37 Facts That Prove Michigan Is Undeniably The Greatest State

Great Lakes and Great Everydamn Thing Else.

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1. We may be the only place in the world where you can find cities named both Paradise and Hell.

To be clear, the one on the left is Paradise, Michigan.

2. Michigan pretty much invented the modern weekend.

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The two-day weekend has its origins in the Michigan labor movement and Henry Ford, who "gave his workers two days off back in the early 1900s, even though the federal government didn't mandate the forty-hour work-week until 1938."

4. Michiganders have a portable, always-available map that they have attached to their arms.

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5. The Sleeping Bear Dunes have been named the Most Beautiful Place in America.

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8. Michigan also has some of the best universities in the world.

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15. Motown Records in Detroit was home to some of the most influential musicians ever: Diana Ross, the Temptations, Smoky Robinson, Marvin Gaye, the Jackson 5, and countless others.

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The Hitsville, USA location has been converted into a museum, seen above.

19. Eastern Market has been serving fresh produce and food to the citizens of Detroit for over 170 years, making it the "largest and oldest market of its kind."

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24. The Red Wings have "the longest active streak in any major sport" with a playoff streak "older than goalie Jared Coreau."

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Anytime a Detroit team is in the playoffs, the Spirit of Detroit is adorned with its jersey.

27. Superman ice cream can be found in pretty much every Michigan ice cream shop.

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Mmm. Tastes like space and childhood.

29. ...and Vernor's, which is the oldest ginger ale in the United States.

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Also, clearly the best.

30. The arrival of Lent is celebrated in the most glorious way possible: Paczki Day.

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If you know how to pronounce that word, you're either Polish or a Michigander.

32. Shatila in Dearborn has some of the best baklava in the United States and will ship massive trays of gooey, pistachio-laced goodness pretty much anywhere.

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34. ...but there's also great public art, like the beautiful, eccentric thing that is Hamtramck Disneyland:

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Hamtramck Disneyland is located in the backyard of Ukranian immigrant Dmytro Szylak, who built it entirely by himself.

35. In Saginaw County, you can find two of the most zany tourists locations in the United States: Frankenmuth, a small town whisked straight out of Bavaria...

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The main attractions here are the cheese, chicken, and lederhosen.

37. And let's face it, MIchigan basically owns the Great Lakes.

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We're in prime position to win the coming apocalyptic water wars. Canada, New York, and Wisconsin can suck it.