New Orleans Residents Keep Humor on Tap New Orleans has always kept its sense of humor. In the 1700s, the governor refused a demand to banish immoral women, saying: "If I send away all the loose females, there will be no women left here at all." Residents still take pride in the city with its raffish reputation. As Hurricane Katrina approached, two roommates decided to stay. They joked that fleeing to the state of Mississippi would be:"fate worse than death."