History Main / EverythingIsBigInTexas

11th Feb '17 7:47:01 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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[[RuleofThree Also the home to NASA's Johnson Space Center, which is a very nice place to visit.]]

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13th Jan '17 1:26:35 AM ApatheticRhesus
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In real life, Texas is a diverse state in terms of geography and culture. It can easily be divided into five different regions culturally, with climates ranging from the near desert like conditions of the panhandle to the humid coastal subtropics along the shoreline; the only thing they have in common climate-wise is that they are hot. [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas]], UsefulNotes/{{Houston}} and San Antonio count as three of the US's top ten most populous cities, with the state capital of Austin and the cities of Fort Worth and El Paso rounding off the list of cities that can be described as ''big.'' The state itself is ''huge'', being [[http://www.k5rcd.org/TEXAS%20EUROPE%20SIZE%20COMPARISON%20MAP.jpg 268,820 sq. miles]] with a population of about 24.3 million people. This makes it roughly half the size of Alaska with sixty times the population - and several times larger than many entire countries. For example, it is approximately three times as large as the ''entire United Kingdom put together''--or, more to the point, "only" a bit larger than France.[[note]]For the record, France is the largest country in Western Europe and the third-largest in Europe as a whole. The only countries larger? Ukraine, which is huge, and Russia, which is ''gigantic'' (European Russia would ''still'' be the seventh-largest country on Earth if Asiatic Russia separated).[[/note]]

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In real life, Texas is a diverse state in terms of geography and culture. It can easily be divided into five different regions culturally, with climates ranging from the near desert like conditions of the panhandle to the humid coastal subtropics along the shoreline; the only thing they have in common climate-wise is that they are hot. [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas]], UsefulNotes/{{Houston}} and San Antonio count as three of the US's top ten most populous cities, with the state capital of Austin and the cities of Fort Worth and El Paso rounding off the list of cities that can be described as ''big.'' The state itself is ''huge'', being [[http://www.k5rcd.org/TEXAS%20EUROPE%20SIZE%20COMPARISON%20MAP.jpg 268,820 sq. miles]] with a population of about 24.3 27.8 million people. This makes it roughly half the size of Alaska with sixty times the population - and several times larger than many entire countries. For example, it is approximately three times as large as the ''entire United Kingdom put together''--or, more to the point, "only" a bit larger than France.[[note]]For the record, France is the largest country in Western Europe and the third-largest in Europe as a whole. The only countries larger? Ukraine, which is huge, and Russia, which is ''gigantic'' (European Russia would ''still'' be the seventh-largest country on Earth if Asiatic Russia separated).[[/note]]
2nd Jan '17 6:57:25 AM RampinUp46
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In real life, Texas is a diverse state in terms of geography and culture. It can easily be divided into five different regions culturally, with climates ranging from the near desert like conditions of the panhandle to the humid coastal subtropics along the shoreline; the only thing they have in common climate-wise is that they are hot. [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas]], UsefulNotes/{{Houston}} and San Antonio count as three of the US's top ten most populous cities, with the state capital of Austin and the cities of Fort Worth and El Paso rounding off the list of cities that can be described as ''big.'' The state itself is ''huge'', being [[http://www.k5rcd.org/TEXAS%20EUROPE%20SIZE%20COMPARISON%20MAP.jpg 268,820 sq. miles]] with a population of about 24.3 million. This makes it roughly half the size of Alaska with sixty times the population - and several times larger than many entire countries. For example, it is approximately three times as large as the ''entire United Kingdom put together''--or, more to the point, "only" a bit larger than France.[[note]]For the record, France is the largest country in Western Europe and the third-largest in Europe as a whole. The only countries larger? Ukraine, which is huge, and Russia, which is ''gigantic'' (European Russia would ''still'' be the seventh-largest country on Earth if Asiatic Russia separated).[[/note]]

To give an even more scientific example of how big Texas is, Noted author and commentator Dr. ThomasSowell stated that (back in the 1980s) you could put the entire population of the world, (then) 5 billion people, into single family homes in a space no larger than the State of Texas, at population per square mile rates less crowded than many American cities. The math proves him right, too. 5,000,000,000 people in 250,000 square miles is 20,000 people per square mile. Compare this to New York City, with 18,000,000 people in 450 square miles, at 40,000 people per square mile.

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In real life, Texas is a diverse state in terms of geography and culture. It can easily be divided into five different regions culturally, with climates ranging from the near desert like conditions of the panhandle to the humid coastal subtropics along the shoreline; the only thing they have in common climate-wise is that they are hot. [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas]], UsefulNotes/{{Houston}} and San Antonio count as three of the US's top ten most populous cities, with the state capital of Austin and the cities of Fort Worth and El Paso rounding off the list of cities that can be described as ''big.'' The state itself is ''huge'', being [[http://www.k5rcd.org/TEXAS%20EUROPE%20SIZE%20COMPARISON%20MAP.jpg 268,820 sq. miles]] with a population of about 24.3 million.million people. This makes it roughly half the size of Alaska with sixty times the population - and several times larger than many entire countries. For example, it is approximately three times as large as the ''entire United Kingdom put together''--or, more to the point, "only" a bit larger than France.[[note]]For the record, France is the largest country in Western Europe and the third-largest in Europe as a whole. The only countries larger? Ukraine, which is huge, and Russia, which is ''gigantic'' (European Russia would ''still'' be the seventh-largest country on Earth if Asiatic Russia separated).[[/note]]

To give an even more scientific example of how big Texas is, Noted noted author and commentator Dr. ThomasSowell Thomas Sowell stated that (back back in the 1980s) 1980s you could put the entire population of the world, (then) 5 world (then ~5 billion people, people), into single family homes in a space no larger than the State of Texas, at population per square mile rates less crowded than many American cities. The math proves him right, too. 5,000,000,000 people in 250,000 square miles is 20,000 people per square mile. Compare this to New York City, with 18,000,000 people in 450 square miles, at 40,000 people per square mile.



Unfortunately some writers will still represent Texas as a backward state, a mashup of the DeepSouth and TheWildWest. No Texan will be able to speak for five seconds without mentioning the oil industry, the beef industry or high school football. (See the Rich Texan from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.) In almost any depiction, they'll come off as well meaning but ultimately ignorant and/or jingoist; more recent media might portray Texas as a strong right-wing enclave [[note]]Texas ''has'' voted Republican in the presidential elections since 1980, but it continues to be home to many, many Democrats -- even in Dallas, one of the few very large Republican cities in America.[[/note]] filled with [[TheFundamentalist religious fanatics]], who wear the stereotype with pride because [[InsultBackfire they don't consider it negative]]. (Compare with {{Eagleland}}.) Though some Texans act the stereotype intentionally to mess with non-Texans, especially when out of state. It's practically a sport. Truth be told, Texans tend to be rather proud of their state heritage, to the point that it can be considered a form of local Nationalism. (General Motors capitalized on this in the 1980s and 1990s, advertising the Suburban as "the national car of Texas".) Ask a Texan where he's from, anywhere in the world, and he'll likely say he's from ''Texas'' rather than America.

And [[DoNotTouchTheFunnelCloud tornadoes]]. [[WhamLine Don't forget the tornadoes.]]

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Unfortunately some writers will still represent Texas as a backward state, a mashup of the DeepSouth and TheWildWest. No Texan will be able to speak for five seconds without mentioning the oil industry, the beef industry or high school football. (See the Rich Texan from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.) In almost any depiction, they'll come off as well meaning but ultimately ignorant and/or jingoist; more recent media might portray Texas as a strong right-wing enclave [[note]]Texas ''has'' voted Republican in the presidential elections since 1980, but it continues to be home to many, many Democrats -- even in Dallas, one of the few very large Republican cities in America.America, and its capital has also been called (both derisively and [[InsultBackfire with]] [[AppropriatedAppellation pride]]) the People's Republic of Austin due to its status as a notoriously liberal city in a traditionally conservative city.[[/note]] filled with [[TheFundamentalist religious fanatics]], who wear the stereotype with pride because [[InsultBackfire they don't consider it negative]]. (Compare with {{Eagleland}}.) Though some negative]], effectively making it the {{Eagleland}} of the United States in these depictions. That being said, there are Texans that aren't afraid to act the stereotype intentionally to mess with non-Texans, non-Texans (especially when out of state), as it's practically a sport - especially when out of state. It's practically a sport.native is [[AskAStupidQuestion asked a stupid question]] they've probably heard a thousand times before. Truth be told, Texans tend to be rather proud of their state heritage, to the point that it can be considered a form of local Nationalism. (General Motors capitalized on this in the 1980s and 1990s, advertising the Suburban as "the national car of Texas".) Ask a Texan where he's from, anywhere in the world, and he'll likely say he's from ''Texas'' rather than America.

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America.

Oh, and there's also
[[DoNotTouchTheFunnelCloud tornadoes]]. [[WhamLine Don't forget the tornadoes.]]
the]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Tornadoes}} tornadoes]].
9th Dec '16 6:51:44 PM DeepRed
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Unfortunately some writers will still represent Texas as a backward state, a mashup of the DeepSouth and TheWildWest. No Texan will be able to speak for five seconds without mentioning the oil industry, the beef industry or high school football. (See the Rich Texan from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.) In almost any depiction, they'll come off as well meaning but ultimately ignorant and/or jingoist; more recent media might portray Texas as a strong right-wing enclave [[note]]Texas ''has'' voted Republican in the last eight presidential elections, but it continues to be home to many, many Democrats -- even in Dallas, one of the few very large Republican cities in America.[[/note]] filled with [[TheFundamentalist religious fanatics]], who wear the stereotype with pride because [[InsultBackfire they don't consider it negative]]. (Compare with {{Eagleland}}.) Though some Texans act the stereotype intentionally to mess with non-Texans, especially when out of state. It's practically a sport. Truth be told, Texans tend to be rather proud of their state heritage, to the point that it can be considered a form of local Nationalism. (General Motors capitalized on this in the 1980s and 1990s, advertising the Suburban as "the national car of Texas".) Ask a Texan where he's from, anywhere in the world, and he'll likely say he's from ''Texas'' rather than America.

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Unfortunately some writers will still represent Texas as a backward state, a mashup of the DeepSouth and TheWildWest. No Texan will be able to speak for five seconds without mentioning the oil industry, the beef industry or high school football. (See the Rich Texan from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.) In almost any depiction, they'll come off as well meaning but ultimately ignorant and/or jingoist; more recent media might portray Texas as a strong right-wing enclave [[note]]Texas ''has'' voted Republican in the last eight presidential elections, elections since 1980, but it continues to be home to many, many Democrats -- even in Dallas, one of the few very large Republican cities in America.[[/note]] filled with [[TheFundamentalist religious fanatics]], who wear the stereotype with pride because [[InsultBackfire they don't consider it negative]]. (Compare with {{Eagleland}}.) Though some Texans act the stereotype intentionally to mess with non-Texans, especially when out of state. It's practically a sport. Truth be told, Texans tend to be rather proud of their state heritage, to the point that it can be considered a form of local Nationalism. (General Motors capitalized on this in the 1980s and 1990s, advertising the Suburban as "the national car of Texas".) Ask a Texan where he's from, anywhere in the world, and he'll likely say he's from ''Texas'' rather than America.
13th Nov '16 3:02:54 PM TheBuddy26
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** [[SchmuckBait * clap clap clap* DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS ]]....oh '''[[DamnYouMuscleMemory DAMMIT]]'''.

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** [[SchmuckBait * clap clap clap* DEEP IN IN]] [[BerserkButton THE HEART OF TEXAS ]]....TEXAS]]....oh '''[[DamnYouMuscleMemory '''[[EarWorm DAMMIT]]'''.
10th Nov '16 2:39:36 PM MagnusForce
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* Late Cretaceous Texas was home to ''Alamosaurus'', the largest dinosaur in North America and one of the largest dinosaurs of its time. Add in Deinosuchus, a [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever fifty foot]] monstrous crocodilian, one of the largest ever to exist. Them there's ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quetzalcoatlus Quetzalcoatlus]]'', a GiantFlyer pterosaur the size of a ''[[http://www.flickr.com/photos/markwitton/1386125619/in/set-72057594082038974/ frickin giraffe]]''! For a long time, it was thought to be the largest flying animal ever to live. [[ScienceMarchesOn But then came]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatzegopteryx Hatzegopteryx]]...

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* Late Cretaceous Texas was home to the long-necked ''Alamosaurus'', the largest dinosaur in North America and one of the largest dinosaurs of its time. Add in Deinosuchus, a [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever fifty foot]] thirty-five-foot-long monstrous crocodilian, one of the largest ever to exist. Them Then there's ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quetzalcoatlus Quetzalcoatlus]]'', ''Quetzalcoatlus'', a GiantFlyer pterosaur the size of a ''[[http://www.flickr.com/photos/markwitton/1386125619/in/set-72057594082038974/ livescience.com/images/i/000/017/809/original/Quetz-giraffe-110706.JPG?interpolation=lanczos-none&downsize=*:1000 frickin giraffe]]''! For a long time, it was thought to be the largest flying animal ever to live. [[ScienceMarchesOn But then came]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatzegopteryx Hatzegopteryx]]...giraffe]]''!
7th Nov '16 4:28:25 AM fearlessnikki
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* ''Film/BoysDontCry'' is a curious example that dips into RealityIsUnrealistic: despite taking place in Nebraska, the "night in the big city" montage was filmed in and features the prominent buildings of downtown [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas]]. Apparently Texas cities are metropolitan enough to fill in for other states, but not for their own.

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* ''Film/BoysDontCry'' is a curious example that dips into RealityIsUnrealistic: despite taking place in Nebraska, the "night in the big city" montage was filmed in and features the prominent buildings of downtown [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas]]. Apparently According to director Kimberly Peirce (herself a Texas cities are metropolitan enough native), budget reasons meant they had to fill shoot in for other states, but not for their own.Texas rather than on-location in Nebraska.



* In the 1956 blockbuster ''Film/{{Giant}}'', Bick is taking his new bride Leslie on a railroad trip to his cattle ranch in Texas. When she looks out the window at the passing scenery and wonders when they'll get to Texas, he announces that they've been ''in'' Texas for several hours already.
** Also, in the beginning of the movie, David asks how much big is Bick's property. He guesses 20-50 thousand acres. Bick reluctantly says that he has 595 thousand acres of land.
*** For our international readers, that's a square slightly over 49 km on a side. And while that is a large ranch even by Texas standards, there ''have'' been ranches in Texas bigger than that. The King ranch, for example, is about 825,000 acres.

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* It's SpiritualSuccessor ''Film/EverybodyWantsSome'' does likewise in 1980.
* In the 1956 blockbuster ''Film/{{Giant}}'', Bick is taking his new bride Leslie on a railroad trip to his cattle ranch in Texas. When she looks out the window at the passing scenery and wonders when they'll get to Texas, he announces that they've been ''in'' Texas for several hours already.
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already. Also, in the beginning of the movie, David asks how much big is Bick's property. He guesses 20-50 thousand acres. Bick reluctantly says that he has 595 thousand acres of land.
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land.[[note]]For our international readers, that's a square slightly over 49 km on a side. And while that is a large ranch even by Texas standards, there ''have'' been ranches in Texas bigger than that. The King ranch, for example, is about 825,000 acres.[[/note]]



* ''Film/SecondHandLions'' manages to show rural Texas without being stereotypical, and does it beautifully.
** On the DVD commentary for ''Film/SecondhandLions'', Creator/MichaelCaine describes a Texas accent as a bunch of words all leaning on each other.

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* ''Film/SecondHandLions'' manages to show rural Texas without being stereotypical, and does it beautifully.
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beautifully. On the DVD commentary for ''Film/SecondhandLions'', Creator/MichaelCaine describes a Texas accent as a bunch of words all leaning on each other.other.
* ''Film/StopLoss'' takes place in a Texas town and its protagonists are Texas locals who joined the army. The director Kimberly Peirce is Texan herself.
28th Oct '16 8:07:01 PM Lumpenprole
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* In the [[Characters/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck]] short story "The Fabulous Tycoon", Scrooge investigates claims that Texas tycoon Longhorn Tallgrass's fabulously huge and prosperous spread makes him even richer than Scrooge[[note]]Not even close; it turns out [[spoiler:Scrooge ''loaned him the money'' to '''buy''' the spread.]][[/note]]. Cue the recycling of multiple tall tales about how extravagant everything in Texas is.
27th Aug '16 8:50:51 PM TheGoodnight
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* During the heyday of water beds in the seventies, a joke about a Texas oil man had it that the owned a water bed large enough to rise and fall with the tides.
27th Aug '16 5:21:49 PM nombretomado
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* Grand Prairie, Texas is home to two former DisneyChannel stars, Music/SelenaGomez and Music/DemiLovato, best friends since they met on the set of ''BarneyAndFriends''. They both are well known to [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] their Texas roots from time to time in RealLife.

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* Grand Prairie, Texas is home to two former DisneyChannel Creator/DisneyChannel stars, Music/SelenaGomez and Music/DemiLovato, best friends since they met on the set of ''BarneyAndFriends''. They both are well known to [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] their Texas roots from time to time in RealLife.
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