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50 Terrific Facts about Texas

1Clay Henry III

In 1986, a beer drinking goat named Clay Henry III was elected as a mayor of a small town in Texas, USA. - Source


2. There is a Dr. Martin Jacobsen at West Texas A&M University that teaches Heavy Metal as a form of literature.


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3. In 2014, a reckless neurosurgeon named Christopher Duntsch in Texas killed and paralyzed several patients over 18 months in spite of many formal complaints of his malpractice by fellow neurosurgeons. - Source


4. Sam Houston, the general who won Texas independence from Mexico, was removed from his post as Governor of Texas after refusing to support the Confederacy during the Civil War. - Source


5. A physical education teacher named Dale Irby in Texas wore the exact same disco-era polyester shirt and coffee-colored sweater vest in his school picture for 40 years in a row, until his retirement in 2013. - Source


6Mainland Medical Center

In 2012, a Texas hospital named Mainland Medical Center billed a woman $4800 after she was in an accident. Once the hospital found out she received an insurance settlement, they sent her a new bill for $20,000+ and filed a lien against her property to get it. - Source


7. A Texas school district Kerrville is so small that one person (Bill Bacon) "has been the superintendent, the principal, the third-to-sixth-grade teacher, the ESL instructor, the special-ed teacher, the repairman, the contractor". The Divide School uses white limousine as a school bus. - Source


8. Estelline, Texas ranks as one of the worst speed trap cities in the US. With a population of 168 people, it's only police officer (Barney Gilley) writes an average of 23 tickets a day bringing in more than $300,000 of ticket revenue a year. - Source


9. In 2004, a party boat carrying 60 men and women capsized in Texas after all the passengers rushed to one side as the boat passed a nude beach. - Source


10. Wild pigs are one of the most destructive animals in America causing more than $400 million of damage a year in Texas alone. They can dig 3 foot deep destroying crops and even feast on lambs, calves, sea turtle eggs, and everything in between.


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11Eagle Stadium

Eagle Stadium is a $60 million high school football stadium in Allen, Texas. The project was highly controversial, considering that the money could have paid 120 teacher salaries for a decade. - Source


12. There is a fine dining restaurant located inside a gas station in Watauga, Texas. Sometime around 2003, Nigerian born Franson Nwaeze was denied a bank loan to open a restaurant. Undeterred, Franson applied for a loan to open a gas station instead, which the bank approved. The result was Chef Point restaurant. - Source


13. A family in Texas in 1953 had a pet lion named Blondie. They never had any incidents with her and she died of old age, as a beloved member of the family. - Source


14. When the city of Austin, Texas asked people online to rename their Solid Waste Services Department, the winner was "The Fred Durst Society of the Humanities and Arts". - Source


15. In 1983, an 11-year-old boy named Brian Zimmerman was elected mayor of Crabb, Texas on the platform that he would work to incorporate the town even though it meant he would lose his seat. He was quoted as saying that "the mayor isn't there to sit and worry about keeping his job. He's there to do what's best for the people."


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16Super Collider

In the 1980s, United States spent more than $2 billion digging 24km of tunnels in Texas for a particle accelerator similar in scope to CERN, only to abandon the project. - Source


17. In 1989, Texas billionaire and former Presidential candidate Ross Perot wrote a blank cheque to fund and save the 500-year old Treaty Oak in Austin Texas which was poisoned by a vandal. - Source


18. A Texas man named Bill Williams once spent 22 days using only his nose to push a peanut all the way up Pikes Peak (for a $500 bet). - Source


19. There is an evangelical church (Inspiring Body of Christ Church) in Dallas, Texas that spent $4.7 million on their privately-owned fish aquarium. - Source


20. In the 1990s, an unassuming middle-aged Texas woman named Peggy Jo Tallas dressed as a male cowboy and robbed several banks without using a weapon. She was eventually caught and served 15 years. Upon her release, "Cowboy Bob," robbed another bank and was killed during her escape when she pulled a toy gun on police. - Source


21Public library

A 124,500 square foot abandoned Walmart in McAllen, Texas, has been turned into the largest single-floor public library in the United States. - Source


22. Houston airport used to receive many complaints about baggage wait times. In response, they moved baggage claim further away so that the walk was longer than the wait. The number of complaints then dropped. - Source


23. During the University of Texas Tower Shooting in 1966, several frat boys and hunting enthusiasts rushed to their homes and trucks to get their rifles. Officers told them to shoot to kill. - Source


24. In the late 60s, a group of imposters from Texas pretended to be the British rock band the Zombies and toured throughout the U.S to sold-out shows. Two of those imposters (Dusty Hill and Frank Beard) would go on to form ZZ Top. - Source


25. Texas has its own military force, the Texas State Guard that unlike the Texas National Guard isn't subordinate to the federal government. - Source

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