Utah January 08, 2016
13 Extremely Weird Things Only People From Utah Do
I’m a lifelong resident of Utah. It wasn’t until I grew up and started traveling outside the state that I realized that we Utahns do some pretty weird things. They’re not necessarily bad, mind you (in fact, # 3 is downright delicious), but people from other states see these things and think, “Only in Utah!”
1. We go to work and school when it snows.
Eight inches of new snow overnight? Grab your snow shovel and dig out your car - school is still in session, and your boss expects you at the office.
2. Utahns change lanes without using a turn signal.
The little stick on the left side of your steering column? It’s used to signal to other drivers that you’re changing lanes. I’m not kidding - this is really a thing.
3. We eat our “scones” deep-fried.
Our version of scones is typically called “fry bread” in other parts of the country. When people come here and order scones, they’re surprised to get that fried, doughy goodness rather than a hard, dry little cookie. This is a welcome surprise for most, because our “scones” are way better!
4. Utahns stock in large quantities of hard red wheat.
When the apocalypse comes, many Utahns will find themselves with 250 pounds of hard red wheat. What will they do with it? It seems to me that baking bread or making pancakes might be the last thing on your mind if the world is in chaos. I'd rather have some beef jerky.
5. Some Utah women wear t-shirts under their sleeveless shirts.
Many Utahns feel that sleeves are necessary for modesty, but that spaghetti-strap dress is just too cute to pass up! So, they throw on a t-shirt underneath.
6. We often mispronounce “mountains” and more...
You might think we have lots of mountains here in Utah, but if you ask a Utahn, he’ll tell you about the “mou’ns.” The city of Layton is pronounced “Lay’un.” Apparently we don’t like to sound out those t’s very much.
7. Utahns marry young.
While young adults in the rest of the country are living in college dorms and enjoying the single life, Utahns are having children and buying houses while still working on their degrees.
8. Some Utahns deliberately spell their children’s names in weird ways.
I suppose Utahns figure that by spelling a name in the strangest possible way, it’s unique. Really, it just means that your child faces a lifetime of having his name misspelled.
9. We use alternative swear words.
You’ll hear fellow Utahns (even adults) cursing with words such as “Fetch” “Gosh Darn” and “Heck.” We all know that you’re swearing, even if you use an alternate.
10. Fashion-challenged Utahns wear shorts and flip flops when there’s 3 feet of snow on the ground.
Many Utahns love to wear their cargo shorts with a hoodie all winter. I guess they’re warm enough, but they look kind of weird.
11. Some Utahns gather at the airport in large groups with signs and balloons.
When an LDS missionary returns home from his/her stint abroad, the entire family (plus a couple dozen friends) gathers at the Salt Lake International Airport. The population of Mormons is high enough that our only international airport ALWAYS has at least one group.
12. We dip our french fries into a blend of mayonnaise and ketchup.
Fry sauce! How do people in the rest of the country enjoy their fries without it?
13. We “Preciate ya so much!”
Thankful Utahns will often express their gratitude with this phrase. I think it's charming.
As a native Utahn, I find these things mostly charming – they’re what make us unique! What other weird things do we Utahns do?