30 Things That Will Definitely Happen To You When Moving To Michigan


Forget death and taxes, it’s these 30 things no Michigander can avoid.

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1. You will call all carbonated beverages “pop” but what you will really mean is Faygo, always Faygo and only Faygo…

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2. Unless of course you mean Vernors. Which also just happens to be a Michigan-made miracle cure because Vernors makes everything better…

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3. Especially, vanilla ice cream… mmm Boston Cooler #drool

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4. You will learn that trolls are real and living amongst us, well, below the Mighty Mac anyway.

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5. You will master the arcane art of maneuvering the Michigan Left… someday… sigh.

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6. You will feel in your breast the righteous fury that only can truly be understood by a Michigander when they think of Ohio. Curse you Buckeye State!

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7. One day someone will ask you where you live and you will find yourself pointing to your hand to show them. This will happen… a lot.

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8. You will pick a side: Flint-style or Detroit-style. The selection of a favorite Coney Dog style may be the most important decision in every Michigander’s life. Choose wisely.

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9. But when it comes to pizza there is only one option: Detroit-style. Duh.

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10. When the weekend comes your first stop won’t be a liquor store or a convenience store—and you sure as heck aren’t heading to the packie—you go to the party store for all your… ahem… party (read: booze) supplies.

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11. Just be careful not to get to crazy at the party store or you might end up walking face first into a doorwall. (Don’t feel bad bro… we’ve all been there.)

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12. There will be Canadian coins mixed into your change. All. The. Time. Especially the pennies.

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13. You’ll learn there’s no day so cold it can’t be fixed with a piping-hot and oh-so-tasty pasty…

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14. And no day too hot that Superman ice-cream doesn’t make it all better. #BlueMoonNomNomNom

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15. Although with Michigan weather those days can be the same day. #ClimateControlStruggles

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16. You’ll also learn that only in Michigan is possible to see Paradise and Hell freeze over in one day.

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17. You’ll drop syllables like they’re going out of style. While we’re on the subject, Ja eat? No? Well C’meer. What can we say, Michiganders love a good tongue twister.

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18. U.M. or Michigan State? You will pick a side and you will stick to that decision until they put you in the ground.

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19. Fortunately, you will have solidarity with your fellow Michiganders when it comes to pro sports. Lions, Tigers, Pistons, and Red Wings, for life. No fanbase is more loyal than that of The Great Lake State.

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20. You will know true joy when you stumble on three other people who know how to play euchre. Shuffle ’em up!

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21. And nothing is more mouth-watering than the sweet, sweet Yooper fudge from Mackinac Island.

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22. Although paczkis will come in a close second.

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23. You will become a total unapologetic snob about Michigan’s local brews. Mmm, Founders.

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24. You will drive south to Canada and wonder at this great big, miraculous and confusing world.

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25. You will experience both of Michigan’s glorious seasons: winter and construction.

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26. You will “Serve the Curve” with Koegel on the Fourth of July.

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27. You will look down and realize you have eaten a whole bag of Better Made Chips and all that’s left are greasy delicious crumbs at the bottom. You will be sad. Then you will pour those crumbs directly into your face. #NoRegrets

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28. There will be Deer Camp, and at Deer Camp there will be blood—oh and tradition, of course.

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29. You will have complicated feelings about Detroit…until some outsider insults it…

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30. Because there is no pride like Michigander pride. No matter where you move, or where life takes you, you cannot take the Michigan love out of a Michigander.

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4 thoughts on “30 Things That Will Definitely Happen To You When Moving To Michigan

  1. well none these are me at all i never ever cheer any pro or college team in michigan! my team is alabama crimson tide, and all teams in Atlanta. and ohio not my enemy unllike rest of michigan who truly hates ohio for no good reason! it cause football two teams and michigan carry on to rest life and they say football never change anything just look at war between ohio and michigan! heck ohio just wont put up michigan that why ohio stand up there a real war between two states. i careless no matter what state you go to there be another war with someone! but i truly am not a michigan person cause i don’t do none these like i mostly talk about alabama and ohio too at times since my sister and other kinfolks lives in ohio! no truly no matter where iam michigan or where ever iam be talking about Alabama that my state and am truly proud of cause that my kinfolks from. now going to sports i do get alot hater up here michigan saying i need go for hometown i always say no doubt i do it i go for my Alabama and Atlanta teams Atlanta only a hour away from my family hometown in alabama its just down i-20! so in michigan where i live i’am the enemy! the villian cause i prides and very proud Alabama first and also proud of Ohio too. and you really get down to it no matter where you are in michigan in upper or lower you all are just Detroit that rest world know of you as anyways so michigan not a state Detroit is! but am not a fan that city either but i could be here say why am not michigan i don’t bash so ill shut up but iam no michigan boy iam just a proud hillbilly boy yup iam a hick and proud of it 🙂 but in michigan it make a villian. but if you look around state michigan you can find things or place that wow you in a good way i know i have like blue waters of port huron beautiful there other great stuff here but some i haven’t found or don’t want see but thats cause iam not into but you may. you got make best you all in life

  2. That’s funny this list doesn’t include unapologetic white supremacy … MI considers itself birth place of the KKK; a well alive & pervasive “tradition” in the mitten state.

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