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21 Things Only People From The Midwest Understand About Summer

Murdering fireflies to make face paint.

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1. Murdering fireflies to make face paint.

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Fireflies or lightning bugs are THE summer bug. They light up the night sky with their glow and probably lit up your face and arms after you squeezed their juice out of them. It's OK, we all did it.

2. Spending hours outside with streams of water.

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Yard sprinklers are MAGICAL. Honestly the most fun you could ever have in an afternoon. And you still remember how the grass stuck to your skin. ~ Memories ~

4. Being the first to jump into the lake.

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Lakes are the best place for summer activities, and if you don't agree, you're wrong. There's nothing better than a weekend spent on the lake. And if you were the FIRST into the lake of the year, you deserve a damn medal.


5. This is the food of gods.

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If you aren't from the Midwest and you think you've had good sweet corn, you're wrong. Sorry. Midwest sweet corn is THE sweet corn. And when the roadside stands begin selling, you know it's summer.

7. Farmer's tan is a damn badge of honor.

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It's impossible to avoid weird tan lines in the summer. Almost every waking moment is spent outside and you're never wearing the right kind of clothes. It's OK, rock those farmer's tans.


9. Ticks are the actual devil.

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THESE LITTLE DEVILS. Ticks are your worst enemy. They crawl up all over your body like they OWN the damn thing then just feed off your blood. Who even does that? #BanTicks

11. The fair is the best week of the summer.

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THE FAIR! Corn dogs, cotton candy, lemon shake-ups, elephant ears, and pineapple whip. Not to mention the rides that you're positive you could die on but ride anyway.


16. July = an entire month of fireworks.

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Fireworks don't end after the 4th of July is over. Sparklers all summer long, baby! Even if that means hopping across state borders to buy fireworks.


19. The smoke will keep the bugs away.

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Summer nights spent around bonfires are the best nights of your life, probably. And maybe one day you'll be able to perfect crisping the marshmallow for your s’more without burning the shit out of it.

20. It's impossible to have a good hair day with humidity.

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Humidity, aka one of the worst parts of summer. You're always sticky, and not in a good way. And those hair products that claim to resist humidity? LOL, good joke.

21. And this is the best sleep aid, ever: