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The only place in the world where they make Dr. Pepper according to the original formula is in Dublin, TexasDr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. There is no period after the Dr in Dr Pepper.

 

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, one person is killed annually painting stripes on the state's highways and roads.

 

Rodeo is the official state sport of Texas, though High School Football is more popular.

In the mid 1980s, the employee cafeteria at Motorola in Austin had to stop serving food that contained poppy seeds because people showed false positives for opium when they were drug tested. Since then, the company reintroduced poppy seeds, and added Valium and several anti-depressants to a list of things not to bother testing for.

Early Spanish missionaries in Texas hoped to encourage the spread of European values by offering flannel underwear to Native Americans.

People who moved to Lockhart, Texas in the 1950s are still considered by natives of the town to be newcomers.

In 1964, Austin writer John Morthland became the first person in America to interview the Rolling Stones. John, who was a high school junior in San Bernardino, California, interviewed the band when they arrived for the maiden U.S. tour for his school's paper.

There are stalactites and stalagmites in the breezeway at the University of Texas Law School.

For $150 you can become a licensed dead animal hauler in Texas.

Fifty years ago, you could have been jailed for giving out or discussing information on birth control.

The world's largest oatmeal cake was baked and built in Bertram, Texas during Labor Day weekend 1991. The 33-layer cake stood more than 3 feet tall, weighed 333 pounds, and served 3,333 people.

Dallas' corner of Elm and Houston streets has a sordid history. The building completed there in November 1898 was struck by lightning and burned to the ground in May 1901. By the fall of 1901 it was rebuilt. In that same building 62 years later, Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly shot President Kennedy from the sixth floor.

Seventy-five percent of the world's Snickers bars are made in Waco at the M&M/Mars plant.

 

 

 

Texas boasts the largest of all the state capitol buildings, constructed of 15,000 carloads of pink granite.

 

Will Rogers' father and uncle were boyhood friends of Sam Houston. Their half sister, Will Rogers' aunt, was also Sam Houston's Indian wife.

 

In Texas, it's illegal to put graffiti on someone else's cow.

 

In Houston it is illegal to sell Limburger cheese on Sunday.

 

The World’s largest parking lot is located at DFW Airport.

 

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Texas State Capital at Austin, courtesy Texas State Preservation

 

The Alamo today

The Alamo today, Kathy Weiser, February, 2011.

The Battle of the Alamo, lasting nearly two weeks, ended on March 6, 1836, with the deaths of all its defenders – about 190.  The Mexican army numbered 4,000-5,000 during its final charge.

According to newspaper accounts, the first powered airplane was flown in Texas nearly forty years before the Wright Brothers version in 1903.  Inventor-pilot Jacob Brodbeck powered the plane with coil springs and reached treetop heights before crashing into a henhouse killing several chickens and scaring many children in 1865.

 

 

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