This is an excerpt of "Whoever is leaving random bowls of mashed potatoes in Mississippi … call me," this week's column on SouthernThing.com. To read the full column now, click here, or click the link at the bottom of the excerpt. An anonymous benefactor in Mississippi is being labeled as mysterious and odd but I… Continue reading Whoever is leaving random bowls of mashed potatoes in Mississippi … call me
Last weekend, Sweetums and I were traveling around southern Alabama and Georgia taking photos for my upcoming Guide to the Quirky South (The History Press). I had several places on my list that I had never visited, including the abandoned school that serves as Hawkins Middle School in “Stranger Things.” (More on that coming soon).… Continue reading This grave in Georgia is marked by a life-sized baby elephant statue
We managed to get some of the clearest evidence yet not only that Bigfoot exists but that he is a big fan of books. the Squatch was spotted at the famous historic courthouse in downtown Monroeville, the Literary Capital of Alabama. He made the tourist stop the morning after his official appearance at the Monroe… Continue reading Bigfoot sighting in Alabama’s Literary Capital!
One of the oddities I wanted to visit when Sweetums and I visited Cleveland, Ohio, last summer is a little something known as “the Bombed Thinker.” How could you not want to visit a statue with a name like that? I’d seen the story of this replica of Rodin’s “The Thinker” on one of the… Continue reading The story behind the ‘Bombed Thinker’ statue on display outside this museum
This week's column on how to pronounce "Vienna sausage"is excerpted below. To read the full column on SouthernThing.com, click here, or click the link at the end of the excerpt. I was an adult when I realized that Vienna sausages were named for the famous city in Austria. You know, Vee-in-ah. That’s because, as a… Continue reading How do you say ‘Vienna’ sausage? We have our own way in the South