I grew up in the midwest, not the south, but it felt like there were some cultural elements that sort of sifted up our way, especially via my dad. As a result, I’ve always felt a sort of half-kinship with Southern culture coupled with a lot of baffled feelings toward just what the heck is going on down there.

To help me understand, here are what I’m told are some very quality southern memes.

10. Can’t beat the deet

Mmm, you smell like lack of bug bites.

9. Peas and thank you

It’s gonna take me the rest of my life to get over “Qcomebur.”

8. Bitter truth

What in the name of all that is good is this supposed to be?

7. Drive by saluting

I remember growin up in a town small enough that everyone did this without even knowing each other.

6. Deep breaths

I like how he’s being classy with the wine glass though.

5. Drive me crazy

They’re a lot easier to catch, too.

4. Rev your engines

How am I supposed to enjoy my pound of meat now?

3. Oh deer

This was the bane of my existence as a kid.

2. Signed, Cooter

I once walked into my own house and got growled at by a giant dog I’d never seen before.

1. You lift me up

This gives new meaning to the term “marriage bed.”

I’m not sure I totally understand Southern culture now, but I’m getting there. Ya’ll come back now, ya hear?

What’s the most distinctive thing about where you grew up?

Tell us in the comments.