Wisconsin State Pride March 14, 2023
by Ben Jones Seven Quirky Facts About Wisconsin That Sound Made Up, But Are 100% Accurate
Wisconsin is well known for its cheese, beer, and love of football. However, the state has a few secrets up its sleeve. Here are some quirky and unusual Dairy State secrets that you might not have heard of.
1. We used to live in holes.
Wisconsin is known as the "Badger State," not because we have a lot of badgers, but because lead miners in the 1800s often lived in burrows in the hillsides, much like badgers.
2. Our beers are bigger than yours.
Feeling thirsty? The world's largest six-pack of beer cans can be found in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The six-pack is actually a series of six large beer storage tanks painted to look like beer cans. A makeover is underway that will give the cans a new look.
3. We are the land of 15,000 lakes.
There's a license plate slogan in here somewhere. The state of Wisconsin has more than 15,000 lakes, which beats Minnesota's claim as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes."
4. We invented the sundae.
We know a thing or two about a great desserts, and we're the birthplace of the ice cream sundae. In 1881, a drugstore owner in Two Rivers served ice cream with syrup and a cherry on top on a Sunday. It eventually became known as the "sundae."
5. Our cheese curds are the law.
In 2015, Wisconsin's legislature made it official and declared the cheese curd to be the state's official snack. Former governor Scott Walker signed it into law. Enjoy them your own way - fried or fresh, but always official.
6. We're home to something really scary.
This mythical creature was first "discovered" in the late 1800s in the Wisconsin Northwoods. The Hodag is said to be kind of stinky, with the head of a frog, the body of a dinosaur, and a back filled with spikes. Look for Hodag statues all over Rhinelander.
7. Our fish are bigger than your third grader.
The world's largest muskie, a type of freshwater fish, was caught in northern Wisconsin in 1949. The muskie weighed in at a whopping 69 pounds. An even larger muskie statue can be found in Hayward.
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