You Know You’re From Indiana When…

This page gets name-checked in a YouTube video critique of the list, from nthecgirl88.

You’ve never met any celebrities.

Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor on the highway and that is what the lawyers for DUI charges also feels like.

“Vacation” means driving through Amish Country or going to the State Fair.

You’ve seen all the biggest bands ten years after they were popular.

You measure distance in minutes.

You know several people who have hit a deer.

You have no problem spelling or pronouncing “Terre Haute.”

Your school classes were cancelled because of cold.

Your school classes were cancelled because of heat.

You know where all the Yoders live.

You’ve ridden the school bus for an hour each way.

You’ve ever had to switch from “heat” to “A/C” in the same day.

You think ethanol makes your truck “run a lot better.”

You know what’s knee-high by the Fourth of July.

Stores don’t have bags, they have sacks.

You see people wear bib overalls at funerals.

You see a car running in the parking lot at the store with no one in it no matter what time of the year.

You end your sentences with an unnecessary preposition. Example: “Where’s my coat at?” or “Who are you gonna go with?”

All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit, vegetable, or grain.

De-tassling was your first job (that’s de-tassling corn for you city folk).

Your idea of a really great tenderloin is when the meat is twice as big as the bun and accompanied only by ketchup and a dill pickle slice.

You say catty-wumpus and kitty-corner.

You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.

You think of the major four food groups as beef, pork, beer, and Jell-O salad with marshmallows.

When asked how your trip was to any foreign, exotic place, you say, “It was different.”

You consider being called a “Pork Queen” an honor. (Note: My own niece was the Indiana State Fair Queen, so I know this is true.)

You carry jumper cables in your car.

You know what “cow tipping” is.

This Post Has 20 Comments

  1. Nancy

    This is hysterical and oh, so true!! Good job!! I’ve been a Hoosier my entire life and think you have covered all the facts! 🙂

  2. Katrina

    This is funny and definitely true!! I am a born Hoosier and proud of being from Indiana!!

  3. faith

    yeah, this definatly isnt that true in indianapolis

  4. Kassye

    Born Hoosier and proud. Loved the jokes! Some hit the mark more than you know… de-tasseling was almost my first job, and it was my bro’s. GO COLTS!

  5. Kaysee

    Born in indiana, and i personally feel all of these. some are dead on, others could use tweaking. so, here is my opinion:
    1. celebs-nope
    2. jams-o yeah
    3. gotta love the state fair!
    4. never seen any bands…
    5. i drive 40 mins to church and 20 mins to work.
    6. me, bro, mom, dad…
    7. for you stupid people, it goes like this: tara hote.
    8.& 9. gotta luv weather changes
    10. ok, i dont kwon what a yoder is
    11. the bus ride was only 10 mins, but many of my friends rode for hours.
    12. its a daily thing man
    13. not sure what ethanol is…still getting use to disel.
    14. no clue on knee high
    15. bags, sacks, cant we all just get along 🙂
    16. no bibs, buy my father wore jeans and a collered button down at his funeral… (he didnt own a suit, ever, outside his army uniform)
    17. i frequently leave my car running, why waste gas?
    18. preposition? whoa there, too many big words. what are they for?
    19. my picture won at hte apple fesible in 2001.
    20. i was hired as a destasseler as my first job, and it was many of my friends first too.
    21. go meat!
    22. i like my chair kitty cornered, even if it is caddy wampus.
    23. security lights are for wimps! thats what the adt sign if for!
    24. no beer please, give me a dr pepper
    25. a trip to an exotic place, you mean like, chicago?
    26. my mother was reigning pork queen! (jk)
    27. never know if you seen a fellow person in need…or your pickemup truck needs a boost.
    28. hehehehehehehe. officer, i didnt tip any cows!

  6. twister

    i live in indiana and met 5 celebs

  7. Brandi Woods

    I have lived in IN for 17 years. And I can relate to ALMOST all of it!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Dylan

    If you’re from Indiana and don’t know what’s knee high by the fourth of July, you should be shot.

  9. aubry

    [comment deleted due to no sense of humor.]

  10. not from Indiana

    Terre haute is french and means high land. anyone with an education knows that (and may even know that Indiana was french in the past).

  11. Blake

    Well the jokes were true, But I’m from Indiana (Born in California)and it’s actually kind of sad to see how many people were saying they were a proud “Hoosier”.
    Indiana is the most sorry state in the entire country…
    Next to Nebraska, Kansas, And Kentucky (2 Million people, 15 last names.) 😀
    But anyways, all the people saying they were from Indiana spelled almost everything wrong fml.

    1. Brenda

      “Anyways????” Lord, I’m a hoosier and even I caught that!

    2. Sam

      Woahwoahwoah wait…not everyone knows what cow tipping is?! I thought everyone did

  12. Ellynmendenhall

    corn should be knee high by the fourth of july (:

  13. amanda

    you know you are from indiana when it is 2011 and you can still walk aroud and see someone with a mullet. haha born and raised in indiana and proud of it. 🙂

    1. Sam

      This…is…sadly true hahaha I was also born and raised in indiana

  14. Jordan

    Some are true and others are not. And too those who say we are the most sorry state, hahaha yeah funny, we work our butts of and don’t get recognized. Yeah sorry state I’m proud to be a Hoosier. 🙂

  15. Kmca

    4th generation Hoosier here and most are true. I’ve met celebs because I work at Hollywood casino. But other than that…. PROUD Hoosier. I live in a town with less than 600 ppl and I had the best childhood video games almost didn’t exist to us just because we were outside from the time we got home from school till the time we got called to dinner. I’ve built forts I’ve ridden horses down the middle if the road. I fished all day and all night. We bridge jumped almost on a daily basis. So Indiana pathetic not quite… You did leave out a good on though.

    Indiana is so flat that you can see your dog running away for 6 days.

  16. Jane Eleanor Knight

    You know you’re from Indiana when…you attempt to become a writer for “The Simpsons”, only to be denied because you didn’t graduate from Harvard.

  17. Madelyn Leach

    It’s catty corner not kitty lol

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