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What one does in East Tennessee when a beloved football coach leaves for a better job at another school. It is an
expression of grief and is done to relieve frustration and anger. The custom is thought to have originated during the American Civil War when citizens would burn the mattresses of

departing soldiers to free the mattresses from lice.
Lane Kiffin's done gone to California. I'm so mad I'm gonna go out here in front of my trailer and burn a mattress!
by Elmoe1 February 01, 2010
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