Photos below.... and I don’t know how I got a copy of this joke, years ago, or who wrote it.
I switched the names and references from the Virginia Mountaineer of Grundy, Backbone Ridge, Haysi, and Bubba to the Powell Valley News in Lee County, Cumberland Mountain, Rose Hill, and Joan -- so that I am the butt of the joke.
Does that make the joke less “politically incorrect?” Here’s the joke….
After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year, New York scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 100 years and came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 100 years ago. Not to be outdone by the New Yorkers, in the weeks that followed, a California archaeologist dug to a depth of 20 feet, and shortly after, a story in the LA Times read: "California archaeologists, after finding 200 year old copper wire, have concluded that their ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network a hundred years earlier than the New Yorkers." One week later, the Powell Valley News in Lee County, Virginia reported the following: "After digging as deep as 30 feet in her backyard near Cumberland Mountain in Rose Hill, a self-taught archaeologist reported that she found absolutely nothing. Joan has therefore concluded that 300 years ago, that part of Virginia had already gone wireless." Hillbillies are such a proud bunch.
Wi-Fi is now available in Rose Hill Library’s parking areas. The maple tree beside the library offers some delightful shade and there’s a nice view of the cliffs from under that shade tree.