According to state representatives, Mississippi has turned down an offer to join the 21st Century and instead will remain in the 1800s.
"At the end of the day, this is where we want to be," said Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour. "We have such a long history with the 1800s more than 200 years, in fact. And we didn't want to just throw all that away."
The decision will leave Mississippi without education and technology, but Barbour said he didn't believe Mississippi would have been placed on an equal footing with current members of the 21st Century.
"Well, that's probably true," said Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. "But, they need to understand their history. They would have needed to sit back and kind of watch how the rest of us do it for a few decades before becoming one of our flagship states."
While some in Mississippi had been pushing for the change, polls showed the majority of the state's residents opposed the move. In fact, 68-percent wanted to stay, 10-percent wanted to join the the 21st Century, 5-percent were undecided and 17-percent said: "I ain't seen you 'round here before. You best git' gone before I git to shootin'!"
The news that Mississippi would not join the 21st Century was met with celebration throughout the state, as residents fired guns wildly into the air and drove their pickups through town, honking and flying the state flag with the Confederate flag inlay.
"Umm I'm not sure that had anything to do with the news," admitted Gov. Barbour. "That's just a typical day in Mississippi. Most people haven't heard about the 1800s decision, what with not having television or radio."
While Mississippi appears set in the 1800s, sources say they will be a target of the 20th Century, which is looking to expand its membership beyond West Virginia.