Official Motto: “Forward”
Unofficial Motto: “14% Easier To Get Into Than Czechoslovakia”
Wisconsin has 7,446 streams and rivers. Placed end to end, they would stretch a lot farther than whatever Minnesota has, you can bet that.
Wisconsin has a professional football team. If we say the name here, the comments section will melt into a pool of Velveeta-like tailgating football fervor.
The House on the Rock was designed and built in the 1940’s, and houses over 244 dead tourists trapped in the Infinity Room.
Wisconsin is nicknamed the Badger State because the Least Weasel showed up late for the auditions.
The first practical typewriter was built in Milwaukee in 1867. The last impractical typewriter is in the trash next to it.
The Ginseng Capitol of the world is in Wausau. Ginseng is a spice. It’s not really a very popular spice, so you might not be familiar with it. *sigh* Have we told you about the Mustard Museum in Mount Horeb yet?
The American Birkebeiner, a cross-country ski race between Cable and Hayward, is the funniest name for any race ever.
There are 15,210 miles of groomed snowmobile trails along Wisconsin highways. Coincidentally, Wisconsin highway workers pick up 15,210 miles of beer cans every spring.
The original Barbie doll was given the fictional hometown of Willows, Wisconsin. Willows also contains 13 fictional Pink Corvette dealerships, 36 fictional tiny plastic shoe shops, and a fictional bowling alley for Ken to sulk in when he turned 40.
Bloomer is the Jump Rope Capital of the world. Note to Bloomer: change name to “Jump Rope” and become the Bloomer Capital of the world.
The state’s constitution is the oldest of any state west of the Allegheny Mountains, but please do not mention this fact in its presence as it is very sensitive about its age.
Green Bay is the Toilet Paper Capital of the World. [INSERT PACKERS JOKE HERE].
The lowest temperature ever recorded in Wisconsin was -55 degrees on February 2nd and 4th in 1996. On February 3 it was 68 degrees, and mostly sunny with a slight chance of rain.
The Wood Violet is the state flower, but it is illegal to pick it. Violators are dressed in a Bears jersey, smeared with blue and orange paint, and dropped off in downtown Green Bay where they have to yell “Bart Starr is very un-masculine!” three times.
From 1935 to 1937 state law in Wisconsin required restaurants to serve 2/3 ounces of Wisconsin butter and 2/3 ounces of Wisconsin cheese with every meal. In 1938, every 2/3 ounce scale manufacturer in Wisconsin went out of business.
The name Wisconsin is most likely derived from an Algonquian word, “Ouisconsin,” that means “head of cheese,” or “gathering of the cheese heads.”
The state beverage is, as you have probably already guessed, beer. No – wait, what? It’s milk? Okay, so apparently it’s milk, but still, it took an official legislative act in 1987 to make it so.