Did you grow up in Minnesota? If you did, you probably have fond memories of lazy days by the lake, snow flurries in October, and bundling up so much you could barely move in the winter. There are many more experiences that unify Minnesotans. These 13 weird side effects of growing up in Minnesota will help you remember the quirky side of our great state.
1. You know how to pronounce Mahtomedi.
2. You carry an ice scraper in your car, no matter the season.
One day it's warm and sunny, and the next day there's frost on your windows. That's spring in Minnesota, and it's best to be prepared.
3. You keep an emergency kit in your car.
Those of us who are
really prepared know the importance of keeping a roadside kit in our cars, especially in winter. All it takes is a few hours of being stranded by the side of the road to show you the importance of being prepared.
4. You have an unusual affinity for tater tots.
These crispy, potatoey treats are Minnesota staples. Whether you stick them in a hot dish or enjoy them on their own, if you grew up in Minnesota, you probably love them.
5. Hockey holds a special place in your heart.
Even if you don't follow the Wild or play yourself, you likely have fond memories of Minnesota's most beloved sport.
6. You find excuses to get outside in the winter.
You could choose to stay indoors when the temperature drops. But if you grew up in Minnesota you're more likely to throw on an extra layer and head out into the chill. With winter festivals through the entire state, there's no shortage of things to do.
7. You spend as much time as possible outside each summer.
With summers as short as they are here, it's almost a crime to spend them indoors. Minnesotans know how to make the most of the sunshine, and we fill our summers with activities that help us enjoy it.
8. You hate to take the last piece of anything.
Most native Minnesotans would rather cut it in half than take the last piece. What if someone else wants some?
9. You view the Mall of America as just a mall.
Because that's what it is. A big, loud mall. Sure, we all venture in from time to time. But most Minnesotans would rather tourists check out our state's natural beauty instead.
10. You think nothing of crossing state borders to buy cheese.
Of course, it was often accompanied by a Sunday beer run. Lucky for Minnesotans, that era has almost ended. But we still wouldn't raise an eyebrow at crossing into Wisconsin for some tasty cheese.
11. You consider 40 degrees shorts weather.
After a long, cold winter, the barest hint of sunshine is enough to justify breaking out the shorts.
12. You take a long time to say goodbye.
The Minnesota Goodbye is a well-documented example of just how hospitable Minnesotans are. The process of showing guests to the door, following them to the porch, and walking them to their cars? It's a ritual only Minnesotans understand.
13. You love the Minnesota State Fair.
One of the biggest excitements of the summer is learning what the new fair foods are that year - and then trying them out a few weeks later. The Great Minnesota Get-Together with its food, entertainment, and more, is beyond compare.
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