Utah May 06, 2017
9 Strange Habits Every Utahn Will Defend To The Death
Utahns are a strange bunch in a lot of ways. Don’t get me wrong – Utahns are the best people in the world. But, you’ve got to admit that we can be a little odd at times. Here are 9 strange habits that Utahns have – and some Utahns are actually proud of most of them!
1. Many Utahns are Pinterest Princesses.
The perfect holiday wreath on the front door. A dresser from Deseret Industries that's been shabby chic'ed to death...you Pinterest Princesses know who you are. Perfection comes with a glue gun and an entire craft room.
2. Utahns go crazy when a new chain restaurant comes to Utah.
Remember when In-N-Out Burger came to Utah and people waited in the drive-thru line for hours just to get a pretty basic burger? Or when Mellow Mushroom arrived in Salt Lake City and people couldn't stop talking about it? Ok, that pizza IS pretty good...but c'mon Utahns! We have plenty of locally-owned spots, too.
3. Utahns go hiking after work.
Hiking isn't a strange habit, but people in other states find it very strange that Utahns can come home from work on a Wednesday evening and still take a three-mile hike. Of course we can! Many of us live just minutes from a trailhead. Those people in other states are just jealous.
4. The Do-It-Yourself-Basement.
Utahns are both notoriously cheap and incredibly self-sufficient. Who needs a contractor when you can just go to Home Depot, pick up a few sheets of drywall and 2x4s and finish your own basement? Ask any Realtor and he'll tell you about all the ridiculously amateur basements he's seen.
5. Pretend like sparkling cider is alcohol.
Many Utahns don't drink, but they want to still feel like they're having a fun and wild party. So, they buy a bottle of Martinelli's and chug it like they're college frat boys. Nope, Martinelli's is not the same thing. Not at all.
6. Use Mormon lingo and assume that everyone knows what you mean.
Not every Utahn is Mormon, but it can feel that way, especially in Utah's small towns and suburbs. When you meet someone who just moved into the area and you say, "Oh! What ward are you in?" and they look really confused...
7. Some Utahns make a habit of bringing their kids everywhere.
Fancy restaurant? 10 pm horror movie? Furniture store on a busy Saturday? Throw the kids in the minivan!
8. Swapping swear words with fake ones.
Heck. Gosh darnit. Or, when things are really bad...fetch. Utahns don't make a habit of swearing...they make a habit of fake-swearing.
9. Douse everything with a hearty helping of fry sauce.
People tend to have very strong opinions of fry sauce - they either hate it or love it. Those who love it douse their burgers, fries and onion rings with it every time. It's definitely a habit (but a tasty one, if you want my opinion).
What other strange habits do Utahns have? Tell us in the comments!