You Know You’re From Iowa When…

I am from Iowa, and I’m proud of it. I think Iowa is one of the best places in the world and I love being back so close to it! But I stumbled across some fun “you know you’re from Iowa when” sayings on a friend’s blog and have now compiled a list of my own from various sources. If you’re from Iowa, you’ll probably relate to most of these:-) Have fun!

You Know You’re From Iowa When…

  • You measure distance in minutes
  • Weather is 90% of your conversation
  • Snow tires came standard on your car
  • The top 5% of your graduation high school class went to Iowa State — everyone else attended the U of I
  • You have no problem spelling or pronouncing “Des Moines” or “Illinois”
  • You know the answer to the question, “Is this Heaven?”
  • Your school classes have been canceled because of cold
  • You know what “uff-da” means and how to use it properly
  • You know what “Amish Country” is
  • You’ve licked frozen metal
  • The only reason you go to Wisconsin or Missouri is to get fireworks (or Indiana:-)
  • You wear shorts when it’s 50 degrees out in March, but bundle up and complain in August when it goes below 60 degrees
  • You carry jumper cables in your car
  • You drink “pop”
  • People from other states love to hear you say “Iowa” and other words with “Os” in them
  • You know what “Hawks” and “Clones” are
  • When someone says they are going out for dinner or supper, you know which meal they are talking about
  • You know what “cow tipping” is (and that it actually isn’t possible)
  • You learned to drive when you were 10
  • You know what a Maid-Rite is and know they cannot be served with ketchup
  • You say “cattywampus” instead of “kitty-corner”
  • You’ve ever had to switch from “heat” to “A/C” in the same day
  • Detassling was your first job
  • All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit or vegetable
  • You’re think people are idiots who say: “You grow great potatoes there.”
  • You consider being called a “Pork Queen” an honor
  • During a storm you check the cattle before you check the kids. (Dad!)
  • There’s a tornado warning and the whole town is outside watching for it. (what else would you be doing?!)
  • The local gas station sells live bait.
  • You’re on a first name basis with the county sheriff. (Dad again…)
  • You can eat an ear of corn with no utensils in under 20 seconds.
  • Vacation means driving through the Amanas or going to Adventureland
  • You’ve ever been on a “Geode Hunt”
  • You have at least 10 recipes for ground beef. At least 10. (Mom: “Of course!”)
  • You’re concerned about the rates of corn growth in Illinois as compared to that of Iowa’s.
  • Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor on the highway.
  • You know what’s knee-high by the Fourth of July.
  • Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.
  • You find -20 degrees “a little chilly”
  • You know if another Iowan is from southern, middle or northern Iowa as soon as they open their mouth.
  • You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching.
  • Directions are given using “the” stoplight as a reference
  • And my all-time favorite…

  • You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jenna on May 13, 2007 at 10:42 pm

    Beauty, eh.

    I had caffeine and now I have the jibblies. AAAAAAUGH!


  2. Posted by Greg on June 21, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    I have another.

    You know you are from Iowa if you actually know what a tassle is and why it needs to be yanked off.

    I hope you are enjoying the big city.

    By the way, you’ve been tagged. You need to check my blog.


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