10 Cheesy Signs That Will Melt Your Heart If You Grew Up In Wisconsin

10 Cheesy Signs That Will Melt Your Heart If You Grew Up In Wisconsin

"Ope, gotta go buy some more Spotted Cow."

I was born and raised in the Midwest, Wisconsin, to be exact. A mere 20 minutes inland from Milwaukee. After moving to Florida for college, I realized how individuals from Wisconsin are a special breed. We truly are one of a kind.

From being crazy passionate about our sports to knowing nearly every kind of cheese there is, we're pretty unique. Here are just a few of the ways you can tell you were born and raised in America's Dairyland.

1. You say "ope" a lot.

If you have ever literally ran into someone from the Midwest, you know the sound I'm talking about, "Ope, I'm sorry!" It's not really a word, but more so a sound. Needless to say, only people from the Midwest have ever made this noise, or, we say it the most.

2. You put ranch on everything.

Ranch on pizza, chicken, burgers, fries, corn-dogs, anything you can imagine. A1? Nah. Ketchup? Eh, sometimes. Ranch? Ohh yeah. It's a side for everything, and if eating out at a restaurant, I can guarantee you one cup of ranch will not be enough.

3. You eat cheese; plain.

This seems kind of like a stereotype, but it is so true. We Wisconsinites eat cheese straight out of the bag, or right off the block. String cheese is a favorite snack to us. Cheese goes on everything, kind of like ranch! Every person from Wisconsin has their favorites, but it is true that we love our cheese with a passion.

4. You wear plaid year round.

After I moved to Florida, I heard somebody say, "I'm so glad the weather is getting cooler out, I can finally wear my plaid shirt!" Who waits for the cooler weather to wear plaid? We wear plaid everywhere; at work, school, out to the bars, even at weddings! It's the pattern of choice for most people. It can be worn dressed up or dressed down. And yes, we wear it year round.

5. You get slightly offended when nobody knows what a Cherry Bomb is.

A cherry bomb is the "bomb of choice" in most bars in Wisconsin. It is Dr. McGillicuddy's Cherry mixed with Red Bull. You plop the Cherry Liquor in and swig it down. If you go to the southern area of the country, most people will not know what this is. If you get slightly upset or offended, you could be from Wisconsin.

6. Spotted Cow is a delicacy.

Spotted Cow is a type of beer from the brand New Glarus. It is only available in Wisconsin, and when I say this, I mean it is illegal to sell it anywhere outside of Wisconsin. It is a delicacy, in a sense. When Wisconsinites move to other states, we stock up on cases of this beer and bring it with us, hopefully making it last until we can visit the tundra yet again.

7. You go "Up North" on the weekends.

Going up north is the best time of the week. No phone service, having to go in town to get groceries, and the Friday night fish fries at the local bar is the place to be. Whether it's snowmobiling in the winter or boating in the summer, being up north is the perfect getaway weekend for anyone in the state of Wisconsin. It truly is an amazing and serene time.

8. Bonfires after a Friday night football game are a tradition.

Anyone that grew up in a small town knows what I'm talking about. The varsity football game starts at seven at night, the tailgate is going on in the parking lot for hours beforehand, especially during homecoming week. After the football games, everyone piles into their cars and takes off to the nearest house with a big backyard and has a bonfire. Whether it's 70 degrees out or nearing 30 degrees out, a bonfire is a must after every Friday night football game.

9. You laugh when people say they're cold.

You want cold? Try negative 45 degree weather, and that's without a windchill added.

10. You get offended when somebody asks if you're from Minnesota.

Midwesteners have very similar accents, some thicker than others. If you get offended when somebody asks if you're from Minnesota, you may have been born and raised in Wisconsin.

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7 Signs You're From the 732

Only the best part of New Jersey.

If you're from New Jersey, you know how badly the state's looked down upon by outsiders (thanks a lot, Jersey Shore). But you know that all of those false accusations aren't true- the Garden State is your home and only you're allowed to make fun of it. Although Jersey's small, there are different regions and everyone thinks that their's is the best. Here are seven signs you're from the 732, AKA the best part of Jersey:

1. You know that Central Jersey is a place.

One of the biggest arguments is whether or not Central Jersey exists. I live in the middle of New Jersey, so it's pretty funny when people say it's not a real place. I'm not from South Jersey, and definitely not from North Jersey. Also, it's close to both Philadelphia and New York, not just one or the other. Perfect location.

2. Everywhere you go, you see a Wawa.

Legit everywhere, and you go there 24/7. All hail the holy grail.

3. Surf Taco means a lot to you.

Every time I come home from being away at school the first place I go to eat with my friends is Surf Taco. Even when I am home, Surf Taco's always on my mind. Who doesn't love a good taco with chips? P.S. I highly recommend their Teriyaki Chicken Taco, you won't regret it.

4. You go to all the summer concerts.

There's really nothing more fun than summer shows outside, and you already know that PNC Bank Arts Center and Stone Pony Summer Stage are the hot-spots. 'Tis the season of tailgating and enjoying a good show with your friends.

5. Two words: Pork. Roll.

I don't care what Chris Christie has to say, it's pork roll. Quite honestly, Taylor Ham just doesn't sound right. And what's better than a pork roll egg n' cheese on your favorite bagel? Nothing.

6. You live close to the beach...

Spring Lake, Manasquan, Asbury, you name it. You know these areas and where all of the good food spots are in each of them. Living so close to the beach makes for the perfect summers, but with summer comes the bennies.

7. ...So you can easily spot a benny.

If you're from Jersey and you don't know what a benny is, you most likely are one. Bennies usually come in packs; they bring lawn chairs and tents to the beach, wear socks and sandals, and have the "Jersey accent" because they're either from New York or close to.

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Tempe City Council Makes An Effort To Hear The Public's Concerns

The rising number of homeless in Tempe is concerning for many residents and here's why.


Many concerned Tempe residents voiced that it is not the homeless people trying to get back on their feet that concern them. It is the rising group of homeless drug addicts causing havoc and endangering their neighborhoods does.

Randy Keating and Robin Arredondo-Savage, two members of the Tempe City Council, met with concerned residents on Tuesday at the Multigenerational Center to discuss the rise of homelessness in the area.

Tempe police chief Sylvia Moir assured the public that the police department is doing all it can to make sure their opinions are heard.

"We have to recognize that sleeping is a basic human right, even when it comes to our parks. If the shelters don't have space, the person still needs to sleep somewhere. With that being said, the homeless will have a curfew enforced and will be held accountable for their actions," Moir said.

Suzanne Orarke, a Tempe resident and mother voiced her opinion on why the rising number of drug addicted and mentally unstable homeless people concerns her.

"I have an 8-year-old son and he rides his bike to school every day. I don't want to be a helicopter parent, but at the same time, I also don't want to lose my child to something stupid," Orarke said.

Keating and Arredondo-Savage assured the public that the City Council works with the police department and the Homeless Outreach Prevention Effort team, also known as the HOPE team to find solutions to the homelessness in Tempe. The Councilmembers informed the audience that Tempe spends the most money of any Arizona city on human services.

The Councilmembers reminded the public that homelessness is not a crime and that they are doing their best to accommodate to the rising number of homeless people, which has gone up 60 percent in Maricopa County the last two years.

Another homeless related issue that many residents have noticed is the dangerous use of Lime scooters in their neighborhoods. Lime is a California-based company known for its easily accessible scooters.

The scooters, which run for 15 cents per minute, have increasingly made their way into the East Valley. The scooters have made it easier for the homeless to travel with little to no cost. Many residents believe this is attracting them to their neighborhoods.

When asked about scooter regulations, Keating said, "There is not much regulation for these scooters yet, but there is a working group striving to regulate those as we recognize this is an issue. We are looking over the list of recommendations next Thursday. As of right now, the only regulation is that the scooters cannot be on sidewalks."

The last major issue the public spoke on is the lack of helpful and respectful assistance from the police department and their non-emergency hotline. Many residents recalled their experiences when calling the non-emergency hotline and each resident had a negative outcome.

Steve Geiogamah, a concerned Tempe resident, relived his experience with the non-emergency hotline as he explained what took place a few nights ago.

"I've started to see a rise in drug activity among the homeless in Tempe. One night, I saw a transient in the neighborhood, who looked like they were up to no good. I called the non-emergency line and asked them to send an officer," Geiogamah said. "The next morning, I saw nothing had been done. I called dispatch again and they said that they could not send an officer even though I was concerned about the issue taking place."

Moir took responsibility for the hotlines wrongdoings and ended the meeting by saying, "If there are behaviors that you observe among the homeless, that rise to the level where you need a police officer, call the non-emergency number. Or, if it's immediate or a real serious issue, call 911. Describe the person and request an officer. The expectation is that we trace the call and that an officer responds."

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