1. Texas declared its independence
    from Mexico in 1836
    and became a Republic
    until it joined the U.S. in 1845.
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  2. Killing someone to prevent the theft of property is legal in Texas.
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  3. If Texas were a nation, it would be the world's 7th largest oil producer.
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  4. Earth, Texas is the only place on Earth named "Earth."
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  5. Over 20 million bats live in the Bracken Cave in Texas, the world's largest colony of bats.
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  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.
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  7. Texas has its own pledge of allegiance.
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  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.
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  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.
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  10. In Texas, it is legal to kill BigFoot if you ever find it.
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  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.
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  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.
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  13. There's a massive abandoned supercollider in Texas.
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  14. You are more likely to die as a drug dealer in Chicago than as a death row inmate in Texas.
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  15. You're more likely to get struck by lightning in Texas than find in-person voter fraud.
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  16. A city in Texas renamed itself to "DISH, Texas" in order to receive free Dish Satellite service for 10 years.
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  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%.
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  18. In Norway , "Texas" is slang for "crazy."
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  19. People pay thousands of dollars to hunt Zebras and other African wildlife on large ranches in Texas.
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  20. Oil production in Texas averaged 3 million barrels per day at its peak in 1972.
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  21. Texas has 730 airports, second most of any state in the U.S.
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  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.
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  23. The name Texas is based on the Caddo word
    ‘tejas' meaning "friends" or "allies."
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  24. Texas has at least 200 ghost towns.
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  25. Texas is the second-most populous state in the U.S.
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  26. Texas has sued the federal government more than 40 times in this century.
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  27. The constitutions of 7 U.S. states (Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas) specifically ban atheists from holding public office.
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  28. Death row inmates in Texas don't get to pick their last meal.
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  29. During Spanish colonial rule,
    Texas was officially known as the
    New Kingdom of the Philippines
    Province of the Texas.
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  30. It's illegal to own 6 or more dildos in Texas.
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  31. In Texas, more than 16,000 people were incarcerated in 2015 for possessing less than one gram of drugs.
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  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.
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  33. Texas has its own power grid to avoid dealing with the U.S. federal government.
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  34. Texas has the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world, a study found.
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  35. The most disproportionately common physical injury
    diagnosis in Texas is "insect bite."
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  36. The drugs used for a lethal injection in Texas cost $83.
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  37. Texas produces the most wind power of any U.S. state.
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  38. Texas, New York and California all have economies bigger than Russia.
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