As someone who is relatively new to Texas (I've only lived here for about two years now), I am continuously amazed by the amount of pride that Texans have for their state. After all, there are few other states in the Union whose residents would actually tattoo their home state on their body.
‘Outsiders' (you know, those folks, like me, who weren't lucky enough to be born in this state) have an interesting view of the Lone Star State. Take my fiancée, originally from Virginia. She was amazed (and quite disappointed) by the lack of cowboy hats and the fact that no one seems to ride horses to work. None of this was derogatory in any way towards Texas. In fact, she says she was really looking forward to living in the "Wild West.
But that got me to thinking. What are other stereotypes and myths about Texas that are floating around out there? I turned to the internet to see what people were saying about Texas and found some interesting things. Here are three of my favorites.
- Zoos in Texas have two plaques for each animal: one gives the name of the animal and where it comes from. The other shows the best way to cook and eat it. This is humorous to me, especially as a Tennessean, a state that passed a bill legalizing its residents to eat road kill.
- You can become a Texan by moving here and getting a drivers license. If only it were that easy. Becoming a Texan is so much more about culture than it is about getting a drivers license. You have to know how to use "y'all" properly, use "ma'am" and "sir" regularly and raise an index finger to people driving down the road in a small town. And that's just the beginning.
- All Texans drive trucks, wear boots and kill snakes in their backyard to eat for dinner. Yes, Texans love their trucks. Need proof? Well, have you ever seen a Chevrolet Silverado New Jersey Edition? Me either, but if it existed, it would only come in one color – ‘Spray Tan.' And cowboy boots are both stylish and versatile. But I've only eaten snake once – and that was in Tennessee.
and of course:
- Everything is bigger in Texas. This is one of those stereotypes that may actually be true. From the belt buckles to their football stadiums, Texans love everything to be bigger and better. And they succeed.
Keep in mind that, in the end, all of these are just stereotypes. It is impossible to characterize the residents of any state with one broad generalization. Take into account that Texas is a huge, culturally diverse state and it becomes even harder to apply a stereotype. From the Piney Woods in East Texas to the Hill Country of Central Texas to the Gulf Coast and Panhandle Plains, this is a unique part of the country.
I'm proud to live here and call Texas my home. Maybe, one day, I'll even be allowed to call myself a Texan.
Friday, May 24 2013 4:13 AM EDT2013-05-24 08:13:07 GMT
The Richmond County Coroner's Office has confirmed a bicyclist has been struck and killed on Peach Orchard Road.Robert Donald Holden, Jr, of Hephzibah, was pronounced dead at the scene on the 3500 blockMore >>
The Richmond County Coroner's Office has confirmed a bicyclist has been struck and killed on Peach Orchard Road.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 12:16 AM EDT2013-05-24 04:16:12 GMT
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Friends and neighbors now say the Jones Family, Edna, Roosevelt, and Russell, are the victims of a suspected triple homicide in South Augusta.The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has been investigatingMore >>
The Richmond County Sheriff Office has charged Ryan David Jones with 3 counts of Murder and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:43:19 GMT
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting at the Cedar Grove Apartments.That's off of Deans Bridge Road.Residents in the area say that two people were shot and taken to the hospital.More >>
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting at the Cedar Grove Apartments.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:07 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:07:55 GMT
Praying and singing through their grief, dozens of people remembered the lives of Roosevelt, Edna and Russell Jones Thursday evening. "It hit me hard because this was like another family to me," saidMore >>
Praying and singing through their grief, dozens of people remembered the lives of Roosevelt, Edna and Russell Jones Thursday evening.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:53 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:53:59 GMT
An Aiken County man is in the hospital after being hit by a car in an alleged domestic dispute.The Aiken County Sheriff's Office received a call just after 7:30pm Thursday evening about a pedestrian beingMore >>
An Aiken County man is in the hospital after being hit by a car in an alleged domestic dispute.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:03 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:03:57 GMT
President Obama addressed the nation with the counter-terrorism policy which includes the controversial plan to shut down Guantanamo Bay. FOX54 has the exclusive interview with a former military defenseMore >>
President Obama addressed the nation with the counter-terrorism policy which includes the controversial plan to shut down Guantanamo Bay. FOX54 has the exclusive interview with a former military defense attorney who represented one of the GTMO prisoners. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 4:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 20:38:55 GMT
For 12 years Denise Glasford's sister fought in the Army, but died last year on Memorial Day. "Thinking about her and wishing she was still here with us," Glasford said. "It's been a tough year for the family." GlasfordMore >>
Glasford and her niece and nephew are three of dozens of family members paying tribute to soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice. Here at Fort Gordon's Warrior Remembrance Memorial Day Ceremony, they're honoring those killed, and remembering those they left behind. Soldiers say the national holiday is much more than a day off from work to barbeque and celebrate.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 8:10 AM EDT2013-05-23 12:10:07 GMT
The images we're seeing in Oklahoma having a heavy impact on viewers around the country and here in the CSRA. Lindsay Findley says she was heartbroken when she found out about it. "It's just so sad toMore >>
Thirty disaster relief volunteers and vehicles have been sent to Oklahoma; three of them from the Palmetto region. And at any moment, volunteers with the Aiken chapter could be deployed.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:34:56 GMT
Susan Swanson owns the Augusta Care Pregnancy Center on Broad Street. There is a two hour limited parking sign in front of her company but she says no one enforces it. The parking limit downtown has beenMore >>
Susan Swanson owns the Augusta Care Pregnancy Center on Broad Street. There is a two hour limited parking sign in front of her company but she says no one enforces it.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:40 GMT
A vigil for the family members killed in a suspected triple homicide was held at the Augusta Deliverance Evangelical Church Wednesday night. The vigil for Roosevelt Jones, Edna Jones and their son Russell JonesMore >>
A vigil for the family members killed in a suspected triple homicide was held at the Augusta Deliverance Evangelical Church Wednesday night.More >>