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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Learn Something Valuable From These 7 European Countries

When you are surrounded by chocolate, treat yourself.

America is a big country. So large that some parts of the country are so diverse they may as well be in different worlds, yet, American soil will always have one uniting factor: The American Dream. So, if we have an idea that enables synonymity in our vast country then that means that as different as some American counterparts may seem, we also share much of the same. This is why international travel is so important.

In fact, global traveling is more feasible then some may think, and can help shape your life in tremendous ways. So, here are seven life lessons there are to learn from those other international communities, specifically seven countries from Europe.

1. Spain: Be diverse in your choices

The Spanish are famous for their “tapas”. If you spend time in Spain then you will undoubtedly encounter this diversified little meal. Tapas are essentially small little plates (or tasters) of different dishes. This thereby encourages making choices that consist of variety, reinforcing to those who are creatures of habit to try something new!

2. England: Spend time outdoors

Take a trip to England and you will be surrounded by areas of preserved green space. When walking the streets of London you can expect every other block to be an area reserved for a small community park, not to mention the tremendously large parks in London, like Hyde Park. This dedicated space for outdoor enjoyment encourages people to get out of their homes and go move around in the parks.

3. Belgium: Treat yourself

Oh, the Belgium chocolate. Belgium is world renowned for having excellent, gourmet chocolate. Must I say any more? Treat yourself! With a chocolatier shop on every corner, it’s hard to miss.

4. The Netherlands: Exercise

When people think of Amsterdam, they often think of bicycles. Boy, is that true. Bicycles rule the road in the Netherlands, especially the populated city of Amsterdam. It is not uncommon to see elegantly dressed women, mothers with newborns, or toddlers cycling along the busy streets. Take a page from the Dutch way of life and try using your bicycle as your main mode of transportation.

5. Germany: Learn a foreign language

The German language is a bit abstract to English speakers. Which means if you do not speak German, then you will be playing charades to find your way through the German homeland. Some regions consist of seasoned English speakers, but do not plan on it. Take this as a mental note to learn a new language.

6. Italy: Eat good food

Italian food. Yum. The Italians know how to achieve high-quality life through their beautiful leisurely vacation destinations, fine art scene, and AMAZING FOOD. Take a trip to Italy, eat good food, and come home realizing you should treat your taste buds better then you have.

7. Denmark: Don’t take candy from strangers

Allow me to clarify something: the Danish are very sweet and kind people. Their candy will not actually cause damage to your body in terms of being toxic, but your taste buds will revolt unless you like salted black licorice.

Cover Image Credit: Jazmine Kelleher

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9 States I Want To Visit And The Cities Where I Would Go

All I want to do is travel and writing this made me want to even more.

Since my sense of adventure has had a craving for travelling, I figured I would share with you, some of the places I want to go to the most. If I could, I would be booking tickets for all of the places right now!

1. Maine

There isn't a whole lot of outstanding attractions in Maine, but if you love rocky bay areas, Maine is a beautiful place to visit if you go for the scenery. The two places I want to go to most is Acadia National Park and Old Port Maine. It's beautiful and the breeze off the bay sounds so delightful.

2. Oregon

This one is a given. other than the gorgeous trees and mountains, the place I actually want to go to is Portland. It's self-explanatory that I am an avid coffee lover and exploring different coffee shops is something I love to do. Portland is getting close to having around 3,000 coffee shops. It's considered the 3rd most caffeinated city in the U.S.

3. Colorado

This one I feel is also self-explanatory. One of the most visited national parks is Rocky Mountain National Park. Known for the vast amounts of mountains and a really awesome network of hiking trails and wildlife. The other place I want to go to is Garden of the Gods, which is known for its absolutely massive amounts of sandstone formations.

4. Louisiana

Other than going to New Orleans for a good time and great seafood, I want to go to Louisiana to visit Jackson Square, which is home to the St. Louis Cathedral which is the oldest cathedral in the United States. Jackson Square also hosts a place for artists and street performers to showcase their works and talents.

5. Georgia

Most people wouldn't have expected to see Georgia on this list, but I love historic downtown areas and Georgia is home to one of the most eclectic and beautiful historic districts and cobblestone downtown areas. It even has a ferry ride along the Savannah River. It's also home to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and The Savannah College of Art and Design, which is one of the most prestigious private art schools in America.

6. Texas

This is another one that people either expect or don't expect. I personally have already been to Texas a number of times but still, I want to see more. One of the places I really want to go to is San Antonio. Mainly for their unique river walk that is actually a story beneath the city streets and offers a lot of awesome shopping and great restaurants.

7. New York

This one is definitely a given when it comes to places to visit. In my opinion, everyone has to go to New York once in their lives. I'm a huge theatre person and the one thing I really truly want to do in New York is to see a show on Broadway in New York. And do some obvious sight-seeing, of course.

8. Washington

Much like Portland Oregon, Seattle is actually the second most "caffeinated" state in the U.S. (San Francisco is the First). Exploring the different coffee shops and the gorgeously rainy city is so appealing to me. Maybe I could even go for a ferry ride.

9. Tennessee

I love music and my job of selling shoes and what better place to visit than the place that is known for music and where the headquarters of Journeys is? Nashville! I also have been to Tennessee but not to Nashville. I would also love to drive through the Smokey Mountains again. Now that was cool.

Now, if you don't mind me, I am going to go beg my mom for a road trip this summer!

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