Iowa January 27, 2018
11 Foolproof Ways To Spot An Imposter In Iowa
Iowans are distinct… and we can spot an imposter from a mile away. We’ve got a very strong sense of Iowa pride and if you don’t understand something, just ask. If you try to pretend that you’re from around here, we’ll figure it out right away, so there’s no use in pretending. Here are a few things an imposter in Iowa might do that will give them away…
1. They order a coke.
We can it "pop" here in the Hawkeye state.
2. They don't understand food on a stick.
At the Iowa State Fair, pretty much everything comes on a stick, so don't be surprised when you get fries on a stick, apple pie on a stick, tater tots on a stick... just accept it, and enjoy.
3. Or Fried Oreos.
We do everything fried, too. Oreos, twinkies, hot dogs, butter...
4. They can't put on snowshoes.
Iowans learn to snowshoe from a young age - sometimes, that's how we have to walk to school! If someone struggles to get their snowshoes on, you can tell they're not from around here.
5. They ask about our famous potatoes.
I'll never understand how people mix up Iowa and Idaho, but it happens all the time.
6. RAGBRAI doesn't mean a thing to them.
It's a weird acronym, yeah, but it's a huge deal to Iowans. We welcome so many people into our small towns as they bike across the entire state.
7. They think Pork Queen is an insult.
In reality, being Pork Queen or Pork Princess is one of the highest honors an Iowan could ever hope for!
8. They're not sure who to root for when Iowa plays Iowa State.
If you're wishy-washing on Iowa vs Iowa State, you're clearly not from around here. We each have our teams, and we're passionate about the rivalry.
9. They buy produce from the store.
There's a reason we lock our doors during zucchini season! There's never any shortage of neighbors trying to get rid of some squash.
10. They ask how to avoid toll roads
We can give them directions to a scenic route that avoids the highways, if we're feeling mean... but chances are, if we have to explain that Iowa has no toll roads, you haven't been here long at all.
11. They don't understand that we don't "vote."
We caucus! Iowans understand this process better than anyone in the country... mostly, because few people in other states have any idea how a caucus is different than a primary, or an election.
Though we’ll be able to see right through an imposter in Iowa, we’re generally friendly to out-of-staters. Just be sure you don’t do any of these
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