North Dakota May 03, 2017
11 Strange Habits Every North Dakotan Will Defend To The Death
People from North Dakota are awesome, even we do have a few unusual quirks and habits that out-of-staters might find a little bizarre. Even if other people do find them weird, North Dakotans would defend some of them in particular to their dying breath. Here are 11 strange habits that we as people from the Peace Garden State would never give up:
1. Staying outside to watch a storm.
Yep... that's a storm brewing alright. For some reason, standing or sitting outside to watch storms seems to be one of North Dakota's favorite summer pastimes.
2. Waving to a passing driver on a dirt road.
It's just rude not to, even if you don't know them.
3. Ice fishing whenever getting the chance.
Other people might think ice fishing is a thing for people who lived in igloos many years ago, but us North Dakotans love it. Sitting in a little shed-like structure around a hole in the ice for hours at a time is just so fun!
4. Calling it "pop," NEVER soda.
Even if a North Dakotan finds themselves somewhere that calls it soda or cola or whatever else, we'll always call it pop no matter what. It's just what is right.
5. Eating lutefisk, or at least defending those who do.
Okay, so not everyone likes lutefisk. Actually I'd say most people don't... it's an acquired taste. But there are people in North Dakota who do, and that's just fine.
6. Doing everything to get out of work or school to go hunting on opening day of the season.
I remember a lot of schools actually giving the day off for opening day of certain seasons. If they didn't, half the classes would be empty that day anyways.
7. Bringing hot dish to gatherings.
There's no better combination of foods than tator tots, ground beef, cream-of-something, and some veggies. It's essential at every gathering, and it never gets old or repetitive. And it's NOT called casserole!
8. Wearing green for our college sports teams.
Whether it's for NDSU or UND or both, we'll always go green. If you're talking professional football, however, purple is another option next to green that is heavily divided amongst North Dakotans.
9. Loving walleye served up in any way.
Baked, cooked out on a grill, or breaded and fried; on a bed of rice or a bun or just on its own - whatever you can do with walleye, we'll love. We know walleye is the best!
10. Talking to complete strangers.
In some places, drumming up a conversation with someone you don't know might be considered borderline taboo. In North Dakota, however, people tend to talk to just about anyone, anywhere.
11. Knowing we're better than South Dakota.
North Dakota is ALWAYS the better Dakota and we'll defend that to our graves.
What other weird habits do you know of that a North Dakotan would always defend, no matter what?
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