Saturday, December 10, 2011

War Between The States

We don't often see wars between two states, but for some reason or other, Michigan seems to be a participant (possibly) more than other states.  The most famous war is the one with Ohio, but these days, we are fighting with Wisconsin.  And Wisconsin fired the first shot.  Here is the story...

First, this is what Michigan looks like:

Of course, the thing that everyone thinks of most when they think of Michigan, is the shape of the Lower Peninsula:

The shape makes one think of a mitten--plain and simple.  And we who live here will use our hands to point out different places in the state, just as if we were holding maps--even using two hands so that we can show places in the Upper Peninsula, too, like this:

This concept is so famous and common, that no one could possibly think that any other state would take and run with it for THEIR state.  But we underestimated Wisconsin.

Here is Wisconsin:

Here is Wisconsin next to Michigan:

So, which state looks like a mitten?  Well, Wisconsin thinks THEY do and have a tourism ad campaign going on in which they use a mitten-shaped Wisconsin:

To say that some Michiganders are not pleased, is putting it mildly.  There are YouTube protest songs and there are 'explanations' as to how Wisconsin CAN be seen as having a mitten shape:

Anyway, there are some people who actually have their panties in a bunch over this and then there are the rest of us who are using this as an opportunity to make fun of the 'cheese-heads.'  Bring it on, Wisconsin, we're ready for you!  ;D


meleah rebeccah said...

Maybe I am missing something, but I don't get it. Why are people upset over this? I think it's funny.

Anonymous said...

Just goes to show you, people will fight over the silliest things. I guess stuff like this takes peoples' minds off the crappy economy.

At least it's not a Christmas themed thing. I don't think I can take much more Christmas crap in my face.

cmk said...

Part of the reason for the feud is the fact that the states are next to each other. Another reason is 'state pride.' Also, there are some sports rivalries and that brings in to play the 'my state is better than your state' bit. I guess the biggest reason for people to be upset is the fact that Wisconsin is stealing something that is decidedly a Michigan thing--come on Wisconsin, get some imagination and come up with your own ideas. Oh, wait, you are the CHEESE state--something WE don't want to steal, thanyouverymuch. ;D