Today’s edition of A little wit. A little wisdom. And a little whatever., is a special TEXAS INDEPENDENCE DAY edition! 181 years ago today, the Republic of Texas was born, and during those 181 years, our Grand Republic has produced the biggest, the brightest, the most wonderful, and let’s be honest, some of the most weird people and things the world has ever seen.
God bless you, Texas, and keep you brave and strong; that you may grow in power and worth, throughout the ages long! –Texas, Our Texas
Texas Justice…(from OnlyInTheStateofTexas.com)
–In Texas, it’s against the law for anyone to have a pair of pliers in his or her possession.
–In Corpus Christie, Texas, it is illegal to raise alligators in your home.
–In Galveston, Texas, it is illegal to have a camel run loose in the street!
–In Texas, it is still a “hanging offense” to steal cattle.
–You may not shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel.
–It is Texas law that when two trains meet each other at a railroad crossing, each shall come to a full stop, and neither shall proceed until the other has gone.
–In Texas, no one other than a registered pharmacist may sell condoms or other kinds of contraceptives “on the street or other public places.
–A recently passed anti-crime law requires criminals to give their victims 24 hours notice, either orally or in writing, and to explain the nature of the crime to be committed.
–In Lefors, it is illegal to take more than three swallows of beer at any time while standing.
–In San Antonio, it is illegal for both sexes to flirt or respond to flirtation using the eyes and/or hands.
“Texas will again lift its head and stand among the nations. It ought to do so, for no country upon the globe can compare with it in natural advantages.” –Sam Houston, first President of the Republic of Texas, 1793-1863 (Read more about him.)
–Texas is the only state to have the flags of 6 different nations fly over it. They are: Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Confederate States, and the United States.
–The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island.
–More wool comes from the state of Texas than any other state in the United States.
–Texas boasts the nation’s largest herd of whitetail deer.
–A coastal live oak located near Fulton is the oldest tree in the state. The tree has an estimated age of more than 1,500 years.
–Austin is considered the live music capital of the world.
–The first suspension bridge in the United States was the Waco Bridge. Built in 1870 and still in use today as a pedestrian crossing of the Brazos River.
–The capitol in Austin opened May 16, 1888. The dome of the building stands seven feet higher than that of the nation’s Capitol in Washington, D.C.
–Texas comes from the Hasinai Indian word tejas meaning friends or allies.
–The armadillo is the official state mammal.
–More species of bats live in Texas than in any other part of the United States.
–The Tyler Municipal Rose Garden is the world’s largest rose garden. It contains 38,000 rose bushes representing 500 varieties of roses set in a 22-acre garden.
–Amarillo has the world’s largest helium well.
–The world’s first rodeo was held in Pecos on July 4, 1883.
–Jalapeno pepper jelly originated in Lake Jackson and was first marketed in 1978.