30 Things People From Texas Have To Explain To Out-Of-TownersTexan first, American second, and it’s not Tex-Mex if it’s not from Texas.
1. Texan Might As Well Be Its Own Nationality
Texans are fiercely independent and if given a viable chance, most would secede from the rest of the country in a heartbeat. It’s not uncommon to meet someone who greets you with, “Hi, I’m from Texas. What country are you from?”
2. Don’t Mess With Texas Isn’t Meant To Be Funny
The Don’t Mess With Texas slogan started off as a statewide beautification effort but has evolved into much more. They’re not kidding around when they say it. They take their state pride seriously and won’t take your smack talk. Take their advice and don’t test it.
3. No, You Don’t Have To Wear A Cowboy Hat To Live Here (But It’d Look Good On You)
You won’t have trouble finding a cowboy hat while you’re in Texas, but not everyone has one. Everyone does have at least one pair of cowboy boots, though. It doesn’t mean that they get worn often, but everyone has a pair tucked away in their closet somewhere.
4. Football Isn’t A Sport...
...It’s a lifestyle. And to be clear, Friday Night Lights isn’t a work of fiction. The faster you understand that, the quicker you’ll get along with everyone.
5. But There Is More To Texas Football Than The Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys arguably wouldn’t be as big as they are without their cheerleaders. The Houston Texans are a pretty big deal, too, and those fans can’t stand the Cowboys and Tony Romo.
6. If It’s Not Blue Bell, Then It’s Not Worth It
Ben and Jerry’s? Please. Child’s play compared to Blue Bell.
7. Breakfast Is For Tacos
Texans have heard of things like omelets and crepes, of course. They’ve just been too busy eating breakfast tacos to bother with them. And if you’ve ever tried a breakfast taco outside of the state of Texas, I’m sorry to break it to you, but you’ve haven’t actually had a breakfast taco.
8. How You Make Your Chili Matters
Did you know that real chili doesn’t actually have any beans in it? If you’re not from Texas, then of course you don’t, because that means you don’t know how to make real chili.
9. There’s Nothing That Can’t Be Deep Fried
And if you’ve ever made it to the State Fair of Texas (and how could you miss it? It goes on for 24 days) then you know that there’s nothing that hasn’t been deep fried. Even things that you wouldn’t fathom could be deep fried have been done, like deep fried lattes and frozen margaritas. Jury’s out on how good those are.
10. Texas Barbecue Is The Only Real Barbecue
Everything else around the country is a mere imitation. One proper barbecue meal in Texas and you’ll never accept another substitution again.
11. Spicy Ketchup Puts The “WHAT!?” In Whataburger
You’ve probably heard about Whataburger by now, since it puts every other burger chain in the world to shame. But what you couldn’t possibly know unless you’ve eaten here is that the spicy ketchup is the best part of the burger.
12. And That Language You Don’t Recognize Is Called Manners
You might not be used to hearing please and thank you all the time or “yes, ma’am” and “no, sir.” But that’s the way Texans talk because that’s the way they were raised. Anything short of that, and they got a handful and an earful from their mothers.
13. Everybody’s Fixin’ To…
In Texas, when you’re getting ready to do something, you’re fixin’ to do it. It’s not just a regional thing. You’ll hear people saying it from one end of the state to the other. It’s commonly called the State Verb of Texas.
14. “You Guys” Sounds Ridiculous
People make fun of Texans’ abundant use of the word “y’all.” But it makes so much more sense than saying “you guys” and is so much more pleasant to the ear. Deal with it.
15. Yes, The Schlitterbahn Actually Rules
Just like everything else in Texas, the Schlitterbahn is a massive waterpark that will put every other waterpark to shame. That’s mostly thanks to the legendary Verrückt water slide which takes guts the size of the state to go down.
16. Not Every Texan Owns A Gun
Make no mistake about it, Texans are avid supporters of the second amendment. And in the event of the zombie apocalypse, Texas is the place you want to be. But not everyone walks around with a gun in a holster. This isn’t the Wild West. Well, not everywhere, anyway.
17. Austin Might As Well Be Its Own State
If Texas is its own country, then Austin is definitely its own little island. Most Texans love it, others hate to even acknowledge it exists. But there’s no mistaking that it’s the Live Music Capital of the World.
18. There’s More To The Radio Than Just Country Music
You might find it hard to believe, but Texas actually has pop stations! And if you search hard enough, you might even find some rap.
19. If It Isn’t Sweet Tea, It’s Probably Poison
Unsweetened tea might pass for a beverage in other states, but you’re going to want to keep that kind of thing to yourself here in Texas.
20. Texans Know Margaritas Like You Never Will
Being Mexico’s neighbor has its perks. Margaritas are one of them.
21. Your Taco Bell Tex-Mex Menu Is Lying To You
Unless it’s from Texas, it’s not Tex-Mex. End of story.
22. Have You Ever Seen A 72 Ounce Steak?
Now you have. Come back when you’ve eaten one, and we’ll talk.
23. Watch Out For Speed Bumps
They’re armadillos and pretty much everyone agrees they’re creepy in a cute way.
24. It Really Is Ungodly Hot… Until It Snows… And Then It’s Hot Again
Texas does see the occasional freezing temperature or dusting of snow. But the rest of the time, it’s hot. The kind of hot that you can’t understand until you live it. The kind of hot where you choose to park three blocks away from your destination if it means you get to park in shade instead of at the front door in the blazing afternoon sun.
25. If It’s Not Lone Star, Then No One Cares
It’s a staple, much like bread, eggs, milk, and Tex-Mex.
26. And For The Millionth Time, Ordering A Coke Doesn’t Mean You Want A Coke
Listen up, “soda” people. When you want a Dr. Pepper, you order a Coke. When you’re asked what kind of Coke, then you say Dr. Pepper. It’s a Texas thing.
27. It’s Actually More Diverse Than Your State
No, Texas isn’t filled with nothing but cowboys. The state has seen six flags flown overhead including that of Spain, France, and Mexico. Texas also has one of the largest Native American populations in the country.
28. They’re A Friendly Bunch
Texans aren’t short on opinions, that’s for sure. But they’re the friendliest bunch you’ll ever meet. You don’t have to see eye to eye on politics or current events, especially if you’re okay with being wrong.
29. What Is This “Go Big Or Go Home” Crap Everyone Talks About?
In Texas, there is no option. You go big. Period.
30. The Stars At Night Really Are Big And Bright
Deep in the heart of Texas. And everywhere else around Texas for that matter.