I've received a couple of emails after my post yesterday in regards to the Yooper accent and what is a Yooper, etc. So, we'll start out slow with this and gain speed a bit at a time over the next couple of days.
I cannot take credit for the following other than I found it online!
This will start to explain a bit about "da U.P."...otherwise known as Yooperland...
The state of Michigan is broken up into two peninsulas - the Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula. They are connected together by the Mackinac Bridge.
-Yooperland in Quotes-
"It's an edgy place. I mean, in the sense that it still hangs on out there like a rawhide flap of the old frontier, outposted from the swirl of mainstream America. The U.P. is a hard place. A person has to want to hurt a lot to live there".---- John G. Mitchell, Audubon Magazine, November 1981---
"In winter we shovel snow and in summer we swat mosquitoes. During the spring and fall we rest up for swatting and shoveling".
---Peter Oikarinen's reply to the often-asked question of Yoopers, "What do you people do up there?" 1987---
"The best thing that could happen to the U.P. would be for someone to bomb the bridge".---John Voelker, former Michigan Supreme Court Justice and the author of Anatomy of a Murder and Yooper resident---
"I wish the media downstate would stop referring to the top of the mitten (Cadillac, Houghton Lake, Grayling, Traverse City areas) as Northern Michigan. A Yooper considers that area Central Michigan. This is one of the reasons the U.P. wants to become its own country. Those trolls down there still consider the U.P. a picker on the "Mitten of Mitchagan"---Glen Adams, Yooperland resident---
"Why would anyone build the most spectacular bridge in the world at the top of Michigan instead of at Detroit where everyone could see it?"---letter from an irate "troll" taxpayer to the Governor of Lower Michigan, 1980---
"Will someone inform the Gazette what earthly use the Lower Peninsula is to the Upper Peninsula, geographically, or otherwise?"---Portage Lake Mining Gazette, 1871---
"That land of wonderful wilderness".---Edwin Way Teale, Journey Into Summer, 1960
"Nowhere, probably on the continent, is fall foliage more beautiful in brilliancy or contrasting colors".---George Shiras, National Geographic, August 1921
"It is one of the prettiest places in the world".
---Henry Ford, 1920's---
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