Iowa December 22, 2016
14 Ways Iowa Is America’s Black Sheep… And We Love It That Way
Iowans can probably agree that we march to the beat of our own drummer and kind of don’t give a rip what anyone else thinks of us. That’s the beauty of this great state of ours. Here are 14 ways Iowa is America’s black sheep…and we love it that way.
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1. The title of “Pork Queen” is a high honor, not an insult.
2. We have cow chip throwing contests...for fun.
3. It’s “pop,” and never soda. And we don’t care if you make fun of us for saying it.
4. We play a game called cornhole, without irony.
5. Forget houses or event halls, we like to have our parties in cornfields and church basements.
6. We buy food from strangers on the side of the road. In some cases, we just leave our money in a box.
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7. We’re the future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk.
He’ll be making his first appearance on March 22nd of 2228. Every year, Riverside, Iowa has a Trek Fest to celebrate.
8. We’re also home to an annual hobo festival.
In Britt, Iowa, there’s a hobo festival where they crown a hobo king and queen!
9. We actually go swimming in pools of corn.
10. We eat puppy chow. Not the dog food...the delicious chocolaty dessert.
11. What you consider casserole, we consider hot dish. That’s what we call it and we’re sticking to it.
12. You can hear us yelling the word “padiddle!” when we see a burned out headlight of a car on the road. It’s tradition.
13. We eat fried sandwiches as big as our head, and we won’t apologize for it.
14. Butter sculpture is a major art form here. Just go to the Iowa State Fair and you’ll see why.
Sure, Iowans do have some strange ways, but really, we wouldn’t have it any other way. For more Iowa quirkiness, here are 13 Things Only Those From Iowa Know To Be True.