10 Little Known Texas Quirks That Probably Won’t Be in Your History Books
There are a lot of quirks found in the state of Texas and a lot of them go unnoticed. It would be sad to see some of these weird facts disappear from the history books, so Only in Your State compiled a list of Insane Things That Happened in Texas You Won't Find in History Books. The article and searches for other forgotten tidbits in the lone star state gives us a taste of how different our state really is - besides the fact we used to be our own country before becoming a state in 1845 of course.
Let's take a look at the weirdest 10.
A goat named Clay Henry was elected the mayor of Lajitas in 1986. According to Roadside America, Clay Henry III is the third elected goat mayor of the tiny town by Rio Grande. He apparently loves to drink ice-cold beer.
The original University of Texas Mascot, Bevo, was eaten because he couldn't be supported anymore. Per Yahoo Sports, the original mascot was ultimately served at the UT Football team's banquet in 1920. Ironically, the Aggies were also invited and wound up eating the side of Bevo where they branded him '13-0' years back.
It was an April Fool's Day prank for the history books. My San Antonio reported that in 1971, the state House inadvertently passed a resolution honoring the Boston Strangler for his ' unconventional techniques involving population control'.
State Rep. Tom Moore from Waco for the most part intended it to be a prank but this joke proved to highlight the lack of attention lawmakers had. They passed the bill unanimously.
Janis Joplin was voted the 'ugliest man on campus' when she attended University of Texas. She was a write-in vote and though she didn't win, she definitely had votes according to Texas Monthly. There are a few rumors, including one where people thing even she threw her name in. But an overwhelming amount of her friends from UT said she was mortified by the contest. No more than two months later, Janis dropped out of school and hitchiked to San Francisco.
The last 'last meal' for Death Row inmates in Texas was served to an East Texan who ordered a 5-course meal only to turn it down because he said he wasn't hungry. As a result, the last meal was discontinued.
The LA Times writes that 44-year-old Lawrence Brewer who was convicted of murder and a self-proclaimed white supremacist requested the following:
- Two chicken fried steaks with gravy and sliced onions
- Triple bacon cheeseburger
- Cheese omelet with ground beef, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers and jalapenos
- Bowl of fried okra
- One pound of barbecue
- Three fajitas
- Meat Lover's Pizza
- One pint of Blue Bell Ice Cream
- Slab of peanut butter fudge
- Three root beers
In 2005, a city just North of Fort Worth officially switched its name from Clark, to DISH - so everyone in the city could receive free satellite service for 10 years. New York Times wrote in 2013 that it did not garner the attention DISH Network and the city of DISH had expected. Because if it did, we'd all know by now!
Your irony for the day. The city of Slaughter, Texas has never had a recorded homicide, according to the Commissioner of Agriculture Sid Miller and the book, Oddball Texas: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places.
The Texas Rangers (not the baseball team) is the oldest law enforcement agency in North America with statewide jurisdiction, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Luckenbach, Texas was put on the map after Waylon Jennings released the song "Luckenbach, Texas". The town that currently has a listed population of 3 (as of 2006) - I'm not kidding... - had a huge problem with visitors stealing hundreds of their road signs, so the government decided to stop making them.
We all know Texas is the biggest state, but per factretriever.com, our state has over one million road signs and markers lining all of our roads. On top of that, Texas uses 1.6 million gallons of white and yellow paint every year along the highways.