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19 Things No One Tells You About Leaving The Midwest

Nothing will ever compare to Steak 'n Shake.

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1. People will be very confused when you refer to it as "pop" and not soda.


3. You will have to be the force that enlightens everyone about the glory of Steak 'n' Shake.

Repeat after me: side. by. side. milkshakes.


4. And you won't be able to find Maid-Rite anywhere.

Life can be so unfair.

7. When it snows, you will probably be the only person who does not lose their mind.

"There's 1/2 an inch, should we shut down the city?!?!?" — everyone else


8. You might try to bring up the beauty that is Portillo's only for people to think you're saying "potatoes" wrong.

10. You'll try to plan a day on the lake only to realize that the closest one is hours away.

11. You might search the rest of your life to try and find something that satisfies you the way Culver's does.

13. People won't know what corn hole is and definitely will not want to play with you.

"You just...throw bags around...?"


14. You'll make puppy chow and someone will try to feed it to a dog.

You are a MONSTER.


17. You'll look at your arms and legs during the summer and realize how bare they look without mosquito bites.

19. And you'll realize that no matter how far you go, the Midwest will always be home.