Texas is an amazing state that is rich in history and has it's own unique culture.
Texas is so well known because everything is big there including its reputation.
I bet that there are some fascinating facts you didn't know about Texas.
Did you know that the parking lot in the Dallas/Fort Worth airport is the largest one in the world area wise, and that Texas also has the third longest runway. It is big enough to be able to land the Space Shuttle if needed.
Did you know that many famous things are named after people or things in Texas? Take the bowie knife who was name after Jim Bowie one of the heroes of the Alamo, or how about the Academy Award Oscar who was named after Oscar Pierce. His niece worked for the Academy and when she saw the statue she said it looked like her uncle. Or how about the term 'Six Flags' which is used for the theme parks? It came from the fact that over the course of the history of Texas it has had 6 different flags. Here's the current one.
Another interesting fact to consider is that Texas has more tornados than anywhere else in the United States with an average of 139 per year.
And that's not all...
Some of the most popular things to snack on in Texas include peanuts submersed in Dr. Pepper, corn dogs, beef jerky and Frito pies which are chilli, onions and cheese poured right into the Frito bag and eaten from there.
Speaking of Dr Pepper did you know that it originated in Texas by Charles Alderton in 1885?
And to top off our food category, Amarillo, Texas has a really interesting cook off every year where they see who can cook the best calf fries which are bull testicles.
Now onto famous people you might not have know came from Texas:
- Dwight D. Eisenhower - President of the United States
- Patrick Swayze - Actor
- Jordan Spieth - Golfer
- Stevie Ray Vaughan - Singer/Songwriter
- Sam Donaldson - Journalist
- Frank Robinson - Baseball Player
- Kris Kristofferson - Actor/Singer
- Scott Joplin - Pianist and
- Jennifer Garner - Actress
- Richard Ramirez - Murderer
If that is not enough how some of Texas' strange laws. Like it is against the law to sell your own eye. Or how about an entire encyclopedia series being banned because in one of the books they teach how to make beer at home.
This one really takes the cake. Two trains must stop when they meet each other at a railroad crossing and neither can pass until the other one does.
As you can see Texas is an incredibly interesting place filled with things you would never think of. So there you go, you now have some fascinating facts you didn't know about Texas that you can share with your family and friends.