South Dakota January 09, 2019
11 Awkward Moments Every South Dakotan Has Endured At Least Once
One of the more unfortunate facts of life is that you are guaranteed to endure awkward and uncomfortable moments every so often. When you hail from the Mount Rushmore State, however, these instances get even more weird, as demonstrated by these 11 awkward moments that every South Dakotan has endured at least once:
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1. First and foremost, South and North Dakota are NOT the same place and should never be referred to as such.
Yes, there is a MAJOR difference between the two, as South Dakota is larger, prettier, and has more attractions than those guys to the north! (There is no competition between us two, if you couldn't already tell.)
2. People assume that you can see Mount Rushmore from your backyard*...
*Or that you live inside Mount Rushmore, depending on how far away said outsider lives.
3. ...and that Mount Rushmore is the only thing in SoDak.
Umm, naive out-of-stater say what?! Not only do we have Mount Rushmore, but we also have some of the kindest folks you will ever meet, plus the Badlands, Crazy Horse, Mitchell Corn Palace, Black Hills... shall I continue?
4. When you travel out-of-state and order your favorite food.
What in the name of all that is good is this monstrosity? (Apparently this is considered a hot beef sandwich elsewhere... gag.)
5. When someone asks who our football team is...
Umm, the Jackrabbits, I guess? Or not wasting our Sundays sitting inside watching the TV (if that counts as a team)?
6. ...or to explain how taxes work.
What are these taxes you speak of? South Dakota has no income tax, what what?!
7. ...or when Columbus Day takes place.
Since 1989, South Dakotans have proudly celebrated Native American Day in place of Columbus!
8. Not every place is as safe as South Dakota.
Isn't it wonderful that you do not have to worry about locking your doors in SoDak? Unfortunately, this isn't the case everywhere, so if you ever travel out-of-state, make sure to keep your cars and doors locked at all times.
9. ...or as friendly as South Dakota.
Midwest nice is definitely a thing and really does seem to be confined to South Dakota and our neighboring states.
10. Apparently not everyone hunts.
If you don't hunt, how are you supposed to catch and eat pheasants, deer, and other delicious animals? Am I right or am I right?
11. Finally, not everyone bleeds red (politically, that is).
For the most part, South Dakotans stick with the Republican party, so it can awkward/exciting when you meet you someone with different views.
For even more SoDak fun, check out
These 8 South Dakota Towns Have The Silliest Names But Are So Worth A Visit.