Facts You May Not Know About Texas.

Texas is a state where residents take great pride in their heritage. With the saying, “everything is bigger in Texas” it should not be surprising to learn this state is larger than many countries around the world. Not a single country in Europe is bigger, and if it were it’s own country, it would rank the 40th largest in the world.

Hollywood’s Oscar award is so named after a Texas man named Oscar Pierce. His niece worked in Hollywood at the time the award was fashioned and is quoted as saying, “… that looks just like my Uncle Oscar”.

While it is common to think of the mid-west as the area most frequented by tornados, it is Texas that has the most each season. This state averages almost 140 tornados a year.

Texas has its own style of popular snack foods. Among them are peanuts in the soft drink Dr. Pepper. Corn dogs and beef jerky are equally well liked in the Lone Star State.

In the state of Texas, you could still be hanged for cattle theft. There were 2 times when camels were imported to Texas as they were believed to be helpful in the Indian wars. During this era, a law was enacted which prohibited camels from walking on the beach. The law still exist today.

Texas is a proud state with a substantial amount of resources. It is among the highest producing lands of oil in the world, and the largest in the U.S. It has the largest recoverable reserves of helium of anywhere on earth.

Texas is home to the largest parking lot on earth and the tallest Ferris wheel. Its nickname the “Lone Star State” references its struggles to become free from Mexico.

While most people in the U.S. are proud of the state they come from or the one they adopted as their home, few people take more pride than those from this state. Texas could literally be a country and if it were would rank among the wealthiest.

For those who enjoy the amusement park named Six Flags, its name came from the original Six Flags over Texas. The territory of Texas was controlled by several different countries over its history. Mexico, France, the U.S., Spain, the Republic of Texas, and the Confederate States of America. Texas would fly these six flags as representative of its plight.