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    Cyburbian Plus
    Jun 2003
    De Noc

    Onion Headline - Local Trailer Park Shatters No Stereotypes


    Very often, one forms a set of preconceived notions about a type of person based on generalizations, but then a closer examination of the individuals within the situation allows one to look beyond these stereotypes," said University of Oklahoma sociologist Dr. Terry Atkins, who recently completed an in-depth three-year study of the trailer park. "Such is not the case here,
    Fact is stranger than fiction ?
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)

    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    OH....IO Hink's avatar
    Jan 2005
    Hang on Sloopy...land
    I like that I can just read the Onion headlines and laugh. I don't even need to go to actually read their articles.
    A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. -Douglas Adams

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    Cyburbian Linda_D's avatar
    Nov 2006
    Jamestown, New York
    I'm not surprised.

    Trailer parks are the low-income neighborhoods of rural America (and sometimes suburbia). The nicest ones are generally the ones that are a) resident owned or b) located in areas that don't allow homes on private land or have high housing costs or c) have strong park rules that are enforced. The worst ones are older, smaller, and generally owned by individual proprietors who also own at least some of the trailers that they rent out. If the park owners don't maintain their rentals and/or don't require residents to maintain their homes, the entire park quickly turns into Kitty's Kourt.

    My question is, why did it take this guy three years to figure out these folks were white trash?

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    Cyburbian dandy_warhol's avatar
    Aug 2005
    Consider the source.


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    Cyburbian otterpop's avatar
    Jul 2003
    Down by Dun Ringill
    Blog entries
    My last year of undergrad I lived in a trailer park near the Hercules gunpowder factory. My neighbors were a curious collection of human flotsam and jetsom, but I had no problems. One day while walking to the store a mama cat and her kittens was in one of the yards. One of the kittens followed me to the store and back home. We split a can of sardines. Best cat I ever had.
    "I am very good at reading women, but I get into trouble for using the Braille method."

    ~ Otterpop ~

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