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!

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, […]

The Story of Clifford Thompson – The Tallest Wisconsinite to Ever Live

Did you know one of the tallest men in the world was a Wisconsinite? Clifford Thompson claimed he was 8’7″ tall. Although, there has been some controversy over his actual height. According to thetallestman.com, he towered 7′ 5″ above ground. And a researcher named Craig Albert, more recently used photo-analysis to determine his size was somewhere […]

6 States You’d Hate Too If You Lived in Wisconsin

Before we begin, let’s be real for a second. Everyone has a right to be proud of where they’re from (go Wisconsin, WHOO!), but most rivalries are pretty dumb. Still, it’s fun to engage in some light-hearted ribbing. If you’re from any of the states on this list, please remember these are words uttered on bar stools and […]

How 15 Wisconsin Cities Got Their Names

If someone asked you how your city got its name, would you know the answer? I wouldn’t have – until now. I was never a big history fan. But as I dug into the origin of these 15 Northeast Wisconsin city names, I was intrigued. Learning about real people who came hundreds of years before […]

10 Funky Fashions You Will See in Wisconsin

Wisconsin certainly is not a state full of fashionistas. But we definitely do have our own distinct style. Some people make fun of us. But guess what? We are who we are – and we’re also okay with laughing at ourselves. If you’re a Wisconsinite, you’ll probably admit to seeing or even wearing at least […]

11 Bars & Restaurants Where You Can Get a Classic Northeast Wisconsin Fish Fry

Nothing says Wisconsin like the Friday Night Fish Fry! Perch, blue gill, walleye, cod, and haddock are most common and traditionally come with rye bread, onion, coleslaw, some sort of potato, tarter sauce and a lemon wedge. The Fish Fry is another classic Wisconsin tradition deeply rooted in our state’s heritage that can be traced […]

14 Famous Filmmakers from Wisconsin

You may be surprised to learn that some of your favorite movies were made by filmmakers who come from Wisconsin. This list of groundbreaking movie-makers includes the men who made everything from untouchable classics and cult comedies to campy low-budget horror flicks. Grab some popcorn and check out the directors from America’s Dairyland.

20 Big Name Brands That Started in Wisconsin

Here at WhooNEW – we’re all about local, small businesses and the value they add to our community. But let’s not forget that every business starts small – and there’s nothing wrong with dreaming big. There are quite a few household names that got their start in Wisconsin. You’ll recognize all of the companies on […]

The Story of Paramount Records – Black History Month in Wisconsin

Blues music is arguably America’s greatest cultural gift to the world. Without the blues, music as we know it could not exist. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards once said, “If you don’t know the blues…there’s no point in picking up the guitar and trying to play rock and roll or any other form of popular […]

17 of The World’s Largest Things to See in Wisconsin

Have you ever heard people complain that Wisconsin is a boring state, with nothing fun to see or do? Well… that’s a bunch of bologna! Wisconsin’s got Summerfest, the world’s largest music fest and Noah’s Ark, the nation’s largest water theme park. We’ve also got the largest cranberry fest and brat fest. But our state […]