Texas facts

Texas declared its independence from Mexico in 1836 and became a Republic until it joined the U.S. in 1845.

Killing someone to prevent the theft of property is legal in Texas.

If Texas were a nation, it would be the world’s 7th largest oil producer.

Earth, Texas is the only place on Earth named “Earth.”

Over 20 million bats live in the Bracken Cave in Texas, the world’s largest colony of bats.

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.

Texas has its own pledge of allegiance.

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.

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.

In Texas, it is legal to kill BigFoot if you ever find it.

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.

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.

There’s a massive abandoned supercollider in Texas.

You are more likely to die as a drug dealer in Chicago than as a death row inmate in Texas.

You’re more likely to get struck by lightning in Texas than find in-person voter fraud.

A city in Texas renamed itself to “DISH, Texas” in order to receive free Dish Satellite service for 10 years.

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%.

In Norway , “Texas” is slang for “crazy.”

People pay thousands of dollars to hunt Zebras and other African wildlife on large ranches in Texas.

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