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Tim Skubick: Jeff Daniels talks Michigan's Upper Peninsula

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True or false: Michigan's Upper Peninsula is among the top five regions of the country with the most bars per capita?

Michigan based actor Jeff Daniels certainly gave that impression the other night when he was quizzed by late-night TV jokester David Letterman.

Mr. Letterman certainly gave the impression that he had never been here as he had trouble identifying the Grand Hotel, referring to it as the "old hotel" during his pithy exchange with Mr. Daniels.

Mr. Letterman did know that the U.P. was linked to Wisconsin.  Yes, the land mass in  the U.P. on its western most edge segues nicely into Cheese-head county where the Yoopers are more loyal to the Packers than the Lions, but then the rest of the state would be too if we had a choice.

The late-night guy also wanted to know about "a commercial campaign about vacationing in Michigan."  Hey Big Dave-boy: it's called Pure Michigan lug head.

"I'm always curious about the Upper Peninsula," he went on.  "What do they do up there?" he wondered.

Mr. Daniels didn't miss a beat, "You can drink.  They do it very well…and they are proud of it" along with the fishing, hunting, and wandering around in the woods which consumes 84% of the land above the bridge.

His emphasis on all the drinking  fits in nicely with the stereo-type that all the trolls (those living below the bridge) have of our brothers and sisters north of us.  Obviously what else is there to do in addition to using the 3,000 miles of groomed snowmobile paths which is the equivalent of driving from Orlando to Seattle?

But turns out the answer to the question above may surprise you.  The U.P. and Michigan are no where to be found on the top list of most bars per person.

The "honor", if you chose to call it that goes to?

The envelop please:  North Dakota with 1,620 watering holes per capita.  

In fact Michigan is ranked 23rd behind Wisconsin which is number three, which is why the Yoopers love that state, and even Minnesota, Indiana, and Illinois have more joints than Michigan's 6,104 per person.

Now if you seek a pleasant state around you where it's dryer than Death Valley, head on over to Virginia where its one bar for every 64,000 tea-toddling residents.

Say ya to da U.P. hey!

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