1. Texas declared its independence
    from Mexico in 1836
    and became a Republic
    until it joined the U.S. in 1845.
  2. Killing someone to prevent the theft of property is legal in Texas.
  3. If Texas were a nation, it would be the world's 7th largest oil producer.
  4. Earth, Texas is the only place on Earth named "Earth."
  5. Over 20 million bats live in the Bracken Cave in Texas, the world's largest colony of bats.
  6. One of the widest freeways in the world is the Katy Freeway, part of the Interstate 10 in Texas, with up to 26 lanes across.
  7. Texas has its own pledge of allegiance.
  8. In 1917, Germany invited Mexico
    to join WW1 by attacking the U.S.
    in order to recover the lost territories
    of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.
  9. Sam Houston, the general who won Texas independence from Mexico, was removed
    from his post as Governor after refusing to support the Confederacy on the Civil War.
  10. In Texas, it is legal to kill BigFoot if you ever find it.
  11. In 1989, an innocent man was punished with the death penalty in Texas because the jury confused him for another with the same name, looks and height.
  12. There is a species of fungus called "Chorioactis" that only exists in Texas and rural Japan, and is thought to have been in both places for 19 million years.
  13. There's a massive abandoned supercollider in Texas.
  14. You are more likely to die as a drug dealer in Chicago than as a death row inmate in Texas.
  15. You're more likely to get struck by lightning in Texas than find in-person voter fraud.
  16. A city in Texas renamed itself to "DISH, Texas" in order to receive free Dish Satellite service for 10 years.
  17. California holds 12% of the U.S. population and produces 6.9% of the country's total greenhouse gas emissions. Texas has 8.5% of the population and produces 12.8%.
  18. In Norway , "Texas" is slang for "crazy."
  19. People pay thousands of dollars to hunt Zebras and other African wildlife on large ranches in Texas.
  20. Oil production in Texas averaged 3 million barrels per day at its peak in 1972.
  21. Texas has 730 airports, second most of any state in the U.S.
  22. The Galveston Hurricane of 1900 in Texas was the deadliest natural disaster ever to strike the U.S., killing between 6,000 and 12,000 people.
  23. The name Texas is based on the Caddo word
    ‘tejas' meaning "friends" or "allies."
  24. Texas has at least 200 ghost towns.
  25. Texas is the second-most populous state in the U.S.
  26. Texas has sued the federal government more than 40 times in this century.
  27. The constitutions of 7 U.S. states (Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas) specifically ban atheists from holding public office.
  28. Death row inmates in Texas don't get to pick their last meal.
  29. During Spanish colonial rule,
    Texas was officially known as the
    New Kingdom of the Philippines
    Province of the Texas.
  30. It's illegal to own 6 or more dildos in Texas.
  31. In Texas, more than 16,000 people were incarcerated in 2015 for possessing less than one gram of drugs.
  32. Karl Marx thought of immigrating to Texas, going so far as to apply to the mayor of Trier, his birthplace, for an immigration permit.
  33. Texas has its own power grid to avoid dealing with the U.S. federal government.
  34. Texas has the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world, a study found.
  35. The most disproportionately common physical injury
    diagnosis in Texas is "insect bite."
  36. The drugs used for a lethal injection in Texas cost $83.
  37. Texas produces the most wind power of any U.S. state.
  38. Texas, New York and California all have economies bigger than Russia.
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