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"I wanna start relaxin
Back in Birmingham or Jackson
When we're having fun, why no one interferes
I wanna talk with Southern gentlemen
And put my white sheet on again
I ain't seen one good lynchin' in years"
—Tom Lehrer, "I Wanna Go back to Dixie"
Det. Martin Hart: Can you see Texas up there on your high horse? What do you know about these people?
Det. Rustin Cohle: Just observation and deduction. I see a propensity for obesity. Poverty. A yen for fairy tales. Folks puttin' what few bucks they do have into a little wicker basket being passed around. I think it's safe to say nobody here's gonna be splitting the atom, Marty.
"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, MST3K
"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."
Rose: They're just so - alien. The aliens...are so alien. You look at 'em, and they're alien.
Ninth Doctor: Good thing I didn't take you to the Deep South.
— Doctor Who, "The End of the World"
Todd: Aren't you boiling hot in that outfit? It's like 80 degrees in this hallway. Where are you from, the South?
Nicky:...Yes. The DEEP South! (chuckles to himself)
Todd: Why is that funny?