Dumb, Ugly and Bad Food: How America Sees the South

August 21, 2013 at 9:56a    by Jason Priestas    
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penult's picture

You could also look at health outcomes such as obesity and diabetes as well as concentrations of poverty and the SEC states would lead the way in those categories.

Woody4's picture

I'm pretty sure that's Chillicothe... 

USMC11917's picture

I am guessing it depends on what areas we are talking about. I live in a large populated area in Alabama and fitness is pretty important there. There are a lot of attractive ladies. My hometown 25ish miles south of Columbus amazes me to this day. It seems like a lot of the population there has a larger BMI than i ever remember growing up. Now granted, this observation comes from local eateries, a Walmart and a local shopping center. I think it all has to do with the area your in.

ArTbkward's picture

But that is not the perception of Alabama.  This survey isn't ranking who *is* the most attractive, it's ranking who is "perceived" as most attractive.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

Unky Buck's picture

That was a pretty funny read. Crazy and hot women in California...yeah, that sounds about right...

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

There was some list of the fattest states that I saw online yesterday - fasinfat.org.
Louisiana is now the fattest state.  They passed Mississippi for that honor.  Ohio ranks 13th.  TSUN is tied for 10th with Tennessee.  Lots of southern states near the top.

Class of 2010.

cajunbuckeye's picture

How can we exercise when we're always drunk. Besides, every cajun recipe starts off with bacon, oil, butter, flour, onion, bell pepper and celery.

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

What you've mentioned is why I disagree with the "Bad food" part of this headline.  Dude, any recipe that starts off like that sounds delicious to me. 

Class of 2010.

Squirrel Master's picture

Louisville is considered the fattest city. We say its because of the Sullivan culinary school and how so many graduates open up restaurants in town, but really its because of YUM! brands and their KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza hut along with Papa Johns being locals here.
 

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Buckeye in Illini country's picture


Life lessons the south needs to learn.

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!

HighBallAce's picture

I kind of resent this. I lived in Texas for 10 years and I worked with some of the smartest people I have ever met at Cox Communications and at Gilmer ISD as a network administrator and I helped coach basketball/baseball and football. My daughter still lives there and she's gorgeous! She's a cheerleader, plays volleyball and basketball and is very good at both sports. She's also on the honor roll so I'm pretty sure she's not stupid or ugly. I don't think it's ever right to consider someone dumb because they come from a different place than you and have different value or beliefs. I grew up as a hunter and my dad was one too. I come from a long line of hunters and I can track a deer in the woods and I'm very capable of skinning one as well as quartering one for food. My dad taught me how to do all of that and he didn't even graduate from high school but he went back and got his G.E.D. and then went on to school to be an electrician. That man could do ANYTHING and he wasn't dumb at all! He was just capable of things that folks from the city might not know how to do. I just don't see any point in considering someone dumb or ugly because their from somewhere other than where I'm from. And as far as considering girls from the south ugly, I promise you some of the girls down there are much prettier than the one's up here.

twalsh's picture

Are you from the south or did you and your family move to Texas?
Go Bucks!!

cajunbuckeye's picture

He can't hear you. Try typing in all caps.

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Oyster's picture

For the astute posters on this forum, of which there are many, they will realize by the date/time stamp that you are shamelessly attempting to capitalize and my original post below ; )

May you R.I.P. Otsego, but know this. Gaylord Rocks!

cajunbuckeye's picture

I will attempt to pile on whenever the opportunity presents itself.

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HighBallAce's picture

No I'm from here in Ohio! Delaware actually. I moved to Texas when I got engaged and married an East Texas girl from Gilmer TX. Sorry, didn't see your post.
Perfect example of us needing a notification when someone responds to our posts...

twalsh's picture

Are you from the south or did you and your family move to Texas?
Go Bucks!!

Oyster's picture

Give him a chance, he will reply.

May you R.I.P. Otsego, but know this. Gaylord Rocks!

MN Buckeye's picture

Well, as far as weird accents, my Ohio family says that mine has acquired some Minnesota flavor.
Ooh, ya, you betcha.

HighBallAce's picture

And southern food is 10 times better than northern food by the way...

cplunk's picture

I'm not even sure what would be called "Northern Food". 
Nothing beats Southern food for good old fashioned eats.

MN Buckeye's picture

I must admit that I like nearly all food, but Southern food in particular is great. My favorite has to be Creole and Cajun food, which is the main reason I keep going back to Nawlins.
What do you think, Cajun?

HighBallAce's picture

 I love some Cajun food! Some of it on the other hand is a bit much. Such as some folks gumbo....lol I lived in East Texas so we were pretty close to Louisiana and we went there quite a bit. I always enjoyed the bayou and actually wish I lived there cause the Cypress tree's in the swamp with Spanish moss is just beautiful.
In Longview Texas there is a Mexican restaurant called Posados that if you ever have a chance of going there, it is by far the best Mexican food I have ever had! They also have some of the best Chinese food I have ever had in Tyler Texas. 

cajunbuckeye's picture

I came for Mardi Gras, but stayed for the gumbo. I've traveled the country and abroad; New Orleans has the best food, hands down.

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HighBallAce's picture

Yeah if they aren't putting coon or opossum in the gumbo......lol

cajunbuckeye's picture

I can't speak for the opossum, but I had some raccoon last Christmas, that a buddy's mother had made, that was very tasty.

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droessl's picture

Eastern NC BBQ FTMFW

HighBallAce's picture

OMG.....BBQ in the south is just sooooo good! I don't understand how they can't get it right here like they can down there. I'm sure somewhere is a place to get good BBQ here in Ohio but I'm not sure it would compare to some of the BBQ I had down south. I would kill for Spring Creek BBQ or Bodacious, They are just soooo good! And I haven't had any around here that compares.

Oyster's picture

Come to my house Sat.  I'm putting the Boston Butt on at 9:00am.  Head east out of Gahanna and roll your window down, you will know where to go by the aroma of Cherry and Apple wood in the air.

May you R.I.P. Otsego, but know this. Gaylord Rocks!

Buckeyeneer's picture

Are you in Gahanna, Oyster? I live here currently though I am buying a house on the north side and will be leaving soon.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

Betelgeuse's picture

When I read the "bad food" part, I thought they meant bad for you.  Not bad tasting.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Sweet. Virginia's shaded white. That must mean I'm not ugly!

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William's picture

People voting on these categories clearly haven't been to these states, as the three biggest shitholes I've been to in regards to states are Michigan (The UP should secede from the Mitten), South Carolina and Louisiana. Also, Texas and Georgia have some mighty attractive people.

Idaho Helga's picture

My thoughts exactly and I have traveled through most of our states.  The polling on Idaho was an indication to me that people haven't been here much.  I talk to people all over the country daily at my job and if they've been to Idaho they all remark about how pretty it is here and how everybody was nice.  Whatever. I live in a town of 12,000 folks and I think that's about 11,500 too many.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Oh that's just wrong about the UP. I'm a pretty out doorsie type and I love it up there. If I have the means to go anywhere in the world, it isn't the UP but it is a great place to camp and fish. Again, if that's your particular cup of coffee.
I like New Orleans too but saying Louisianna is cool because of N.O. is like saying Illinois is cool because of Chicago...lemme tell ya, it isnt.

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William's picture

Oh I like the UP, it's the rest of Michigan that sucks. Which is why I made the "The UP should secede from the Mitten" comment. Also I love the outdoors and Alaska is far and away the best state I have ever been to. 

BrewstersMillions's picture

Bah. Reading comprehension isn't one of my strong suits. My bad.
Never been to Alaska. Its on the list.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

MN Buckeye's picture

I think part of this perception of the stupid and ugly stems from the fact that Mississippi and Alabama have among the very worst public school systems state-wide.  Every state will have areas of which they are proud and of which they are embarrassed.  I lost a tooth and have been waiting for the implant to adhere, and I have been told I look like someone from ________ (Alabama, West Virginia, choose your state).

FROMTHE18's picture

I, for one, quite enjoy Ohio women over the rest of the country...

OurHonorDefend09's picture

Mmm mmm. Love me some Ohio girls, especially from the wealthier areas/HS in cincy. I don't know why, but while at OSU the most attractive Ohio girls seemed to be from that area. 

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FROMTHE18's picture

Dublin and Worthington have some fantastic looking women around Columbus area...UA is also pretty solid 

RedStorm45's picture

Texas is actually pretty cool (depending on where you go).

Idaho Helga's picture

Agreed ....unless you are in El Paso.

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

I grew up in Ohio not far from WV and KY and I swear the Ohio River is a barrier of ugly. This map is proof. Cross over into Huntington, WV or Ashland, KY and see what I mean.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

Squirrel Master's picture

then how do you explain Ann Arbor?

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Lake Erie used to be polluted but now it's not?

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

Bobcat04's picture

IBSAG, are you from The Burg?  The comment you made above led me to check out your profile, and with the sports moment being from the State Title game against Warren JFK, well I put two and two together.  You'd be a little older than me (I graduated in '96), but always nice to make that connection.

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Bobcat, I am. I was on that Burg 89 team. My old man use to be the track coach ;)

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

Squirrel Master's picture

How in the world is Michigan not in the top 5!
anyone who says southern food is bad, has never been in the south! That is all I have to say about that.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

harleymanjax's picture

I thought the stereotype of the toothless southern redneck was false until I moved down south! The oral hygiene down here is atrocious!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

Betelgeuse's picture

Tooth brushes were invented in Alabama.  If they were invented anywhere else they would've been called teeth brushes.

Jelligrim's picture

From my spring break days in the late 90's here is the order of attractive college women:
1.Georgia
2. LSU
3. Auburn
4. TOSU
5. Ohio U
 
The rest of the SEC and other B1G schools had little to offer.

Oyster's picture

It wouldn't have hurt to put OSU as #1.  Nobody would have faulted you for that.

May you R.I.P. Otsego, but know this. Gaylord Rocks!

northcampus's picture

This list isn't bad, however, I would argue that Clemson and UT-Austin should replace Auburn and Ohio U.  I would even argue that Florida should be at least tied with OSU.  Blondes tend to be the best at UF and Clemson, while LSU and UT-Austin tend to have the best brunettes. Georgia has everything...unreal what UGA has to offer when it comes to co-eds. 

Earle's picture

You have clearly learned nothing from Johnny's lists.

Italics are for emphasis.

Buckeyeneer's picture

I got me a Miami (OH) girl. Attractive as she is, sadly, I got the one without the trust fund.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

JKH1232's picture

Actually, further research has falisified those reports- it turns out, the fattest states are in the Upper Midwest- Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and, yes, even Ohio ranks pretty high.  It turns out that people in the south are just more honest when asked by a complete stranger on the phone what they weigh. 
 
But, hey, keep finding ways to make yourself feel better about the state you're living in by running others down.

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Do you happen to have a citation for the source of your claim?

Buckeyeneer's picture

Easy there fella. Pretty sure no one here filled out that survey.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

Unky Buck's picture

These reports aren't false at alll because it's not actually a report. This was a survey that asked people to state what states they felt were   (fill in the blank)   and you could not name your own state. That's all this is. This isn't a report on what states are actually the fattest or drunkest...just the perception of who is.
And on top of that, of the 300,000,000 million people that live in this country, they surveyed just over 1,000 people. It's a small sample size in the overall scheme of things. This is absolutely nothing to worry about and is just for humorous fun...chill out...

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southernstatesbuckeye's picture

Alabama's finest.  I always was a "leg" man.

Earle's picture

Oh, man, I can never unsee that now.

Italics are for emphasis.

MN Buckeye's picture

Is she really sitting on a folding chair?!

Earle's picture

If it wasn't, it is now.

Italics are for emphasis.

Buckeye in Illini country's picture


Bravo.

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!

Buckeyeneer's picture

Yeah, I think all chairs are folding chairs with her.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

bigbadbuck's picture

Collapsing actually

Oyster's picture

Who wants to bet me a $1.00 her shoes are slip ons?

May you R.I.P. Otsego, but know this. Gaylord Rocks!

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

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btalbert25's picture

HEY, THAT'S SOMEONE'S DAUGHTER YOU ARE OGLING OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

buckeyedude's picture

That can't be real.

 

 

buckz4evr's picture

She obviously has a medical condition

kyletp2's picture

You are delusional if you think Ohio girls are better looking the Texas girls! What a joke!  After living in Ohio for over 20 years the only state with worse girls ...is Michigan 

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HighBallAce's picture

Those Texas girls have that sexy little accent too! Georgia girls do as well!
My ex and I went to see the real Tara in Atlanta, or rather the inspiration for it. Margaret Mitchell's real home. Anyway, this lady was doing a tour of the house. She was all dressed up like they did back then and she started telling us this story about how the "damn Yankee's" and Gen. Sherman burned everything in the Atlanta area. I mean she was seriously getting into it and she was ticked. Then all of a sudden she asks us where we were from so my ex says, "I'm from Texas!" So the lady was like, a nice southern couple! So then my ex she goes, "well he's not from Texas. He's from Ohio!"....lol The lady was rude to me the whole tour after that.....lol
Tara is the home in Gone with the Wind. It's Scarlett's home!

kyletp2's picture

Ha that story is so true! Dated a girl from Georgia and once the grandma heard I was from ohio...just called me a Yankee the rest of my time there!

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Fugelere's picture

Same here.  Not only did they call me a Yankee but also told me my accent was obnoxious.

ArTbkward's picture

You should have said you were from Lancaster, Ohio- home of General William Tecumseh Sherman himself.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

HighBallAce's picture

Uh no thanks.....They still believe in lynching people down there.....lol

vitaminB's picture

Recently went on an Army Staff Ride where the staff officers go out to a battlefield with their Battalion Commander.  Any way, we went along Sherman's march to the sea.  At one stop I yelled Big Ten Dominance, bitches.  Didn't go over well.

Charlene's picture

About the only difference between a northern girl and a southern girl is that the northern girl will say, " you can", but the southern girl will say,"y'all can".

HighBallAce's picture

That's not true at all. They also say, "fixin to," "let me carry you to the store," "I might could," and a whole buch of other little sayings.

cinserious's picture

@highballace, for a second there I thought you were going to say Tara was a famous star from "Girls Gone Wild".

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

SGTREDLEG's picture

ALASKA, were the Men are Men and so are the Women.

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Otown Buckeye's picture

I moved to Florida to go to college.  I mostly hit it from the back.  And it was usually dark.  And I was usually hammered.

"because we couldn't go for three"

buck-I.8's picture

How dare anyone downvote this post

Otown Buckeye's picture

Plenty of trolls.  None of them had Mr. Winky.

"because we couldn't go for three"

yrro's picture

Really don't get the Southern hate. I can't think of anything I hate more than the SEC, but every time I've been to the South it's been pretty darn nice, with nice people. As opposed to my visits to say, Detroit, LA, or New York.
One of the biggest first impressions I had when I moved to Ohio from Kentucky was how much time the rednecks I went to school with here spent looking down their noses at the rednecks I went to school with there. I've got family in both places... it's really pretty much the same, you just trade corn for tobacco and scramble the accents.

SouthernSailor's picture

I am from the South and have traveled all over the place. I am going right back after the Navy! People up North and on the West Coast seem really rude in comparison to the south. Also I cant stand accents from the northwest lol. Plenty of attractive people here in the south, but plenty more attractive people from the rest of the country. They counter it with shit attitudes.

twalsh's picture

Where are you from?

SouthernSailor's picture

I am from Jacksonville, FL. But being from a Navy family as well I have been literally everywhere.

Dirty419Boy's picture

Ohio and the Midwest in general are EASILY the friendliest part of the country.

SouthernSailor's picture

I consider New England as more of the "Up North". Also recent polls (I provide the CNTtraveler) have proven my statements:
 
The Five Friendliest:
#1. Charleston, South Carolina
#2. Galena, Illinois
#3. Savannah, Georgia
#4. Asheville, North Carolina
#5. Austin, Texas

The Five Least Friendly:
#1. Newark, New Jersey
#2. Oakland, California
#3. New Haven, Connecticut
#4. Detroit, Michigan
#5. Atlantic City, New Jersey

Buckeyeneer's picture

They are not nicer. "Bless your heart" doesn't mean what you think it does.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

Buckeyeneer's picture

Having worked in the south, my experience is that they are friendly until they find out you are from the north, then you are a Yankee and it invalidates anything you will ever say.
These are all broad representations of course. We all know that there are friendly and unfriendly, beautiful and ugly, smart and dumb people everywhere.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

dubjayfootball90's picture

now this was pretty funny

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

ODEEZ330's picture

Southern women and hospitality are second to none. These were haters on this poll. Lived in florida for a yr and the girls while stupid, crazy, and shallow were super hot.

O'Deez330
stark county football

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

Sweet tea. I would move to the south just for sweet tea. If you ask for it up here they offer some sort of awful fruit flavored tea. When you give up and ask for a plain iced tea, they bring it with lemon even when you ask for no lemon. If places up here can't get tea right, they can't get food right either.

BucksfanXC's picture

Everyone thinks negatively of the state below them. It's a fact

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BUCKtuckian's picture

Why do all the trees in Ohio point north?
Cause M!ch!gan SUCKS!

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TraptnMI's picture

Living in Arizona, OHIO and Mitchagain, I can assure you the last two must "F" anything with two legs or four to end up with the final product I see at home games. Mitchagain is even worse. Western girls are the ticket, followed by Texas, the southern girls and I have to show some special love to my honeys in Mt. Washington, Anderson Township. Ohio State cheerleaders are the best they've EVER looked. They would not make the top 25. Just saying how I see it. the truth is so very hard to swallow.

" It's real good whatcha done Anthony, real good ! "

cinserious's picture

College cheerleader hotness is a good barometer for overall hotness of a state. That being said, Oregon would almost always be tops but places like Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, the Cali schools and Florida schools all make a rotation in the top 5. Big-10 squads typically aren't on the same level.

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Really cool article.  Those maps were pretty funny to go through.