Thursday, January 13, 2011

Hoosier Funny....

I normally don't pass along too many e-mails I get but this one is hilarious and so very true... 
If you're from Indiana you'll get a chuckle out of this and shake you're head yes as you read along...
If you're not from Indiana you'll still get a chuckle but for an entirely different reason ;)  

Now I'm not so much into the whole sports thing but the rest is very true and yes, I know people who fit each and every one of these ;)  LOL!!


Guidelines for understanding
"The Hoosier Culture."

For those of you who are Hoosiers, this is so accurate it hurts. I mean really hurts!
To those of you who are displaced Hoosiers, you may get homesick.

Know the State casserole. The state casserole consists of canned green beans, Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup, and dried onions. You can safely take this casserole to any social event and know that you will be accepted.

Get used to food festivals. The Indiana General Assembly, in an effort to grow bigger athletes, passed legislation years ago requiring every incorporated community to have at least one festival per year dedicated to a high-fat food. It is your duty as a Hoosier in fact to attend these festivals and buy at least one elephant ear.

The Weather. Speaking of Indiana weather is… wear layers or die. The thing to remember about Indiana seasons is that they can occur at anytime. We have spring-like days in January and wintry weekends in October. April is capable of providing a sampling of all four seasons in a single 24-hour period. For these reasons, Indiana is the Layering Capital of the World.

Don't take Indiana place names literally. If a town has the same name as a foreign city --- Milan, Valparaiso and Versailles, for example --- you must not pronounce them the way the foreigners do lest you come under suspicion as a spy. Also, East Enterprise has no counterpart on the west side of the state. South Bend is in the north. North Putnam is in the south and French Lick isn't what you think either.

You gotta know sports. In order to talk sports with obsessive fans in Indiana , you have to be knowledgeable on the three levels -- professional, college and high school.

Botany is easy. There are only seven kinds of plants in Indiana: corn, wheat, soybeans, grass, trees, flowers, and weeds. Everything falls into one or another of these categories.


You think the state Bird is Larry.

You can say "French Lick" without laughing out loud.

There's actually a college near you named "Ball State."

You know Batesville is the casket-making capital of the world and you're proud of it.

You could never figure out spring forward-fall back, so still think you should just ignore Daylight Savings Time!

You know several people who have hit a deer.

Down south to you means Kentucky.

You have no problem spelling or pronouncing Terre Haute ...

Your school classes were canceled because of cold.

Your school classes were canceled because of heat.

You know what the phrase 'knee-high by the Fourth of July' means.

You've heard of Euchre, you know how to play Euchre, and you are a master of Euchre..

You've seen a running car, with nobody in it, in the parking lot of the grocery store, no matter what time of year it is.

Detasseling was your first job. Bailing hay, you’re second.

Or you could stack hay, swim in the pond to get clean and then have the strength to play a couple of games of hoops, all in the same barn lot on the same day.

You say things like catty corner and know what it means.

You install security lights on your house and garage, and then leave them both unlocked.

You carry jumper cables in your car regularly.

You drink pop. You catch frogs at the crick. If you want someone to hear you, you holler at 'em.

You know that baling wire was the predecessor to duct tape.

You know that strangers are the only ones who come to your front door.

Kids and dogs ride in the passenger seats of cars and the backs of pickups.

You think nothing of driving on the roads and being stuck behind a farm implement in spring and fall. You just hope it's not a hog truck or a manure spreader.

High school basketball games draw bigger crowds on the weekend than movie theaters, IF you have a movie theater.

Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.

The local paper covers national and international headlines on one page but requires six for local sports.

You can repeat the scores of the last eight NBA games, but unless the MVP is a Hoosier, you are not sure who he is.

You can see at least two basketball hoops from your yard.

You can name Bobby Knight's exploits over the last few years.

The biggest question of your youth was IU or Purdue.

Indianapolis is the BIG CITY.

Getting stuck by a train is a legitimate excuse for being late to school or work.

Everyone knows who the town cops are, where they live, and whether they're at home or on duty.

You've been to the Covered Bridge Festival. And you took back roads to get there.

To you, tenderloin is not an expensive cut of beef, but a big, salty, breaded, & fried piece of pork served on a bun with a pickle. 

You end your sentences with prepositions, as in "Where's it at?" or "Where's he going to?"

So there you go...
If you notice I type something odd or mention any of the above
you'll have to excuse me...
I'm a Hoosier ;)


  1. I think a Hoosier copied that from the Illinois version! LOL Yep, know them all! Am enjoying your technique calendar pages.

  2. I think Wisconsin speaks the same language! Reminds me of home here. Great calendar pages you've been doing also.

  3. Born and raised in rural Iowa - and a lot of this is really familiar territory to me too. LOL.

  4. Judy Laughlin (Seattle)January 13, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Grew up in KY - I can attest to all of these being true for a Hoosier! Thanks for all you share!

  5. gosh-- a lot of those apply to TN too.. we have that same weather thing too

  6. Two more - it's the only place you can get sugar cream pie, and Hoosiers don't have potluck dinners, they have pitch-in dinners!

    - a displaced Hoosier

  7. Indiana...Wasn't born here, but have been here for almost 39 years. I recognize a great deal, but I was raised in Miami there is a lot of big city girl in me as well...but needless to say this was sooo cute and I got a giggle out of most of it...thanks!

  8. PS...I sooo love this blog, sure wish it would pop into my email each time you post!

  9. I think you could change just a few things and the same story could run for OHIO. Most of it hit very close to home. (I'm a farm girl from Ohio)


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