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38 Things Only People From Wisconsin Really Understand

Because when you say Wisconsin, you've said it all.

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1. You know cheese curds are fresh if they're squeaky.

If they ain't squeakin', we ain't eatin'. *Fried curds shouldn't squeak.
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If they ain't squeakin', we ain't eatin'.

*Fried curds shouldn't squeak.

2. These are bubblers:

They are definitely not water fountains or drinking fountains.
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They are definitely not water fountains or drinking fountains.

3. There is literally nothing better than long summer nights on the Union Terrace.

Especially if Natty Nation is playing.
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Especially if Natty Nation is playing.

4. Cave of the Mounds is the greatest field trip destination of all time.

Stopping at Little Norway is also pretty great.
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Stopping at Little Norway is also pretty great.

5. Wisconsin is home to some of the coolest architecture in the country.

Including Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Monona Terrace and Santiago Calatrava's Quadracci Pavilion.
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Including Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Monona Terrace and Santiago Calatrava's Quadracci Pavilion.

6. This:

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7. Fact.

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8. There is only one mascot race that actually matters.

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9. Paul Bunyan's all-you-can-eat breakfast is the gold standard of all-you-can-eat breakfasts.

No trip to the Dells or Minocqua is complete without a fat stack of flapjacks from Paul Bunyan's Cook Shanty.
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No trip to the Dells or Minocqua is complete without a fat stack of flapjacks from Paul Bunyan's Cook Shanty.

10. Your high school valedictorian worked at Epic.

And all they did was travel.
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And all they did was travel.

11. Cheeseheads are appropriate for any occasion.

From a family reunion to your daughter's wedding, cheeseheads are timeless.
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From a family reunion to your daughter's wedding, cheeseheads are timeless.

12. So is camo.

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13. And blaze orange, after September 1.

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14. Eau Claire isn't a French pastry.

It's where Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver and Volcano Choir) is from.
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It's where Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver and Volcano Choir) is from.

15. Long weekends are spent at friends' cabins north of Highway 23.

There are big differences between cabins, cottages, and lake houses.
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There are big differences between cabins, cottages, and lake houses.

16. And vacations are spent in Door County.

Cherries, mini golf, and goats on roofs.
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Cherries, mini golf, and goats on roofs.

17. The new(ish) indoor water parks are cool and all, but the Ducks and Noah's Ark are still the kings of the Dells.

One lazy river, please!
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One lazy river, please!

18. The three commandments of brats:

Thou shalt not eat thine brat before it has been properly boiled in beer and onions.

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Thou shalt not poke thine brat while grilling, but instead rotate with tongs.

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Thou shalt not enjoy thine brat without sauerkraut and mustard.

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19. An hour of scraping is par for the course.

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20. Summerfest is the largest music festival IN THE WORLD!

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21. And Alpine Valley is arguably the greatest venue in the world.

Throw on your dancin' pants and make your way to the lawn.
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Throw on your dancin' pants and make your way to the lawn.

22. The first day of deer hunting season might as well be a state holiday.

You're not in vegan country anymore.
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You're not in vegan country anymore.

23. Mount Horeb is a necessary detour for troll counting.

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24. The World's Largest Brat Fest was cooler when it was held in the Sentry parking lot, but it's still really awesome.

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25. The house on the rock is like your grandparents' basement on steroids.

Well, except for the Infinity Room.
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Well, except for the Infinity Room.

26. We are the real home of the hog.

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27. Nobody does farmers markets quite like Wisconsin.

Honey sticks? Yes please!
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Honey sticks? Yes please!

28. Jack was on point when he mentioned how cold Chippewa Falls winters are.

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29. If it's Friday, you always know what to order:

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30. Halloween costumes should always be able to fit over a snowsuit.

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31. Unless, of course, you're headed to State Street.

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32. Brett Favre is a more polarizing subject in Wisconsin than politics, and that's saying a lot.

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33. Books say the Wisconsin state bird is the American Robin, but we all know the truth:

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34. Simply put: snow days are not a thing.

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35. Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Wisconsin has 15,074.

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36. You know exactly what to do when this song comes on.

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Doesn't matter where you are. You jump.

37. Wisconsin has potholes that have their own area code.

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38. When you say Wisconsin, you've said it all!

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It's summertime. Drink Wisconsinbly.

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