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How to save your ass if you plan to visit Wisconsin

Issued by the Wisconsin Bureau of Tourism to ALL visitors:

  1. Don't order filet mignon or pasta primavera at Al's Lodge. It's a diner. They serve breakfast 24 hours a day. Let them cook something they know. If you upset the ladies in the kitchen they'll kick your ass.
  2. Don't laugh at the names of our little towns (Sheboygan, Menomonee, Nekoosa, Oconomowoc, etc.) or well just have to kick your ass.
  3. Don't order a bottle or can of soda here. Here it's called 'pop'. Accept it. Doing otherwise can lead to ass kicking.
  4. We know our heritage. Most of us are more literate than you. We are also better educated and generally nicer. Don't refer to us as a bunch of hicks or we'll kick your ass.
  5. We have plenty of business sense. You have to to make a living here. Naturally, we do sometimes have small lapses in judgment from time to time, but we are not dumb enough to let someone move to our state in order to run for the Senate. If someone tried to do that, we would kick her ass.
  6. Don't laugh at our giant fiberglass fish and cows. Anything that inspires tourists to buy 50,000 postcards can't be bad. And don't laugh at our love and pride of cheese or we'll kick your ass.
  7. We are fully away of how cold it gets here in the winter, so shut the hell up. Just spend your money and get the hell out of here or we'll kick your ass.
  8. Don't order the vegetarian special at the local diner. Everyone will instantly know that you're a tourist. Eat your steak well-done like God intended and have some potatoes with that, for heaven's sake! Also, don't ask what a hot dish is or we'll kick your ass.
  9. Don't try to fake a Wisconsin accent. We don't have an accent. That will incite a riot and you will get your ass kicked.
  10. Don't talk about how much better things are at home because we know better. Many of us have visited big-city hell-holes like Detroit, Chicago and New York, and we have the scars to prove it. If you don't like it here, Interstate 90, 94, and 43 are ready when you are. Move your ass on home before it gets kicked.
  11. Don't complain that Wisconsin has too many mosquitoes and farm land. If you whine about OUR scenic beauty we'll kick your ass all the way back home.
  12. Don't ridicule our mannerisms. We only speak when spoken to. We hold doors open for others. We offer our seats to old folks because such things are expected of civilized people. Behave yourselves around our sweet, little gray-haired grandmothers or they will kick some manners into your ass just like they did ours.
  13. So you think we're quaint or losers because most of us live on a farm or in the woods? That's because we have enough sense to not live in filthy, smelly, crime-infested cesspools like Chicago or LA. Make fun of our fresh air and we'll kick your ass.
  14. Oshkosh B'gosh is NOT a joke. Your ass will be kicked.
  15. Last, but not least, DO NOT DARE to come out here and tell us how the prairies should 'go back to the buffalo'. This will get your ass shot (right after it is kicked). Just mention this once and you will go home in a pine box. Minus your ass!

Now enjoy your visit and go home.