The bootheel.

I’ve heard the rumor that if you lop off the boot heel and add it to Arkansas, the IQ of both states goes up 10 points.

(Missouri’s “boot heel” is the southeastern part of the state that hangs south of the rest.) This “rumor” is based on a joke about Okies and California by Will Rogers, and has created what is known as the Will Rogers Phenomenon, sometimes called “stage migration.”

Along with a fine discussion of how Missourians pronounce the name of their state, I found this on the fine website Strange Maps.

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