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On Mardi Gras Day, it’s time for a Moon Pie

It’s Fat Tuesday, and parades are rolling across the Gulf Coast throughout the day, bringing the 2012 carnival season to a close. While beads are the attraction in New Orleans (okay, maybe it isn’t the beads but what some people will do to get them), in Mobile, the birthplace of Mardi Gras, it’s all about […]

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Gun or Truck? Let the debate begin!

When we recently posted our 10-Step Program for Real Southerness, it of course evoked some debates about what was included and what was not. One such debate deserves a bit of reckoning. Reader Jill Manuel noted the lack of one iconic piece of Southern manhood: the pick-up truck. We admit; we blew it. How we […]

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Uncommon Decency and the Southern Man

When you create, you expect critics. And in the wide open world of the internet, with its promise of faceless anonymity, the critics are harsher than ever. We knew that full well before starting this site.

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The Great Dog Experiment of 2011

In the annals of great Southern experiments, there are many failures. Add to that list the recent attempt of the Franklin family to get a new pet, a.k.a The Great Dog Experiment of 2011, a.k.a The Christmas of Disappointment.

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One Southern Man’s View: Why I’m a Bama Fan

In a re-match of the hyperbolically named “Game of the Century” from early November, Alabama and LSU, with their good-enough offenses, will attempt to find the end zone against the best two defenses in the land. Despite the unrelenting hype for this game, this Alabama alumnus has found it difficult to get excited about the game.

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Take That, Thanksgiving!

I know it has become fashionable to rant and rave about Christmas encroaching on Thanksgiving’s territory, but don’t be surprised if I mock you for espousing that sentiment. If history has taught us anything, it’s that Thanksgiving is a cruel, evil holiday that is slowly trying to kill me and my family.

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A Little Help Please!

On the three-month anniversary of the tornadoes that ripped through the heart of the South, RSM Lee Meadows reflects on what it means to help.

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Be a Real Southern Man #14

Welcome to your virtual manual for becoming a Real Southern Man.

Today’s how-to tip is one that we hold especially dear here at RSM. In fact, there wouldn’t be an RSM if it weren’t for this particular Southern tradition.

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Twanglish Lesson: Supper vs. Dinner

Twanglish Lessons is your bi-weekly guide to mastering the finer points of the official Southern language. Remember, it’s not English; it’s Twanglish.

Today’s Twanglish Lesson highlights a noticeable generation gap among Southerners. In fact, no one over 50 in the South has ever eaten lunch a day in their life…

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Twanglish Lesson: Southern Cussemisms

Twanglish Lessons is your bi-weekly guide to the finer points of the official Southern Language. Remember, it’s not English; it’s Twanglish.

In keeping with our de facto theme for the week, today we take a look at those uniquely Southern euphemisms for cuss words. We call them “cussemisms.”

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