I am a born and raised Michigander. Yes I have been known to complain about the winters from time to time, but I wouldn't live anywhere else. I especially love our summers, and the fact that no matter where you are in Michigan, there is a lake or other body of water nearby. Michigan summers are awesome, but our state is awesome no matter the season

I recently came across a list put together by movoto.com that talked about things people from Michigan have to explain to out-of-towners.

Did you know that Michigan joined the union back in 1837, becoming the 26th state? Also, our beautiful state has more miles of freshwater that any other state in the nation.

Here are some more fun facts about our much loved state of Michigan.

Detroit residents were the first in the nation to have telephone numbers.

Michigan Sauce is what we put on our hotdogs, along with onions and mustard.  This makes for the perfect Coney Dog. It's called "Flint Style," and if you use the sauce that is more like chili, it's called "Detroit Style." If you eat your Coney this way, you are doing it wrong.

Need to give someone directions in a pinch? Pull out your hand, you got your map of Michigan right there. Also when giving directions, we tend to give out how long it will take you to get there rather than how many miles. It's a Michigan thing.

Our state is home to the only Hell on earth. It actually is a lovely community, and weather forecasters love to reference it when it is freezing cold. "Hell froze over."

Our favorite card game is Euchre. You can go to other states where former Michiganders live and you will most likely find Euchre clubs. It's my favorite card game.

During our state's beautiful summers, if you stop at any ice cream shop you will more than likely see "Superman" ice cream. That is the multi-colored ice cream that is a favorite of Michiganders.

When you swim in one of our Great Lakes, you won't have to worry about sharks, but maybe the occasional under tow. One of my favorite t-shirts says "Lake Michigan: Salt Free and Shark Free."

Growing up our moms always believed that Vernors could cure almost anything. In my house it was Vernors and saltine crackers.

Michigan sure does love it's wine. Traverse City is the home to over 40 wineries, and there are many located all over out Michigan. Michigan has great soil for wine making. It has a lot to do with the Great Lakes I guess. I don't know I just love to drink it.

Fridays in Michigan mean Fish Frys, and not just during lent.

Finally, it's NOT pronounced Mack-i-nack. If I had a dime for every time I had to correct someone (usually from Wisconsin...) how to properly say Mackinac Bridge, I would have a lot of dimes.

Be proud you are from Michigan, we are a pretty bad-ass state.

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