Thursday, December 8, 2011


Everyone from Michigan knows that we are the Mitten State. If you look at a map of the US, it's obvious that Michigan is shaped like a mitten. You know what state isn't shaped like a mitten? Wisconsin (and the other 48 states, for that matter). However, Wisconsin recently decided to steal the mitten shape for themselves and claim that they are the Mitten State! This is an outrage.

Mittengate has been in the back of my mind all day today. Partly because it amuses me and partly because it outrages me. It's pretty much 10/90.

Here's some simple photographic evidence from this article on the Pure Michigan website, and this one on the Detroit Free Press website that proves that Michigan is the Mitten State. If you don't understand why this is a big deal, that just means you're not from Michigan. It's ok. I understand that you wouldn't feel passionately about it. But still, check out the pictures from those websites on hop on board.

One of these states looks like a mitten.
X-ray evidence
Wisconsin's mitten
Michigan mittens

The evidence is clear. Michigan is the Mitten State. Go to the poll on the side and vote! And if you're from Wisconsin, don't get too up in arms about this, it's all in good fun. But you and I both know you're not the Mitten State. I mean, let's get real.

PS, have you heard what Wisconsin's state motto is? "Come smell our dairy air." Wordplay.


Katherine said...

I, personally, am 95% outraged and 5% amused. Wisconsin does NOT look like a mitten! At all!!! Ridiculous. RIDICULOUS!! Ok, I'm cool. :) Also, this post is the best EVER!!! "Wordplay." SO good! I keep reading it over and laughing!!!

Katherine said...

P.S. There's another poll here:

Erin Harris said...

Greatest blog post in the universe.I hate Wisconsin. (The X-rays hands!!!)

Ashley said...

Oh, those pics are hilarious!

Brian said...

I heard a story about this on NPR and was also outraged. Who do those Wisconsoners think they are?

Brady said...

Can we agree that Wyoming is the folded scarf state?

Eloy Trevino said...

I'm with Katherine.

Sui Sin Far said...

Well, Wisconsin's mitten does look like a mitten but it's 1) misshaped and 2) gives it more thumb than the state actually has. I realize a piece of cheese doesn't fit with their winter theme but maybe a head wearing a hat or scarf.

Ashley said...

Obviously, being the land of cheese and dairy wasn't cutting it in tourism, so they had to steal Michigan's claim to fame. Tsk tsk, Wisconsin.

Melissa C said...

This was such a great series! I am sorry I didn't comment on all of them. Michigan is the Mitten State. Hands down.

Love the jacked up x ray!

Liz said...

Michigan is totally the mitten state. However I don't think the U.P. looks like a mitten.