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Fried Chicken Etiquette
When in Gainesville, Ga., keep fried chicken away from this implement of doom. iStockphoto/Thinkstock
When in Gainesville, Ga., keep fried chicken away from this implement of doom. iStockphoto/Thinkstock

Popeye's chicken and biscuits were born and bred in New Orleans. The colonel fried his birds in Kentucky. But Georgians take this battered delicacy perhaps the most seriously of all Southern states.

A hot, crispy drumstick practically begs to be scooped up and devoured with your own two mitts. In the Peach State, it's the law. Technically.

A Gainesville, Ga, ordinance makes it illegal to consume fried chicken any way other than by hand. Enacted in 1961 as a PR stunt to promote Gainesville as a beacon of poultrydom, the law still remains on the books. Do not despair, however, if you find yourself using cutlery to carve up a pan-fried thigh within city limits. In 2009, a 91-year-old woman who was "arrested" for consuming fried chicken with a fork was pardoned moments later by Gainesville's mayor, on hand as part of a practical joke [source: Jordan].


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