When we think about Texas, the most prominent facts that come in our mind are Stetson hats, cowboy boots, and the famous “Howdy, Y’all” phrase. But the Lone Star State is full of surprises and is a source of pride for all Texans. We have gathered a few fun facts about Texas that we’re pretty sure you weren’t aware of.
One Texas town renamed itself to get free cable.
The Dish Town was initially known as Clark, but in 2005 the Dish Network which is a satellite television company gave an offer that Clark couldn’t refuse. The 201 residents were offered free basic television service and free digital video recorder for ten years in exchange for renaming the town to ‘Dish.’ So tell us, was the deal worth it or not?
Strange Texas laws
The state of Texas has some pretty strange laws. For instance, it is illegal to dust a public building with a feather duster, to sell your eye, to shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel and to milk someone else’s cow. And make sure that you don’t let your camel run loose on the Galveston beach to avoid charges.
A town called “earth.”
Texas has unique towns with unbelievable names. You can enjoy a European vacation here and drive through Athens, Paris, London, Naples, Dublin and Florence. And no, you don’t have to visit Europe, but all the places are located in Texas. Not only this, but there’s also a town called Earth in the State of Texas.
Texas is larger than Germany in size.
Texas is larger than any European country and covers around 268,497 miles that can actually cover all the European countries. So when people say that everything is huge in Texas, then there is no literal thing that can deny this fact.
“Texas” means “friends.”
The original name of Texas was “Tejas” which was given by native people that lived before the Spanish conquest. It is a Hasinai word for “allies” or “friends,” and now the motto of Texas is “friendship.”