Alaskans are used to fielding questions about our state from tourists and curious outsiders. We get it –- people are fascinated with our way of life. But often, these questions are super cliché or just straight-up crazy. We usually blurt out our best sarcastic response while fighting the urge to roll our eyes or burst out laughing. It’s amazing what people will believe about Alaska –- here are some of the ridiculous questions that Alaskans get asked.

1.

“Are there roads in Alaska?”

2.

“What about the internet connection?”

3.

“Is it true that there’s barely electricity?”

4.

“So, what’s it like, living in an igloo?”

5.

“Is it really dark all winter/light all summer? Oh my gosh, how do you handle it?”

6.

“Have you ever ridden a moose?”

7.

“Or pat a polar bear?”

8.

“Do you all ride dogsleds in the winter?”

9.

“So, what do you think of Sarah Palin?”

10.

*Points at island across waterway* “Is that Russia??”

11.

“But you’re part of Canada/Russia, right?”

12.

“I mean, Alaska’s big… but not as big as Texas, right?”

13.

“What does Alaska money look like?”

14.

“Isn’t Alaska an island?”

15.

“How is it so cold when you’re over there by Hawaii??”

16.

“How are you cold right now? You’re from Alaska!!”

17.

*Steps off cruise ship* “What elevation are we at?

18.

“What did you think of the last season of [their favorite Alaska “reality” show]?”

19.

“Can you see the Northern Lights all year round?”

20.

“Does it snow all the time?”

21.

“Where can I see the penguins?”

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