With the advent of television, information superhighways and WestLaw, have we become a nation of homogenous Cogs, or do Southerners differ from, say, our New York brethren and sistern at the bar in ways even greater than our tendency to say y’all and eat boiled peanuts with our sweet tea?

This recent spate of almost-unheard-of volumes of snow and unseasonably cold weather below the Mason-Dixon Line has driven me to pose this question. Here’s why: I’ve watched the South’s bout with winter turn into an opportunity for folks in other parts of the country to aim their regional stereotypes and insulting digs straight at all of us here in the Peach State. (And, hey, all you Pittsburghers, if you want to dig, I could have used you on my driveway weekend before last).

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