Saturday, May 30, 2009
Tall Tales About Texas...!
You know, there are several ways to tell when it is really, really hot in Texas! If you know what to look for, the animals can tell you.
For instance, there is a lizard here that we call the "Stick Lizard". You only see them in the summer, and they can be easily recognised by the fact that they carry a long stick in their mouth. In case you are wondering why they carry the stick, they use it in crossing the hot country roads.
What they do is start across the road at a dead run, then when their feet get too hot, they take the stick and jam it into the ground. Then the lizard climbs up on the stick and allows his feet to cool off. Then he shimmies down, pulls up the stick, and goes on across the road! Pretty smart, huh?
Here are a few more little known facts about Texas that you may be interested in. Check them out and see if you already knew them.
The Great State of Texas is where...
Armadillos sleep in the middle of the road with their feet in the air.
There are 5,000 types of snakes on earth and 4,998 live in Texas.
There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 live in Texas , plus a couple no one's seen before.
If it grows, it sticks; if it crawls, it bites.
'Twiced' is a word.
People actually grow and eat okra.
'Fixinto' is one word.
There is no such thing as 'lunch.' There is only dinner and then supper.
Iced tea is appropriate for all meals and you start drinking it when you're two.
We do like a little tea with our sugar!
'Backwards and forwards' means I know everything about you!
Djeet is actually a phrase meaning 'Did you eat?'
You don't have to wear a watch because it doesn't matter what time it is.
You work until you're done or it's too dark to see.
You don't PUSH buttons, you MASH them.
You measure distance in hours. Like its 6 hours from Houston to Dallas .
You'll probably have to switch from 'heat' to 'A/C' in the same day.
'Fix' is a verb. Example: 'I'm fixing to go to the store.'
You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.
Yes, Friday night high school football games is serious football!
You carry jumper cables in your car .. . . for your OWN car.
There are only four spices: salt, pepper, Tabasco and ketchup.
The local papers cover national and international news on one page, but require 6 pages for local gossip and sports.
100 degrees Fahrenheit is 'a little warm.'
We have four seasons: Almost Summer, Summer, still Summer and Christmas.
Going to Wal-mart is a favorite past time known as 'goin' to Wally-World.'
Gravy is a food group.
A cool snap (below 70 degrees) is good pinto-bean weather.
A carbonated soft drink isn't a soda, cola or pop. . . . it's a Coke, regardless of brand or flavor. Example: 'What kind a coke you want?'
Fried catfish is the other white meat.
We don't need no stinking driver's ed . . . if our mama says we can drive, we can drive.
Now let's get some fresh coffee and sit on the patio for a bit...OK?