Believe it or not, Mississippians can read...and write and this campaign has been created to make sure that you know not just about its famous writers but about all the good stuff that has come from the Magnolia State. (Peavey amps?)
Okay, I'll fess up to being one of those people who has, many, many times in the past, made fun of good old Mississippi. After all, I was born and raised in Alabama and Alabamians thank the good powers that be for Mississippi, for without that state Alabama would finish last (or first, depending on your perspective) on every one of those godawful list. Not to mention what kid hasn't had a chip on his shoulder since fifth grade geography and the days of having to spell states on a test for the first time? And no, that damn song doesn't work, because you simply can't make me want to utter "humpback" and "crooked letter" out loud or in my head too much. It's not healthy. Aside from that, the only thing positive an Alabamian would say about the inferior state to its left would be that five of them makes for the perfect count for rushing the quarterback in a game of pickup football.
Anyway, now that I'm older, I'm not afraid to admit that I may have been wrong. I've spent a few very enjoyable days in the state, won--and lost--a few bucks at its casinos, browsed books and felt Faulkner's presence in Oxford, had a few drinks in Hattiesburg, good times enough to know that Mississippi ain't all bad. In fact, I'll go so far as to admit that if someone held a gun to my head right now and made me move to one of the two states, it might just be Mississippi. Or I might just let them pull the trigger. Still, no more Mississippi jokes from me. I think I'll spend more time making fun of Florida.