Alaska is known for its rugged beauty and harsh living conditions. The culture of our 49th state is nuanced and only those who call it home can appreciate its quirks. Of its 700,000 residents, nearly half live in the urban centers of Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau. The other half is scattered about the remote bush country in places where moose outnumber people. It’s in those areas the oddities of Alaskan life are most pronounced.
Here are 10 things rural Alaskans have to explain to out-of-towners.