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Old 06-10-2007, 07:04 AM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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Default Thirty-Eight Things to Know Before You Move to Arkansas

Natives inherently know these things - newcomers, listen up!

You know you're from Arkansas if:

1. "How 'bout them Hogs" is a common phrase around your house.
2. Everyone you know has been on a "Float Trip."
3. "Vacation" means driving to Hot Springs or maybe even Branson.
4. You've seen all the a biggest bands ten years AFTER they were popular.
5. You measure distance in minutes rather than miles. For example, Well, Conway's only 20 minutes away."
6. Up North to you means Missouri.
7. The phrase "I'm going to the Lake this weekend" only means one thing.
8. You know several people who have hit a deer.
9. Your school classes were canceled because of cold.
10. Your school classes were canceled because of heat.
11. You instinctively ask someone you've just met, "What High School did you go to?"
12. You've had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day.
13. You think ethanol makes your truck "run a lot better."
14. You see people wear bib overalls at funerals.
15. You see a car running in the parking lot at the store with no one in it, no matter what time of the year.
16. You know in your heart that Arkansas can beat Texas in football.
17. You end your sentences with an unnecessary preposition. Example: "Where's my coat at?"
18. All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit, vegetable, animal or grain.
19. You install security lights on your house and garage and leave
both unlocked.
20. You think of the major four food groups as beef, pork, catfish,
and Sweet Tea.
21. You carry jumper cables in your car and know that everyone else should.
22. You went to skating parties as a kid.
23. You only own four spices: salt, pepper, ranch and ketchup.
24. You eat dinner at noon and supper at night.
25. The local paper covers national and international headlines in
one column, but requires six pages for sports.
26. You think I-40 is spelled and pronounced "ah fahty."
27. You'll pay for your kids' way through college unless they want to go to UT
28. You think that "deer season" is a National Holiday.
29. You know that you can't get anywhere without going through Little Rock first.
30. You can't think of anything better than sitting on the porch in the middle of the summer during a thunderstorm.
31. You know what time to be home for curfew -- not because of the law, but because of the mosquitoes!
32. You've said, "It's not the heat, it's the humidity."
33. You know all four seasons: Almost Summer, Summer, Still Summer and Football.
34. You know if another Arkansan is from the Ozarks, Northern, Central, or Southern part of AR as soon as they open their mouth.
35. You know that Bill Clinton, Ted Danson's wife, and John Grisham are all from Arkansas.
36. You failed World Geography in school because you thought Paris, London, Bismark & Nashville were cities in Arkansas (& they are)!
37. You think a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor.
38. You know what "Wooooo Pig Sooie" means.
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Old 06-10-2007, 12:27 PM
 
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huh, I'm from louisiana, and over 1/2 of this list holds true....

whats a float trip?
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Old 06-10-2007, 02:29 PM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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huh, I'm from louisiana, and over 1/2 of this list holds true....

whats a float trip?
Floatin' the Buffalo River.....see, now you know more before you move here!

I think there's a LOT of those that work equally well anywhere in the south!
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Old 06-10-2007, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Somewhere along the path to where I'd like to be.
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To Sam I Am:

ROFL!!

Especially loved #20, #32 and #37. Good thing I wasn't trying to take a drink when I read #37. And in all fairness, #32 holds true for Ohio as well.

Thanks for the laugh!
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Old 06-10-2007, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Somewhere along the path to where I'd like to be.
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You Might Be From Michigan If...

... You define "summer" as three months of bad sledding.

... Your definition of a small town is one that doesn't have a lake.

... Your family breaks into violence during a UM-MSU game.

... Snow tires came standard on any of your cars.

... At least 50% of your relatives work for the auto industry.

... You have ever gotten frostbitten and sunburned in the same week.

... You can identify an Ohio accent.

... Owning a Japanese car was a hanging offense in your home town.

... You learned to pilot a boat before the training wheels came off your bike.

... You think alkaline batteries were named after a Tiger outfielder.

... You ever pointed at your palm to tell people where you're from.

... You don't understand what the big deal about Chicago is.

... Someone asks you if you've ever been to Europe, and you answer, "No, but I've been to Ann Arbor."

... "Down South" to you means Toledo.

... You have any idea who Bob Ufer was.

... Octopus and hockey go together as logically as hot dogs and baseball.

... Travelling coast to coast means going from Port Huron to Muskegon.

... You refer to your relatives in Southern Michigan as "Lopers."

... You refer to your relatives in Northern Michigan as "Yoopers."

... The "Big Three" can mean either Ford, Chrysler and GM or Dominos, Little Ceaser's and Hungry Howie's.

... The Big Mac is something you can drive across.

... You have no problem spelling or pronouncing Mackinac Island.

... You have no problem spelling or pronouncing Ypsilanti.

... You have as many Canadian coins in your pocket as American coins.

... Your kids' baseball game has ever been snowed out.

... The trees in your backyard have spigots.

... You know that a place called Kalamazoo actually exists, and isn't too far from Hell.

... You bake with soda and drink pop.

... You drive 75 MPH in bumper to bumper traffic and pass on the right.

... Your favorite hockey team's mascot is an octopus.

... You have a favorite hockey team.

... You don't have a coughing fit from one sip of Vernor's.

... You know how to play euchre.

... You know how to spell euchre.

... Your idea of a seven-course meal is a six-pack of Stroh's and a bucket of smelt.

... You know someone from "Porch Yearn".

... Half the people you know say they are from Detroit, yet you don't personally know anyone who actually lives in Detroit.

... You know what a Pastie is.

... You occasionally cheer "Go Lions - and take the Tigers with you!"

... The word "thumb" brings to mind a geographical rather than anatomical definition.

... Your favorite holidays are Thangsgiving, Christmas, and opening day of Deer Season.

... Your snowmobile and fishing boat have big-block Chevy engines.

... Your year has two seasons - Winter and Construction.

... You know what a "millage" is.

... You either just bought new shocks for your car or you need them.

... You no longer ask when they are going to stop working on I-94.

... You know how Novi got its name.

... You don't throw away your pop bottles/cans.

... You don't know what a Safeway is.
We don't have accents in Ohio. It's the rest of the country that can't talk right! LOL!
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Old 06-11-2007, 06:30 PM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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The Michigan stuff is great - my son went to law school there.....and thought for the better part of 3 years he would freeze to death. And I have no clue what half that stuff is, but I've sent it on to him to see if he knows!
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Old 06-11-2007, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
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Being a Michigander, it takes one to know one. For the unenlightened, Novi was station number six on the rail line out of Detroit. Vernors is the best ginger ale in the world, made in Taylor, MI; pasties are doughy meat and potato pies, historically linked to North Penninsula miners; Strohs was beer brewed in Detroit, Mackinac is pronounced Mack-in-awe, accent on Mack; Ypsilanti was a Greek and the town is pronounced ip-suh-lan-tee with a long accent on lan, but often shortened to Ypsi, and then pronounced ip-see with the accent on ip; and all true natives use their hands as maps. My sister was married in Hell. Go, Tigers.
But putting this thread back in Arkansas, you know you're in Arkansas when passing drivers wave by pointing their index finger up, when WalMart stock is the first thing reported on financial news on the radio, when people speak of going down to Missouri and up to Dallas, and you hear the word "across" pronounced with a T at the end.

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Old 06-12-2007, 12:23 PM
 
Location: The Rock!
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Revise #23...add Cavenders
Sorry but I just don't agree with #26...I can't ever think of hearing someone decline the R sound in Arkansas, more of a Georgia and Northeastern thing.
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Old 06-12-2007, 12:32 PM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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Revise #23...add Cavenders
Sorry but I just don't agree with #26...I can't ever think of hearing someone decline the R sound in Arkansas, more of a Georgia and Northeastern thing.
OMG - how could someone have overlooked the CAVENDER'S??? The greatest product of the modern world next to TiVo!

Actually, I questioned the I-40 thing as well - I hear it come out more as
I-FERTY
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Old 06-12-2007, 12:36 PM
 
Location: The Rock!
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LOL I-Ferty...yep that's it! We've been out of AR for 6 years now and have run out of Cavenders....My burgers just haven't been the same.
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