My home state of Mississippi has produced music legends like Albert King, BB King, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Elvis Presley, Faith Hill, Jimmy Buffett, Hank Cochran, Charley Pride, Jimmie Rogers, Leontyne Price, Sam Cooke, Willie Dixon, etc etc etc. The complete list is much longer....
Mississippi has given the world more than its fair share of creative typists. William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Shelby Foote, Larry Brown, John Grisham, Greg Iles, Willie Morris, Tennessee Williams, Richard Wright, Richard Ford, and others came from the Magnolia State. It was once said that every woman in Greenville, MS slept with a thesaurus under her mattress.
Jim Henson and Thomas Harris (of Leland and Rich, MS, respectively) first imagined Kermit and Hannibal Lector within 45 miles of each other. In Mississippi.
Itta Bena, Mississippi, gave Washington D.C. mayor Marion Barry, so that the city could have the government it deserves.
Archie Manning, former quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, is from my hometown of Drew, Mississippi. You may have heard of his sons - Cooper, Peyton, and Eli. Mississippi also birthed Jerry Rice, Walter Payton, Cool Papa Bell, Steve McNair, and Clinton Portis.
Fannie Lou Hamer, Charles and Medgar Evers, James Meredith, and a lot of other brave civil rights activists you've never heard of are from Mississippi.
So is Jose Pacheco.
If seeing is believing, Jose Pacheco of Pearl, Mississippi, had his girlfriend pose with him for his fake driver's license.
Mississippi's winning streak ends here. This is NOT what Charles Darwin had in mind.
Thanks to the Mom O' The Sepulchre for the email.