula) is the home to several breathtaking natural sites, my favorite being Pictured Rocks in Munising. Its beauty is totally underrated, and summer weekends spent at cottages in the UP were what every Michigan kid longed for during the snowy months.


3. If you live near the woods, deer will run into your yard.

It was always such a fun sight to watch deer prance through our yard while running in and out of the woods. I'm not going to endorse hunting season, because it makes me super sad, but November 15th is the official start of hunting season in Michigan and it is huge. I don't want to think about the consequences faced by the poor little deer, though. Happy thoughts. No thinking about Bambi.


4. You get mad when people pronounce it how it's spelled, "Mackinac," rather than "Mackinaw."

"Mack-In-Awh," people! If you say "Mack-In-Ack," we're gonna have to ask you to leave.


5. You tell people where you're from on your right hand.

*points at middle of hand* "I'm from East Lansing."


6. Michigan lefts are actually terrifying.

I don't even understand them, and I don't want to.


7. You don't get cold very easily because you're used to there being feet of snow on your lawn in the winter.

When I was pretty young, my mom couldn't let me play outside in the winter because often the snow was taller than me. This was basically November to mid-March.


8. When people from warmer climates tell you that the Great Lakes are cold, you respond with "this is the temperature of my bath water."

My family is from Spain, so they are used to the water temperatures of the Mediterranean Sea. When they'd come to visit in Michigan, they would all flip out at the water temperature, even in the summer. I adopted the line, "this is the temperature of my bath water," because I am definitely comfortable in colder water. Just Michigan things, I guess.


9. As a kid, you would always go to the grocery store with your parents just to get the few dollars you would collect from the can and bottle return.

This is actually such a smart concept, collecting used cans to return to the store to receive a small monetary return. It reduces littering, aids recycling efforts, and gives people a little bit of extra pocket money. The day after my parents had a party, cha-ching for my piggy bank! Also, can we just take a minute to love Meijer's.That place is fantastic.


10. No cherry pie can ever compare to those in Traverse City.


Traverse City has a Cherry Festival for a reason! Those cherries are one of the many prides and joys of the state of Michigan.


11. Even if you don't like fish, any fish fry that you get on the lake will be super tasty.


I don't like fish, but my family always seemed to convince me to have fish fry on the lake, and I enjoyed it! It must be something in the water.


12. Mackinac. Island. Fudge.

If you haven't tried it, what are you doing with your life?!


13. Bronner's makes you never be able to be satisfied Christmas shopping anywhere else.


This year-round Christmas wonderland is basically jolliness in a store form.


14. You always scream at the snake on the dune ride in Saugatuck.


You knew it was coming, but every single time the buggy passed under that tree on the dune with the plastic snake hanging from it, you couldn't help but scream.


15. When you tell people you're from Michigan, in your lifetime you're bound to get asked at least a few times if you know Eminem or grew up on 8 Mile Road.

Yes, I've driven on 8 Mile Road. No, I don't know Eminem. No, 8 Mile isn't any different from the other numbered "mile" roads. You knew it was coming, but every single time the buggy passed under that tree on the dune with the plastic snake hanging from it, you couldn't help but scream.


16. You love Motown music.


Detroit is the roots and the home of Motown music. My favorites Motown singers, both from Detroit, are Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder. Signed, sealed, delivered, I'm yours.


17. It broke your heart a little when they shut the museum portion of the Kellogg's factory.


That place was so fun to play in and you totally felt like a celebrity when they put your picture on that Frosted Flakes box with Tony the Tiger.


18. You don't really know what's in superman ice cream, but you like it anyway.

Before I became lactose-intolerant, I was ice cream obsessed. A cone of superman could never be turned down.


19. Every season is so distinctly beautiful.

The snow, the leaves, the blooming tulips and flowers - it's all so breathtaking and exquisite.


20. Street fairs were an awesome part of the warmer seasons.

I remember always begging my mom to get me a new tie-dye item at the East Lansing or Ann Arbor Art Festival, and dancing in the summer heat during the Detroit Jazz Festival. Good times.


21. Yep, we all talk through our noses and are crazy nasal.

Whenever someone tells me that I have a "White girl accent," I always rebuttal with "I'm from Michigan, this is how we all talk." Honestly, I can't explain why this is, but we just speak in a very nasal tone. Sorry, not sorry.


22. You can pronounce the unpronounceable solely because of some of the city names around you.


Mack-In-Awh, Shar-la-voy, Ip-suh-lan-tee, Soo-saint-muhree. Boom. Done.


23. Even if you move somewhere else, when someone asks you where you're from, you always answer Michigan.

To this day, after having lived in the suburbs of Chicago for almost 5 years, I still automatically respond to the question of where I'm from with, "Michigan," and a smile on my face.


24. You immediately bond with people over the fact that you're from Michigan.

Me when I hear someone say that they're from Michigan:

*OMG YOU'RE FROM MICHIGAN? WHICH PART? OMG HAVE YOU EATEN AT THIS PLACE THERE? DO YOU GO UP NORTH AT ALL IN THE SUMMER? LET'S BOND AND BE MICHIGAN FRIENDS FOREVER!!!!!!*


25. You wouldn't have wanted to grow up anywhere else.

Michigan will always be my home, and I am endlessly thankful to be from such a lovely and loving corner of the world.


Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Health and Wellness

This Survey Shows How Quarantine And Drinking Relate, And I Can't Say I'm Surprised

"5 o'clock somewhere" is more of a guideline now than ever.

As it stands, and my friends and I are finally 21. We're extremely excited to be able to go out to bars and "get lit" as the kids say, but due to the pandemic, all of our plans have been put on hold. We'd rather wait and go when it's safe than risk spreading the infection and hurting our loved ones. So, we've all been quarantining apart, getting on the occasional wine zoom call. This made me wonder if anyone else our age were doing the same thing.

Then, I discovered this survey: We Surveyed Millennials And Gen Z About Their Quarantine Drinking Habits — Cheers. Here are 3 things that I discovered through the survey results.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

5 Easy Summer Mocktail Recipes You Can Make With Items You Probably Already Have On-Hand

Keep these drinks in mind next time you're visiting your local farmer's market — you might want to grab some extra mint and limes.

With Summer 2020 in full swing comes the addition of many fresh fruits and vegetables to brighten up your dinner plate, but also your glass! Farmers markets are my personal favorite place to look for produce that is in season to make fun mocktails with.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

5 Ways To Celebrate The 4th of July — Without Fireworks Or Social Gatherings

We created a list of things to do since social distancing may create a dent in our typical, planned traditions.

With the Fourth of July on Saturday, the usual tradition of popping fireworks, grilling out, and being surrounded by family has been modified due to the pandemic. Whether you're a loner or surrounded by family, there will most likely be some changes to your celebrations.

For weeks on social media, people across the country have been complaining that they have been subjected to fireworks going off at all times of the night into the early morning. This has sparked concern and questions about why this is happening and how are people even obtaining the fireworks.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

Carb And Cheese Lovers, Unite — These Are The Best Mac And Cheese Recipes On The Internet

Whether you need to get through the current pandemic or want to spice up your Fourth of July celebrations, these mac and cheese recipes will do just that.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BxIKdnMHcGr/

My favorite food is mac and cheese, and it always has been. All it requires is noodles and cheese — it's so simple to make. Although it's my favorite, it can also get kind of mundane because it's such a simple recipe. This, of course, has led to many people all over the world experimenting with the American staple.

With our lives currently being turned upside down due to the pandemic, a lot of people are seeking comfort. These are scary times, and in order to make it day-to-day, we need to have our favorite foods as a standby. These recipes can also be used during your celebration of the Fourth of July.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

17 Things To Make You Feel GOOD This Week

Because some purchases are just necessary.

Y'all, we're struggling. You don't even have to tell me, I know. What a mess we're all in, right? This year is not going how we planned and the world has turned into one giant struggle bus. I guess you could be super philosophical about everything happening for a reason, but sometimes life is just hard.

There are plenty of ways to bring yourself out of whatever rut you're in. You could go for a run, have a snack, or read a book. Or, if you're really looking for an adrenaline rush, go shopping. This is obviously not going to solve the world's problems with one swift click of the "checkout" button, but hey, it may just give you the little boost you need today.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Wore A Butt Mask Every Day For A Month, And It's Officially Essential In My Daily Self-Love Routine Now

Thirty days later, my booty's as smooth as a baby's.

- Blissfully unaware that butt-care beyond squats was even something I should be considering in my self-care routine, I tried one of Bawdy Beauty's butt masks for the first time a month ago.

- I've never really given my butt a second though till I took a look at improvements that could be made with the mask — if one of the hydrating, firming, detoxifying, or brightening masks in the kit I received could either smooth out cellulite or tone my skin a bit more, I wasn't going to complain.

- Each Bawdy Beauty sheet mask comes in an individually-packaged sheet, soaked with a serum I massaged into my skin after removing said sheet. The clay butt mask comes in a convenient stick format I simply draw on to my skin and leave to set for about 10 minutes before hopping into the shower.

- I set a goal of committing myself to butt-care every day for one month. Between the regular use of sheet masks, clay masks, and their CBD Butt Balm in between, I didn't have many expectations.

- I thought the whole concept may just be a gimmick, but my butt has never looked so toned in my life, and the cellulite I had is almost completely gone. I wear one every single day when I get the chance.

I'm incredibly skeptical when it comes to marketing ploys and gimmicks in the beauty world. I'll be the first cynic to try out the latest serum on the market every influencer is raving about just to negate every grandiose claim it makes.

Keep Reading... Show less

Friends, you don't have to be quarantined to use a personal massager, you know? Because, sure, quarantine made for a lot of extra quality time with yourself, but no matter what phase of the reopening process you're in, it's normal and actually healthy to take care of your sexual needs on your own.

Keep Reading... Show less
Entertainment

5 Books I Didn't Realize Are About Gay Women

If you read primarily LGBTQ fiction, then this list might help to expand your TBR list.

Photo by Ketut Subiyanto from Pexels

Frequent readers of LGBTQ fiction might feel like they're reading the same book over and over again, with few exceptions.

Most of these books were on my TBR list for months and I didn't realize they were about gay women until I was reading them, hopefully, this list of books can interest you in expanding your reading material and seeking out different stories.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments