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    21 Things Southerners Find Pretty Weird About The North

    Why aren't people obsessed with college football??

    We asked Southern BuzzFeed staffers what they found the weirdest when they moved up north. Here are their answers!

    1. People who "wait on line" instead of waiting "in line."

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    "You wait in line, and you GO online on a computer!" —Cates Holderness

    2. Sweet tea that is anything but sweet.

    3. Everyone being super direct.

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    "In the South people are concerned about your feelings and tend to cushion things. Definitely an adjustment!" —Olivia Dame

    4. People not being obsessed with college football.

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    5. Strangers rarely interacting and the absence of polite conversations in checkout lines.

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    "In the South, someone will call you 'pumpkin' and hold a door open for you before wishing you and your family well — only for you to realize that they are a complete stranger." —Sally Kaplan

    6. People not knowing what hush puppies are.

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    "Someone thought it was a nickname for slushies." —Katherine Fiorillo

    7. The monstrosity Northerners call "potato salad."

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    "Look at this 'potato salad' I saw in my local Bed-Stuy grocery store!" —Tracy Clayton

    8. Bland-ass fried chicken and mashed potatoes.

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    "As though no one knows what salt/butter/cream is." —Katherine Fiorillo

    9. That thing Northerners dare to call "barbecue."

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    "If there is an open-flame outdoor cooking food of any type in the North, people say 'barbecue.' I was REAL confused at the first 'rooftop bbq' I was invited to: people grilling, like, asparagus, and no pulled pork in sight." —Liz Wasden

    10. The fact that no one uses koozies.

    11. The fact that summer has a proper beginning and ending.

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    12. The absence of party favors.

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    13. Everyone calling the most delicious Thanksgiving side "stuffing" instead of "dressing."

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    14. People eating grits with NOTHING in it.

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    "Grits are an opportunity." —Katherine Fiorillo

    15. Some people not even knowing what okra is.

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    "People actually haven't heard of okra. Not ever trying it, I totally get, but never hearing of it?" —Ashley McCollum

    16. People thinking "supper" is some old-fashioned word only used by grandmas.

    17. When people give the time and say it's "a quarter of."

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    "What even?" —Tracy Clayton

    18. Waiters not splitting the check for you.

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    "I never anticipated brunch involving advanced calculus." —Matt Ford

    19. People who call four-wheelers "quads."

    20. The price of housing.

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    "First, last month's rent, a security deposit, and a broker fee must be a joke, no?" —Ashley McCollum

    21. And the fact that Bojangles' isn't a thing.

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    "Why is there no Bojangles' up here? :( :( :( :( :(" —Sara Yasin

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