The Ten Commandments -- Minnesota Style

Fish I hope you all can handle and enjoy a little Minnesota humor straight from this just-out-of-college and jobless previous PFM intern! I may not be Norwegian, but as a Minnesota native, it makes it all the funnier, doncha know?

So for your pure enjoyment, here is a version of the Ten Commandments, recently sent to me with love from my grandparents, complete with Minnesota stereotypes packed in for good measure, ya, sure, you betcha!

1. Der's only one God, ya know.

2. Don't make dat fish on yer mantle an idol.

3. Cussing ain't Minnesota nice.

4. Go to church -- even when yer up nort.

5. Honor yer folks.

6. Don't kill. Catch and release.

7. Der's only one Lena fer every Ole. No cheatin!

8. If it ain't yer Lutefisk, don't take it.

9. Don't be braggin' about how much snow ya shoveled.

10. Keep yer mind off yer neighbor's hotdish.


I loved this when i saw it on a t-shirt in the Minnesota Airport! I am so glad it's actually posted, because i couldn't afford the t-shirt and i wanted to show my family. thanks so much!
Lee, The Luthern Airlines link is a hoot. Here in the midwest we call that airlines Northwest, or Noneworst. Dennis
Whoops, not sure that's the right link for "How to Talk Minnesotan"; a "fer sure" one's here:
True, jason, the commandment is about people. But this is supposed to be humor. You're not supposed to take it so seriously that you think about the average Minnesotan's position on the death penalty, for example. (Although that would be appropriate for a Prison Fellowship Ministry site - but these Point bloggers deal with so much misery in U.S. prisons and elsewhere around the world on a daily basis in the course of their jobs that they deserve some humor once in a while.) And I'd mention my South Dakota friend who says he hunts ducks with the "Shoot and release" program, but that might cause a dust-up over animal cruelty versus the rights of hunters and such. Der's chust no way to get some people to take a joke, don'cha know? So, jason, you should probably listen to "How to Talk Minnesotan" before going much further. My wife and mother-in-law, both native Minnesotans, thought this Ten Commandments joke was "a hoot". They said that phrase can be translated "Oh fer funny," if that helps. One of our pastors is from Sweden but lived for some time in Minneapolis. (You can take the boy out of the country, ...) He recommended the Lutheran Airlines joke, which (to insure that I end on a humorous note for the Point staff if no one else, and since it also has a religious component to it) is here:
I thought the sixth commandment referred to people, not fish.
Interesting Blog post! :)

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