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You know you are from Iowa when...
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I thought this was kind of a fun meme. I am very proud of having been born and raised in Iowa, and I pulled this information off teh interwebs--and threw in several of my own, as well.

LJ-cut for length.

* Your local Dairy Queen is closed from November through March.
* You can eat an ear of corn with no utensils in under 20 seconds
* You can tell the smell of a skunk and the smell of a feed lot apart
* You think people are idiots who say: “You grow great potatoes there.”
* You are walking knee-deep in snow.
* Your letter jacket was worn after your 19th birthday.
* You see people wear bib overalls at funerals.
* “Vacation” means driving through the Amanas, going to Adventureland or Okoboji.
* The nearest mall is at least 90 minutes away
* You’ve licked frozen metal
* You have gone Trick-or-Treating in two feet of snow
* You have no concept of public transportation
* Snow tires came standard on your car
* You consider it a sport to gather your food by drilling through 18 inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will swim by
* “Hick” is a style of clothing
* There’s a tornado warning and the whole town is outside watching for it
* The only reason you go to Wisconsin, South Dakota or Missouri is to get fireworks
* You have more miles on your snow blower than your car
* You see people wearing camouflage at social events (including weddings)
* Directions are given using “the” stoplight as a reference
* Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor on the highway
* You are from a town that has nearly as many churches and bars as houses
* Your idea of a really great tenderloin is when the meat is twice as big as the bun and accompanied only by mustard and pickles
* If your dad’s suntan stops at a line curving around the middle of his forehead, you might live in Iowa
* You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching
* The local gas station sells live bait
* Little smokies are something you serve on special occasions
* You go to the State Fair for your family vacation
* You don’t think anything of it when the weatherman states, “Well, this will be the seventy third day that we won’t see the sun, that is almost a record, folks!”
* You know what “walking beans” means
* The county you live in is a perfect rectangle with roads in a 1-mile-by-1-mile grid
* You dial the wrong number but the person you get can tell you the number of the person you were calling and whether they are home or not
* Your summer job was either detasseling, Advertureland or Hy-Vee
* You know several people who have hit a deer more than once
* You wave at everyone you meet on the highway, and most of them wave back or beat you to it. When you do wave, it is the "farmer's wave," which is simply lifting up two fingers off the steering wheel in greeting.
* You know what a "farmer's blow" is
* "Down South" to you means Missouri
* You have no problem spelling or pronouncing "Des Moines"
* Because of Des Moines, you wind up mispronouncing Des Plaines as "Duh Plane"
* You know the TRUE pronunciation of "Nevada" (my hometown, BTW)
* You know the answer to the question,"Is this Heaven?"
* You know where all the Yoders live (or Andersons, or Van den Bergs)
* You know what "Hawks" and "Clones" are
* You also know who "Cy" and "Herky" are
* You can locate Iowa on the map
* You've ever been on a "Geode Hunt"
* You say "catty-wampus" instead of "kitty-corner"
* You know what "uff da" means and how to use it properly
* You know what "Amish Country" is--and where it is
* When someone says they are going out for dinner or supper, you know which meal they are talking about
* You think of the major food groups as deer meat, beer, corn, and soy nuts
* You're pulled over and asked by the cop, "Had a little to much to drink, (your first name here)?"
* You can use the words, 'crick', 'holler', and 'Jimson weed' in the same sentence
* Your idea of a party is throwing cans of WD40 in a campfire while you're drunk
* You know that cows don't sleep standing up
* You're concerned about the rates of corn growth in Illinois as compared to that of Iowa
* You believe that trees in Iowa lean towards Nebraska ... because Nebraska sucks!
* You know several people who still refer to Japanese cars as "rice-burners"
* Styx plays a concert at the county fair, and people actually show up
* You not only know what a "RAGBRAI" is, but you know what it stands for, too
* You are related to more than half the town
* You can tell the difference between a horse and a cow from a distance
* Your car breaks down outside of town and news of it reaches back to town before you do
* You don't put too much effort into hairstyles due to wind and weather
* Your quarterback is hurt and you're hoping it's the first thing on the 6 o'clock news
* You don't buy all your vegetables at the grocery store
* You get up at 5:30 a.m. and go down to the coffee shop
* You're on a first name basis with the county sheriff
* You go to the river because it's almost like going to the ocean
* In a similar vein, you take almost foolish pride in Iowa's "Great Lakes"
* You try to find the cheapest room rates when going out of town
* Using the elevator involved a corn truck
* Your mayor is also your garbage hauler, barber, and insurance salesman
* You know you should listen to the weather forecast before picking out an outfit
* You know cow pies aren't made of beef
* You also know that road apples are NOT fruit
* You wake up when it's dark and go to bed when it's still light
* You can tell it's a farmer working late in his field and not a UFO
* Your nearest neighbor is in the next area code
* You leave your snow tires on year-round
* You know the difference between field corn and sweet corn when they are still on the stalk
* You pick up all the free stuff at the State Fair
* You don't clean up the dog's mess because it's just fertilizer
* You know enough to get your driving done early on Sundays before the Sunday drivers come out
* It takes 30 seconds to reach your destination and it's clear across town
* You consider a building a mall if it's bigger than the local Wal-Mart
* You bought your first case of beer when you were 16
* You live in a beautiful old house with transparent plastic sheeting over all the windows
* You’ve seen all the biggest bands ten years after they were popular
* You “go into town”
* You wear shorts when it’s 50 degrees in March but bundle up and complain in August when it gets below 60
* You “warsh” your clothes
* State wrestling and/or basketball was a big deal at your high school
* You were allowed to get a school permit to drive at age 14 if you lived more than a mile away from school
* You’ve ever played Iowa Bingo with county road names while traveling from town to town (C-65, D-15, P-36, N-19, etc.)
* You’ve ever had to switch from heat to air conditioning in the same day
* You know what’s knee-high by the Fourth of July
* Stores don’t have bags, they have sacks
* You see a car running in the parking lot at the store with no one in it no matter what time of the year it is
* You end your sentences with unnecessary prepositions. Example: “Where’s my coat at?” or “If you go to the mall, I wanna go with”
* You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked
* When asked how your trip was to any foreign, exotic place, you say, “It was different”
* Being a bit younger, you remember Terry Branstad as governor the whole time you were growing up--or if you are older, it was Bob Ray
* You carry jumper cables in your car--and know how to use them
* You know what the numbers I-80, 280, and 380 mean
* You know what cow tipping is
* You can proudly name at least three famous Iowans at the drop of a hat. Crash course: John Wayne, Glenn Miller, Johnny Carson
* You take pride in the fact that the word "blizzard" was coined and first used in Iowa
* You know all the jokes about what Iowa stands for: I Only Want Ass, Idiots Out Wandering Around, I Owe the World an Apology
* A ten-minute drive from any point in your hometown is a corn or bean field
* You know for a fact those accents in the movie "Fargo" are NOT fake
* You know which county is as big as two normal-sized counties on the Iowa state map (Non-Iowans: It's Kossuth County)
* You know which two of the Quad Cities are in Iowa. (Once again, non-Iowans: They are Davenport and Bettendorf)
* You can tell instantly which scenes in "Twister" were filmed in Iowa

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