So - my sister-in-law put one of these on her BLOG for Florida, and of course I had to give Indiana equal billing.
YOU KNOW YOU'RE FROM INDIANA WHEN...
*You think the state Bird is Larry.
* You can say "French Lick" without laughing out loud.
* There's actually a college near you named "Ball State."
* You know several people who have hit a deer.
* Down south to you means Kentucky.
* You have no problem spelling or pronouncing Terre Haute.
* Your school classes were canceled because of cold.
* You've heard of Euchre, you know how to play Euchre, and you are the master of Euchre.
* You've seen a running car, with nobody in it, in the parking lot of the grocery store, no matter what time of year it is.
* Detassling was your first job. Bailing hay, your second.
* You say things like catty-wampus and katty corner.
* You install security lights on your house and garage, then leave both of them unlocked.
* You carry jumper cables in your car regularly. And leave an ice scraper in your car year round.
* You drink pop... not soda.
* You know that baling wire was the predecessor to duct tape.
* You know that strangers are the only ones who come to your front door.
* You've never heard of a carport.
* Kids and dogs ride in the passenger seats of cars and the backs of pickups.
* You think nothing of it in spring and fall to be stuck behind a farm tractor driving on the roads. You just hope it's not a hog truck or a manure spreader.
* High school basketball games draw bigger crowds on the weekend than movie theaters, IF you have a movie theater.
* Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.
* The local paper covers national and international headlines on one page but requires six for local sports.
* You can see at least two basketball hoops from your yard.
* You can name every one of Bobby Knight's exploits over the last few years.
* The biggest question of your youth was IU or Purdue.
* Indianapolis is the BIG CITY.
* Getting stuck by a train is a legitimate excuse for being late to school!!
* You know several different definitions as to what a Hoosier really is.
* Everyone knows who the town cops are, where they live, and whether they're at home or on duty.
*Hoosiers know geography - at least of the state of Florida. I've met Hoosiers who couldn't tell you where Evansville is but they know the exact distance to Fort Myers and Orlando. That's because all Hoosiers go to Florida in the winter. Or plan to when they retire. Or are related to retired Hoosiers who have a place in Sarasota. We consider Florida to be the Lower Peninsula of Indiana.
*Indiana weather: wear layers or die. The thing to remember about Indiana seasons is that they can occur at anytime. We have spring like days in January and wintry weekends in October. April is capable of providing a sampling of all four seasons in a single 24-hour period. For these reasons, Indiana is the Layering Capital of the World.
*East Enterprise has no counterpart on the west side of the state. South Bend is in the north. North Putnam is in the south and French Lick isn't what you think either.