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    Honey Boo Boo
    TLC
    Honey Boo Boo
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    Honey Boo Boo and Her Colorful Clan

    This story first appeared in the April 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

    TLC's Here Comes Honey Boo Boo has lured 2.4 million viewers into a unique subculture with its own vernacular and belief system. The answers to your burning Boo Boo questions:

    What is “forklift foot”?

    June “Mama” Shannon suffered this injury years ago when a forklift ran over her left foot. The matriarch kept her deformity carefully hidden until a midseason family trip to the water park forced her to make an unforgettable -- and regrettable -- reveal.

    Who is Elvis?

    “He’s Santa Claus’ helper,” explains Honey Boo Boo herself, 7-year-old Alana Thompson. Enough said.

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    What are the Redneck Games?

    “It’s all about Southern pride, similar to the Olympics, but with a lot of missing teeth and a lot of butt crack showing,” Shannon explains of the annual Georgia event, which includes mud pit belly flops and bobbing for raw pigs’ feet.

    Is sexuality fixed or fluid?

    “Ain’t nothing wrong with being gay,” Thompson declared to her Uncle Poodle during pageant prep. “Everybody’s a little gay,” including her male potbelly pig, she later decided, thereupon naming him Glitzy.

    Does passing gas 12 to 15 times a day help you lose weight?

    According to Shannon, yes. Yes, it does.

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