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Friday, June 20, 2008

...ASAT Rejected West Virginia Stereotypes

Rather than do any real work for the big West Virginia Day post for ABetterWestVirginia's project, I sent the summer interns from Marshall University's Robert C. Byrd College of Blogonomics to the International Agency for the Creation and Perpetuation of Cultural Misunderstanding in Rupert, Idaho, the place where all stereotypes are considered, implemented, and propagated.

Thanks to unprecedented access to the agency's archives, the interns found out some of the considered, but ultimately rejected, submitted stereotypes about West Virginians:

From Ann Arbor, MI: West Virginian bosses give people good reasons to quit their dream job.

From Myrtle Beach, SC: West Virginians only spend money on buffets, putt-putt, and fireworks.

From Columbus, OH: West Virginians will go to any concert at the Newport, no matter how crappy.

From Grayson, KY: West Virginians are snobby city folk.

From the coasts: West Virginians are all fascists.

From Oklahoma City, OK: West Virginians are all commies.

From Chicago, IL: West Virginians are the only folks who can make a better hot dog than we can.

From Bristol, CT: West Virginians all sound like Jason Williams.

From Cambridge, MA: West Virginians are all brilliant historians.

From Philadelphia, PA: West Virginians have one testicle.

Hollywood, CA: West Virginians are great character actors.

and, finally,

From the Internet: West Virginians are a well-organized, highly connected group of bloggers.

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Blogger The Film Geek said...

Excellent post. Point made.

Thursday, June 19, 2008  
Blogger Elvis Drinkmo said...

Amen, brother, amen.

Friday, June 20, 2008  
Blogger Buzzardbilly said...

Wow. I did not know I had even one testicle. Yee-haw indeed.

Friday, June 20, 2008  
Blogger jeff said...

ha, loved this post. I'll add to your list: WV bloggers are clever.

Friday, June 20, 2008  
Blogger All Click said...

You, Sir, are a gentleman and a scholar.

I wish you had included:

From England: West Virginians live in the same state as North, South and East Virginians.

I bet you must have heard some stereotype of West Virginia while you were in Cambridge. Or maybe just blank looks.

It's always fun telling folks back home: "There is Virginia. There is West Virginia. There is a west part of Virginia, there is a west West Virginia and there is an east West Virginia. But none of these are the same."

Friday, June 20, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. I did not know that John Corbett was from Wheeling. Interesting.

He's also trying his hand at country music right now and has horrendous side burns. But I'll forgive that.

Friday, June 20, 2008  
Blogger oncee said...

Great post. Send an email to jason@keelingstrategic.com, so Jason knows to add you to the master list.

Friday, June 20, 2008  
Blogger Chris James said...

I've changed the post to make it perfectly clear that bb does not have one testicle.

Saturday, June 21, 2008  
Blogger jennyville said...

"From Grayson, KY: West Virginians are snobby city folk."


With all the recent media portrayal, I keep forgetting there are still places that make us look highfalutin' in comparison.

Saturday, June 21, 2008  
Anonymous Muze Euterpe said...

Aaaahhhhh! I was honored to find I was included in your post!

Thank you!


Saturday, June 21, 2008  
Blogger Susan said...

LOL, literally. Not only was the post funny, I also loved the comments. Especially the one about East Virginia. It's amazing to me that people think we're uneducated, yet they don't even know the name of our state. I don't have a problem differentiating between North and South Dakota...and I've never even been there. Geez.

Saturday, June 21, 2008  
Anonymous Blackjack Tournaments said...

Everything, everything.

Friday, May 20, 2011  

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