I actually am one of them, though despite living here my whole life, I can offer no help in explaining why the Show Me state has varying pronunciations.
Now, let’s shit on the creator of gifs! Allow me to introduce a verb to our lexicon: Lucasing. Lucasing is defined as “tainting, degrading, or ruining one’s own creation that was beloved by the public by coming back to the creation years after it is integrated into the culture of the masses. This word, of course, originates from the Lucas that started it all, George Lucas. Han shot first, right? “But George said he didn’t! And he’s the creator of Star Wars!”
You see what I’m getting at? The creator of something doesn’t have final say on their own creation once the masses assimilate it into their culture.
Just ask a christian. They don’t give a shit what God thinks anymore. “Love thy neighbor? Well not if they’re gay, black, or poor.” But, wait, God didn’t pull a Lucas, he put the final stamp on his creation 2000 years ago; Christians are the ones fucking it up.
Man, that got out of hand quickly. Sorry, Jesus.