Posted by Gary Martin on June 27, 2006
In Reply to: I am from missouri posted by Bob on June 27, 2006
: : I am from missouri
: That must seem mysterious in that abbreviated form. The more complete phrase is "I'm from Missouri. Show me." Missouri, a state in middle of the US, is known as the "Show Me" state. As legend would have it, they take a stubborn pride in being skeptical, not accepting an assertion without visible proof. So the phrase in question literally means "I don't quite believe you. Show me proof."
That was also what Harry S. Truman had on the back of the 'buck stops here' sign on his desk.