Based on the input from our readers, here are the Top Ten unique things Michiganders say:
10. “Take a Michigan left”
9. “If you don’t like Michigan weather, wait 10 minutes, it’ll change” or “If you don’t like Michigan weather, wait 10 minutes, it’ll get worse”
8. Party Store (This is not where we buy balloons)
7. “Cupboard” not Cabinets
6. Trolls or Fudgies (people that live in the L.P. or “under the bridge”)
5. Pasties (Dough pocket filled with meat & potato, not the other meaning)
4. “SecretriahState” (Yes, that’s the Secretary of State)
3. Yoopers (People that live in the U.P.)
2. “Michigan has a 5th season…roadwork” or “Michigan has two seasons…winter and construction”
1. “Pop” not soda
Michigan was the first state to guarantee every child the right to tax-paid high school education.
Marquette’s U.P. 200 sled dog race is approximately 240 miles in length and a qualifying race for the Iditarod.
2009 U. S. News and World Report annual survey ranked MSU’s elementary and secondary education graduate programs as rge best in the nation for the 14th consecutive year.
The Petoskey Stone is fossilized coral that existed in the northern Lower Peninsula about 350 million years ago.
Rogers City has the world’s largest limestone quarry.
Sault Ste. Marie was founded by Father Jacques Marquette in 1668. It is the third oldest remaining settlement in the United States.
Michigan has more than 11,000 inland lakes and more than 36,000 miles of streams.
Standing anywhere in Michigan a person is within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes.
In 1879, Detroit telephone customers were the first in the nation to be assigned telephone numbers to facilitate handling calls.
The Kellogg Company has made Battle Creek the Cereal Capital of the world. The Kellogg brothers accidentally discovered the process for producing flaked cereal products and sparked the beginning of the dry cereal industry.
Vernor’s ginger ale was created in Detroit and became the first soda pop made in The United States. In 1862, pharmacist James Vernor was trying to create a new beverage when he was called away to serve the country during the Civil War. When he returned home, four years later, the drink he had stored in an oak case had taken on a gingery flavor.
Alpena is home to the largest cement plant.
Michigan ranks first in state boat registrations.
The 19 chandeliers in the Capitol building in Lansing are one-of-a-kind and designed especially for the building by Tiffany’s of New York. They weigh between 800 and 900 pounds each.
Michigan is the only place in the world with a floating post office. The J.W. Westcott II is the only boat in the world that delivers mail to ships while they are still underway. It has been operating for 125 years!
Did you know…
Michigan became the 26th state on January 26, 1837
Lansing became Michigan’s State Capitol in 1848
The American Robin is Michigan’s state bird
The apple blossom is the state flower and the dwarf lake iris is the state wildflower
The Chlorastrolite or “green star stone”, which is found in the Upper Peninsula, is Michigan’s state gem
Our state song is “Michigan, My Michigan”
The origin of the state’s name is based on the Chippewa Indian word “meicigama” meaning “great water” and refers to the Great Lakes