While doing some research on the great Lone Star State, I came across many random facts and tidbits about Texas that surprised me. I've lived here almost 30 years, but I learn something new about Texas every day.
Did you know all of these? If you're a Texan, you can definitely appreciate most of these.
That's Snakin' Crazy.
In 1996, a man in Edinburg, Texas, was bitten by a poisonous coral snake. What did he do? He bit back, taking the snake's head off and used the skin as a tourniquet -- a move that likely saved his life. The skin helped keep the venom from spreading.
He kept the head as a keepsake (or should we say, "keepsnake?").
We've got a lot of oil.
Texas has enough crude oil reserves to fill up more than 1,450 Empire State Buildings. The Lone Star State has nearly 10 billion barrels in its reserves, making up almost a third of the entire reserves held by the U.S. The Empire State Building has a volume of 276,779,000 gallons, while Texas' oil reserves is more than 404 billion gallons.
Dude, don't touch my cow.
In Texas it is illegal to milk another person's cow. Seriously.
We really like football.
Allen, Texas, is home to the nation's most expensive high school football stadium. Eagle Stadium, which holds 18,000, cost $60 million to build. A year-and-a-half later, though, the stadium was closed indefinitely because construction flaws caused cracks and it was deemed unsafe. It reopened last month in time for the 2015 graduation.
Huge things inside a huge state.
Texas is home to the world famous King Ranch in West Texas. "The birthplace of Texas ranching" is 825,000 acres, making it larger than the state of Rhode Island. It covers six different counties in Texas.
$10 saved is a LOT earned.
There is a time capsule buried under the Don Harrington Discovery Center in Amarillo with a savings passbook inside with a $10 deposit attached to it. The capsule is supposed to be opened in 2968 after 1,000 years, and the account is expected to be worth $1 quadrillion.
The oldest tree in Texas -- The Big Tree in Rockport -- is estimated to be more than 1,000 years old, and some recent estimates have it at nearly 2,000 years old. If you called it 1,500 years old, that would date it 500 years before the First Crusade. The Big Tree has survived an estimated 40 to 50 natural disasters, including hurricanes, floods, droughts and wildfires. It is one of the oldest live oaks in existence.
We don't need your stinkin' power.
There are three electric power grids in the lower 48 states -- the Eastern Interconnection, the Western Interconnection and Texas. That's right, we have our own power grid. Why? Because Texas.
Big films in little Marfa.
Two Best Picture-nominated movies were being filmed at the same time in the West Texas town of Marfa in 2007 -- 'There Will Be Blood' and 'No Country for Old Men.' In fact, 'No Country for Old Men' (which won Best Picture at the Academy Awards) had to stop filming for a day because of a massive amount of smoke coming from where 'There Will Be Blood' was being filmed. Pyrotechnics were being tested of an oil derrick being set on fire.
What's your favorite?
Which of these fun, crazy and interesting facts about Texas is the most surprising to you? Do you have one we should know about? Let us know in the comments section below. And ... Texas Forever.