Michiganders

You might be a Michigander…

  • If you have ever gotten frostbitten and sunburned in the same week.
  • If you think Alkaline batteries were named after a Tiger outfielder.
  • If someone asks you if you’ve been to Europe and you answer, “No, but I’ve been to Ann Arbor.”
  • If octopus and hockey go together as naturally as hot dogs and baseball.
  • If traveling coast to coast means going from Port Huron to Muskegon.
  • If you bake with “soda” and drink “pop”.
  • If you don’t have a coughing fit from one sip of Vernor’s.
  • If Fudge and Bicycles remind you of your honeymoon.
  • If “thumb” is a geographical rather than an anatomical term.
  • If you can’t decide whether the road you’re driving on is paved or not.
  • If you will always call it Pine Knob.
  • If you think a Michigan Left is way better than a Roundabout.
  • If you plan a weekend around getting cider & donuts at the Cider Mill instead of getting them at the grocery store.
  • If you ever had your Halloween costume designed to fit over your winter coat.
  • If you don’t say the double letters in words; Buin instead of Button, Meer instead of Mirror, Liel instead of Little, Mien instead of Mitten.
  • If you feel Pot Hole Dodging should be a competitive sport.
  • If your favorite holidays are Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the opening of deer season.
  • If you know Michigan’s other “Big 3” are – Domino’s, Little Caesar’s and Jet’s Pizza (honorable mentions to Cottage Inn & Hungry Howie’s).
  • If you always put an “s’ at the end of businesses for no reason; Krogers, Fords, Kmarts.
  • If you realize everything in Dearborn is named after Henry Ford.
  • If you measure distance in hours.
  • If you grow a beard only in November.
  • If you know Coney Island is about Detroit Hot Dogs and not New York.
  • If you sing the phrase out loud “Born and raised in South Detroit” every time the song plays.
  • If you refuse to be called a Michiganian.

Michigan has a lot of fun and quirky attributes.  “You might be a Michigander” were gathered from a variety of sources, and I’m sure there are plenty more.  Please email me your favorite funny or nostalgic Michigander phrase and keep coming back to see if it gets posted.  Just keep it clean and G-rated.

Famous Michiganders (just a short list)

  • Tim Allen (born in Denver, CO, raised in Birmingham)
  • Gillian Anderson (born in Chicago, moved to Grand Rapids)
  • Curtis Armstrong (born in Detroit, raised in Berkley)
  • Bob Bell, television’s Bozo the Clown (born in Flint)
  • Kristen Bell (born in Huntington Woods)
  • Elizabeth Berkley (born in Farmington Hills)
  • Selma Blair (born in Southfield)
  • Sonny Bono (born in Detroit)
  • Christie Brinkley (born in Monroe)
  • Jerry Bruckheimer (born in Detroit)
  • Ellen Burstyn (born in Detroit)
  • Timothy Busfield (born in East Lansing)
  • Dean Cain (born in Mount Clemens)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (born in Detroit)
  • Dave Coulier (born in Detroit)
  • Jerry Bruckheimer (born in Detroit)
  • Jeff Daniels (born in Athens, GA, resident of Chelsea)
  • Pam Dawber (born in Farmington Hills)
  • Eminem (born in Saint Joseph, Missouri, raised in Warren)
  • Bob Eubanks (born in Flint)
  • Chad Everett (born in South Bend, Indiana, raised in Dearborn)
  • Max Gail (born in Detroit, raised in Grosse Ile)
  • David Alan Grier (born in Detroit)
  • Charlton Heston (raised in St. Helen)
  • John Hughes (born in Lansing)
  • James Earl Jones (born in Mississippi; raised in Norman Township, MI)
  • Casey Kasem (born in Detroit)
  • Christine Lahti (born in Birmingham)
  • Matthew Lillard (born in Lansing)
  • Madonna (born in Bay City, raised in Pontiac and Avon Township)
  • Lee Majors (born in Wyandotte)
  • Dick Martin (born in Battle Creek)
  • Ed McMahon (born in Detroit)
  • Tim Meadows (born in Highland Park)
  • Harry Morgan (born in Muskegon)
  • George Peppard (born in Detroit, raised in Dearborn)
  • Gilda Radner (born in Detroit)
  • Mary Lynn Rajskub (born in Detroit, raised in Trenton)
  • Joyce Randolph (born in Detroit)
  • Kid Rock (born in Romeo)
  • Steven Seagal (born in Lansing)
  • Tom Selleck (born in Detroit)
  • Sinbad (born in Benton Harbor)
  • Tom Sizemore (born in Detroit)
  • David Spade (born in Birmingham)
  • Danny Thomas (born in Deerfield and moved to Detroit)
  • Marlo Thomas (born in Detroit)
  • Lily Tomlin (born in Detroit)
  • Robert Wagner (born in Detroit)
  • Robin Williams (born in Chicago, raised in Bloomfield Hills)
  • Dick York (lived in Rockford)