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30 Things People Always Ask When You’re From Minnesota

“It’s 50 degrees! Why are you wearing shorts?”

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1. “Oh, man, it’s cold there, right?”

30 Things People Always Ask When You’re From Minnesota

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Well…yeah, it’s a little cold sometimes.

2. “Aren’t You Basically Canadian?”

30 Things People Always Ask When You’re From Minnesota

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Nope, still in the good old US of A. Maybe do yourself a favor and buy a map, but it’s not like anyone from Minnesota is going to take that question as an insult.

3. “Why Is It Called The Land Of 10,000 Lakes?”

30 Things People Always Ask When You’re From Minnesota

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That’s a tough one. Have you looked around lately?

4. “Why Do You Talk So Much About The Weather?”

30 Things People Always Ask When You’re From Minnesota

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First, have you experienced weather in Minnesota? Second, Minnesotans absolutely do not consider weather “small talk.” It’s a big deal.

5. “Why Do People Go Ice Fishing?”

30 Things People Always Ask When You’re From Minnesota

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Well, let’s just say there’s some whiskey involved, which makes sitting in the freezing cold to catch a fish a little more fun.

6. “Do You Just Love Going To The Mall Of America?”

30 Things People Always Ask When You’re From Minnesota

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Um…yeah, because dealing with massive crowds and high prices while navigating a giant mall labyrinth is great.

7. “Is Everyone You Know, Like, Super Nice?”

30 Things People Always Ask When You’re From Minnesota

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If by nice you mean totally able to destroy someone with a smile on their face and without a single negative word, then oh, you betcha.

They will help you shovel your driveway without batting an eye though.

8. “What Do You Mean By ‘That’s Interesting…’?”

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Basically that it’s either just about the least interesting thing they’ve heard all day, or that it’s not the choice the Minnesotan you’re talking to would ever choose to make. Not that anyone would ever say that to your face.

9. “What The Heck Is Lutefisk?”

30 Things People Always Ask When You’re From Minnesota

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It’s an aged Norwegian dish made from aged stockfish, and well…it’s interesting.

10. “Aren’t You Cold In Those Shorts? It’s Only 50 Degrees.”

30 Things People Always Ask When You’re From Minnesota

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Nope, that’s practically 90 in Minnesota, but thanks for your concern.

11. “Why Are The Mosquitoes So Terrible Here?”

30 Things People Always Ask When You’re From Minnesota

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Ah, the question Minnesotans also ask themselves every single warm day of the year.

Best guess? They’re really trying to live it up before winter strikes again.

12. “What’s An Uff-Da?”

30 Things People Always Ask When You’re From Minnesota

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Well, there’s no direct translation, but basically “Wow!” or “Geeze!” or what your grandma says when she doesn’t want to swear but really secretly wants to swear. Context is key.

13. “Don’t You Just Love The Movie Fargo?”

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Well, pretty much everyone loves the movie Fargo, and since everyone in Minnesota wasn’t living in a cave in 1996, yeah, you betcha. But you know that city is in North Dakota, right?

14. “Why Do You Hate Wisconsin So Much?”

30 Things People Always Ask When You’re From Minnesota

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Short answer: football. But there’s also a long answer that involves a whole lot of grumbling about that copycat state.

15. “Ew, Why Do You Put Ketchup On Your Steak?”

30 Things People Always Ask When You’re From Minnesota

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Why do you care? It’s not like you have to eat it. Also, it’s delicious and nothing you say will ever convince a Minnesotan otherwise.

16. “Why Is Everyone So Excited About A Stupid State Fair?”

30 Things People Always Ask When You’re From Minnesota

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First, how dare you. Second, you clearly haven’t been to the Minnesota State Fair before, because it’s only the most awesome deep-fried food and cool rides extravaganza in the world.

17. “Why Would You Say It’s Not That Cold When It’s 10 Degrees Outside?”

30 Things People Always Ask When You’re From Minnesota

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Well, it was negative two yesterday, so comparatively…

18. “Can’t We Just Hang Out And Watch A Movie?”

30 Things People Always Ask When You’re From Minnesota

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Absolutely not. There are only so many warm days a year, and every single one of them must be spent outside when you’re in Minnesota.

19. “Did You Meet All Of Your Current Friends In High School?”

30 Things People Always Ask When You’re From Minnesota

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Of course not. Some are old Kindergarten or Middle School buddies.

20. “What’s A Lefse?”

30 Things People Always Ask When You’re From Minnesota

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Just a Scandinavian flatbread that you’re going to form a mighty addiction to now that you’ve discovered it.

21. “Have You Ever Met Prince?”

30 Things People Always Ask When You’re From Minnesota

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No, but everyone in Minnesota’s cousin’s grandma’s sister definitely met him once in a grocery store.

22. “Aren’t Most Foods A Hot Dish?”

30 Things People Always Ask When You’re From Minnesota

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No…now sit down and eat this delicious casserole and discover everything you’ve been missing out on your entire life.

23. “Oh…Isn’t Michelle Bachman From Minnesota?”

30 Things People Always Ask When You’re From Minnesota

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You mean She Who Shall Not Be Named? Shhh…Minnesotans like to keep that one hush hush.

24. “Why Don’t You Ever Want To Go To Starbucks?”

30 Things People Always Ask When You’re From Minnesota

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Drink that swill when Caribou Coffee is available? No thanks.

25. “Where Is Up North?”

30 Things People Always Ask When You’re From Minnesota

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Basically everywhere north of where you’re currently standing. Good luck figuring out those directions.

26. “Why Do You Say Grey Duck Instead Of Goose?”

30 Things People Always Ask When You’re From Minnesota

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Wait, there are people who say goose? Why would anyone say goose?

27. “Why Do You Have Cat Litter When You Don’t Have A Cat?”

30 Things People Always Ask When You’re From Minnesota

Source: Flickr user mulad

Oh…there is still so much you don’t know. If you still want to drive in Minnesota in the winter, it’s basically essential.

28. “What Do You Mean You Can’t Buy Booze On Sundays?”

30 Things People Always Ask When You’re From Minnesota

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Yeah…sorry about that. You’ll just have to stock up on Saturday or cross the border to dreaded Wisconsin. Such is life.

29. “What’s A Jucy Lucy?”

30 Things People Always Ask When You’re From Minnesota

Source: Flickr user thegirlsny

A heavenly cheese stuffed burger invented by Matt’s Bar in Minneapolis. You’re welcome world.

30. “Don’t You Wish You Could Move Sometimes?”

30 Things People Always Ask When You’re From Minnesota

Source: Flickr user wilson-fam

Honestly, everyone wishes they could move when it’s April and still snowing. But it’s a very fleeting feeling.

What’s the question everyone asks you just because you’re from Minnesota? Tell us in the comments below!

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posted on: April 9, 2015
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29 Comments

  1. megan

    I lived in Minnesota for 23 years. I now live in Florida, and no one can understand me when I say the words bag and or bagel.

  2. Cyndy Chancellor

    I work in a buisness that I have to call throughout the states. Often I am asked, why would you live somewhere there isn’t a summer? I did repost a friends comment a few weeks ago. It said, wonder if any of the restaurants opened their patios? It is gorgeous outside. It was 40, sun shining, and no wind!

  3. Roger T

    Have actually met Paul Bunyon

  4. Roger T

    ^ Have you

  5. Melissa

    Does it even get warm there??? YES! HOT! They never believe that it can get 100+ with Humitity…

  6. bj

    How come you do not sound like a person from Minnesota? You have lived there all your life? (strong German background, never said Ufda in my life!)

  7. dom

    What do you do in the woods all day? You’re from Mn??? …But you are not blonde??
    Say shoes.
    So you live on a farm then?
    Say bag.

  8. Rebecca

    One of my relatives was a co owner and cook of the juicy Lucy! They had him on the food network :)

  9. Chiara Race

    Doesn’t it snow all year round there?

  10. Valerie

    I still get asked “what was it like to have Jesse Ventura as your governor? I tell them Jesse is okay. He used to golf with my uncle Elzie in NE Minneapolis back when his hair was long and yellow.

  11. Deb C

    My favorites are the gray duck and the pop thing. My husband is from the other side of Wisconsin. When he first said soda I gave him a funny look because I thought he wanted Club soda or something weird that we didn’t have around. I’ve known about it for years but am still shocked that anyone would actually play Gray Duck/Goose because seriously what does a goose have to do with the duck LOL

  12. sherri

    I have been asked how do we go to work,or the store, when it gets cold out.
    someone also asked if our eyes freeze shut when we go out side when it’s so cold.

  13. Dave

    Moved down from Alaska two years ago…Still hate the colder weather here… >.< LOL

  14. trudy

    I moved to MN 10 minutes from Canada. I absolutely love it here!!! Oh fer dumb is my favorite saying. Everyone is incredibly nice, generous, helpful. Love the accent, way better than a southern accent. Don’t ya know. I moved here in the summer and thought all the poles with plug ins were crazy, then came winter and all was clear. Anywhere else when it’s 40 below and a foot of snow the whole state closes down, not here, not even a late start. The misquotes are horrible, they could suck you dry. If you don’t own a snowmobile or a 4 wheeler you better get one!! And when it he hits 30 degrees its a fricken heat wave, I will never complain about being cold when it’s above freezing again..lol

  15. B Nemi

    True story told to me by someonr who worked in intelligence in DC when the bridge collapsed. Several tv screens in the work center were playing live coverage of the event because they didn’t know the cause of the collapse. The room was quiet. Those watching the tragedy on the screens were very somber until the news’ reporter interviewed a survivor of the collapse. Telling the reporter about his experience he proclaimed with his Minnesota accent “…and the bridge went dowoon!” [down] The entire room burst into laughter!

  16. Kathleen

    “Wait. Did you left a word out when you asked me, ‘Do you want to go with?’ ?”

  17. Mary Buerkley

    I’m writing what I remember about the ‘two’ games. One was Duck, Duck, Grey Duck’,, and then there was a winter game called ‘goose’..Winter you would make a circle in the snow, a big circle. and safe was in the very middle of the circle which had paths leading to the outer circle like your mother would cut a pie……so there would be many 6 paths leading to the safe place in the center…….two played that game…….and of course Duck, Duck, Grey Duck, the whole classroom could play… TWO DIFFERENT GAMES

  18. Brian

    Bachman was born in Iowa. We fish and hunt because we like to eat (many do not not remember those days), ludefisk sucks but lefse and klub are to die for, the ketchup on steak thing drives me nuts and my brother got that from Uncle Delano, mosquitoes are the Minnesota state bird, I hope the Napa Valley Grill is still in the Mall of America, there are over 12,000 lakes in Minnesota and the fucking Vikings still haven’t won a Super Bowl.

  19. AJ

    I hadn’t really thought about the state having so many Scandinavians until once we were in D.C. waiting for a flight home. Great mix of crowds until we arrived at the Delta gate for the flight to MSP. The flight was seriously 70% blond, and noticeably different from surrounding gates. And you could hear the accent of the travelers. I’m from up north, and it took seeing fellow Minnesotans in a non-Minnesotan environment to make the connection!

  20. Margaret Ann

    1. As my father (a butcher) used to say, if you’re going to put ketchup on a steak, have a hamburger.
    2. Biggest issue outside of MN – having to explain why I want a beer chaser with my Bloody Mary (or what it is).

  21. Bruce

    someone from NC asked me how warm it gets in MN and do we have snow year around?
    I said for the few weeks it gets above 32 there is a short window to harvest snow peas

  22. Wendy

    Born an raised in mn. (50 years) now in Cali.
    Pop, grey duck, kitty corner not kattty, winter foods, summer foods, and coals for the BBQ
    I wore a spring Jacket in winter here in Cali. My friends all said , see I knew it was cold. They had “winter” ( below or at 0 degree) COATS. I have become the cold weather gage.

  23. Kelly

    Why do you talk so slow?

    A: Because I like to think about while I’m talking. It helps me avoid asking stupid questions.

  24. LA

    Yes, people, we do have a summer!!! Sometimes when it gets so hot some people wish that it was 20-40 degrees. So stop asking us Minnesotans why we would live here. Minnesota is a great place to live!

  25. fdavis

    In Florida in february I was asked if I was from up north. I responded “Yes,why?” She said “You’re the only one in shorts and sandals.”

  26. Heidi

    We moved to CO from MN in 2000. I still miss everything about Minnesota and LOVE reading all these comments. MISS all the friendly ‘strangers’ there, the moisture, the COLORFUL trees, the lakes (Oh my, the LAKES!!)etc. etc. etc. CO has beautiful ROCKS (Mountains) and…and…hmmm???, but NOTHING here can hold a candle to anything in MN. Still homesick..:( …well maybe I don’t miss the mosquitoes all that much… 😉

  27. Carol D

    Once a long time ago when we were ice fishing on Mille Lacs Lake I was up at the store off the shore and some guys in suits from some other state asked if those little houses stayed on the lake in the summer!!!

  28. Jimmie

    People rarely ask about MN, but I go out of my way to tell them about Prince, hockey, Scandinavian influence, parks/bike paths, waterskiing, 3M, Target, Dairy Queen, Minnehaha Falls, Lake Superior, milk carton boat races, Grumpy Old Men, Beautiful Girls, the Cure, That Was Then This is Now, tunnels under the U, Paisely Park, First Ave (I could go on all day)

  29. Tired of This Place, Fer Sure

    Folk are as indifferent as the weather is cold. Smug beyond belief. Let them eat hotdish.

 

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