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Understanding the Hoosier culture

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  1. short shucker

    short shucker TS Member

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    GUIDELINES FOR UNDERSTANDING 'THE HOOSIER CULTURE'

    For those of you who are Hoosiers, this is so accurate it hurts. I mean really hurts!!! To those of you who are displaced Hoosiers, you may get homesick.

    Know the State casserole. The state casserole consists of canned greenbeans, Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup, and dried onions. You can safely take this casserole to any social event and know that you will be accepted.

    Get used to food festivals. The Indiana General Assembly, in an effort to grow bigger athletes, passed legislation years ago requiring every incorporated community to have at least one festival per year dedicated to a high-fat food. It is your duty as a Hoosier in fact to attend these festivals and buy at least one elephant ear.

    The Weather. Speaking of Indiana weather is… wear layers or die. The thing to remember about Indiana seasons is that they can occur at anytime. We have spring-like days in January and wintry weekends in October. April is capable of providing a sampling of all four seasons in a single 24-hour period. For these reasons, Indiana is the Layering Capital of the World.

    Don't take Indiana place names literally If a town has the same name as a foreign city --- Valparaiso and Versailles, for example --- you must not pronounce them the way the foreigners do lest you come under suspicion as a spy. Also, East Enterprise has no counterpart on the west side of the state.South Bend is in the north. North Putnam is in the south and French Lick isn't what you think either.

    You gotta know sports In order to talk sports with obsessive fans in Indiana, you have to be knowledgeable on the three levels -- professional, college and high school

    Botany is easy There are only seven kinds of plants in Indiana: corn, wheat,soybeans, grass, trees, flowers, and weeds. Everything falls into one or another of these categories.

    YOU KNOW YOU'RE FROM INDIANA WHEN..

    § You think the state Bird is Larry.

    § You can say 'French Lick' without laughing out loud.

    § There's actually a college near you named ' Ball State.’

    § You know Batesville is the casket-making capital of the world and you'reproud of it.

    § You could never figure out spring forward-fall back, so still think youshould just ignore Daylight Savings Time!

    § You know several people who have hit a deer. § Down south to you means Kentucky.

    § You have no problem spelling or pronouncing Terre Haute ...

    § Your school classes were canceled because of cold.

    § Your school classes were canceled because of heat.

    § You know what the phrase 'knee-high by the Fourth of July' means.

    § You've heard of Euchre, you know how to play Euchre, and you are a master of Euchre..

    § You've seen a running car, with nobody in it, in the parking lot of thegrocery store, no matter what time of year it is.

    § Detasseling was your first job. Bailing hay, you’re second.

    § Or you could stack hay, swim in the pond to get clean and then have the strength to play a couple of games of hoops, all in the same barn lot on the same day.

    § You say things like catty corner and know what it means.

    § You install security lights on your house and garage, and then leave them both unlocked

    § You carry jumper cables in your car regularly.

    § You drink pop. You catch frogs at the crick. If you want someone to hearyou, you holler at 'em.

    § You know that baling wire was the predecessor to duct tape.

    § You know that strangers are the only ones who come to your front door.

    § Kids and dogs ride in the passenger seats of cars and the backs of pickups.

    § You think nothing of driving on the roads and being stuck behind a farm implement in spring and fall. You just hope it's not a hog truck or a manure spreader.

    § High school basketball games draw bigger crowds on the weekend than movie theaters, IF you have a movie theater.

    § Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.

    § The local paper covers national and international headlines on one page but requires six for local sports.

    § You can repeat the scores of the last eight NBA games, but unless the MVP is a Hoosier, you are not sure who he is.

    § You can see at least two basketball hoops from your yard.

    § You can name Bobby Knight's exploits over the last few years.

    § The biggest question of your youth was IU or Purdue.

    § Indianapolis is the BIG CITY.

    § Getting stuck by a train is a legitimate excuse for being late to school or work.

    § Everyone knows who the town cops are, where they live, and whether they're at home or on duty.

    § You've been to the Covered Bridge Festival. And you took back roads to get there.

    § To you, tenderloin is not an expensive cut of beef, but a big, salty,breaded, & fried piece of pork served on a bun with a pickle.

    § You end your sentences with prepositions, as in 'Where's it at?' or'Where's he going to?'

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  2. wtjohnso

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    Amen! I take offense to all of that.

    You forgot North Vernon.

    Now I need a tenderloin and stew for lunch tomorrow.
     
  3. W.P.T.

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    I called my daughter who lives in North Vernon, she says nobody in Indiana has any culture ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  4. Dahaub

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    That's a good one. In looking closer you could take Indiana out of it and replace it with about any state around you and it would mostly all apply. I love the one about Illinois when they are chiding the fly fishermen who spend thousands getting to the rivers to go after brook trout. We in Illinois have a name for those fish-----bait. :) love the nostalgic look back at your states culture. Dan
     
  5. CMT605

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    Lived in Indiana for 53 years and have never heard of or seen anybody with that casserole.

    Mike
     
  6. addictedtotrap

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    Home sweet home
     
  7. Ross

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    Have a daughter north of Indy, she says that it's almost like home,(Iowa) just a little more cityfied. (chuckle) Ross Puls
     
  8. charlie01

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    I have lived in Indiana my whole life (53 yrs.) Not a bad place to live. And Ball State University is in my town. Was named for the Ball brothers from the ball jar manufacturing when they were here in Indiana. Charlie01
     
  9. JerryP

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    hells bells, everyone knows bailing hay comes first not second.
     
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    Don't forget the town of Milan (pronounced My lan and sometimes My land) home of the '54 state basketball champs and inspiration for the movie "Hoosiers"

    Thanks for the thread!
    Joe
     
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    Been to the Covered Bridge Festival a couple of times in the late 90's. Some of the most beautiful scenery i have ever witnessed . Got some amazing deals on some antiques there.

    Matt
     
  12. crusha

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    And don't forget, that pork tenderloin _must_ be at least 1.5 times bigger than the diameter of the bun it's on...I wasn't born a hoosier, and that's the first thing they "learned" me here.



    I'm trying to get them to stop saying "dinner" when they really mean lunch...so far, little progress on that front.
     
  13. ramen39

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    CMT605. You have got to be kidding me. Ramen39
     
  14. Ross

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    Dinner is a lunch with a lot of formalities, supper is still eaten as the last meal of the day as per the the christian faith, other beliefs have their own customs. I don't throw stones! Ross Puls
     
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    The only thing you left out is in the spring is the smell of the NEW MOWED HAY.
    Ahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. Bill
     
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    and all pickups have at least 1 spare on the truck with a rim that doesn't match, and there is a broken fishing pole in the back (with assorted cheap empty beer or pop cans).

    In some counties, baler twine doubles as dental floss.
     
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    Don't forget New Carlisle, where we have school time, town time and Michigan time!

    bar
     
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    Some get confused that South Bend is in the North, North Vernon is in the South, and French Lick ain't what you think it is.
     
  19. kehrby

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    Green bean casserole. Mmm, great at a picnic down by the crick. Would still like to ignore daylight savings but now we are stuck with it! We are always on Michigan time now.

    Steve
     
  20. Leo

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    I married a hoosier woman, and we have green bean casserole pretty regular at her family functions. I have talked her into making 1/2 of it stuffed full of smoked sausage as I hate meatless meals. She thinks the sausage ruins the flavor. They also make noodles and gravy and serve them over mashed potatoes. I don't get it, starch with starch smoothered in fat. Healthy eating in their eyes. Her dad leaves the keys in the pickup while they are on vacation in case neighbor needs to use it to pick up animal feed. I am more of a city person, I lock my car when I park it in my garage.
     
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