If You Think Texas Has Only One Nickname, You Should Think Again
Texas is known far and wide ... all over the world really ... as the "Lone Star State". As is often the case with Texas, one of anything is not enough.
Each of the United States has a few state "somethings". A motto, an animal, a dish, etc. Being that everything's "bigger in Texas", we tend to have not only larger things but MORE things too.
For example, each state has a state animal and a state motto. Texas has a few mottos and multiple state animals.
We are low on squirrels this year but, otherwise, we've not only got bigger; we got more. Here's another example ... nicknames. Each state has one. New Mexico is "the Land of Enchantment", Alaska is "the Last Frontier", Florida is the "Sunshine State", etc.
Wait. The sun is a star, Texas is the "Lone Star State" and El Paso is the "Sun City" so ... should the states flip nicknames or should El Paso be moved to Florida?
Actually, shouldn't Florida be known as the "Hurricane State"? Every time I see a map of it, it looks like this.
- The Beef State. With 12.7 million head of cattle roaming the state, this makes sense. (Yes, somebody counted.)
- The Jumbo State. Self explanatory, really since ... say it with me ... everything is bigger in Texas..
- The Blizzard State. I don't get this one. Texans in Amarillo might but, it means nothing to El Pasoans. Except for that one time ... in 1987.
- Obviously, the Lone Star State, is probably the most well known one.
Which, coincidentally, is the same number of flavorings that make up one of my favorite tasty treats made in Texas, Dr. Pepper.