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February 03, 2006

Fun Facts About Texas

Most of you probably know I live in Texas. It’s a great place to live. Since I am guest-blogging while ace is moving, I thought I would share some interesting things about Texas with you. With y’all. Whatever.

Texas is known as the “Lone Star State”. It has nothing to do with us only having one star, goodness we have as many as the rest of you. We just drink a lot of Lone Star beer.

Many Texans who do not farm have rain gauges at their homes. We love to go to work and tell all our friends “there was an inch and a half in the rain gauge yesterday”. I’m not sure why we do this. We talk about the weather but we don’t really do anything about it.

Texas is so big we have lots of different kinds of countryside. We have a seacoast. We have big pine forests. We have wooded rolling hills, and wide flat plains. We have large rocky desert places. No Great Lakes though.

Most people don’t know that Texas had a thriving lobster industry. It was wiped out by the hurricanes. FEMA is on that biatch.

Four US Presidents call (or called) themselves Texans. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon Baines Johnson (who were both born in Texas), and George H. W. Bush, and President George W. Bush (who were both not born in Texas). George H. W. Bush moved to Maine however. He really likes lobster.

Texas has great music and great musicians. Buddy Holly, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Willie Nelson just to name a few. Two of those guys are dead now, and if you’ve seen Willie lately, you’ve got to be worried.

Like many states, Texas has only one professional football team, the University of Texas Longhorns. They are in the BOO-YAH division.

Molly Ivins is right, our governor has GREAT hair. It’s perfect.

Speaking of universities, we have another great school in Texas, called Texas A&M University. The students there call themselves “Aggies”, even the girls, who are cute, smart, and really nerdy (see here). BONUS FACT: At football games, Aggies will kiss their dates every time the team scores. They don’t do this at basketball games though. There’s no point really.

Texans do not have carnal relations with livestock. That’s our story and we’re sticking to it.

Many people do not know that after Texas won its independence from Mexico, it was its own country for 10 years. That went pretty good.

Texans talk kinda funny. The Dell Computer company moved its customer service operation from Texas to India mostly because people couldn’t understand us very well.

The unofficial motto of Austin, our state capital, is “Keep Austin Weird”. They’re doing pretty good with that.

And the number one Fun Fact about Texas: Most Texans are armed. This isn’t so much a Fun Fact as it is a public service.

UPDATE: Commenter I'm from Kansas correctly points out that while Eisenhower was born in Texas, he grew up in Kansas and thought of himself as a Kansan, not a Texan. That's fair.

Kind of like GWB was born in Connecticut, but considers himself a Texan.

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posted by Dave In Texas at 09:39 AM

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