I suppose that if there is anywhere in the United States that could qualify to be called “redneck country”, it’s Texas or Georgia…especially once you get away from the cities and into the back woods or rural areas.
Things are a bit different in redneck country. Things that aren’t considered to be culturally appropriate, things which are politically incorrect…well, those things are pretty doggone normal in redneck country.
Life moves at a slower pace and people are easier going about most things. They have strange senses of humor at times, too.
Today’s photo was taken in the woods near White City, Georgia as I was wandering around Old Car City. It stood at the edge of a large circle of old, rusting cars, but by that time I’d seen so many things that reminded me that this was “good old Georgia boy” territory that I just had to shoot it. (No, not with a gun…though that’s certainly a redneck thing to do, too!)
It was the combination of the sign and the beer can stuck on a branch that intrigued me and practically yelled, “Redneck!” So, there you have it.
Please don’t angry with me…today is the 1100th post on this blog! Celebrate and have a sense of humor!!!
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: on this day in 1807, lightning hit a gunpowder factory in the small European country of Luxembourg, killing more than 300 people. Lightning kills approximately 73 people every year in the US, but victims are almost always killed one at a time. The Luxembourg disaster may have been the most deadly lightning strike in history.
In 1807, Luxembourg was occupied by Napoleon’s army. The French dictator used the country to stockpile weapons and ammunition. Many underground bunkers were built for this purpose. In the southern Luxembourg city of Kirchberg, a fortress built in 1732 was used as an armory.
When lightning struck the fortress on June 26, the ammunition housed within ignited on contact, causing a massive explosion. Two entire blocks were completely razed by the blast, which caused several other fires to rage nearby. The London Times later reported, “This city has been plunged into the greatest consternation and distress.”
The earth experiences 8 to 9 million lightning strikes every single day. In a typical year, the United States will see about 70,000 thunderstorms somewhere in its territory. This produces approximately 20 million lightning strikes annually. A bolt of lightning can reach 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit in instant heat. There are 100 million volts in an average lightning bolt, which can be as much as five miles long.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast? Glad you asked! It’s because in earlier times it was common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned drink. To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host. Both men would drink it simultaneously. When a guest trusted his host, he would only touch or clink the host’s glass with his own.