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Post by Ben Reilly on Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:28 pm

But first, a song:



We, the People of Texas, in order to form a Government, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence and general welfare; and to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves, and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
- Original Texas Constitution, ratified in 1836

* Texas is one of only three of the 50 states to have been an independent nation before joining the U.S. The other two are Hawaii and Vermont. It's one of just 17 states to have a state Pledge of Allegiance:

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* Texas is really big. Like Germany-times-two big.

* El Paso, Texas is 90 miles closer to San Diego, California than it is to Texarkana, Texas. Texarkana is about 50 miles closer to Chicago, Illinois than it is to El Paso. Perryton, Texas (in the Panhandle) is 40 miles closer to Minneapolis, Minnesota than it is to Brownsville, Texas.

* Texas is one of the most ethnically diverse states in the U.S. Despite the image some people have of a backward, racist state, Texas is only 45 percent White, and Houston is more ethnically diverse than even New York City.

* Texas is also not as conservative as it's portrayed: Hillary Clinton destroyed Donald Trump in Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, El Paso and many other larger Texas cities. Texas has about as many Democratic voters as the state of Connecticut has people.

* Texas literally brings power to the people. It's the No. 1 producer of oil, lignite coal and natural gas in the U.S., and is also the No. 1 state in wind power.

* The Texas city of McKinney recently voted to spend $62.8 million dollars ... to build a high school football stadium.

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Post by eddie on Thu Mar 02, 2017 5:37 pm

Happy independence Texas day! Happy Texas Independence Day! Some fun facts on the Lone Star State's 181st birthday 2089010162

Are you gonna eat tacos and lick a cactus and wear your hat?
Great choon btw Reilly.

Here's a great Texan gentleman. Our "king", dude.
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Post by magica on Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:48 pm

Happy Day Texas. Don't mess with Texas!
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Post by eddie on Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:14 pm

Y'all stealing the Chilean flag? Suspect

http://austin.blog.statesman.com/2017/02/20/we-may-be-getting-a-texas-flag-emoji-soon-but-it-wont-be-because-of-the-legislature/

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Post by Guest on Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:44 pm

Happy Independence day Texas


I forgot to post his at Christmas, from my fav band


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Post by Victorismyhero on Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:47 pm

there are only two things come from texas
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and I sure as hell dont see no horns.......

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Post by Syl on Thu Mar 02, 2017 10:24 pm

Lord Foul wrote:there are only two things come from texas
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and I sure as hell dont see no horns.......

LOL....you nicked that that line from 'An officer and a gentleman'.

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Post by Ben Reilly on Fri Mar 03, 2017 5:20 am

I was talking to somebody about it today and she said, "I wish we were independent now!" Smile

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Post by Original Quill on Fri Mar 03, 2017 5:20 pm

Ben Reilly wrote:I was talking to somebody about it today and she said, "I wish we were independent now!" Smile

Amen, brother. I wish my dream about an independent California were real, today.

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Post by Ben Reilly on Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:54 pm

Some more fun facts:

* Of all 50 states, Texas has the most pet tigers per capita. In fact, while there are only about 3,000 tigers left in the wild, between 10 and 20 thousand pet tigers are estimated to live in Texas.

* There is a time capsule which was buried in 1968 in Amarillo Texas containing the passbook to a bank account with a $10 deposit, expected to be worth $1 quadrillion when it is opened in 2968.

* 'Deep in the Heart of Texas' was banned by the BBC during the Second World War on programs that might be heard by factory workers, who might lose productivity to the song's clapping routine.



* In Austin, Texas in the 1880s, the United States suffered one of the nation's first serial-killing sprees as eight people were stabbed to death by someone dubbed the "Servant Girl Annihilator." The murders stopped in 1885. Three years later, the Jack the Ripper murders began, and some people think it was the same killer.

* San Antonio, Texas has the highest percentage of LGBT parents in the country.

* Texas is the only state to enter the United States by treaty rather than annexation.

* When Texas was its own republic, it had embassies in Washington D.C., Paris, and No. 4 St. James’s Street in London, which it skipped out on without paying rent after Texas' annexation by the U.S. You can still see this plaque there:

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Post by eddie on Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:58 pm

Here are some more:

"Natives of Texas have sharper teeth than any other American. This is to help crunch those crunchy tacos but many years ago these teeth were used to crunch cactus prickle-things."

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Post by Ben Reilly on Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:00 pm

eddie wrote:Here are some more:

"Natives of Texas have sharper teeth than any other American. This is to help crunch those crunchy tacos but many years ago these teeth were used to crunch cactus prickle-things."

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Blast you.

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Post by eddie on Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:03 pm

I've had whisky. I've got many more facts.

(I liked the time capsule thing)

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Post by Ben Reilly on Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:07 pm

Another Texas fact: More than a third of Texans speak a language other than English at home. They are:

Language,    No. of speakers

Spanish 6,983,380
Vietnamese 193,408
Chinese* 140,971
Tagalog 72,248
German 69,140
French 60,730
Hindi 59,602
Urdu 57,662
Korean 55,794
Arabic 55,304

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Post by eddie on Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:11 pm

72,000 people speak "Tagalog"?

Here's another fun fact:

"Texans cast no stones. So no one fucks with those fuckers"

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Post by Ben Reilly on Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:13 pm

Yeah, Tagalog! You know, from the Philippines.


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Post by eddie on Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:17 pm

Ben Reilly wrote:Yeah, Tagalog! You know, from the Philippines.


Umalis kayo sa iyong mga pekeng mga katotohanan.


hindi pekeng katotohanan dude lamang true say

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Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Sat Mar 04, 2017 6:08 am

Exclamation

Fun Fact, # 3,214 :

Texas (@ 261,797 sq. miles/678,054 sq. kms..)  can be easily fitted inside New South Wales (312,528 sq miles/809,444 sq. kms..), with enough elbow room left over for a couple of those piddlin' little Eastern US' of A states..

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