Deep in the heart of texas

“The stars at night are big and bright (clap) (clap) (clap), deep in the heart of Texas”

I love the song “Deep in the Heart of Texas” which was written in 1941 by June Hershey! If you get a big crowd together and play this song, almost everyone breaks out to sing it and clap! 

My parents have friends in town from out of the country and have been showing them around our area of McKinney and took them to Houston, San Antonio and Austin!  They were talking about seeing the Space Museum and going to the San Antonio river walk to enjoy live music on the walk.  I got to thinking how long I have lived in Texas and am missing out on things that are right here in front of me!

Today I am joining Amanda from Princess of The Panhandle and Crystal from Masons Mama in their weekly “Texas Tuesday” link party!  I thought it might be fun to share some fun facts I have found about Texas, aside from the fact that I live here and its awesome!

Did you know:

**Oscar, the Academy Award statuette, was named for Texan Oscar Pierce, whose niece worked in Hollywood for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

***The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is home to the world’s largest parking lot. The Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport has the third largest runway in the world and is the alternate landing site for the space shuttle. Texas has more airports than any other state in the country!

***Texas’ nickname is the “Lone Star State” as a reminder of its struggle for independence from
Mexico and to represent Texas as an independent republic.

***The phrase “Six Flags over Texas” refers to the six countries that ruled over Texas territory. The first flag belonged to Spain (1519-1821), the second was the royal banner of France (1685-1690), the third was the flag of Mexico (1821-1836), the fourth belonged to the Republic of Texas (1836-1845), the fifth was the flag of the United States (1845-1861 and 1865-present) and, upon secession, Texas replaced the U.S. flag with one for the Confederate States of America (1861-1865). The term “Six Flags” has been incorporated into theme parks (Six Flags), shopping malls, and other venues!

***The most popular snack foods in Texas are Frito pie (a bag of Fritos mixed with chili, onions, and cheese eaten straight from the bag), peanuts in Dr. Pepper, beef jerky, jalapenos, and corn dogs.

***Each year Amarillo hosts the World’s Largest Calf Fry Cook-Off. “Calf fries” are bull testicles.

***The Dallas State Fair Park is home to the largest Ferris wheel (the Texas Star) in the Western Hemisphere!

***After the popularity of the song “Luckenbach, Texas,” so many road signs were stolen that the government stopped making them.

***It is still a hanging offense in Texas to steal cattle or to put graffiti on someone else’s cow. It is also illegal to indecently expose or swear in front of a corpse in Texas. In Galveston, Texas, it is illegal to have a camel run loose on the beach.

I learned stuff about my own state of Texas! Have you heard of these?  Share your Texas spirit in a post with us!

 

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8 comments:

Stacie said...

I'll take the Frito Pie, but pass on the Calf Fries!

Krystal said...

Beef jerky, corn dogs, and frito pies..oh boy, I'm getting hungry!! And as far as cursing in front of a corpse, I'd have been locked up long time ago seeing how my mouth ran off at a family member's funeral. Yes, I'm a sailor mouth - sorry :-( LOL

Gale said...

Oh that's funny about the Camels. Well, if there was a law...guess there was a problem with that at some point. Can you imagine?

Nicole said...

I love the fun facts! I didn't realize they have a calf fry cook off... so need/want to go to that even though I'm not crazy about them. To me they taste like chicken livers.

Connie @ Measured by the Heart said...

and now I want to visit!

becca said...

i did not know any of this so cool

Emmy said...

Oh that frito pie sounds good! I love fritos! Though one of my favorite (and very strange ways) I like to eat them is dipped in applesauce.

Not too surprising about the airports as Texas is probably one of the biggest states.
I didn't know that about the Six Flags name- I have been to Six Flags in Chicago and the one in California :)

And note to never ever eat Calf fries!

Mason's Mama said...

Thank you so much for co-hosting with us this week! I loved your post. So many things I didn't know about Texas!!

 
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