As Grandma always told us, we aren’t weird – we’re just special. And so is everyone else in Nebraska. So we do some things that people from other places might find odd…that doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with it. Here are 10 things we do that might seem just a little unusual to anyone not from Nebraska.
1. We talk to strangers.
You won't find this in many other states. Here in Nebraska, you can go ahead and say "hello" to someone you've never seen before. And you can fully expect to get not only a response, but a whole conversation in return.
2. We run OUTSIDE when we hear the storm sirens wailing.
Because how are you going to see the cool storm from indoors?
3. We plan weddings, parties, and other important events around Husker games.
Husker fans wouldn't dare be caught anywhere but Memorial Stadium or in front of a TV when the Huskers are playing.
4. We'll travel miles and miles for a great meal or a great party.
Nothing going on in town this weekend? No worries - we don't mind driving a couple of hours to get to the fun. Or to get to wherever we think serves the best steak/pizza/BBQ in the state.
5. ...And there's ALWAYS a party somewhere.
We've got festivals for everything! We celebrate minor holidays, pastries, flowers, animals...pretty much anything that can be celebrated.
6. We'll grill in literally any type of weather.
Speaking from personal experience, it's handy to have a snow shovel by your back door in the winter so you can shovel your way over to the grill.
7. We eat cinnamon rolls with our chili.
And no matter how many times you try to explain why this combination is so amazing, out-of-staters just won't get it until they try it for themselves.
8. We put Dorothy Lynch on everything.
It says "Home Style Dressing" on the bottle...there's no mention of salad, and there's a reason for that. It's because this stuff is perfect on french fries, rice, meat, pizza, baked potatoes, and probably every other type of food.
9. We drink our beer red.
It might look weird, but trust - it's downright delicious. And so Huskery!
10. We'll wave at everyone while we're driving - but only with a finger or two.
Hey, we're friendly! But we're not overly exuberant. We'll raise one, two, or three fingers in greeting when passing another car, no matter what kind of funny look we get in return.
What other things do you do as a Nebraskan that other people think are totally weird? Sound off in the comments!