What is a Cheese Head? - An Easy Guide to Becoming a Cheesehead
What is a Cheesehead?
Have you ever watched a Green Bay Packers game or Wisconsin sporting event on TV and wondered, "What's with those pieces of cheese on people's heads?"
Well, those are cheeseheads.
"What is a cheesehead?" you ask.
Officially, a cheesehead is a piece of foam crafted into the shape of a wedge of cheese made to be worn as a hat (Now, you are wondering how you have lived without one).
In Wisconsin, the robin is the state bird, the sugar maple is the state tree and the cheesehead is the state hat (if there were such a thing as a state hat).
It looks kind of like a piece of Swiss cheese with the prerequisite "holes" and "dents" many have come to associate with Switzerland's finest export. In the middle of the cheesehead is a mouse-shaped opening that fits snugly around your head. And there you have it, a cheese hat.
But, when defining a cheesehead, there is much, much more to it than just the aforementioned headgear.
A Cheesehead in His Natural Habitat, Lambeau Field
Proud to be a Cheesehead!
"Wait, a cheesehead isn't just a hat made to look like Swiss cheese?"
No sir. It is not.
The term cheesehead has become adopted as a popular slang word used by the national media, news and out-of-towners for a Wisconsite or Green Bay Packers fan.
According to Urban Dictionary, a cheesehead is "a cheese-eating, beer-drinking, Green Bay Packers cheering Wisconsin resident."
There is not much more to it than that.
The term cheesehead, in reference to a person, has become somewhat derogatory when used by Illinois residents and fans of the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs, but Wisconsites seem to shrug it off and feel being a cheesehead is a point of pride.
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Am I a Cheesehead?
Most likely you are not a cheesehead if you are reading this, live outside of Wisconsin or asked the original question ("What is a cheesehead?") to begin with.
But, there is an easy test to determine you or your loved one's cheesehead status.
- Do you own a cheesehead?
- Are you wearing a cheesehead right this very minute?
If you answered "no" to both, you can be assured that you are in fact not a cheesehead.
How to Become a Cheesehead?
You will be happy to know that becoming a cheesehead is quite easy, really.
All you need to do is visit one of the many online cheesehead retailers listed below or click on the Amazon links to your right:
Finding the cheesehead that is perfect for you is half the battle. The rest is easy:
- Enter your credit card information.
- Purchase the cheesehead.
- Wait 3-7 business days.
- Cheesehead arrives in mail.
- Open cheesehead.
- Put cheesehead on top of head.
That's it. You are officially a cheesehead now. Congratulations!
How does it feel? Wonderful? That's what I thought.
Where to Wear Your Cheesehead?
Cheeseheads in Wisconsin typically wear their honorary headgear to sporting events like Green Bay Packers games, Milwaukee Brewers games and Wisconsin Badgers games. Often times the crowds are full of those proudly wearing their cheesehead atop their heads.
Wisconsites also will wear their cheeseheads at festivals, state and county fairs and really anywhere large masses of people can be found in the state.
If you don't live in Wisconsin, you will have to brave the world somewhat on your own without any cheesehead brethren to support you. You could always start a local chapter in your area if you find other closet cheeseheads in your neighborhood and surrounding municipalities.
What to Wear with Your Cheesehead?
The latest trends in cheesehead fashion are changing almost every day, so the perfect cheesehead attire would be almost impossible to recommend.
However, there are a few staple items of which you can always comfortably wear your cheesehead with. Items such as:
- Green Bay Packers Jersey*
- Green Bay Packers T-Shirt
- Green Bay Packers Jacket
- Green Bay Packers Gloves
* It is no longer recommended that you wear your "Brett Favre" or "#4" jersey with your cheesehead. While it was once widely accepted, recent trends indicate it has lost popularity amongst the cheesehead community.
All the above items can be comfortably worn with a pair of jeans, sweat pants, khakis or snow pants. Whatever you prefer.
Once you have assembled your full cheesehead outfit, it is possible that a feeling of nirvana will overcome you. Be prepared for an involuntary, impromptu Lambeau Leap in your living room as the excitement can be somewhat hard to contain.