Wisconsin November 15, 2018
The 14 Hysterical Inside Jokes That You Will Only Appreciate If You Hail From Wisconsin
You have to have a sense of humor if you’re going to live in Wisconsin. There’s so much weird and wonderful that comes with life here that you frankly won’t survive it if you can’t laugh at it – and yourself – a little bit. We’re hearty folks who don’t really mind the cold or snow, take crazy advantage of the few short bits of summer we get and really embrace those German roots that permeate most everything that happens here. We’ve got our customs and folks not from around these parts might not quite understand. Life in Wisconsin can sometimes feel like one giant inside joke, so here’s a few to make you smile today:
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1. When church clothes take on a whole new meaning.
It's not at all unusual to see folks heading to services in the morning and then heading right to the bar afterwards to check out the Pack. No worries, though, God's a Packer fan!
2. Wait, THAT's how you pronounce that?
This might be the funniest way I've seen someone describe Wisconsin town names and it's also ridiculously accurate.
3. There are three seasons in Wisconsin: Winter, Hunting and Construction.
All warm weather means is that they can start "fixing" the roads that got beat up by snow, ice and salt all winter long.
4. Speaking of seasons ...
The cold and snow are creeping further into November and April and it feels like we might be living in Siberia for eight months of the year at this point. Spring? I don't know her.
5. When your spouse takes your keys because you've been fishing too much ...
It was a toss-up between this and a picture of a John Deere outside a Wisconsin bar at 7:30 am on a Saturday morning.
6. Deer - afraid of the rustle of leaves, not at all concerned by traffic rushing by at 80 miles an hour.
You've truly earned your Wisconsin car when you've had a car damaged by a deer.
7. The definition of "Up North" changes the further North you actually live.
Plenty of south-of-the-border Illinois folks think a trip to Lake Geneva or Door County counts, but we all know better.
8. I had a salad for brunch today.
If you get more veggies in your Bloody Mary than you normally do in a meal, you might be from Wisconsin. If you're used to your local bar having a full bar of Bloody Mary condiment options, you're definitely in Wisconsin.
9. When you love Old Fashioneds so much you find the most Wisconsin way possible to enjoy them more.
This reads both like the unholiest combination of foods and oddly intriguing.
10. When the first above-freezing temps mean it's time to break out short-sleeves, shorts and sandals.
Folks down south give freeze warnings for 40 degree weather, but we're happy to leave the coat at home. It's basically a heat wave.
11. If you didn't say a word with a super nasally vowel in the middle, did you even speak?
Soda, bag, Wisconsin - all words that will brand you as a Cheesehead the moment you try to say them.
12. What do you want for dinner on Friday?
There's only one answer and it better involved fried fish. The Friday Fish Fry is so ubiquitous that you will find it on every menu and even churches are in on the act.
13. We suffer through what feels like 21 months of winter, so we're a little sensitive when it feels like summer is three weeks long.
This is really the reason we start treating any day above 40 degrees like it's tropical - we need summer to feel longer than it really is.
14. Wisconsin geography
There's a picture of a UPS slip from Wisconsin that says a package couldn't be delivered because there was a bear in the driveway and I've been laughing about it for three days. Wisconsin is weird and wonderful and thankfully, all ours.
What other inside jokes do you think only folks who share this great state would understand? Let us know about them in the comments!
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