1. We somewhat get to experience all four seasons.
The weather in Michigan is kind of a joke, being that it actually feels like we only just get winter and summer. But, we do get to witness the leaves change when its “fall” and the flowers pop back up again that one week we consider “spring”, so it’s not too bad! Some states get to miss out on the one day the snow looks kind of nice.
3. We’re pretty much the most recognizable state on the U.S. map.
Yeah there’s Florida and Texas is pretty big, but do those states look like a mitten surrounded by lakes? No, so point goes to Michigan.
4. Speaking of being mitten shaped, we get to flawlessly use our own hands as a map.
“Where are you going Up North?” *points to pinky finger* “Right around here.”
It’s the most convenient thing ever.
5. Standing on top of a sand dune is probably one of the most beautiful landscapes you could ever see.
It’s truly breathtaking.
6. Because, welcome to Lake Michigan!
It’s pretty much gorgeous.
7. And hey if you’re not feeling Lake Michigan, no worries! You have 3 other Great Lakes to choose from.
I say 3 other lakes instead of 4 because Lake Ontario isn’t exactly touching Michigan (and would be a trip to make) but we still consider it our lake because we’re awesome.
Plus, if you aren’t feeling the Great Lakes you have 11,000 inland ones too.
Lake pictured above is Lake Superior.
8. It’s great for people who like to ski and snowboard.
Since its pretty much winter 6 months out of the year, you’ll always have plenty of time to ski!
Pictured is Boyne Mountain
9. Michigan’s great for anyone who’s outdoorsy.
All seasons you have something to do, whether its fishing, rafting or climbing.
Pictured is kayaking on Lake Superior.
11. We’re home to world famous fried chicken!
The city of Frankenmuth is a little German-styled town dedicated to preserving and providing a somewhat authentic view on Bavarian culture. Frankenmuth is a top destination by Michiganders for quick day-trips, not only for its beautiful town but for it’s chicken! An authentic German recipe, people flock from all over the world to taste it—and speaking from experience it’s honestly the best chicken ever.
12. and fudge!
An island resort located on Lake Huron, Mackinac Island, is known for its fudge, ban on all motor-vehicles and the fact that it is now a National Historic Landmark- but mostly it’s fudge.
Which in fact, you’ll never miss an opportunity to buy some fudge because literally every other store is a fudge shop.*
*Sadly, Mackinac Island is highly commercialized but still is kind of cute and does have many historic landmarks.
13. You get 10 cents for recycling cans in Michigan.
If you have 240 cans you have 24 dollars—some states don’t give you anything for returning cans other than a good citizen’s pat on the back.
14. We also have one of the longest bridges in the world.
The Mackinac Bridge, connects the lower peninsula of Michigan to the upper peninsula, it’s 8,614-feet long and is the third largest suspension bridge in the world.
15. Michigan could be home to your favorite cereal or snack.
The Kellogg’s brand was founded in Michigan in 1906.
16. We have a pretty awesome hockey tradition.
WE THROW OCTOPUSES ON THE ICE. WHY? BECAUSE WE CAN.
And because in 1952 the eight legs symbolized the then 8 wins the Red Wings needed to win the Stanley Cup, the tradition stuck ever since. Now with 16 wins needed, two inflatable octopuses are hung above the ice during playoff runs.
18. Michigan’s Adventure is the little sister theme park to Cedar Point.
If you are unfamiliar with Cedar Point its arguably the best theme park in America—Michigan’s Adventure is just an a lot smaller version.
19. Motown music originated here.
Motown Records was founded in 1959 by Berry Gordy and has served some of the best musicians in the world including Diana Ross and the Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five. Motown music has made what is possibly the biggest influence on the music industry since its creation, to everything from pop to hip-hop.
20. Just a city boy, born and raised in…
*screams with unashamed amounts of pride* SOUTH DETROIT.
21. Michigan has great universities.
The University of Michigan is “considered” an Ivy League school (public Ivy) and was actually the first established university in the U.S., founded in 1817. (Pictured above)
Michigan State University is the largest university in Michigan and one of the largest universities in the U.S..
22. Plus, the Michigan vs. Michigan State argument is always fun to have.
23. Our football team is possibly the worst in the league, but boy do the fans continue to stay pessimistically and optimistically dedicated.
We come together as a community to love/hate our own football team—with pride.
26. Depending on where you live, in just a couple hours drive you could find yourself in a different country.
Which is kind of cool? Some of us are only a couple hours a way from unlimited amounts of Tim Horton’s restaurants.
27. If you don’t like Ohio State, pretty much everyone in Michigan agrees with you.
Sorry Ohio State, it’s a football thing.
28. You are offered the convenience of Michigan Lefts!
For those who do not know, a Michigan Left is basically a legal U-turn.
29. As a joke, you can say that construction barrels are considered a state bush.
Michigan has 5 seasons: Fall,Winter,Spring,Summer and Construction season.
30. Public school doesn’t start till after Labor Day.
31. Michigan is home to Meijer, Wal-Mart’s rival.
Somebody needed to challenge Wal-Mart.