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Aug 17, 2007 @ 11:37 AM Fun facts about Texas:    
redbronze


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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.

6. The Heisman Trophy was named after John William
Heisman who was the first full-time
coach for 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 8000 lives were lost on Galveston Island.

11. The first word spoken from the moon, July 20,
1969, was " Houston ."

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

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

14. Texas is the only state to enter the U.S. by
TREATY, (known as Constitution of 1845
by Republic of Texas to enter the union) instead of
by annexation. This allows the
Texas flag to fly at the same height as the US flag,
and may divide into 5 States.

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

16. Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in the
state.

17. Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. There is
no period after Dr in Dr Pepper.

18. Texas has had six capital cities:
18.1. Washington-on- the-Brazos
18.2. Harrisburg
18.3. Galveston
18.4. Velasco
18.5. West Columbia
18.6. Austin

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

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

21. The State animal 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. Well, I
thought it was interesting anyway!)

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

23. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS - TEXAS STYLE People here
in Texas have
trouble with all those "shalls" and "shall nots" in
the Ten Commandments.
Folks here just aren't used to talking in those
terms. So, some folks out in
west Texas got together and translated the "King
James" into "King Ranch" language:

Ten Commandments, Cowboy Style.
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

Now that's kinda plain an' simple don't ya think?

Y'all have a good Day.
Ya hear now ?

"THE EYES OF TEXAS ARE UPON YOU"
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Sep 3, 2007 @ 4:53 PM Fun facts about Texas:    
WillMac


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Amen!!!
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Jul 18, 2008 @ 4:13 AM Fun facts about Texas:    
texastigress


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Very interesting reading...loved it! Thanks for the posting... =^..^=
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Jul 21, 2008 @ 7:13 PM Fun facts about Texas:    
mrknowuwell


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the missin commandment

11. Carry a 45 and a smile at all times
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Sep 14, 2008 @ 12:08 AM Fun facts about Texas:    
khris88


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i lived in texas 6 years and never knew most of this stuff
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Sep 14, 2008 @ 9:31 AM Fun facts about Texas:    
redbronze


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well now ya know khris.. LOL I am sure there are other things ya don't know about Texas, we are a state filled with cool trivia and events...
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Sep 15, 2008 @ 6:08 PM Fun facts about Texas:    
mrknowuwell


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fried coke at the state fair........while jessica simpson performs
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Sep 23, 2008 @ 6:20 PM Fun facts about Texas:    
jmemmons


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a few more...
Texas can succeed from the union at any time for any reason with no prior notice.

There are more cows than people. Same goes for sheep, chickens, pigs, and goats.

There are more deer harvested in Texas each year than the next 9 states, combined.

While Alaska is larger in size, it has less than 10% of the population ofHarris County.

There are more oil wells in Texas than in Iraq, or Saudi Arabia.

Texas has higher difference in weather than any other state.
eg. Larado has a high temp of 101 f, while Amarillo's high was just 54 f
eg. Dallas 47 f, Houston 88( less than 300 miles away)

There are more registered guns in Texas than the next 17 states combined.

There are more unregistered guns in Texas than all other states combined.

Texas is still, by law, its own country, and a state in the Union.

Up untill 1981 it was a felony to beat your horse, but only a misdemeanor to beat your wife.

It is illegal to....
Spit on the sidewalk
Carry wire cutters in your vehicle
Drive without boots on
Drive at night with out a person walking 30 feet in front of you carryng a white light, and 15 feet behind you with a red light.

It is legal to....
Carry any legal weapon in plain view of others
Ride your horse on any public road
Keep as many as 11, non crowing, chickens at any residence

You can still be hung for...
Stealing a horse
Stealing more than 3 cows or 1 bull
rape of a woman of "Significant Social Status"

There are more convicts put to death in Texas than any other state, and most states combined.

More people died in the Alamo who were from other states than Texans.

While Big Red was invented in Waco, it was a complete accident.

It is now against the law, to pass a law requiring motorcylce riders to wear a helmet.

The highest peak in Texas is higher then the highest Peat in Tennesee or Kentucky.

The lowest valley in Texas is uninhabited, we know better than to live below sea level.

The average IQ in Texas is 103, while New York is 101, California, 100, New Hampshire 97, and Louisianna 93

There are more shots fired every day in Texas than any single day in Iraq. That number goes up by a factor of 21 during Bird hunting season.

There are, an estimated, 23 missile silos in Texas.

There is enough Natural Gas in Texas to run the countyr for 23 years.

West Texas Sweet Crude is the best iol in the world for making Gasoline and Diesel Fule.

The list goes on and on.




[Edited on 9/23/2008 6:30 PM]
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Sep 24, 2008 @ 6:00 AM Fun facts about Texas:    
texastigress


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Cool beans, jmemmons! I just realized that my paternal grandmother had been making jalapeno jelly since the 60's (the best there was), so I don't think it originated in Lake Jackson.
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Sep 24, 2008 @ 5:47 PM Fun facts about Texas:    
mrknowuwell


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no jalapenos
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Sep 24, 2008 @ 6:07 PM Fun facts about Texas:    
redbronze


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Can Texas secede from the union
US Constitution


This question was pretty much answered by the Civil War. No state is allowed to secede from the Union. If they try, it is considered treason and rebellion, and the US government is allowed to prohibit it by force.


However, when Texas entered the union before the Civil War, it did so by treaty that allowed it to divide into as many as 5 states. That provision has not been repealed. Texas has never tried to do this. It would be interesting to see what would happen if they tried.

We can Divide into 5 states but we cannot secede from the union,
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Sep 24, 2008 @ 6:13 PM Fun facts about Texas:    
redbronze


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It is legal to....
Carry any legal weapon in plain view of others

HA HA HA not true either... My late husband was arrested back in the 80's with this kind of thinking and spent the night in jail, he had a gun strapped to his hip like the old cowboys did while he was fishing, something he never did again...
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Oct 2, 2008 @ 2:06 AM Fun facts about Texas:    
flavorbuster


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Been a resident of Texas my whole life &
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Dec 2, 2008 @ 2:38 AM Fun facts about Texas:    
mrknowuwell


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i live here.......thats a kewl fact
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