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25 Facts about Texas

1. Texas has had five different flags

There was a brief period of time when Texas was an independent country. This was a ten-year period between March 2, 1836, and February 19, 1846, after Texas won its independence from Mexico. Many battles were fought for Texas independence, the most famous of which was the Battle of the Alamo. On December 29, 1845, Texas was admitted into the United States and became the Texas we know today. During its period of independence, it was known as the Republic of Texas and even had its own flag. It was a sovereign nation in every way. Texas has a rich history of defeating conquering countries. Below is a history of the various flags that have flown over Texas.

Texas Under Spain (1519-1685, 1690-1821)

2. Barreling out of control

Texas has enough crude oil reserves to fill up more than 1,450 Empire State Buildings. The Lone Star State has nearly 10 billion barrels in its reserves, making up almost a third of the entire reserves held by the U.S. The Empire State Building has a volume of 276,779,000 gallons, while Texas’ oil reserves total more than 404 billion gallons.

3. Milk Thief

In Texas, it used to be illegal to milk another person’s cow.

4. Football is to be taken seriously, at all levels

Allen, Texas, is home to the nation’s most expensive high school football stadium. Eagle Stadium, which holds 18,000, cost $60 million to build. A year-and-a-half later, though, the stadium was closed indefinitely because construction flaws caused cracks and it was deemed unsafe. It reopened last month in time for the 2015 graduation.

5. Eastern, Western, Texas

There are three electric power grids in the lower 48 states — the Eastern Interconnection, the Western Interconnection and Texas. That’s right, we have our own power grid.Why? Because Texas.

 

6. Wild West

It is still a hanging offense in Texas to steal cattle or to put graffiti on someone else’s cow.

7. Y’all don’t get no special treatment for being a killer

image via CBS News

image via CBS News

Texas no longer offers a special “last meal” to condemned inmates. Instead, such inmate is offered the same meal served to the rest of the unit.

8. “A man who lies about beer makes enemies.”

In LeFors, Texas, don’t even think about taking three sips of beer at a time while standing. That there sir is illegal!

9. Beetlejuice…

Forget the wedding – In Texas you can be considered legally married by publicly announcing a person as your wife / husband by saying it 3 times. Beetlejuice would be proud.

10. “An armed society is a polite society”

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There are enough registered machine guns in Texas to arm every student enrolled at Harvard and Dartmouth.

 

11. Well when the food is this damn good…

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There are more obese adults in Texas than there are people in Minnesota.

12. Refer to #11

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The total weight of catfish consumed in Texas annually is more than the weight of 6.5 Eiffel Towers.

13. I pledge allegiance, to the flag of Texas

Texas has its own pledge of allegiance.

14. Don’t use that tone of voice with me

Amarillo has the world’s largest helium well, provides 35% of the worlds helium.

15. “I like it here in Austin. Anybody got a room”

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1 in every 12 Americans lives in Texas.

 

16. You are not stuck in traffic. You ARE traffic

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Texas is the fastest growing large state in the US with three of the fastest growing cities (Dallas, Houston, Austin). Since 2000, there has been a net migration to Texas from other states of 1 million people

17. Are we there yet?

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

18. “Thanks cows. I appreciate your tastiness”

California, Texas, New York, and Florida are the only state that have HUMAN populations greater than the amount of just the CATTLE in Texas.

19. Everything’s big in Texas..

King Ranch Texas

Texas is 221 times bigger than the smallest state in the United States, Rhode Island.

Just one of its ranches (King Ranch) is bigger than the entire state of Rhode Island. Harris county, in which Houston resides, is larger than the state of Rhode Island.

20. Texas State Highway 130

Texas has highest highway speed limit in USA. The 41-mile  section of  toll road between SH 45 and I-10 (Austin and San Antonio) has a posted speed limit of 85 mph, the highest posted speed limit in the United States.

 

21. Tyranny is blasphemy

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Texas has strong distaste for any “foreign” government (and yes, it does tend to see the federal government as an unwanted intruder). In fact, it has sued Washington DC 40 times in the past 13 years

22. No mohawks on any of those punk kids

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Image via Style Interest

In Texas, Mohawks are not allowed on children.

23. Tail Lights required, yes, even on horses

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Image via Tail Lights

In Texas, you can’t ride your horse at night without literal “tail lights”

24. One Nation Under God

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Atheists must acknowledge God to run for office.

25. Public domain

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Texas still owns all of its public lands. When the federal government wants to build a park or anything like that, it must first ask for permission from the state of Texas.

*Bonus Bigger Facts

26. Tony the Tiger

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With an estimated 5,000 tigers, the Texas captive tiger population is larger than the approximate 3200 tigers that are still in the wild.

27. Birthplace of Dr Pepper

Image via Dr Pepper Museum

Image via Dr Pepper Museum

Dr. Pepper was formulated in Waco, Texas by pharmacist Charles Alderton in 1885.

28. Made in America

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Almost 20% of Texas’s population is foreign born (roughly 5 million people)