10 Things You Didn’t Know about Texas
February 2, 2015
Hard to believe there is anything you were unaware of about Texas? Take our word for it, because here’s a well-researched and exquisitely found out about list of 10 things that you probably did not know about Texas. Lend us your ears!
- Second Largest State in US with scope of dividing
Texas is the second largest state in the US in terms of land area. If it were an independent country, it would easily be the 40th largest in the world because of it’s size. In fact, it was it’s own country from 1836 till 1845, which was when it joined the US. It’s larger than any country in Western Europe. What’s more shocking is that according to the State Constitution of 1845, Texas has the power to get divided into five states further. You can dance five times what you do now if you know of the existence of five Texas’.
- Inventor of the human necessities: Hamburger, Fritos, Chicken Fried Steak
We all know how essential hamburgers and fritos are to us humans. An Athens man claimed to have invented the hamburger at his lunch counter in the 1880s and then sold them at a stand in 1904. In the 1930s, Fritos were invented in San Antonio and are today a main ingredient of the Texas convenience store’s staple – Frito Pie. As far as claims go, Lamesa takes the one for being the originator of the chicken fried steak. While the claim has no hold, Texas is undoubtedly the birthplace of chicken fried steak, and so Governor Rick Perry declared Lamesa to be the city that brought the world chicken fried steak.
- Carbon dioxide emissions Seventh Largest in World
Here’s a negative fact about Texas. Although the Permian Basin Oil Field alongside the South Texas Eagle Ford Shale has the US covered from any dependence on oil for the next many years, the downside is that the carbon dioxide emissions are being produced during refining of petroleum and chemical manufacturing. This makes the State’s emissions higher than any other state’s, and only less than six countries in the world. Imagine that.
- Three full time residents in Luckenback
According to the 2010 census, there are only three full time residents residing in Luckenback. This might sound shocking to those of you who have been to the place to attend one of the many great music festivals and seen crowds by the thousands. Those crowds are all tourist gatherings who have come for various such events, but are not residents. The fact is this – Luckenback has only three full time residents.
- “What’s up, Doc?”
The origination of the famous Bugs’ Bunny’s catchphrase “What’s up, Doc?” was in the North Dallas High School in the 1920s which was the alma mater of Tex Avery, the animator of Looney Tunes.
- Most Rainfall in US in 24 hours in Alvin, Texas
In the Tropical Storm Claudette from July 24-25th, Alvin received 43 inches of rainfall in a single day – making it the place which received the most rainfall within 24 hours in the US. Other places in Texas received over 30 inches over the same period.
- The ridiculous climate of Texas on March 27, 1984
On this particular day, in a serious of contradictions and unbelievable facts, Texas showed a vast diversity of temperatures. In Brownsville, the temperature was a record breaking 106 degrees (Fahrenheit). In Amarillo, the mercury showed a chilly 35 degrees with snow on the ground. What a contrast.
- State Dinosaur and Dog
Why should Texas not have a state dinosaur, even though dinosaurs are now extinct? Nope, they don’t care about such jitter jatters. The state’s dinosaur is Pleurocoelus. On this note, the state dog of Texas is the Blue Lacy.
- Texas Star shines throughout North America
The Texas Star is the largest Ferris Wheel in the entire North America. It is situated in the State Fair of Texas and goes high and above to give you a thrilling experience.
- World’s Largest Bat Colony
Bats are important creatures, okay? Texas’ Bracken Cave is the world’s largest bat colony. It’s situated in San Antonio. Wouldn’t you want to get some chills by visiting it? We are not recommending it.