South Park

Season 2 Episode 10

Chickenpox

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Aug 26, 1998 on Comedy Central

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    • Wrong Side of the Tracks:

      When the children go to Kenny's house they cross a railroad track. On the left side of the tracks, the town is clean and the houses are nice, while the side on the right is messy and run down. This is a reference to the expression "the wrong side of the tracks" which is used to describe "the bad part of town" and the people who live there. The phrase comes from the days of coal-powered trains. The tracks would run through the town and when a train would pass through, because of the wind, it would put out a lot of pollution on one side and not the other. Eventually one side of the town would gain a higher value than the other resulting in a schism where the rich and the poor were physically separated. Despite coal-powered trains being rare these days, the effects are still present and the bad part of town is now often called the slums, ghetto, or skid row.

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