Wednesday, March 12, 2003

A Bit of Yooper Humor-Got this story from a friend from Michigan who's parents are from the Upper Peninsula. They use to have a bumper sticker, "Say Ya to the UP, eh?" A genre of Yooper jokes has grown up for us people under the Mackinac Bridge; think "ya, you betcha" Minnesotans with five less IQ points.
Two Yoopers die and wake up in hell. The next day the devil stops in to check on them and sees them dressed in parkas, mittens and bomber hats warming themselves around the fire. The devil asks them, "What are you doing? Isn't it hot enough for you?" The two guys reply, "Vell, ya know, we're from Nordern Michigan, the land of snow and ice and cold. We're just happy for a chance to warm up a little bit ya know." This gets the devil quite steamed so he decides to fix the two guys. He cranks the heat up as high as it will go. The people are wailing and screaming every where. He stops by the room with the two Yoopers and finds them in light jackets and hats, grilling walleye and drinking beer. The devil is astonished, "Everyone down here is in abject misery, and you two seem to be enjoying yourself." The two Yoopers reply, "Vell, ya know, we don't get too much varm weather up dere in Marquette, Michigan we've just got to have a fish fry when the veather's this nice." The devil is absolutely furious; he can hardly see straight. Finally he comes up with the answer. The two guys love the heat because they have been cold all their lives. The devil decides to turn all the heat off in hell. The next morning, the temperature is below zero, icicles are hanging everywhere, people are shivering so bad that they are unable to wail, moan and gnash their teeth. The devil smiles and heads for the room with the two Yoopers. He gets there and finds them back in their parkas, bomber hats, and mittens. They are jumping up and down, cheering, yelling and screaming like mad men. The devil is dumb founded, "I don't understand, when I turn up the heat you're happy. Now it's freezing cold and you're still happy. What is wrong with you two?" The Yoopers look at the devil in surprise, "Vell, don't ya know, if hell froze over dat must mean da Lions von da Super Bowl!!!"

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