10 Unique and Humorous Things About Minnesota
The hot summer months are a great time to pack up the family and head north to Minnesota for some fun under the pines. It's the 'Land of 10,000 Lakes' so there's bound to be a body of water near you or a spectacular campground. While in Minnesota or just passing through, here are 10 funny and unique things you may notice on your road trip.
Don't be surprised to hear "You betcha," "Uff-da," and "Don'tcha know" in your run-ins with a friendly Minnesotan. PS...Adam Thielen leaving the Vikings is still a sore subject.
Nobody out-exaggerates folklore like a Minnesotan. Case in point, the tale of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox which has been handed down through several generations. It's said that Paul Bunyan dug out the Great Lakes for Babe's water dishes, and his large footprints are now the 10,000 lakes the state is famous for. And, after 7 Grain Belt beers, you'll believe it too.
Minnesotans are known for putting everything and anything on a stick. They have managed to deep-fry just about anything, including Oreos, Twinkies, butter, and walleye. Note: About the food pic...we all see it.
Minnesota will claim that they started this jovial game. Other states may disagree. Originally called Duck, Duck, Goose, the name change is humorous - and probably pisses off the Minnesota State Bird, the loon.
Do not ever argue who has the best hotdishes in front of a Minnesotan. The things they can do with a lowly tater tot will make your head spin. I'm also pretty sure they were the ones who first put fruit in Jell-O - putting the fun back into funerals.
There's no such thing as a quick goodbye in a Minnesota neighborhood. The minute you say, "Well, I'd better grab my tuque and head out then!" you know the real conversations are ready to begin. Anything unsaid can now be discussed on the doorstep...regardless of temperature.
Proud of their strong Norwegian heritage, Ole and Lena jokes are very popular. Here's a good one:
Ole came home from work early one day and Lena asks, “Ole, you’re home from work early. What happened?”
Ole replies, “Vell, I got my ting caught in da pickle slicer.”
“Oh no!”, says Lena, “Let me see your ting”.
So Ole shows her his ting and everything looks fine.
“Ole your ting is just fine, what happened to da pickle slicer?”
Ole says, “Oh, dey fired her too.”
Minneapolis/St. Paul is home to the largest shopping mall in North America. It also has a reputation for getting people lost. That's because when Daryl says, "take a left at Yankee Candle" we have no idea what he's talking about.
They are notoriously harsh with snow and bitterly cold temps. Ice fishing and snowmobiling are gospels from the Good Book in Minnesota.
Speaking of the state bird, many will joke that their "unofficial" state bird is the mosquito. If you've ever carried a canoe through the Boundary Waters, you'd better have a cigar hanging from your mouth and a good dose of bug repellant. I've seen mosquitoes big enough to his its way with a turkey...if you know what I mean. Some say that turkey is still in therapy.