Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Day 13: Texas Trivia

AKA... Things I learned in the Third Grade.

In no particular order...

1) The state was an independent nation from 1836 to 1845 and Texas is the only state to enter the United States by treaty instead of territorial annexation.

2) Six flags have flown over Texas: Spain, France, Mexico, The Republic of Texas, The Confederacy, and The United States

3) The state bird is the Mockingbird

4) The state flower is the Bluebonnet

5) The state song is Texas Our Texas written by Composer William J. Marsh of Fort Worth along with lyricist Gladys Yoakum Wright

6) The state tree is the Pecan tree (pu-con not pee-can)

7) Texas blue topaz is the state gemstone

8) Texas' state insect is the monarch butterfly

9) The Armor-plated armadillo is the offical state small mammal, Guadalupe bass is the state fish, the the Mexican Free-tailed Bat is the state flying mammal, and the state large mammal is the Longhorn

10) The official dish of Texas is chili

11) The state grass is the sideoats grama

12) The state motto is "friendship"

13) The state pepper is the jalapeƱo

14) The dome of the Capitol Building, in Austin, stands seven feet higher than that of the nation's Capitol in Washington, D.C.

15) Texas is known as the Lone Star State

5 comments:

Julie said...

Hey cool. For a newbie Texan like me that stuff is cool to know. Thanks for posting :)
~Julie http://velvet-rose.net

Carrie said...

Yes but the real test--can you still sing the Texas state song?

I do it occasionally just to get my coworkers' goat. That, and laud the superior athletic teams of Texas Tech. :)

Interestingly enough, the word verification is ttxirbz which I'm going to take as "texas ribs" or something along those lines. :)

Michelle said...

LOL!! EXCELLENT!! I particularly stand and applaud your pronunciation of pecan. You, too, have given me an idea to steal!! Thanks! :)

Patsy said...

Good job you got it all right. Were you aware that the pledge to the Texas flag has been changed? It not goes: Honor the Texas flag, one state under God, one and indivisible.

PearLady said...

Very cool. And, yes, I remember those trivia answers from my own studies, too. :D
Another bit of trivia I like is the fact that the Texas flag is the only state that can fly the state flag at the same height as the US Flag. :)