We'll try to stay serene and calm
When Alabama gets The Bomb
—Tom Lehrer, Who's Next.
"I was touring the deep south; to be honest, I find those people to be anything but deep..."
— Dennis Miller
"Where the mistakes of the past come alive."
"You know, they're poor only in money... and spirit, and dignity, and moral fiber, and hygiene..."
— Mike, MST 3 K
"Isn't that the place where the black guys are really lazy and all the white guys are just as lazy, but they're mad at the black guys for being so lazy?"
— Peter Griffin, Family Guy
Southern hospitality is world-famous. Sprawling plantations features stately old homes where visitors are welcomed by stately old Colonels. As soon as you enter one of these mansions and hear the strains of "Dixie" being piped through the Muzak speaker in the front hall, you will fall under the spell of Southern Aristocracy. After a sumptuous dinner of grits and possum, you may even be asked to join the men in the library as they smoke cigars and plot The Second Confederacy. You may even hear the famous slogan, "If at first you don't secede, try, try again!"
— MAD, "The European Tourist's Guide to the United States"
"Anything that comes out of the South is going to be called grotesque by the northern reader, unless it is grotesque, in which case it is going to be called realistic."