With apologies to Anita for this simplistic explanation (*wink*), ya know about the to-do where Quebec has wanted to secede from Canada because they seem to feel their language and culture and history makes them a unit in its own right? So, they have the appearance of the "country-within-a-country"?
Well, those from Michigan's Upper Peninsula seem to feel much the same compared to us "trolls" born "below the (Mackinac) bridge" in the Lower Peninsula. Yoopers figure trolls are just "tourists" to the U.P. and many trolls think the Yoopers are Michigan's equivalent of "hillbillies".
With that explanation and keeping in mind the rich Scandinavian traditions and history of the U.P., this joke is from an unknown source so it is definitely not our work but DaHubby told this joke last night to his parents (they're all Yoopers) and my mother-in-law about split her side! LOL
After having dug to a depth of 30 feet last year, New York scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 100 years and came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 100 years ago.
Not to be outdone by the New Yorkers, in the weeks that followed, California scientists dug to a depth of 60 feet, and shortly after, headlines in the LA Times newspaper read: 'California archaeologists have found traces of 200 year old copper wire and have concluded that their ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network a hundred years earlier than the New Yorkers.'
One week later, the 'Mining Journal', a local newspaper in Marquette, MI reported the following:
'After digging as deep as 90 feet in a rocky field near Negaunee, Ole Johnson, a self-taught archaeologist and Swedish logger, reported that he found absolutely nothing. Ole has therefore concluded that 300 years ago, the U.P. had already gone wireless.'