Local customs that people assumed were everywhere
You know, being from Michigan is a very odd thing around Halloween, mostly because you will inevitably have a Halloween outside of Michigan, ask everyone about “Devil’s Night,” and be met with looks of total confusion (or, someone asking if you’re also a fan of The Crow).
Needless to say, regions/countries have their own traditions that are hardly universal, and if you live in your hometown for a long time, you might have NO idea that your traditions are obscure, like these folks:
Grew up in Louisiana and we have the Monday and Tuesday off of school for Mardi Gras. One of my cousins went to college out-of-state. When I was talking to her mom, my aunt, about when Cousin would next be able to come home for a visit, I mentioned since she had off for Mardi Gras, she would be able to come home and make it a long weekend. I was then informed that only Louisiana does that. mind blown
Drinking flat/boiled 7up when you’re sick
Meat pies. Its an Aussie/Kiwi/British thing and I was flabbergasted that there weren’t any such pies when I travelled to the US.
Not exactly popular, but where I grew up, from kindergarten through 12th grade, we had the Monday after Thanksgiving off from school. This was because it’s the first day of buck hunting season. Didn’t realize that wasn’t a thing until I got to college.
Via Imgur Midwesterner here: Euchre. Went to college, and met people from other parts of the US who had never even heard of it. It’s a card game, for those of you who don’t know.
Cheerwine and yingling dont got past the Mississippi
Eating the entirety of a pig, I mean everything out of it. Ear, face, tail, heart, bowels, liver, everything. Btw I am Chinese if you can not tell.
Taking Hunter’s Safety course in 6th grade. It literally teaches you how to clean a gun and everything. It was mandatory for every 6th grader and replaced PE classes for a few weeks.
I thought every state had H‑E‑B and Buc-ee’s
Fry Sauce. That shit comes with fries everywhere in Utah, and I had no idea it wasn’t normal to have it in the rest of the country/world for a long time.
As a child (years ago) I was horrified to learn that Fairy Bread (Aussie snack of white bread, with butter and sprinkles/100s &1000s on top) isn’t a global thing from an exhange student.
I’m from CA, and Squirt is a sour, grapefruit-flavored soda. It’s the thing to drink when you have the flu and can’t keep down most foods and liquids.
My Bostonian neighbors have never heard of it.
[Editor’s Note: I know for a fact that you can find Squirt in parts of Texas and Michigan as well, as I love Squirt and any state I’ve visited that sells it stays in my memory for all time.
Also, trying to find a GIF for this was perilous, and a reminder of why “Safe Search” exists.]
If you don’t already know, save yourself and don’t ask…
24 hour diners. Although many of them stopped that now, but I always thought that going out to eat at any time you wanted was everywhere, until I learned the hard way when traveling to other states.
Deep dish, Italian beef, Chicago dogs, green river, Peter Francis geraci …
Apparently peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are super weird outside of the US. They’re still a staple of my diet.
Kind of the exact opposite, as a Minnesotan my family had no idea Prince was so popular worldwide. We thought he just got a lot of air time around here because there aren’t many musicians from Minnesota. We were shocked when we heard about the Sydney Opera House being lit up after his death.
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