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The new Mason-Dixon Line

Posted January 9, 2009 7:23 a.m. EST
Updated January 9, 2009 7:27 a.m. EST

I'm a native North Carolinian and, hopefully, a Southern gentleman.  When I first traveled to the North, I was shocked that sweet iced tea was not available in most restaurants.  Shocked!

"Well, I declare!" I declared.

You might say that sweet tea is a major factor in the cultural divide between the North and the South.  The Mason-Dixon Line, devised in the 1700s to settle a border dispute between the colonies, has been the unofficial line of demarcation between the North and the South.  The line ran mostly along the northern Maryland border.

But a lot has changed since the late 1700s.   Where is the "new" Mason-Dixon Line?

Someone on the Web studied McDonald's locations in Virginia and marked which locations served sweet iced tea.  It draws a new line to show the sweet-tea cutoff, suggesting the North is creeping southward.  It looks like Richmond, the old Confederate capital, is now on the northern side of the line!

What do you think?

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