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(NBC News)   Besides WalMart, the KKK and Honey Boo Boo, what has the South ever given to us? Sh*tty drivers?   (usnews.nbcnews.com ) divider line 207
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2013-12-19 02:16:45 PM  

ChipNASA: [conservativeangle.com image 444x360]


Well, bless your heart.
 
2013-12-19 02:17:31 PM  
 
2013-12-19 02:19:39 PM  
monoski: phillydrifter: Ugh. Hot girls with southern accents.

Instead of saying "did you cum?" they say "did ya'll cum?"


howabout..
"I'm fixin ta cum!"

I started laughing, she left
 
2013-12-19 02:20:15 PM  
the south will hoveraound again!
 
2013-12-19 02:25:41 PM  
I actually don't have too much of a problem with this list.

I've lived all over the US, east & west coasts, north and south, usually for a year or so at a time - long enough to soak up the local color.

My personal top 3 worst list reads:
   1. North Carolina
       They will pass on the right, on an empty, 2-lane road.  That means driving on the shoulder.  Been pushed off the road twice on my motorcycle by blind mergers.  Saw a sand truck stuck in a ditch - they slid off the road after less than a quarter inch of snow (also cancelled school, and there was a run on the supermarkets, many of which were out of product - the delivery trucks were there, but no one showed up to work to unload them)

   2. Texas
       Any weather - anything at all; drizzle/light rain, temps below 50, god forbid hail or snow or any thing freezing, and they flip out.  I've actually seen 3 lane highways blocked because it started raining and groups of cars would pull under a bridge and hide till it passed.  I've seen people literally drive off the road due to fear, white knuckled and pinhole pupils.  That, and they have no idea how to use on/off ramps and merge lanes - so expect someone to pull onto a 75mph highway going 35 and only then speeding up.

   3. California
       Not as bad as you'd think.  The worst is, of course, foreigners.  I've seen on multiple occasions, a car parked in a middle or left lane of 880 or the 101 at least 3 times.  Not on the shoulder, in the passing lanes, full stop, with someone trying to read a map or talking on a cell phone, trying to figure out where they're going.  I saw a guy nearly hit one at full speed across from the Fry's that looks like a Mayan temple, because he wasn't expecting someone to slam on the breaks and come to a complete stop for no reason.  You also gotta watch out for lane-splitting motorcyclists who split when it's not legal to do so, which is most of the time.
 
2013-12-19 02:25:55 PM  
Why are seatbelt violations included in this?

Whether a person wears a seatbelt or not has nothing to do with ability to drive or propensity for causing an accident (though I've heard that wearing a seatbelt may make some more likely to drive in a reckless manner as the seatbelt gives some people a sense of invincibility, brought on in part by the seatbelt propagandists who tell you that a seatbelt will protect you from virtually anything.)

As a seatbelt law is merely a nanny law designed to protect motorists from ourselves in the event of an accident, such a statistic should be excluded from rankings like this.
 
2013-12-19 02:29:14 PM  

CeroX: I'm a little more than concerned that the Thumper keg in that picture has duct tape holding the seams together...


Hopefully it's the heat-resistant variety...not exactly HVAC but close enough.
 
2013-12-19 02:37:00 PM  

MJMaloney187: dj_bigbird: Wasn't the KKK more of a northern thing, really? Places like Indiana, Michigan, etc. I'm skeered to google it at work.

Nope. The first Hooded Order was founded in Tennessee, the second Hooded Order in Atlanta. The founding fathers were "six well educated confederate veterans". The KKK is solidly South.


The north didn't need the KKK they had corrupt big city police departments and restrictive covenants to keep black people in their place.
 
2013-12-19 02:43:44 PM  
We always felt that Yankees were like hemorrhoids. When they come down and go back up, they are tolerable. When they come down and stay, they are a constant source of irritation.

/'Nuff said.
 
2013-12-19 02:47:00 PM  

bopis: MJMaloney187: dj_bigbird: Wasn't the KKK more of a northern thing, really? Places like Indiana, Michigan, etc. I'm skeered to google it at work.

Nope. The first Hooded Order was founded in Tennessee, the second Hooded Order in Atlanta. The founding fathers were "six well educated confederate veterans". The KKK is solidly South.

The north didn't need the KKK they had corrupt big city police departments and restrictive covenants to keep black people in their place.


Actually, Maine had some fairly active chapters. Mind you, they were mostly focused on the dirty, dirty, dirty Canuckistanis, but still, let's not pretend that the East didn't have their share of racist asshats. Not to mention, Darwin's boy contributed to the field, and was sort of dick about it.
 
2013-12-19 02:53:44 PM  

Lee451: We always felt that Yankees were like hemorrhoids. When they come down and go back up, they are tolerable. When they come down and stay, they are a constant source of irritation.

/'Nuff said.


Also known as the difference between a "yankee" and a "damn yankee". Yankees come to visit. Damn yankees come to stay.
 
2013-12-19 02:55:34 PM  

Maud Dib: ChipNASA: [conservativeangle.com image 444x360]

Well, bless your heart.


I speak southern and I see what you did there.

/"you poor thing, I'm so sorry."
 
2013-12-19 02:55:45 PM  

Lee Jackson Beauregard: monoski: phillydrifter: Ugh. Hot girls with southern accents.

Instead of saying "did you cum?" they say "did ya'll cum?"

[yosemite-sam.net image 320x240]

It's Y'ALL, ya long-eared Yankee varmint!  Th' 'postrophe goes where th' missin' lettahs ah!


And speaking of that, the South gave the English language an easy-to-say contraction for second person plural that isn't some clumsy phrase like "you guys", which is horrible.
 
2013-12-19 03:06:05 PM  

vudukungfu: dabbletech: The safest states (the survey includes the District of Columbia) were mainly in the Northeast and the Midwest:
Vermont
Utah
New Hampshire
Minnesota
Oregon
Maine
Connecticut
District of Columbia
Iowa
Massachusetts

/pussies

No need for a permit to carry concealed in Vermont.


Sorry, I didn't mean in general.  Just a reference to safe driving.

Poor joke.
 
2013-12-19 03:11:16 PM  
NASCAR Grand National Stock Car Racing.

And some seriously hot babes.
 
2013-12-19 03:13:14 PM  
The author must have been too traumatized by Maryland drivers to list them as worst of the worst.

/Yay grits!
 
2013-12-19 03:29:52 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com

A is buying an RC and a Moon Pie. The guy behind the counter says "I can tell you're from the South." The man says "Oh really?" Counter guy says "Yup. You're buying an RC and Moonpie and this is a hardware store."
 
2013-12-19 03:34:45 PM  

Lee Jackson Beauregard: monoski: phillydrifter: Ugh. Hot girls with southern accents.

Instead of saying "did you cum?" they say "did ya'll cum?"

[yosemite-sam.net image 320x240]

It's Y'ALL, ya long-eared Yankee varmint!  Th' 'postrophe goes where th' missin' lettahs ah!


Also, y'all is second person plural.  Fills a gap in standard English, the same way "you guys" does for some northerners.

Unless you're having a threesome, she's not going to say "y'all."
 
2013-12-19 03:38:36 PM  

hubiestubert: bopis: MJMaloney187: dj_bigbird: Wasn't the KKK more of a northern thing, really? Places like Indiana, Michigan, etc. I'm skeered to google it at work.

Nope. The first Hooded Order was founded in Tennessee, the second Hooded Order in Atlanta. The founding fathers were "six well educated confederate veterans". The KKK is solidly South.

The north didn't need the KKK they had corrupt big city police departments and restrictive covenants to keep black people in their place.

Actually, Maine had some fairly active chapters. Mind you, they were mostly focused on the dirty, dirty, dirty Canuckistanis, but still, let's not pretend that the East didn't have their share of racist asshats. Not to mention, Darwin's boy contributed to the field, and was sort of dick about it.


The original KKK was formed to fight Reconstruction and was completely southern.  A second and, for a time, very successful Klan was formed in 1915 in, I believe, Atlanta, but was big in parts of the North, especially Indiana, during the 1920s.  "Konklave in Kokomo" is a good article about it, if you can find it.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Aspirin-Age-1919-1941-essential/dp/0848816 61 7
 
2013-12-19 03:39:11 PM  

jigger: Lee Jackson Beauregard: monoski: phillydrifter: Ugh. Hot girls with southern accents.

Instead of saying "did you cum?" they say "did ya'll cum?"

[yosemite-sam.net image 320x240]

It's Y'ALL, ya long-eared Yankee varmint!  Th' 'postrophe goes where th' missin' lettahs ah!

And speaking of that, the South gave the English language an easy-to-say contraction for second person plural that isn't some clumsy phrase like "you guys", which is horrible.


Oops, I see you covered this already.
 
2013-12-19 03:41:28 PM  

QueenMamaBee: Hal5423: [upload.wikimedia.org image 260x218]

Too soon?

If only that was the Dillion twat in that 3 car. >:(


i750.photobucket.com
 
2013-12-19 03:42:08 PM  
People keep leaving the whole moon-race thing off the list. The whole engineering part of NASA is in Huntsville Alabama.
 
2013-12-19 03:42:32 PM  
i1180.photobucket.com

D.C. is in the top because everyone in Maryland and Virgina knows that they can't drive for shiat and have two speeds -  2x the speed limit and Big Pimpin Slowdown.  They are given a very, very wide safety zone.

// I hate D.C. drivers
 
2013-12-19 03:52:30 PM  
Coca-Cola, Pepsi, cheerwine, any sugary soft drink.
 
2013-12-19 04:46:54 PM  

mdeesnuts: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Elegy: Black people. The south gave you a culturally disctinct population of black people in America.

If you don't like the south, you're probably racist.

Oh, please, there are black people in the northeast. They just keep them tucked away in small little pockets and separated from the decent blue blooded folks.

Too true. NY, NY.

The red dots show white people, blue is black, orange is Hispanic, green is Asian, and yellow is other, according to maps of 2010 Census data by Eric Fischer.


I don't really think NYC is representative of the northeast in general, but yeah, that map definitely shows how segregated even a densely populated city is in the north.
 
2013-12-19 04:54:51 PM  
I've been all over this great nation and I feel comfortable in saying that, by far, the worst drivers in the Untied States of America are from Los Angeles, California.

/dnrtfa
 
2013-12-19 05:01:05 PM  
The South has given a LOT to the world, culturally, and birthed most major American music forms (blues, rock, and jazz just to name a few). But it would be extremely helpful if the South itself (well, white southerners) would be proud of these things instead of being pround of things like civil war "heros".

But for that to happen, white southerners would have to be proud of black people from the south, and black people would have to be willing to admit the south as having a good side.

Soooo.... Probably not gonna happen. But every time I listen to Louis Armstrong it reminds me of what was great about the South (where I grew up) and simultaneously reminds me that he left it because as a black man his greatness would always be supressed if he stayed (I honestly don't want to think what could have happened to him if he had stayed there).
 
2013-12-19 05:25:31 PM  
Completely inaccurate.

New Hampshire has the worst drivers in this part of the galaxy.
 
2013-12-19 05:34:04 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: The south is truly a cultureless backwater. Please, never come here.


Hear, hear.

'Tis truly a stopped-up commode. You'd be better off somewhere else.

...

I can't do it. PA drivers are THE WORST, followed (too) closely by Massholes. Go fark yourselves and your satanic offspring.

/ah
//much better
///sips sweet tea while admiring the magnolias...
 
2013-12-19 06:14:57 PM  

Onkel Buck: IamSporko: Onkel Buck: Most of the bad drivers in NC are actually from New York

This


Although, this time of year just sucks for driving...gotta buy stuff...for Jesus...or something

csb
Saw a wreck last Friday across from work...small SUV pulled out in traffic trying to make a left....ended up hitting 3 cars in the street, jumped the curb and landed on top of a parked car. Tow company had to get a big ass crane to clean up the mess.
/csb

Where the hell did that happen?


On Buck Jones Road. The SUV guy was trying to turn left out of South Hills' parking lot and ended up in Crazy Fire's parking lot instead.
 
2013-12-19 06:15:04 PM  

BunkoSquad: enry: And pecan pie

And bourbon.

TO BOURBON!

Agreed.

Grits, however. Grits are made out of the stuff that's scoured out of Satan's bathroom.


Hey now, you've obviously only had Quaker quick grits.

Good ol' home made grits with cheddar cheese are indeed the food of the gods, and this coming from an
unreconstructed Yankee from New Jersey.  And biscuits and gravy.

/Is amazed at how many drivers in the DC area seem to have learned in Louisiana.
 
2013-12-19 06:24:59 PM  

hubiestubert: DROxINxTHExWIND: MrJesus: Also - to those who think grits are the devil's work:

[img.foodnetwork.com image 616x462]

Get some.


Man, I'm not even going to dignify them with a response. Grits with salt, pepper, and butter are farking delicious.

Up here in Yankeeland, I have discovered that folks in New England who DO happen to have some notion of what grits are, cover theirs in maple. It is an abomination, and we should never speak of it again...


Grits... and maple syrup......

www.troll.me

As long as they're plain grits.....
 
2013-12-19 06:27:45 PM  

All2morrowsparTs: If you don't count Virginians, there was not much happening during the Revolutionary war.


upload.wikimedia.org
Ahem...
 
2013-12-19 06:37:45 PM  

ocendot: Among the more notable southern contributions to this great nation...


Sorry, but the Air Conditioner was first developed by Willis Carrier in Buffalo, NY.
 
2013-12-19 06:48:07 PM  

maddogdelta: ocendot: Among the more notable southern contributions to this great nation...

Sorry, but the Air Conditioner was first developed by Willis Carrier in Buffalo, NY.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Gorrie
 
2013-12-19 06:48:32 PM  

bighairyguy: The author must have been too traumatized by Maryland drivers to list them as worst of the worst.


I can sum up the Mid-Atlantic like this:

Pennsylvania - drivers wait until you're about 50 feet away and then pull out on you.
Maryland - 5 feet off your ass is considered acceptable.
Virginia - drives like retards on their way to Chuck E Cheese.
 
2013-12-19 07:02:25 PM  

Cheeseface: Yes, please stay right where you are, since we're so crappy and all you aren't missing anything.


Shouldn't that be, all you all aren't missing anything, or some such?

I need to know this, because, if I ever get motivated, I'm moving to the south where it's warm during Dec., Jan., and Feb.
 
2013-12-19 07:12:32 PM  

ocendot: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Gorrie


So, quick question. When it gets hot, do you load more ice into your machine to cool yourself down, or flip a switch/turn a thermostat.
 
2013-12-19 07:22:10 PM  

maddogdelta: ocendot: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Gorrie

So, quick question. When it gets hot, do you load more ice into your machine to cool yourself down, or flip a switch/turn a thermostat.


You're totally missing the point...where did the ice come from?Just because Orville and Wilbur didn't use a jet engine, does that make them any less the fathers of powered flight?
 
2013-12-19 07:33:04 PM  

ocendot: You're totally missing the point...where did the ice come from?


Um.... from places like this..
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-12-19 07:49:11 PM  
The aqueduct?
 
2013-12-19 08:33:00 PM  

maddogdelta: ocendot: You're totally missing the point...where did the ice come from?

Um.... from places like this..
[upload.wikimedia.org image 850x487]


in Appalachicola, FL? In the summertime? Come on.
 
2013-12-19 08:40:58 PM  

MJMaloney187: dj_bigbird: Wasn't the KKK more of a northern thing, really? Places like Indiana, Michigan, etc. I'm skeered to google it at work.

Nope. The first Hooded Order was founded in Tennessee, the second Hooded Order in Atlanta. The founding fathers were "six well educated confederate veterans". The KKK is solidly South.


Indeed, but the KKK expanded its influence as blacks migrated north looking for industrial work. They aligned themselves with left-wing labor unions to keep blacks from "taking our jarrrbs."

As a result, blacks who migrated north seeking opportunity were legally confined to congested ghettos with terrible public schools and unemployment remained high. If you couldn't join the racist labor union then you couldn't get work, and you were left to eat shiat and die.
 
2013-12-19 08:43:59 PM  

ocendot: maddogdelta: ocendot: You're totally missing the point...where did the ice come from?

Um.... from places like this..
[upload.wikimedia.org image 850x487]

in Appalachicola, FL? In the summertime? Come on.


Dude, look up "ice trade" in wikipedia. Northern towns would harvest ice when it got thick enough, then ship it around the country. It could be stored for the entire summer...yes even in Florida..in insulated icehouses.
 
2013-12-19 09:01:27 PM  

destrip: (though I've heard that wearing a seatbelt may make some more likely to drive in a reckless manner as the seatbelt gives some people a sense of invincibility, brought on in part by the seatbelt propagandists who tell you that a seatbelt will protect you from virtually anything.)


That may well be the most stupid thing I've ever read from every possible angle.
 
2013-12-19 09:05:49 PM  
Cracker Barrel?

Southern Hospitality?
 
2013-12-19 09:40:48 PM  

quietwalker: I actually don't have too much of a problem with this list.

I've lived all over the US, east & west coasts, north and south, usually for a year or so at a time - long enough to soak up the local color.

   2. Texas
       Any weather - anything at all; drizzle/light rain, temps below 50, god forbid hail or snow or any thing freezing, and they flip out.  I've actually seen 3 lane highways blocked because it started raining and groups of cars would pull under a bridge and hide till it passed.  I've seen people literally drive off the road due to fear, white knuckled and pinhole pupils.  That, and they have no idea how to use on/off ramps and merge lanes - so expect someone to pull onto a 75mph highway going 35 and only then speeding up.


Dear lord, THIS!  I have lived in Texas since 1996.  I learned to drive in California and have driven all over the US.

To give y'all a better picture, let me give you a few examples, as experienced in my 15.2 mile commute from my home in Denton County, TX to my office in Collin County, TX:

1: The lack of turn indicator use.  Dear God, these people must think that actually using a turn indicator is akin to giving information to the enemy.  The only vehicles I see that signal a turn or lane change are either school buses, big rigs or have out of state plates.  I'm an odd ball in Texas - having learned to drive in California, I use my signals, even if in a right turn or left turn only lane.

2: Speeding.  People in Texas see the sign reading "SPEED LIMIT 70" and take it as a suggestion.  If you're doing the limit, you better be in the right hand lane... and watch out for the pick up truck hauling a Bobcat on a trailer doing about 50.  I do the limit.  I've driven 35 years without a moving violation and I'm not about to start racking them up now.

3: Shooting across two or three lanes of traffic to get to the exit or business complex driveway.  Why is it these people can't think their shiat through?  If you drive the same route every day, I can guarantee the road elves have not moved the damn exit.  Get over in the right hand lane an exit or two ahead.  If the driveway you MUST use to get to work is 150 feet from the bottom of the off ramp, get off the highway the exit before and give yourself time to safely get across those three lanes.

4: Changing lanes in the intersection.  Just farking NO.  Simply because someone starts off slow from the red light, this does not give you the right to switch lanes in the middle of the damn intersection.  This includes the double left turn lane into the office complex.  No turning out of the inside lane and then going to the right hand gate.  Best one was having a County Sheriff's car make a U turn from the outside turn lane as I was slowing to make a left from the inside left turn lane.  He should be thankful I have quick reflexes and good brakes.

5: The never popular right turn from the left lane.  Most of the time, I see this as I enter the property I work at.  Most folks work in the south building, so there's usually a line in the right hand lane through the security gates.  Just because you drive some overpriced luxury car, you do not have the right to use the left gate and then turn right immediately to get to the garage.  Also, to those exiting the property as most of us are driving in - there's a three way stop by the gates.  The right of way goes to folks coming onto the property.  The first one of y'all that T-bones my car as I turn left from the entry to the north garage, I will strangle you with your own intestines.  Granted, there's only four of us that park in the north garage, but that is STILL a damn stop sign.

Don't even get me started on the drive home.
 
2013-12-19 09:56:22 PM  

ocendot: Among the more notable southern contributions to this great nation...
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[timsmithmoonshine.com image 850x687]
[2.bp.blogspot.com image 850x637]


I've dumped on the South on many a post on FARK, but the invention of air conditioning was truly a great thing, IMHO.

/ that, and BBQ....
 
2013-12-19 10:49:13 PM  

Snowrise: [i47.photobucket.com image 800x600]


I was about to throw up a snarky comment even before reading TFA and answer cheap cotton(given how it was procured... no merit points) but I see things are done in one.

Honestly I would just assume let most the South just secede already.  This time we won't conquer ask you to come back.  Sure we can still trade back and forth, but we have entirely different ways we think things should be governed.  So you can have your 3rd world Jesusland and we can have the greatest nation on Earth.
 
2013-12-19 10:51:44 PM  

Jesda: MJMaloney187: dj_bigbird: Wasn't the KKK more of a northern thing, really? Places like Indiana, Michigan, etc. I'm skeered to google it at work.

Nope. The first Hooded Order was founded in Tennessee, the second Hooded Order in Atlanta. The founding fathers were "six well educated confederate veterans". The KKK is solidly South.

Indeed, but the KKK expanded its influence as blacks migrated north looking for industrial work. They aligned themselves with left-wing labor unions to keep blacks from "taking our jarrrbs."

As a result, blacks who migrated north seeking opportunity were legally confined to congested ghettos with terrible public schools and unemployment remained high. If you couldn't join the racist labor union then you couldn't get work, and you were left to eat shiat and die.


As a Michigan native, I can say that there aren't any Klansmen in Michigan that I know of, and they REALLY wouldn't have been welcome here during slavery or the Civil War. Michigan was a VERY anti-slavery state, and we were a major route for the Underground Railroad. We wouldn't have tolerated the KKK here, and Harriet Tubman wouldn't have taken runaway slaves through here if there was any danger of being caught by the Klan in Michigan.

Indeed, Idlewilde, Michigan was one of the first resorts in the country where African Americans could own land.

So no... The KKK was never welcome in Michigan. We kinda hated slavery.
 
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