Tell Us How Many of These Southern Things You’ve Done and We’ll Guess What State You Are From

By: Teresa McGlothlin

Tell Us How Many of These Southern Things You’ve Done and We’ll Guess What State You Are From
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About This Quiz

No other part of the United States is more interesting or unique than the South! It's steeped in history and tradition, and it's impossible to grow up there without taking on some of a Southern state's traits. By the time you finish telling us about all the Southern things you have and have not done, we'll be able to figure out which of the area's states you call home. 

If you've never ended an evening at Waffle House or Cook Out, there's a good chance that you won't cross many of these stereotypically Southern things off your list. But if you've found yourself sweating over a plate of hot chicken, you'll probably be able to tick all of the boxes. No matter how many things you have or haven't done, your answers are sure to give away the Southern state that helped shape the person you are. 

Do you have a jar set aside for chasing lightning bugs? Do you have a recipe for deviled eggs? Tell us about every Southern thing you've done during your life, and your home state will be as clear as a jar of sweet tea sitting in the sun. Will we get it right, or will we need to head down South and polish our manners? Let's find out!

Woman shopping in the supermarket for some groceries Do you raid the milk and bread aisle when there's snow in the forecast?
I keep enough supplies at home to last until spring.
No, but I make sure to get extra toilet paper.
It's the first thing I do! You have to beat everyone else.
It's usually just hype. I go home to stay off the roads.

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Two little siblings catching fireflies in jars outside Have you been "lightnin' bug huntin'" since you were a kid?
I go every summer!
It's not right to catch little bugs like that.
Ugh ... I'm not touching a bug.
It has been far too long since I took a jar and went outside.

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Fresh Eggs Benedict and hash browns potatoes Have you ever ordered anything smothered, covered and peppered?
I skip the pepper.
What are you talking about?
That's the only order to place at Waffle House.
Don't forget diced!

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Lots of leftovers in plastic containers If we looked in your fridge, would we find any leftovers in old butter containers?
No, but you'll find some takeout boxes.
I have quite a collection of them!
I prefer to use Tupperware.
I save those for sending leftovers home with other people.

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Black Eyed Pea Soup Have you boosted your luck by eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day?
I eat sauerkraut for that!
Yes! I do it every year.
I can't say that I have.
I always have greens on New Year's Day.

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Woman forming a heart shape with her hands Can you say that you've sarcastically uttered the words "bless your heart"?
I can't help but roll my eyes instead.
When I say that, I mean it.
Is there any other way to say it?
It's like every other phrase out of my mouth.

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American Football match How many times have you been to a homecoming game?
One every year of my life
Once or twice
Never
More than five times

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Small Room with Flush Toilet Can you add calling it a "commode" to your list of Southern things?
What else are you supposed to call it?
It's the throne.
I call it the toilet.
I call it the "powder room."

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Young man wearing hat drinking through straw Have you ordered a Coke, even though you know there's only Pepsi on the menu?
Why would I do that?
LOL ... all the time!
I order Coke when I want a Sprite.
I always order Diet Coke.

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Memorial day flowers When was the last time you purchased flowers for Decoration Day?
It was a few months ago.
I haven't done that since I was a kid.
I've never done that.
I should remember to do that next year.

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Bottle tree Have you ever added a few colorful bottles to a bottle tree?
A what?
I've added a few to the recycling bin.
I would love to have a bottle tree.
I love the way my bottle tree looks in the sun.

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Deep Fried Turkey Have you tried your luck at deep frying a turkey yet?
I'm not trying to have a heart attack!
My deep-fried turkeys are legendary!
No, but I've eaten them. Delicious!
I really need to get a turkey fryer.

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Ice Tea with Lemon and Mint in a Jar Share your expertise! What's the best way to brew sweet tea?
Get some Mickey D.'s from the store.
You have to let it steep in the sun.
You have to make a simple syrup.
I'm a bigger fan of lemonade.

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Barbeque baby back ribs with brisket, baked potato, and Cole slaw Did you grow up calling it supper or dinner?
We called it supper at grandma's house.
We just called it grub.
It was always dinner.
I still say supper at my house.

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A person writing thank you with a Fountain pen Do you send a thank you card when you get a gift?
I used to do that, but I just send a message now.
I've never been that nice.
It's the proper way to say thank you.
I just say thanks and give them a hug.

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Live Laugh Love sign Where have you hung your "live, laugh, love" sign?
It's on the porch!
They're too rustic for me.
It's in my living room.
My bathroom could use one of those!

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Caramel Is it pronounced "caramel" or "carmel"?
It's both!
You spell it the first way and say it the second way.
It's "carmel" and ain't nobody gonna change my mind!
I have no idea what you're talking about.

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Cook Out Restaurant What's the longest you've waited in the Cook Out drive-thru lane?
It wasn't very long. They're really fast there.
I don't eat fast food.
There's a restaurant called Cook Out?
I've waited for over 30 minutes. Totally worth it!

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Hen Have you been "madder than a wet hen"?
Umm ... what?
You bet I have!
No, but I've been so mad I could have spit!
I've been mad enough to throw a hissy fit.

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Deviled Eggs Have you ever taken deviled eggs to a potluck?
No, but they are the first thing I seek out!
It's my signature dish.
Ewww!
You shouldn't take things that have mayo in them.

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Orange honeysuckle flowerheads Can you recall tasting honeysuckle right off the vine?
No, but I remember picking wild raspberries.
I loved picking honeysuckle as a kid!
There are too many bees hiding in those flowers.
I liked dandelion greens more.

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Pulled Pork Sandwich Is it true or false that you've put coleslaw on top of your barbecue sandwich?
True! It's the only way to eat it.
False! But I do put it on the side.
False! I eat coleslaw like it's the main course.
False! I throw it in the trash.

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Man and woman at gas station Are you guilty of having a 20-minute conversation with someone at the gas station?
Why, sure! You catch up when you can.
I'm always in too much of a hurry.
No, but grocery store aisles are perfect for gossip!
The post office is the best place to reunite.

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Tailgate party What's the best way to warm up at a tailgate party?
Stay at home!
Wear layers and bring blankets
There's enough team spirit to keep you warm.
I've never been tailgating, but I would sit in the car to keep warm.

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Southern yellow grits with cheese and mushrooms Shrimp or cheese? What goes on your grits?
Butter and sugar
Shrimp
I've never tried grits.
Cheese

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Seersucker How many seersuckers are there in your closet?
I only have one.
None, but I have a few moo moos.
What's a seersucker?
I have a few well-fitting cotton dresses instead.

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Greetings Did you say hello to any strangers this week?
I fed one!
I said hello to many strangers this week.
It's too dangerous to talk to strangers these days.
I'm sure I did.

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Young man swimming in lake Have you ever gone swimming at the local fishing hole?
Who doesn't?
I only swim in the ocean.
I did that when I was a kid.
There are too many alligators for that!

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Tailgate ladder Have you ever needed a step ladder to get into someone's truck?
That describes my ride to prom!
I used the Nerf bars instead.
No, but I've been to a monster truck rally.
Of course, I have!

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Nashville hot chicken Can you say you've ever ordered hot chicken?
I put hot sauce on everything!
It's the best!
It's too hot for me.
I've heard good things about it.

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