Being born and raised in Michigan, it gives you certain knowledge of how to best operate within our great state. And it's this knowledge that needs to be passed on to newbies.

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There are certain unspoken rules for the Mitten state, so if you're not from around these parts, it's fair to say you might not know about these things. But don't worry, I'm not going to gatekeep this knowledge.

Unspoken Rules About Michigan

By no means am I an expert, but living in Michigan for more than three decades, I've got some experience under my belt, and these are some of the unspoken rules of the state.

Watch Out For Deer

Be aware of deer crossing!
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These guys are everywhere, and where there's one, there's usually more. Hitting a deer is bad enough, but hitting one at high speeds is even worse. Just keep a watchful eye out.

It's Not Soda, It's Pop

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Photo by McConnell Adams
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If you go to a restaurant and ask if you'd like pop, that means soda.

Words are Not Always Pronounced the Way You Think

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Photo Courtesy of Google Maps
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Mackinac and Mackinaw, for example... spelled differently but pronounced the same. Ypsilanti, Charlotte, Dowagiac, Sault Ste. Marie... YouTube is a huge help with these pronunciations.

The Michigan Left is Something We All Do Wrong, But in the Same Way

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Photos via Canva and MDOT
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Michigan has this weird turn where if you want to turn left at an intersection, sometimes you have to drive through the intersection and then make a left turn in a median to actually go in the direction you want to go. For some reason, while this is meant to be one lane only, more often than not, drivers just kind of "create" two separate lanes both making left turns. But don't worry, you can read how to do it HERE.

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A Party Store is for Beer and Liquor and Snacks

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Photo via GoogleMaps
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I know, the name is deceiving, but a party store is for booze. Which, I guess if you think about it... booze can be a party supply.

13 Random Facts Stuck in the Minds of Michiganders

Besides being useful for a night out at bar trivia or a bit of nostalgia, random facts can be kind of useless. It's basically like an earworm, but instead of a song getting stuck in your brain, it's a random thing you have memorized. Once you know it, you can't unknow it. We asked, and you answered; here are 13 useless things Michiganders have memorized.

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Reasons Why Michiganders Moving to Florida are in for a Rude Awakening

Before you pack up your whole life and move down to Florida, you may want to consider all the new, and not so great, things that you'll encounter once down there. Take a look at the few things that'll be a rude awakening for you if you decide to move from the Great Lakes State to the Sunshine State.

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Michigan Lingo: 12 Phrases That Baffle Non-Lansing Natives

If you're from Lansing, congratulations! You speak a language all your own, that only other people from Lansing understand. Some phrases, when uttered to non-Lansing natives, leave people in a state of bewilderment. Check out the phrases and see what we mean when. Can you speak Lansing's language?

Gallery Credit: Kristen Matthews

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