Michigan Truisms...Just for Fun

Real Estate Agent

It is funny how we don't see how strange certain things are that are "normal" to us until we step back and see that maybe they are odd behaviors to others. It also is something to think about before we judge others-including our co-workers and clients. We are all different and that is a good thing! I thought this would be fun to post some Michigander traits that were actually mostly true from an email I received.

You might live in Michigan...if

People from the south ask you if you are from Canada, Minnesota or Wisconsin upon hearing you speak...hello! Forgetting about the coolest state ever!? Haha
Your local Dairy Queen is closed from November through March.
You offer someone in a store assistance and you don't even work there. Yes, I have done this several times and never realized it was odd...until now.
You have worn shorts and a coat at the same time. This is more of a guy thing...
Your town has an equal number of bars and churches. Not sure, but there are plenty of both!
You have had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number. I have done this on several occasions as well.
You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching. Not safe, but yes..
You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked. Not me, but true for many...
Even the women carry jumper cables in their car and they know how to use them. All good Dads (and Moms) teach their daughters this!
You drink pop and bake with soda.
Your doctor tells you to drink Vernors and you know it's not medicine.
You can actually drink Vernors without coughing.
You know what a "Yooper" is.
You think owning a Honda is Un-American. Not true...I own a Honda. Please don't hurt me!
You measure distance in hours.

Comments (9)

K. Davis
Davis Enterprises - Sarasota, FL

What in the world is a Yooper? I'm originally from the midwest, too (so we are kind of neighbors), but that is one I've never heard...

Thanks for the giggle.


Jul 16, 2008 02:30 PM
Carrie Perez
Elk Rapids, MI

Kae-A Yooper is a person from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, AKA U.P. which gives the people "above the bridge" (north of the Mackinac bridge) the name U.Per=Yooper. They call us "Trolls" because we are below/south of the bridge. Glad you got a giggle from it!

Jul 16, 2008 02:46 PM
Robert L. Brown
www.mrbrownsellsgr.com - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic

Well that does sum us up here. And to think we still stick around.

Jul 22, 2008 11:50 AM
* Rate A Home
Rate A Home - Saugatuck, MI

Carrie, LOL, so true on many of these, good one!

Jul 30, 2008 02:19 AM
Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038 - Downingtown, PA


Quite interesting......my sister lives in Taylor and we have discussed some of these.

Jul 30, 2008 04:12 AM
Lynn Afton
Greenridge Realty Oakmont - Big Rapids, MI
REALTORĀ® Near Big Rapids, MI, Mecosta County

This is so true, and I never realized how different we sounded until I started travelling to other states on business years ago.  People would say, "Your're from Michigan, aren't you?"  I was really taken aback at first because I did not have a clue that we have a regional accent.  My cousins from Texas say WE are the ones with the accent - THEY talk normal!

Jul 30, 2008 07:37 AM
Jacqueline Tolstyka
Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors - Cheboygan, MI
Realtor - Selling Beautiful Northern Michigan

Hi Carrie, Yep, that's us alright. People have also said that I have an accent. I never thought of us having an accent. One gal from CA. said I sounded like I came from Fargo N.D. I don't know what that was all about.

Aug 01, 2008 02:38 PM
Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

Drinking Vernors without coughing. Yep. I still haven't mastered that one.

Aug 02, 2008 04:44 AM
Trey Thurmond
BCR Realtors - College Station, TX
College Station , Texas Homes

Please tell this Texan what a Yooper is. :)

Aug 02, 2008 06:32 AM