Minnesota June 14, 2017
11 Foolproof Ways To Make Someone From Minnesota Cringe
In general, Minnesotans are a pretty reserved people. We tend to play our cards close to our chests and not show what we’re really thinking. But there are some things that will make even the mildest mannered of Minnesotans pull a face. If you want to know what to avoid doing when you visit Minnesota, look no further than this list of 11 foolproof ways to make someone from Minnesota cringe.
1. Refer to a hotdish as a casserole.
Sure, we'll know what you're talking about. But the word "casserole" is so rarely used in Minnesota that it may take us a second to know what you mean. Is it worth the confusion? You're better off calling it a hotdish like the rest of us.
2. Assume Fargo is in Minnesota.
If you're going to visit Minnesota, it's probably a good idea to consult a map so you don't make such a silly mistake. Bring up
Fargo and Minnesotans will be the first to tell you - with a grimace- that the city is actually in North Dakota.
3. Drive without clearing the snow from your car.
We all hate clearing snow off of our cars. Every last one of us. But we do it, and you know why? Because having a sudden stream of snow fly at you on the freeway is neither pleasant nor safe.
4. Fail to shovel your sidewalk.
5. Call it duck, duck, goose.
Yeah, we know that's what you called it growing up. But it sounds weird to our ears, and we might give you a weird look if you call it anything other than duck, duck, gray duck.
6. Try to imitate our accents.
First of all, most of us don't talk like that. Second of all, even if we did, that's rude. When you're visiting Minnesota,
you're the one that sounds funny.
7. Assume St. Paul and Minneapolis are the same.
They may be called the Twin Cities, but St. Paul and Minneapolis are quite different. Any Twin Cities resident will tell you as much. Where Minneapolis is more modern and fast-paced, St. Paul is a little more laid-back. Luckily, you can easily experience both when you visit.
8. Pretend our summers are anything short of amazing.
Yeah, maybe our winters are pretty harsh. But we make up for it as soon as the temperature rises above 40. We're lucky to have tons of places - lakes, state parks, trails, and more - to enjoy the outdoors when the weather allows. You won't find another state more excited about soaking in every ray of sunshine.
9. Complain about heavy snowfall.
Unless you live in a snowy climate, complaining about a few inches of snow is going to earn you a cringe from a Minnesotan. We've all lived through our share of 12-inch snowfalls and all the shoveling, scraping, and car-moving that it entails. Talk to us when you've experienced your first Minnesota winter.
10. Call the park in MOA "Nickelodeon Universe."
The Peanuts gang may be long gone, but many of us still call it Camp Snoopy more than ten years later. Though the official name
is Nickelodeon Universe, we're just too attached to the name we grew up with to call it anything else.
11. Assume Minnesota is all snow and cows.
We may be in the Midwest, but we have a lot to offer besides farms and rough winters. The Twin Cities are a vibrant and diverse community full of creative people doing amazing stuff. And in Greater Minnesota, pristine forests and lakes dominate the landscape. No matter where you go in this great state, you're going to find something to appreciate.
Is there anything you’d add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!