History Main / EverythingIsBigInTexas

15th Feb '18 5:31:19 PM jmaynard
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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, 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 state.[[/note]] filled with [[TheFundamentalist religious fanatics]], who wear the stereotype with pride because [[InsultBackfire they don't consider it 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 (especially when out of state), as it's practically a sport - especially when a 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.[[labelnote:Examples]]General Motors advertised the Suburban as "the national car of Texas" in the 1980s and 1990s, Lone Star Beer advertises itself as "The National Beer of Texas," and Dairy Queen has become so ingrained in the culture of rural Texas that the chain maintains Texas-only menu options and calls itself "The Texas Stop Sign."[[/labelnote]] 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 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, 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 state.[[/note]] filled with [[TheFundamentalist religious fanatics]], who wear the stereotype with pride because [[InsultBackfire they don't consider it 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 (especially when out of state), as it's practically a sport - especially when a 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.[[labelnote:Examples]]General Motors advertised the Suburban as "the national car of Texas" in the 1980s and 1990s, Lone Star Beer advertises itself as "The National Beer of Texas," and Dairy Queen - even though it's headquartered in Edina, Minnesota - has become so ingrained in the culture of rural Texas that the chain maintains Texas-only menu options and calls itself "The Texas Stop Sign."[[/labelnote]] Ask a Texan where he's from, anywhere in the world, and he'll likely say he's from ''Texas'' rather than America.
15th Feb '18 4:05:26 PM Whipsmart
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** One episode had Hank pandering to a visiting New England investor to use Strickland as its propane supplier. The investor expected this trope and kept pestering Hank about cowboy hats and boots and used words like "russlin'" and "twisters". The investor eventually went with Strickland's competitor Thatherton because he acted the stereotype.

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** One episode had Hank pandering to a visiting New England investor [[HollywoodNewEngland Bostonian investor]] to use Strickland as its propane supplier. The investor expected this trope and kept pestering Hank about cowboy hats and boots and used words like "russlin'" and "twisters". The investor eventually went with Strickland's competitor Thatherton because he acted the stereotype.
9th Feb '18 8:03:49 PM HeroGal2347
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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' had Scrooge going to Texas because of his city's depleted oil supply. You expect everything in Texas, oil businessmen, cowboys etc.

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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' had Scrooge going to Texas because of his city's depleted oil supply. You expect everything in Texas, oil businessmen, cowboys etc.
28th Nov '17 2:17:44 PM Midna
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It goes without saying that some of these exaggerations do, in fact, come from [[TruthInTelevision real life]]. Texans have for a century and longer had a reputation in the rest of the country, perhaps bordering on a stereotype, for being [[BoisterousBruiser cheerful, boastful and loud]]. Oil was first discovered at Spindletop in east Texas; Texas is a major player in the beef industry, and the love of high school football can be clearly seen from the storied Permian High School Panthers (a real team from Odessa), who were chronicled in ''Literature/FridayNightLights''. In fact, in many towns, about ninety-eight percent of the town is out in the stands every football game. The other two percent is on the field. Texans also happily note that unlike most other states, when they travel internationally people in most countries are aware of Texas.

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It goes without saying that some of these exaggerations do, in fact, come from [[TruthInTelevision real life]]. Texans have for a century and longer had a reputation in the rest of the country, perhaps bordering on a stereotype, for being [[BoisterousBruiser cheerful, boastful and loud]]. Oil was first discovered at Spindletop in east Texas; Texas is a major player in the beef industry, and the love of high school football can be clearly seen from the storied Permian High School Panthers (a real team from Odessa), who were chronicled in ''Literature/FridayNightLights''. In fact, in many towns, about ninety-eight percent of the town is out in the stands every football game. The other two percent is on the field. Texans also happily note that unlike most other states, when they travel internationally people in most countries are aware of Texas.
Texas. Much of West Texas is pretty close to the stereotypical depiction of the state too, being in large part an arid, barren stretch of rocky cliffs and deserts with a few scattered small towns here and there.
22nd Nov '17 9:49:43 PM nombretomado
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** Creator/DwightDEisenhower was born in Texas but grew up in Kansas.

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** Creator/DwightDEisenhower UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower was born in Texas but grew up in Kansas.
7th Oct '17 11:06:48 AM KYCubbie
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** And an enormous retractable roof. People balked (rightly so) at the extravagance, but when Dallas ended up hosting the 2011 Super Bowl, the state was hit with a freak snowstorm, and the roof proved quite useful (not that the ''Green Bay'' Packers[[note]]AKA That Team Whose Stadium Is Literally Called "The Frozen Tundra"[[/note]] and ''Pittsburgh'' [[PittsburghSteelers Steelers]] would have noticed much).

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** And an enormous retractable roof. People balked (rightly so) at the extravagance, but when Dallas ended up hosting the 2011 Super Bowl, the state was hit with a freak snowstorm, and the roof proved quite useful (not that the ''Green Bay'' Packers[[note]]AKA That Team Whose Stadium Is Literally Called "The Frozen Tundra"[[/note]] and ''Pittsburgh'' [[PittsburghSteelers Steelers]] Steelers would have noticed much).



** Texas A&M's stadium Kyle Field will have a capacity of 102,000 and holds the record for the largest attendance in the state with 110,631.
* Wiki/TheOtherWiki brings us [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_toast Texas Toast]] bread sliced (but not pre-toasted) ''twice'' the size of regular bread. Useful for sandwiches, burgers and often served with "a side with southern-style dishes such as chicken fried steak, fried catfish,[3] or BBQ"....

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** Texas A&M's stadium Kyle Field will have has now been expanded to a capacity of 102,000 102,000, and holds the record for the largest attendance in the state with 110,631.
* Wiki/TheOtherWiki [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] brings us [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_toast Texas Toast]] bread sliced (but not pre-toasted) ''twice'' the size of regular bread. Useful for sandwiches, burgers and often served with "a side with southern-style dishes such as chicken fried steak, fried catfish,[3] or BBQ"....



* Even concerts can be big in Texas, no matter where the musician hails from. In 1985, the French [[ElectronicMusic electronic musician]] Music/JeanMichelJarre was invited to play a concert for the anniversaries of Texas, Houston and the NASA the following year. Despite several hardships ranging from the Challenger disaster to the statewide ban on fireworks, Jarre came and played ''Rendez-vous Houston'' on April 5, 1986 -- the biggest concert a single artist had ever played until then. Behind the stage, most of the skyscraper skyline of downtown Houston was illuminated and projected upon and carried skytrackers, and spread out in front of it, more than 1,500,000 people watched the show; in fact, Jarre beat his own audience record (and he would do so one or two more times later on).

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* Even concerts can be big in Texas, no matter where the musician hails from. In 1985, the French [[ElectronicMusic electronic musician]] Music/JeanMichelJarre was invited to play a concert for the anniversaries of Texas, Houston and the NASA the following year. Despite several hardships ranging from the Challenger disaster disaster[[note]]Ron [=McNair=], who was killed in the disaster, was a saxophonist on the side who had recorded with Jarre, and was to have performed with him[[/note]] to the statewide ban on fireworks, Jarre came and played ''Rendez-vous Houston'' on April 5, 1986 -- the biggest concert a single artist had ever played until then. Behind the stage, most of the skyscraper skyline of downtown Houston was illuminated and projected upon and carried skytrackers, and spread out in front of it, more than 1,500,000 people watched the show; in fact, Jarre beat his own audience record (and he would do so one or two more times later on).
10th Sep '17 11:20:27 AM nombretomado
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* Grand Prairie, Texas is home to two former 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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* Grand Prairie, Texas is home to two former Creator/DisneyChannel stars, Music/SelenaGomez and Music/DemiLovato, best friends since they met on the set of ''BarneyAndFriends''.''Series/BarneyAndFriends''. They both are well known to [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] their Texas roots from time to time in RealLife.
25th Aug '17 12:27:33 PM Statzkeen
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** There's also the common line "Maybe Alaska should split in two and make Texas the ''third'' biggest state in the US."
18th Jul '17 9:32:58 PM rmctagg09
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* ''Fanfic/InTheEyeOfTheBeholder'' takes place in Texas and just about everyone apart from the Velvet Room denizens are from Texas, which reflects in more than half of the QIB being of Hispanic descent and high school football being very popular.

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1st Jul '17 9:08:27 AM nombretomado
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* TheOtherWiki brings us [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_toast Texas Toast]] bread sliced (but not pre-toasted) ''twice'' the size of regular bread. Useful for sandwiches, burgers and often served with "a side with southern-style dishes such as chicken fried steak, fried catfish,[3] or BBQ"....

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* TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki brings us [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_toast Texas Toast]] bread sliced (but not pre-toasted) ''twice'' the size of regular bread. Useful for sandwiches, burgers and often served with "a side with southern-style dishes such as chicken fried steak, fried catfish,[3] or BBQ"....
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