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The 14 Best Things To Come Out Of The South

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1. Country Music

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According to this study, country music has surpassed even classic rock as America's favorite music genre.

2. Sweet Tea

Southern sweet tea is SO good, in fact, that in 2003, Georgia state representative John Noel tried to pass a bill to make it a requirement for every restaurant to serve it.
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Southern sweet tea is SO good, in fact, that in 2003, Georgia state representative John Noel tried to pass a bill to make it a requirement for every restaurant to serve it.

3. Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind is only second in popularity to the Bible as America's favorite book.
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Gone with the Wind is only second in popularity to the Bible as America's favorite book.

4. Barbecue

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The South contains 70 of the top 100 barbecue restaurants in the U.S.

5. Pecan Pie

Arguably the best pie, pecan pie has earned its own holiday: National Pecan Pie Day is July 12.
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Arguably the best pie, pecan pie has earned its own holiday: National Pecan Pie Day is July 12.

6. Pickup Trucks

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According to this study, women find pickup trucks to be the most attractive vehicle a man can drive.

7. Derby Hats

Derby hats have been as popular as horse racing itself for the last 100 years.
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Derby hats have been as popular as horse racing itself for the last 100 years.

8. Southern Gentlemen

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Being a southern gentleman is all about charm and manners.

9. Hushpuppies

Rumor has it that hushpuppies got their name from Confederate soldiers tossing bread on their dogs to hush them up during the Civil War.
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Rumor has it that hushpuppies got their name from Confederate soldiers tossing bread on their dogs to hush them up during the Civil War.

10. Tailgating

It's reported that 80% of the population tailgates — meaning, maybe tailgating is America's favorite halftime.
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It's reported that 80% of the population tailgates — meaning, maybe tailgating is America's favorite halftime.

11. Biscuits

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Ham and mustard are actually the favored accoutrements of biscuits in the South.

12. Porch Sitting

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It is alleged that Benjamin Franklin invented the rocking chair — the only way to TRULY enjoy a front porch.

13. Cowboys

The classic image of the cowboy is aligned with Texas, but the real origin of cowboys started in the Carolinas, Florida, Georgia, and Alabama.
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The classic image of the cowboy is aligned with Texas, but the real origin of cowboys started in the Carolinas, Florida, Georgia, and Alabama.

14. The Accents

There is no other way to say "you guys" in the South.
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There is no other way to say "you guys" in the South.

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