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The Wolverine State. The capital of the Rust Belt. A Great Lakes state of the Upper Midwest, where the weather changes faster than a NY prostitute. The weather sucks big time. It's too cold for much of the year and too humid in the summer. It is not uncommon in anywhere in Michigan to get some snow in May. It can be 70-degrees one day and in the 50s and rainy the next. The skies are gray with overcast much of the time, making Michigan one of the states with the least amount of sunshine.

It currently ranks 8th in population with almost 10 million people, but will be passed soon by Georgia and North Carolina. Lansing is the capital and Detroit is its largest city. Other important population centers include Grand Rapids, Flint, Kalamazoo-Battle Creek and Ann Arbor. About half of the state lives in the Detroit metro area.

If you think your state has problems, try coming here. Michigan has serious problems and is experiencing a "one state" recession compared to the rest of the U.S., because it is controlled by the corrupt and anitquated labor unions of the auto industry, such as the UAW, and their Democrat money. It has refused to diverisfy its economy by placing all of its economic eggs in this industry alone. This has produced devastating effects: Michigan and Detroit have become the capital of the Rust Belt; the most job losses of any state and the highest unemployment rate as plants close, downsize or move to Mexico; people then move south or file for unemployment or transfer to plants out of state; the nation’s highest number of foreclosures; and a decline in population as people move elsewhere to find work. Things have gotten so bad for many of Michigan’s cities, that Governor Jennifer Granholm initiated a failed “cool cities” initiative to attract young folk back to its cities. It will never work because once Michiganders graduate from college, they usually leave this place. Who could blame them?

Outside its cornfields and declining Rust Belt cities, Michigan has some nice places, mostly in the far north Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula (which should belong to Wisconsin). The state is generally Dull with a capital-D with not much to do. However, Mackinac Island (pronounced MAC-IN-AW)is popular in the summer. Frankenmuth has the world's largest Christmas store and Detroit is only good for going to casinos and bars. OK, so Dearborn (a Detroit suburb) has Greenfield Village and Detroit is four professional sport teams, but the rest of the city is an urban nightmare and should almost be avoided at all costs.

Most Michiganders love to escape their "downstate" urban hell for their cabins or summer homes in Northern Michigan. Northern Michigan is good for hunting, fishing, skiing and going to the lake. Michiganders talk with a funny accent that resembles a northern dialect heard in Wisconsin, Minnesota or Ontario. Michiganders can't drive worth a damb and usually speed on the freeway as if they were in the Indy 500. Other than that, Michiganders have Midwest values and are generally friendly when compared to either coast.
Michigan is generally dull with not many good paying jobs anymore, but it is NOT the worst state to live in compared to those Great Plains States.
by krock1dk February 05, 2008
 
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This is the home to a diverse group of people, although I will admit that the majority of them are farmers or work in auto factories.

There is nothing wrong with our pronunciation, and we are not all hicks. A hick is somebody who chews all day on his porch wearing a wifebeater, and sometimes shooting at people who walk by. A redneck is somebody who has gotten a sunburn from working outside all of the time. There is nothing shameful about that.

Our universities are some of the absolute best. The rest of you can suck it, honestly. You might think that you're smart, especially you Californians, but you're not.

Our lakes are not for surfing. They are for swimming and fishing. We hunt more than just rabbits and 'coons'. We go for bucks and bears. We are not pansies.

The city 'folk' are much different than us country 'bumpkins'. They might live in Michigan, but they are still considered outsiders. They are not easily effected by such factors as our crazy ass weather and our shitty governor.

Flint is one of the most dangerous cities in the world, Grand Rapids is crowded, and Detroit is full of drug users. If you choose to visit this wonderful state, I suggest you go to a place such as Cadillac, Holland, or Elsie.

Soda is not something you drink, it is something you cook with. Pop, on the other hand, is a lovely carbonated substane that I suggest you try sometime. Pepsi is my favorite, but whatever floats your boat.

Say what you want, but we are all better drivers than you. That's right, you barefooted Californians. Ride your little fucking trolley.

The most important thing to remember is that Michigan might be flawed, but it is not a bad state. I have lived here my entire life, I know what I'm talking about. Stop ripping on it when you haven't even been here for more than two seconds, just passing through to lame ass Canada.
Michigan has some crazy fucking weather!

Yeah, but I love it here anyway.

Fuck California!
by sallyxsaurus July 10, 2008
 
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My hometown. Beautiful state and very nice and fun swimming in Lakes. Far better than California.
California kiss my @$$! Michigan rules!!
by Max von Trapp August 31, 2007
 
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The high five of America!

If some one asks you where your from and you live in Michigan you hold up your hand and just point it out

"I'm freezing my ass off but at least I live in the high five of America!"

Floridian: "Where are you from in Michigan ?"
Michigander: holds up hand, and points "Well yall, right about here, how bout you?"
Floridian: Whips out dick "right near the tip"
by Brittvj October 07, 2007
 
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home of Bob Seger and Grand Funk Railroad
"I think I'm goin' to Katmandu!"

"I'm getting closer to my home..."
by cardenio February 04, 2005
 
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My home state. 3 days ago it was around 55F now its 15F. in the winter the weather is like northern greenland, in the summer the weather is like southern australia. we only get 3 months of summer so its pretty cold here.

Bad. shitty as hell government, bad winter weather, ALOT of crime, one day it could be 70F the next -20F, no jobs.

Good. Best hunting in the usa, low gas prices, low jerkey prices pretty much anything you can buy anywhere else for 20 bucks you can get here for 5.
It's cold

It's affordable

It's michigan
by imjustapoorboynobodylovesme December 07, 2006
 
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One of the United States of America, 26th in the Union, with the longest freshwater shoreline in the entire world. Also, a person is never more than 6 miles from a natural water source, nor 85 miles from one of the Great Lakes. And most importantly, despite our tendency to truncate words, our accent forms what is called the "General American" dialect, or the one considered accent-less by the most people (although we do have some fun with words). Apparently, for people who can't spell, there are 23 different ways the residents of our state choose to spell its name. For what truly defines this state, I refer you below:
In MICHIGAN we have two seasons: WINTER, and CONSTRUCTION. 60 degree TEMPACHUR is occasion for shorts, T-shirts, and maybe a swim. We head UP NORTH to THE COTTAGE, which is anywhere north of the state's middle. The cottage is either some disintegrating cabin in the middle of BFE where we go to play EUCHRE, get drunk and THEN shoot deer; or it's a beach house that sleeps 22 and has its own marina. THE BEACH is Lake Michigan. THE LAKE is whichever Great Lake you are closest to. THE BRIDGE is MACKINAC and never ever pronounced "Mackinack." We have CIDDIES like GRARAPIDS, DihTROIH, Pah-NEEACK, BADDLE CRICK, an AnNARBOR. After coming home from THE PLANT we park our CAHRR in the GRAAGE and then pull A COLE ONE outta the FRIGERRAIDER. Otherwise we STAHP by the SEVENuhLeven an gedduh PAHP. Soda is something you bake with. We eat a SAMWICH, drink MELK, and have SHERBERT for dessert. We make a MICHIGAN LEFT and pass on the RIGHT. Driving the SPEED LIMIT warrants road rage. We blast through RUSH HOUR traffic at 85 mph past state troopers because they are looking for the guys doing 100. If we get pulled over we go to the SECRETARIAHSTATE. Our state bird is the MUSKEEDA which has been known to carry away cats and even small children. G's in verbs are always silent, R's are always hard, and we end our sentences with a PREPOSITION, like. T's in the middle of a word and not supported by another consonant are pronounced like a D, and when coupled with an "N", they get dropped like the useless energy-wasting consonants that they are.
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by Tim The Toolman Taylor March 29, 2008
 
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*A magical state that consists of an upper and lower peninsula. The lower peninsula looks like a mitten.

*Here you can find college towns, laid off angry people, bored kids, cornfields, farms, and plenty homeless people in Detroit.

*Michigan can't be that bad, because people who live in Michigan actually vacation in other parts of Michigan.
People who live in the south part of Michigan like to go, "up north", sometimes to the U.P., to go hunting, fishing, camping, and visit the tourist attractions in their good old home state.

*Once people in Michigan turn 19,it is almost tradition to cross the birdge into Canada to go drinking.

*People love boats in Michigan, because of all the lakes, but have to sell them (no one will buy them) because they can't afford to use them anymore.

*Sometimes things get pretty depressing in Michigan, but at least the weather keeps us on our feet (you never know what to expect.)

*Numerous famous people hail from Michigan.. (Bob Sieger, Madonna, The White Stripes, Eminem, Kid Rock, Chiodos...)
I live in Michigan and I don't have a job, but at least I have a boat, a cornfield in my backyard, and saw Kid Rock at a Piston's game!
by fingersofsalad October 12, 2008