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26Last meal

Texas no longer offers a special "last meal" to condemned inmates. Instead, the inmate is offered the same meal served to the rest of the unit. - Source

27. Houston, Texas is the only major city in the U.S. that has no zoning laws. - Source

28. Days after Hurricane Katrina, a 20-year-old man with extensive criminal history named Jabbar Gibson stole a school bus and picked up around 70 stranded people and drove 13 hours from New Orleans to Houston. This was the first bus to arrive at the Astrodome.- Source

29. In 2014, a man named Henry Magee in Texas killed a cop who was executing a no-knock warrant. The man ultimately was not charged (with killing the cop) because he thought someone was breaking into his home. In Texas, you can use deadly force to defend self and property. - Source

30. In 2008, a San Antonio news station had to call in a Bomb Squad after a chocolate cake wired to look like an explosive device. A number was written on the box which made the cake vibrate when dialed. Attached was a note signed by the Joker. It was all part of a marketing campaign for The Dark Knight. - Source


There's a town in Texas called Earth, and it's the only place on Earth officially named Earth. - Source

32. A Texas man named John Joe Gray barricaded himself in his home after biting a police officer during a traffic stop and refused to come out for more than a decade. - Source

33. In 1937, a gas leak in the basement at the local school in New London, Texas caused a massive explosion which killed almost 300 children and teachers. It was the deadliest school disaster in US history. Adolf Hitler even sent his condolences by telegram.- Source

34. In 1993, during the 51-day siege by the FBI on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, the FBI used sleep deprivation to try to force the suspects out. This included around the clock broadcasts of jet planes and screams from rabbits being slaughtered. - Source

35. Two privacy researchers from the University of Texas were able to unmask Netflix users' political and sexual orientation by taking the "anonymized" movie ratings (released as part of Netflix Prize) and comparing them against non-anonymized movie ratings posted at IMDB.

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In Texas, it is legal to kill Bigfoot if you ever find it.- Source

37. In 1999, 47 black residents of a Texas town were arrested on drug charges solely on the uncorroborated word of one undercover agent who was a member of the KKK. Many were sentenced to long prison terms, some served years before release. For doing this, the officer got 10 years probation. - Source

38. Lubbock, Texas has been ranked as the most boring city in the United States (100,000 inhabitants or more), partially due to its poor art, food, and music scenes. - Source

39. In 2016, a group of Texas prison inmates broke out of a holding cell to save a guard who had passed out with no pulse. The inmates got help to revive the guard. Then they were locked back in the cell with a thank you. - Source

40. A city in Texas renamed itself to "DISH, Texas" in order to receive free Dish Satellite service for 10 years.

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41Handicap car parking

The city of Houston, Texas has a program where they train citizens to write tickets for handicap parking violations. After taking a course in proper procedure, you are given the authority to ticket anyone you see parked in a handicap spot without a placard. - Source

42. Actor Stephen Tobolowsky (Ned Ryerson) was held hostage at a Dallas Safeway when he was 25. A stranger stopped him and said "I see you have mangos, the most exotic of fruit" before putting a .45 to his head. Tobolowsky then gave the man his actual address and invited him over for dinner. - Source

43. In 2014, Texas minister Charles R. Moore set himself on fire and died in the hopes of inspiring social justice. The act drew little attention. - Source

44. A cat named Colby Nolan was granted an MBA from the Trinity Southern University of Texas in 2004 as part of an investigation to uncover the school as a diploma mill.- Source

45. In 1997, a 23-year-old French con artist named Frédéric Bourdin impersonated and assumed the identity of a 16-year-old missing Texas boy, living with the boy's family for months, despite retaining his French accent and having different colored eyes from the missing teen. - Source


Texas charged a man who knew he was infected with HIV with assault with a deadly weapon after the man committed sexual assault. The court concluded that under Texas’ laws, infected semen could be considered a deadly weapon. - Source

47. A man named Paul Alexander in Dallas is still one of the few people in the world living in an iron lung. - Source

48. A man named Drew Robert Nelson in Texas was still executed after someone else confessed committing the murder and the only eyewitness admitted he didn't actually see it. - Source

49. In 2011, a couple bought a box of old textbooks for $10. Inside, they found a 25-cent bill signed by the president of the Republic of Texas. It sold for over $63,250. - Source

50. In 2010, Taco Bell secretly reduced the sodium content of its food at 150 Dallas area restaurants by 23%. Without telling anyone, they replaced the salt with "other spices and other ingredients.” Two months later, they had received exactly zero complaints about the changes. - Source


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