Several of Buzzfeed's "Most Minnesotan Things That Ever Happened" didn't actually happen in Minnesota

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A lot of people in Minnesota are getting a kick out of Buzzfeed's latest listicle: The 29 Most Minnesotan Things That Ever Happened.

The amusing subtitle: "Could these things have only happened in Minnesota? You betcha."

There's just one problem: Several of these things did not actually happen in Minnesota.

For example ...

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This hockey rink is indeed glorious, but the backyard isn't in Minnesota -- it's actually our neighbors to the north in Edmonton.

And this one ...

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That doesn't look like Minnesota, and it links to an imgur file that is labeled "Canadian fast food."

Similarly, this guy with an icicle-covered face ...

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... was actually part of a Vice story about Canadian Wind Surfing.


It was a little harder to find the origin of the hilarious "Ain't nobody got time 4 this" snow billboard. The Buzzfeed article links back to this site, which doesn't specify where the photo was taken. But if you run a Google image search, Catfish-style, you learn that the photo was actually taken in New England.

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It's a funny list, and you'll probably want to share it with your friends on Facebook. Just remember: It's not entirely factual.

UPDATE: The author of the Buzzfeed list has responded to this post on Twitter:

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UPDATE 2: Buzzfeed has ackowledged the mistake on Twitter and corrected the headline to reflect that several of the "Most Minnesotan Things" did not actually happen in Minnesota.

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31 comments
Dennis Laurion
Dennis Laurion

I didn't say "our friend Osama bin Laden." I said "Our friend Ole been loggin'."

Hanna Jungbauer
Hanna Jungbauer

well the spotlight wasn't on you. I guess now you can go back to writing mundane self promotion reads about "how wonderful" Minneapolis is. good. for. you.

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

Come come now City Pages, never let the full truth get in the way of a good story, right?

Nicole Duff
Nicole Duff

It didn't say the "most Minnesotan things that ever happened in Minnesota" just the "most Minnesotan things to happen." All of those things definitely definitely resonate with Minnesotans (which is why every other one of my FB friends have shared it).

Tyler Chip Moody Suter
Tyler Chip Moody Suter

The moment I heard about this list, I knew that Minnesotan heads would start exploding.

kel0
kel0

Then there's plowing the streets of Uptown only to truck snow back in and spread it around to have a cross-country ski race. But, you know, in town.

Dave Finton
Dave Finton

I'm not exactly sure how anyone can make a successful business model based of compiling inane lists that are only somewhat based in reality. I guess the economy really must be getting better :/

Jim McFarlane
Jim McFarlane

You mean picture-hoarding, click-gathering list-makers aren't the paragon of honest integrity?

robert.moffitt
robert.moffitt

Item #1 is real, though. It from a DQ I've been to before.

p_oshan
p_oshan

@BReynoldsMN Yes... I'm sure you're the first person to ever see a link in a tweet and NOT click it before reacting.

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