Residents of Wisconsin believe their home state is shaped like a mitten. Since when? If you’re going to use another state’s trademark, at least choose a state on the other side of the country, not one right next to you. Or be shaped more like a mitten.
Those of us who live in Michigan have a hard time accepting Wisconsin as the place where you use your hand to point out where you are from.
According to the Kalamazoo Gazette, on Dec. 1, Wisconsin’s Tourism Department released their photo of a stretched-out mitten (if you can call it that, because no one’s hand would fit in there) that vaguely resembles their state. Only in Michigan, since there’s no vague resemblance or stretched-out glove, can we actually use a real mitten, because that is the shape of our state.
Dave Lorenz, manager of public and industry relations for the state of Michigan, told the Gazette the two state tourism agencies are friendly.
“We understand their mitten envy,” he said to the Gazette with a chuckle, “but there is only one mitten state and it is Michigan.”