Uniquely Wisconsin

These WhooNEW stories uncover what makes our state special. From the food to the language, the traditions to the legends - there are endless stories about Wisconsin that will amaze you!

Haunted Fox Valley – 8 Local Ghost Stories

Every town has its tales of terror. But there seems to be something especially freaky about Appleton and the Fox Cities. From historic buildings haunted by their owners, to paranormal gravestones and even our very own “Phantom of the Opera” – you don’t need to go far to find evidence the metaphysical. Whether you believe […]

7 Stories of UFOs, Alien Abductions & Close Encounters in Wisconsin

Imagine if you spotted a UFO or had a run-in with an extraterrestrial. Would you tell anyone what happened, or would you keep your mouth shut so nobody called you crazy in the head? Steven Spielberg’s 80s film, E.T., was the closest I’ve ever come to an alien encounter. E.T. Phone home… I bet that […]

14 Places to Get a Mouth-Watering Wisconsin Butter Burger

Here in Wisconsin, we were unsatisfied with adding just one dairy product to our hamburgers. That’s why you’ll find yet another delicious tradition in our state – the butter burger. If you grew up eating these kinds of sandwiches, we’re willing to bet your salivary glands just kicked in and maybe a little bit of […]

21 of the Best Wisconsin TV Shows & Characters

Most of the time – when you plop down on the couch and turn on the television – you’ll end up watching shows based in New York, Los Angeles or Chicago. Maybe the executives in Hollywood think that’s what Americans want to watch. Maybe the people creating those shows just lack creativity. But some of […]

Squeaky-Fresh or Deep-Fried – Why the Best Cheese Curds Come from Wisconsin

Squeaky and salty, rubbery and moist. Or if you prefer – gooey and warm with a crispy light beer batter breading. If you’re a Wisconsinite, you already know we’re talking about cheese curds. Fresh or fried – cheese curds are more than just another appetizer, they’re a unique Wisconsin delicacy. You may be surprised to […]

A Wisconsin Pirate? Discover the Legendary Exploits of Captain “Roaring Dan” Seavey

When you think of pirate adventures – you probably don’t think of the Great Lakes. But I’m sitting here – on International Talk Like a Pirate Day – writing a story about a man who was a buccaneer on Lake Michigan. He was accused of causing shipwrecks, kidnapping, operating a prostitution ring, booze-running, hijacking ships […]

20 State Symbols of Wisconsin and the Stories Behind Them

Want to impress your friends with some real Wisconsin knowledge? Want to show them you know all about all the “official stuff” in our state? Well you’re in luck. I’ve already done all the research for you! And it was actually pretty interesting. Maybe I’m a nerd – but at least I’m a Wisconsinerd. Here […]

Hazelwood: A Slice of Green Bay History Hidden in Plain Sight

If you’re not a local history buff you may not have been to, or even heard of, Hazelwood Historic House Museum.  Nestled in a neighborhood full of historic homes, you may have unknowingly driven past it on Monroe Avenue on Green Bay’s east side. You might have even walked or biked past it on the Fox River Trail without noticing. It’s […]

5 Totally Awesome Johnsonville Brats Commercials

The summer grilling season is upon us, and if you are a true Sconnie you are probably going to be grilling up some Johnsonville Brats this summer. Make sure you check out The Definitive Guide to Grilling Great Beer Brats! To get you fired up for your next big feast, WhooNEW found five Johnsonville Brats […]

11 Very Strange – But True Wisconsin State Laws

We’ve all heard that “justice is blind.” But sometimes – it can also be pretty ridiculous. Wisconsin laws are no exception. The most mysterious thing about strange laws like these, is that there had to be a reason why they were put into place once upon a time. After reading these 11 Wisconsin state laws, […]