1. For The Love Of Cowboys
Source: Visit Dallas Facebook
There are cities that love their football team. And then there are cities that love their football team. Dallas is the latter. But they also love that the rest of the country hates them. You can go to any city in the country and as soon as you mention the Cowboys, you’re going to get a pretty caustic reaction, especially up in the Northeast. But the funny thing is, you can go to any city in the country and find a few Cowboys fans, too. Even New Jersey’s governor has given up on New York and Philly and gone blue and silver.
It’s also no coincidence that they happen to have the most recognizable cheerleaders in the league, too. Everyone in Dallas is a Cowboys cheerleader. The ones in the tiny shorts are just the most ridiculously good looking.
2. Being A City Of Cowboys Without Any Actual Cowboys
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So, we’ve determined that The Cowboys are to Dallas as what big hair is to Jersey. Smack talk revolves around Cowboy references. And that pickup truck that just drove by painted silver and blue that remarkably matched the driver’s jersey? That’s no coincidence. But, that’s about as much cowboy as you’ll find here in Dallas.
Texas can be known for cowboy boots, two-steppin’, and big hats. But Dallas is kind of a world within its own inside Texas. In fact, if you head uptown, you’ll find more of a beefcake college crowd who like tanning and spiking their hair than you will cowboys on horses. Don’t worry, nobody is thrilled with them, either.
3. Driving Through Tron
Source: Visit Dallas Facebook
Do yourself a favor. Wait until the sun goes down and take a drive across the bridge and what do you see? No, you’re not driving through Tron, it’s just downtown Dallas. Pretty cool, right?
The Bank of America Plaza is referred to as The Green Building because… well, it lights up green. The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge is something from another planet, too, but the locals are pretty mixed on their opinions of that one. It’s definitely cool looking, but there never really seems to be any point to it. But it certainly adds to the aesthetic. And then there’s City Hall, which is maybe the weirdest building ever built while drunk, but it was the police station in Robocop, so its earned its place in town. As for the Reunion Tower, it makes the skyline look cool, but no one actually goes there.
4. The New Big Tex Is Just A Big Imposter
Source: State Fair of Texas Facebook
Ahh, Big Tex. Just reading his name brings up all the feels, doesn’t it? I think I’m even getting a little misty-eyed writing this. If you don’t know who Big Tex is, then there’s no way you’re from Dallas. Big Tex is the jolly, big resident Texan and mascot of the Texas State Fair, where all come to chow down on turkey legs, chicken fried bacon, fried snickers, deep fried girl scout cookies, (okay, deep fried everything). Big Tex is the gatekeeper to all of this artery-clogging, yet delicious fun.
Then one day he burnt down. He didn’t just catch fire and char a little bit. He disintegrated to nothing more than a metal frame and pile of ash. They have since rebuilt him, but it’s just not the same. RIP, Big Tex. The deep-fried goodness just isn’t the same without you.
5. But The Corny Dogs Will Live Forever
Source: Fletcher’s Original State Fair Corny Dogs Facebook
The Texas State Fair might be known across the country for its plethora of deep-fried deliciousness. But the locals know that there’s only one real reason that the event lasts a total of two weeks, and that is so everyone can get in as many corn dogs as possible.
I’m sorry, did I just call it a corn dog? If you noticed, then you’re definitely from Dallas because here, they’re not corn dogs. The famous cheddar jalapeno dogs on a stick from Fletcher’s vendor are called “corny” dogs, but never “corn” dogs. Corn dogs are for everyone else. Corny dogs are what you fork over ten tickets (that’s five bucks, outsiders) to get. Then you slather it with mustard and eat it over a trash can that is probably swarming with flies. That’s the way it’s done.
6. The Complexities Of A High Five
What’s a high five mean to you? It all depends on who you ask. To Barney Stinson, a high five is a way to acknowledge your own awesomeness. To anyone who lives around Dallas, a high five is the most complex and confusing freeway interchange, obviously invented with the sole purpose of driving every last resident completely mad.
The High Five Interchange is five levels of highway and has been listed by Popular Mechanics as one of The World’s 18 Strangest Roadways. And they’re just being nice because it’s Popular Mechanics and they can’t just come out and say 18 Stupidest Roads Ever Built. It’s as high as a 12-story building with 37 bridges total. It did get named as the Public Works Project Of The Year by The American Public Works Association, which just sounds like the High Five high-fiving itself.
7. Talking About Presidents Gets Exhausting
Most people who visit Dallas frequently remark about how different it is from what they were expecting. And one conversation topic you can’t seem to escape with outsiders when you live in Dallas is that of presidents. And, when you’re the location of the assassination of J.F.K, it just kind of goes with the territory. It’s a strange thing to be associated with, though. Because as monumental and as it was, who wants to be known as the place where anyone was shot?
The George W. Bush Presidential Library is also located here in Dallas and you know how those conversations can go. Unless you’re talking to other Texans, in which case, everyone knows better than to mess with a Texan to a Texan, even if they are from Dallas.
8. Cheese Fries From Snuffers
Source: Snuffer’s Restaurant & Bar Facebook
Quick! You find out that the world is ending tomorrow, what do you do? Okay, first you probably update your Facebook status to tell off everyone who’s ever made you roll your eyes. Then you probably find the cutest person in the room and plant one on them. But after all of that, what do you do? You eat all the cheese fries from Snuffer’s, of course.
Snuffer’s is known in Dallas for their cheddar fries; perfectly crisped potatoes smothered in so much deliciousness, your brain has to shut down. Or maybe that’s called a food coma. Whatever it is, it’s delicious.
9. The Importance Of Who Shot J.R. And Other Random Claims To Fame
Anyone in America with access to a television through the 1980s remembers the show Dallas. But in Dallas, it was more than just a show—it was a legacy. You couldn’t pick up a magazine or pass by the water cooler without walking into a conversation about Dallas. It was the Breaking Bad of its day. There’s a high probability that anyone reading this has a mother who has still never fully recovered from shock of the copout dream sequence finale.
But Dallas isn’t Dallas’ only pop culture claim to fame. Here, it just gets crazier and more irreverent. There’s everybody’s favorite laid back stoner, Owen Wilson. And then we jump to Vanilla Ice, a.k.a. Rob Van Winkle. If that wasn’t enough, how about a little Dennis Rodman action? Oh, and Barney the purple dinosaur. Dallas definitely gets to call Barney one of its own.
10. The Only Thing Dallas Shares With Fort Worth Is An Airport
The people in Dallas don’t just have a reputation around the country. They also have a bit of a reputation around Texas. The frequent rumor is that the people here think they’re better than everyone else in the state. That’s not true at all. The people in Dallas don’t think that they’re better than every other city in Texas. They just think they’re better than Fort Worth.
Dallas and Fort Worth might get commonly grouped together with a hyphen, but they really couldn’t be any different. The lifestyles and culture in both cities are worlds apart. They’re not even that close together geographically. The only thing they have in common is the airport, and Dallas would even argue that technically belongs to them, too.
Did we miss anything? Tell us what you think is unique about Dallas in the comments below!