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Old 01-19-2012, 09:14 AM   #1
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A little more about Texas

Sometimes there is occassional ragging on Texas, both by Texas natives, and members from other states. Thought everyone might enjoy the following:

TEXAS



Here is what Jeff Foxworthy




has to say about folks from Texas ...


If someone in a Lowe's store offers you assistance




and they don't work there,


you may live in Texas ;

If you've worn shorts and a parka at the same time,




you may live in Texas ;

If you've had a lengthy telephone conversation




with someone who dialed a wrong number,


you may live in Texas ;

If 'Vacation'




means going anywhere south of Dallas for the weekend,


you may live in Texas ;

If you measure distance in hours,




you may live in Texas ;

If you know several people




who have hit a deer more than once,


you may live in Texas ;

If you install security lights on your house and garage,




but leave both unlocked,


you may live in Texas ;

If you carry jumper cables in your car




and your wife knows how to use them,


you may live in Texas ;

If the speed limit on the highway is 55 mph –




you're going 80 and everybody's passing you,


you may live in Texas ;

If you find 60 degrees 'a little chilly,'




you may live in Texas ;

If you actually understand these jokes,




and share them with all your Texas friends,


you definitely live in Texas .


Here are some little known,



very interesting facts about Texas :
1. Beaumont to El Paso : 742 miles.

2. Beaumont to Chicago : 770 miles.

3. El Paso is closer to California than to Dallas .

4. World's first rodeo was in Pecos , July 4, 1883.

5. The Flagship Hotel in Galveston is the only hotel in North
America built over water. Destroyed by Hurricane Ike -2008!

6. The Heisman Trophy was named after John William Heisman
who was the first full-time coach at Rice University in Houston .

7. Brazoria County has more species of birds than any other area in North America.

8. Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of North America 's
only remaining flock of whooping cranes.

9. Jalapeno jelly originated in Lake Jackson in 1978.

10. The worst natural disaster in U.S. history was in 1900, caused by
a hurricane, in which over 8,000 lives were lost on Galveston Island .

11. The first word spoken from the moon, July 20,1969, was " Houston ,"
but the space center was actually in Clear Lake City at the time.

12. King Ranch in South Texas is larger than Rhode Island .

13. Tropical Storm Claudette brought a U.S. rainfall record of 43" in 24 hours in and
around Alvin in July of 1979.

14. Texas is the only state to enter the U.S. by TR EATY, (known as the Constitution of
1845 by the Republic of Texas to enter the Union ) instead of by annexation. This allows
the Texas Flag to fly at the same height as the U.S. Flag, and gives Texas the
right to divide itself into 5 states at some time in the future.

15. A Live Oak tree near Fulton , Texas is estimated to be 1500 years old.

16. There is only one natural lake in the state - Caddo Lake.

17. The soda - Dr Pepper - was formulated in Waco in 1885.
There is no period in Dr Pepper.


18. Texas has had six capital cities: Washington -on- the Brazos, Harrisburg , Galveston ,
Velasco, West Columbia and Austin .

19. The Capitol Dome in Austin is the only dome in the U.S. which is taller than the
Capitol Building in Washington DC (by 7 feet).

20. The San Jacinto Monument is the tallest free standing monument in the
world and it is taller than the Washington monument.

21. The name ' Texas ' comes from the Hasini Indian word 'tejas' meaning friends.
Tejas is not Spanish for Texas.

22. The State Mascot is the Armadillo (an interesting bit of trivia about the armadillo is
they always have four babies. They have one egg, which splits into four, and they either
have four males or four females.).

23. The first domed stadium in the U.S. was the Astrodome in Houston .

Cowboy's Ten Commandments

Posted on the wall at Cross Trails Church in Fairlie , Texas :

(1)


Just one God.

(2)


Honor yer Ma & Pa.

(3)


No telling tales or gossipin'.

(4)


Git yourself to Sunday meeting.

(5) Put nothin' before God.


(6)


No foolin' around with another fellow's gal.

(7)


No killin'.

(8)


Watch yer mouth.

(9)


Don't take what ain't yers.

(10)


Don't be hankerin' for yer buddy's stuff.

Y'all git all that?





"GOD BLESS TEXAS "
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Old 01-19-2012, 09:42 AM   #2
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3. El Paso is closer to California than to Dallas .
I've always liked this one -- and also that Reno is actually west of Los Angeles.
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Hmm... Here's another one:

If you are facing 10 years of summer power blackouts, you're in Texas.

Texas Power Outages Looming Next Summer CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

Could not resist poking some fun at the state with the best BBQ ever!
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Texas Power Outages Looming Next Summer CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

Could not resist poking some fun at the state with the best BBQ ever!
Well, the good news is that real BBQ doesn't require electricity -- just a lot of time and a lot of wood. Of course, we may run out of wood if all our trees die from drought.
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Hmm... Here's another one:

If you are facing 10 years of summer power blackouts, you're in Texas.

Texas Power Outages Looming Next Summer CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

Could not resist poking some fun at the state with the best BBQ ever!
I am less worried about that than 10 more summers of drought
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Well, the good news is that real BBQ doesn't require electricity -- just a lot of time and a lot of wood. Of course, we may run out of wood if all our trees die from drought.
Hey, who needs wood, the hood of the car works just fine
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Good timing as I just crossed into TX from LA, and noted that the Texas Welcome Center is at mile marker 880 on I-10. Whew! That's a long way to cross the state!

And from the LA state line, I still have to drive 470 miles to get home.

Cute about the armadillo being the state mascot. I didn't know that one nor that armadillos gave birth to identical quadruplets. They are indeed unusual critters.

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Actually, if you listen to the recording of the moon landing there were quite a few other words transmitted after touch down before the word "Houston". Technical stuff like "engines off", "park brake on" etc.
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6. The Heisman Trophy was named after John William Heisman who was the first full-time coach at Rice University in Houston.
Rice is celebrating their centennial this year, and I've read all sorts of strange facts about the place... including their hosting a Super Bowl. If you've seen the Rice stadium, I don't think that today even the entire campus could handle the tailgaters-- let alone the parking.
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I lived in San Antonio for 4 years, Dallas for 3 years (a long while back) and visit family there at least annually every year. I don't like the summer heat (especially Houston with humidity added) and seemingly frequent water shortages, but I like everything else about Texas. If not for the summer heat I'd love to live in Austin, Dallas or even San Antonio...great place.

A lot of the Foxworthy observations make Texans endearing. YMMV
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Definition of a Texan: a Mexican who didn't make it to Oklahoma.
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I lived in San Antonio for 4 years, Dallas for 3 years (a long while back) and visit family there at least annually every year. I don't like the summer heat (especially Houston with humidity added) and seemingly frequent water shortages, but I like everything else about Texas. If not for the summer heat I'd love to live in Austin, Dallas or even San Antonio...great place.
Having grown up in the northeast but spent the last 19 years in Texas, I've pretty much accepted Texas as my home and probably where we will spend our retirement. I would like it a lot more if it weren't for the hail storms and the periods of drought, otherwise I can put up with the heat and the cold. I agree with you about Houston, never much liked any of those high humdity regions.
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Our first trip in retirement (1988) was to Brownsville for an Avion (travel trailer) get together. We were there three days and our new Chevy Suburban was stolen. To this day, I still think it is taxi in Matamoros. The size of Texas is still impressive. You can drive for days and still be in the state. Could not get over how windy it was. We dubbed it the state of the wayward "trash bag". Every discarded plastic bag in the states ends up against a fence in Texas. It's a facinating state.
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I've always liked this one -- and also that Reno is actually west of Los Angeles.
Had trouble believing that at first but checked it out on Mapquest - I'll be dipped - your are correct!
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I thought jalapeno jelly was a lot older than that.

The Edgewater Hotel in Seattle was built on a pier. Does that count? The Beatles fished out the window into Puget Sound. Still there AFAIK.
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