30 Things That Happen When You Live In Wisconsin

30 Things That Happen When You Live In Wisconsin

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Here are 30 things that happen when you live in Wisconsin:

1. You see Packers jerseys everywhere on any given Sunday (in season or not)


2. Cheese stores off the highway


3. No tolls


4. You'll get annoyed when you see an Illinois liscense plate


5. You get excited when the temperature is above 20 degrees in the winter


6. A tornado watch or warning means nothing


7. A beer chaser is automatically offered with a bloody


8. Summerfest is no big deal


9. Creme Puff's are the number one reasoning you going to the state fair


10. You don't plan on wearing shorts until May


11. You don't complain about how hot it is in the summer


12. You don't expect any amount of snow to cancel anything and if it does you are shocked


13. The hatred for Cubs fans will always be real


14. Elementary schoolers have recess outside every single month. Snow, hail, rain... they're still going outside


15. You question why anyone from a southern state would ever be in Wisconsin


16. Bloody's are offered at 8 am and it isn't weird


17. The state capitol is one of the drunkest cities


18. Parents thrive on giving their son/daughter their first beer


19. You get excited when we see animals other than cows at a farm (buffalo, goat, pigs)


20. Brats and cheese are a number one food group in the summer


21. "Ope" is a big part of your vocabulary


22. Kwik trip is more than a gas station and will always be the best gas station


23. When someone from out of town asks "what's so good about Wisconsin?" you are shocked that they can't see the greatness


24. you realize how many TV shows and movies refrence Wisconsin as the weird out there state


26. Culvers is THE best fast food hands down


27. you always think how cool it is that That 70's Show is based in Wisconsin


28. In the winter you drive with one spot of ice scraped on your window so you can see or with your head out the window because you're too lazy to scrape the rest of the ice off your car



29. You're proud of the badgers even if you hate football or basketball


30. You're proud to be called a cheese head

Cover Image Credit: Sierra Gardner

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19 Things Every Long Islander Knows to Be True

You know you're from Long Island when...
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I love to travel, see new places and go on adventures. I love that I was lucky enough to go to school out of state, travel abroad, and see so many new places. However, no matter how much I travel, there is always one place that will have my heart, and that's Long Island. Growing up on the island is special. We're a unique breed, brought up on bagels, pizza, and great beaches, and we definitely stand out. You know you're from Long Island when...

1. Lawn-guy-land.

Whenever someone asks you where you're from, you take extra caution to say Long Island, but no matter how you say it, they still comment that you have a Lawnguyland accent. "Haha all you Long-Islanders say it like that"! Haha, no I did not say it like that, shut up.

2. You're a bagel snob.



No matter where you go, no bagel will ever compete with A&S, My Three Sons, or Bagel Man. Jersey people will try to tell you that their bagels are better but there is really no chance. Bacon, egg, and cheeses give me life.


3. New York City is "the city," and the only acceptable way to get there is "the train."

LIRR is love, LIRR is life. Quick, easy, and always a good time. You can get to Manhattan in under an hour. Who doesn't love drinking out of paper bags and listening to people fight on the phone. Just don't miss the 2:42 train home or you'll have to wait in Penn Station until 5:30.

4. You've been asked at least five times if you know the Long Island Medium.

LOL yeah, she's my neighbor!!! Of course, I don't know her. First of all, Long Island is 1,400 miles long so I don't exactly know everyone, and second of all, why are you so obsessed with the Long Island Medium?

5. Everything above the city is considered "upstate."

Westchester, Albany, Buffalo, Rye, they're all the same thing to me: Upstate.

6. You get really frustrated when people say you live "in Long Island."

No, it's an island. And we live on it. So, "I live on Long Island."

7. While summer concerts are always great, Jones Beach Concerts will forever be #1.

Oh what a special time. I'm not ashamed to say I saw Ke$ha twice, complete with glitter and all. Once with Pitbull opening, and the other time with LMFAO opening. Get $leazyyyyyy!!!

8. You probably played lacrosse at some point.

Whether you just played in third grade, or played on varsity in high school or college, lacrosse is the single most important sport on Long Island and everyone has given it a try.

9. You celebrate the day Ralph's opens as if it's a holiday.

Ralph's is the number one summertime snack. If you live on Long Island chances are you're within 10 minutes from one.

10. You can correctly pronounce places like Hauppauge, Massapequa, Ronkonkoma, and Patchogue.

That's a party trick if I've ever seen one.

11. You or someone you know "has seen Lindsay Lohan's house before."

Okay, guilty. I actually have seen her house though. My cousins lived around the block from her, but regardless, you've heard this way too many times.

12. Billy Joel is your idol and a hero.

"Piano Man" will always make you tear up, and if you ever memorized the words to "We Didn't Start the Fire," it was probably the best moment of your life.

13. Thanksgiving Eve is the biggest party night of the year.

It's a huge reunion for you, your friends, and every other person you went to high school with. Full of hugs, cheek kisses, Bud Light and Fireball shots, Thanksgiving Eve is always a good time.

14. You've been to Safety Town and it was the best field trip of your life.

If you never went to Safety Town, you probably had a deprived childhood and I am so sorry.

15. You've winded up at the diner at the end of the night on many occasions.

Whether or not you've wanted to, you and your friends ended the night many a times with a trip to the diner. There is nothing better than greasy mozzarella sticks or chicken fingers at 1 A.M.

16. You hung out in parking lots or playgrounds as a young teen.

It was the cool place to hang out. Probably the first time in your life you felt like a BAMF.

17. You've tried to find the Amityville Horror House.

And were most likely unsuccessful.


18. No pizza will ever live up to your beloved New York pizza.

SO #blessed to have grown up with such doughy, delicious, cheesy goodness.

19. Family means the world to you.

Sunday dinners at your grandparents, your family coming to all of your music concerts, home cooked meals every night, tons of cousins, family is the most important thing to you. Whether you're Irish, Italian, German, or Polish, family is your number one.

There you have it. Long Island is a wonderful place to grow up, it will always hold a special place in my heart, and I will always consider myself a Long Island girl.

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Arab-American Heritage Month Is Not A Well Known Celebration And I'm Pissed About It

I'm an Arab-American and didn't even know this was a thing... That's sad.

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The month of April is special for a lot of reasons but this one hits home for me. This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the culture, history and amazing people who have helped bring something to this country. So many Arab-Americans have contributed a lot to society yet they don't get the recognition they deserve for it.

In today's society, the Arab community is always being looked down on and degraded. The lack of understanding from those around makes Arab-Americans feel like outsiders in a place they should be able to call home. The inaccurate images and stereotypes that inhabit the word "Arab" are sickening.

It's time to raise awareness. It's time to look beyond the media's portrayal. It's time to see a neighbor, a teacher, a doctor, a scientist, an artist, an athlete, a parent, a child, but most importantly, a human being, NOT a monster.

Arab-Americans encounter and fight racism every day. As a society, we should be better than that. We should want everyone in this country to feel wanted, needed and appreciated. Together, we should use this month as a time to shine light and celebrate the many Arab-Americans who have, and continue making this country great.

While you read this list of just a few famous Arab-Americans keep in mind how much they want this country to be amazing, just as much as anyone else does.

Dr. Michael DeBakey, invented the heart pump

Dr. Elias Corey, Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry in 1990 

Dr. Ahmed H. Zewail, Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry in 1999

Lucie Salhany, first woman to head a tv network 

Ralph Johns, an active participant in the civil rights movement and encouraged the famous Woolworth sit-in 

Ernest Hamwi, invented the ice cream cone

Pvt. Nathan Badeen, died fighting in the Revolutionary War

Leila Ahmed, the first women's studies professor at Harvard Divinity School 

We should recognize and celebrate these achievements. There are so many things you can learn when you step inside another culture instead of turning your back to it. This April, take time to indulge in the Arab-American heritage.

Instead of pushing away the things you don't understand, dive into diversity and expand your knowledge of the unknown. Together we can raise awareness. #IAmArabAmerican

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