Things You Learn in Mississippi…

On a lighter note… I came across this list from a Facebook friend* who left Indianola, Mississippi and now resides in sunny Los Angeles, California. I don’t know if these are his words, but it’s good to know that there are others who share these same thoughts:

Things You Learn in Mississippi… Possums sleep in the middle of the road with their feet in the air. There are 5,000 types of snakes on earth and 4,998 live in Mississippi. There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 live in Mississippi, plus a couple no one’s seen before. Onced and Twiced are words. It is not a shopping cart; it is a buggy. People actually grow and eat okra. ‘Fixinto’ is one word. There is no such thing as “lunch”. There is only dinner and then there is supper. Iced tea is appropriate for all meals and you start drinking it when you’re two. We do like a little tea with our sugar! Backurds and forwurds mean “I know everything about you”. “Djeet?” is actually a phrase meaning ‘Did you eat?’ You don’t have to wear a watch, because it doesn’t matter what time it is. You work until you’re done or it’s too dark to see. You don’t PUSH buttons, you MASH them. You measure distance in minutes. You’ve ever had to switch from ‘heat’ to ‘A/C’ in the same day. ‘Fix’ is a verb. Example: ‘I’m fixing to go to the store.’ All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit, vegetable, grain, insect, or animal. You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked. You know what a ‘DAWG’ is. You carry jumper cables in your car… for your OWN car. There are only four spices: salt, pepper, Tabasco, and ketchup. The local papers cover national and international news on one page, but require 6 pages for local gossip and sports. The first day of deer season is a national holiday. 100 degrees Fahrenheit is just ‘a little warm’. We have four seasons: Almost Summer, summer, still summer, and Christmas. Going to Wal-mart is a favorite past time known as ‘goin Wal-martin’ or off to ‘Wally World’. A cool snap (below 70 degrees) is good pinto-bean weather. A carbonated soft drink isn’t a soda, cola, or pop… it’s a Coke, regardless of brand or flavor. Example: ‘What kinda coke you want?’ Fried catfish is the other white meat. We don’t need no stinking driver’s license. If our mama says we can drive, we can drive. If you understand these jokes please forward them to your friends from Mississippi (and those who just wish they were). EVERYONE can’t be a Mississippian; it takes talent. You might say it’s an art form or a gift from the grace of God!

*Mr. Tony Briggs aka D.J. Novakanne is the outspoken voice of the South and makes up 1/4 of the Hype Underground Team. Get to know this guy!

About Mario Strong

Celebrating blues culture and promoting roots music worldwide. Fully engaged in an ongoing personal campaign towards raising social awareness and promoting a healthy consciousness throughout the Mississippi Delta. View all posts by Mario Strong

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