Bunker Mulligan "Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry." ~Mark Twain

May 31, 2004

Texas Stuff

Filed under: Society-Culture — Bunker @ 2:55 pm

Steven posts some trivia on everyone’s favorite State.

My daughter’s friends visited us in Dallas once, and one of the boys said he thought he’d rent a car and drive to El Paso to visit some friends while in Texas. The look on his face was priceless when I told him it would be about a 12-hour drive. “I thought El Paso was in Texas!”


  1. I didn’t see anything on West Virginia or Misusipee…

    Comment by Slice — June 1, 2004 @ 2:12 pm

  2. ? Jalapeno jelly originated in Lake Jackson, TX in 1978

    I’ve seen this trivia around…and I dispute the above fact! I remember Jalapeno jelly being made in West Texas in the 60’s.

    Comment by Wallace — June 1, 2004 @ 3:32 pm

  3. I seem to remember seeing it much earlier than 1978 myself, but can’t say where or when!

    Comment by Bunker — June 1, 2004 @ 8:29 pm

  4. In 1992, I attended a training class in Chicago. Somehow, the subject of State size came up. I offered that it takes about 15 hours to drive across Texas. The intructor, from Wisconsin, advised that I should get my car out of second gear. I laughed, and responded that he should consider that El Paso was closer to Los Angeles than it was to my hometown of Dallas.

    Comment by Scott Harris — June 2, 2004 @ 11:24 am

  5. One other joke about the size of Texas:

    A Texan on a whirlwind tour of Europe found himself in a pub in England. A regular patron of the pub was giving everyone an earful about the new piece of property he had purchased – a little over an acre. A discussion ensued to determine whether his newly acquired property was closer to an acre, or perhaps an 1-1/4 acres. Finally, the Texan interrupted and said,

    “I don’t mean to brag, but back in Texas, I can get on my horse at 6:00 o’clock in the morning, ride hard all day long, get off my horse at six o’clock at night and still be on my own land.”

    The Englishman at first appeared stunned, but then replied sympatherically, “That’s allright Yank. I understand how you feel. I once had a horse like that myself.”

    Ba da bump.

    Comment by Scott Harris — June 2, 2004 @ 11:30 am

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