50 Reasons Texas Is the Best State in America

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Ain't bragging if it's true.
Gawker has been stirring things up by putting out a list of The Worst 50 States in America, with Number One being the worst of the worst. (Amazingly, Manhattan-based Gawker picked New York to be least worst.)

We expected Texas to be Top Three material at least, but instead the Lone Star State came in at 13. (Yay!?)

The Texan ego is as big as the state, and no matter how much you point out to them that, uh, hey what about all this extremely terrible stuff, they will not listen. If you guys would just shut up about it for a while, the rest of us might like you a little more.

No can do, Gawker. Here are 50 things that make Texas great (IMPORTANT NOTE: This list contains no mention of the Dallas Cowboys. We just can't bring ourselves to do that.):

50. Port Arthur: A gritty Golden Triangle refinery town that somehow produced Janis Joplin, Jimmy Johnson, Robert Rauschenberg and UGK.

49. Schlitterbahn is the greatest waterpark in America, and it makes excellent use of its Hill Country surroundings.

48. Chuck Norris. He doesn't sleep; he waits. And he's a Texas Ranger, dammit.

47. Dublin Dr Pepper -- for those people who think regular old Dr Peppers aren't Texan enough.

46. We gave the world the Quaid brothers, who have given us some great performances both off and on the screen. And we just don't mean Randy with the off-screen stuff, either.

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Big bend is not like the Big Thicket.
45. You are never very far from a Whataburger.

44. Texas has produced some of the world's best music, but Bob Wills is still the king.

43. The stunning ecological diversity of the state, from the arid canyons of Big Bend to the shadowy forest of the Big Thicket.

42. No state income tax, suckaz.

41. Texas absolutely kicks ass in producing wind energy, and it doesn't get much greener than that.






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Willie Nelson can do no wrong.

40. Willie Nelson. Beloved by the most stonered Austin dreamer to the most rigid born-again Baptist, and no one bats an eye when he racks up another weed arrest.

39. "Failure is not an option." Yeah, it was never actually said by Gene Kranz, but it summed up generations of work at NASA that hopefully will not end with the shuttle era.

38. Friday Night Lights. Not the book, movie or show -- the real thing. High school football in small-town Texas is something everyone should experience at least once.

37. Tex-Mex. Comfort food, hangover cure, drunken latenight scarfing: It has many purposes, all of them delicious.

36. Crossing the Pedernales near the LBJ Ranch is a classic Hill Country moment and it's always redolent of history both happy and tragic.

35. You want music festivals, SXSW, Austin City Limits and Summerfest are hard to beat.

34. When you say you're from Texas, no one in the world needs to ask where that is.

33. From a windswept dustbowl like Lubbock, Buddy Holly unleashed pop rock on the world that is still the basis for new and great music.

32. The cheapest and best oysters in the world are plentiful from the Gulf.

31. Watching families in their Sunday best getting the wildflower pictures that generations have taken before them.


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TexasGirl26
TexasGirl26

Gary P. Nunn What I Like About Texas. That's all. Listen to it and then ask why we brag.

TexasGirl26
TexasGirl26

You forgot DQ, Shiner, Lone Star Beer, South Padre Island, Josh Abbott Band, Gary Nunn

jmLaCostaandLaJolla
jmLaCostaandLaJolla

number one has to be the reason that turned us off when it came down to it...The second and third time we had to put up with them saying the exact same thing about their state after we told them we already heard it the first time made us realize they will do it every time we go out. So, do you have anything else to articulate that doesn't involve your state?

jmLaCostaandLaJolla
jmLaCostaandLaJolla

durrrrrrrr, Iam from texas and I got a wooden spoon, duuuuuuurrrrrr......

jmLaCostaandLaJolla
jmLaCostaandLaJolla

Houston is pathetic and disgusting. What they advertise the woodlands as isn't even close to what it actually is. We tried it out for a year and won't be buying any property what so ever in tx. We will gladly take our two condos in La Jolla and La Costa.

jserbghjekrge
jserbghjekrge

texas sucks. i moved here thinking it would be as advertised. all lies.

Madam
Madam

You had me going until I saw Tex-Mex was nearly at the end while Beyonce was near the top.  What a load!  I bet most people will not know who the heck she is in 10 years.  Just like Selena...who?  BTW, the crazy politicos keep Texas free from a state income tax! 

Calboy
Calboy

You can say all you want but in reality and across the world California is the best and the most popular state of them all for a foreigner san francisco, LA, chicago and NY would be the cities he would definitely visit... and you dont need 50 explanations..  largest US state economy, 7th largest economy in the world, technology and entertainment hub, Hollywood, Silicon Valley, LA, San Fran, San Diego, Sacramento, Disney, Universal, Google, facebook,apple, intel, twitter etc..yosemite, lake tahoe, death valley, redwoods, beaches, mountains, most movies and music are produced here the most number of amusement parks and national parks, and all these are found here, America is culturally popular and powerful because of culture produced in California.

johnathonsremmus
johnathonsremmus

no alamo? no goliad? nothing about san jacinto? nothing aout texas independance?  texas has the eighth largest economy in the world nothing is mentioned about that

 

but kolache's are the best here and chuck norris was a texas ranger thats what is really important 

 

Im done with this jackass convention

johnathonsremmus
johnathonsremmus

i mean my god it just keeps pissing me off the more i read there is no damn way this was written by a texan

 

johnathonsremmus
johnathonsremmus

Im a very proud texan and this stupid list is nothing but embarrassing

Tinyautumn
Tinyautumn

Dont know if you consider North Carolina the south but in the south everyone just loves God abd their neighbors.

Galikjoseph
Galikjoseph

You need to look up the yes prep public schools. Preferably the north campus, but the thing as a whole is awsome.

Lux da Candela
Lux da Candela

I am sorry, ppl here are hating..must be a bunch of liberals who are jealous. I am from new york and going to move to texas next year...I can only hope for it to pass soon because I love texas and I have only seen like less than 1%. if I could go back and be born Texan, I would. my kids will lol the people are amazingly sweet..its a new world for a person like me who is from nyc, where everyone is grumpy.

Lux da Candela
Lux da Candela

 again....these southerners must have it right someone that their state is thriving while most other states are in ruins...

Lux da Candela
Lux da Candela

 really? the joke of the usa????? SAYS WHO? liberals? mind you all super high profile states (i.e new york and california) are the hole of the economy.  noo THE JOKE IS ON YOU!! but dont go to texas, you will be kicked out.

Lux da Candela
Lux da Candela

I am from manhattan, I went to texas about two weeks ago, San Antonio to be exact, I LOVED IT! i never been a city person BUT FOR SURE I WANT TO MOVE TO TEXAS..nyc sucks.. You dont see anyone with flags of new york..many ppl dont even know the state flag i bet. lol texans on the other hand...   next year, I am moving to texas..ppl in manhattan are mean and liberals...and the economy in this state is horrible.

Natemabb
Natemabb

Why would the list need to mention the Cowboys when you mention them in your "important note"??

tay tay
tay tay

lmao.. Beyonce should've been #1!..... but let's talk about the best city now.. Houston!.. most diverse city in the COUNTRY.. even the ambience is diverse, you can go to a fancy restaurant, a restaurant that specializes in cuisine from all over the world, or a cheap fast food restaurant.. you can spend your time doing leisure filled activities, but it's also easy to get a job, or have an exciting day (I suggest Kemah Boardwalk if you're willing to make the drive)... it's really what you make of it.. and I wouldn't mind doing bad things to that blogger that named Houston the 2nd most boring city in the WORLD, just because it's HOT here.. what sense does that make?... that prissy little b****

Aija L. Nabours
Aija L. Nabours

We Texans have the right to defend our home when someone breaks in. Even with deadly force.

JediOHgEE
JediOHgEE

we banned ozzy from returning to san antonio for peeing on the alamo!

Dont
Dont

Death penalties

Kjpa04
Kjpa04

Still shoulda included the Cowboys!! Just sayin'

James Weisinger
James Weisinger

Unfortunately. 47 is no more.Dublin Dr Pepper is no more

Xandyhughes
Xandyhughes

we are the only state that can fly our flag at the same height as the US flag!

jmLaCostaandLaJolla
jmLaCostaandLaJolla

@jserbghjekrge 100 percent agree. Back in La Jolla and second condo in La Costa now. We will never return to tx. The entire state and especially the Houston area needs to be sued for false advertisement. Filthiest low class people with no proper education who argue with casually making a slight observation or asking a basic question. We will gladly take our properties on the beach over anything in tx.

frankthetank6905
frankthetank6905

@jserbghjekrge Hey friend, I'm sorry Texas hasn't met your expectations. If you ever have a question or need some things to do in your free time like eat/relax/etc. Just ask anyone! We'll always be happy to help you :)


TAPPA78
TAPPA78

CA truly is the best. state. Sadly, its infested with a parasite called a Californian.

JohnBossi
JohnBossi

@Calboy You've got to be kidding!!!! You've got cities going broke, VERY business unfriendly, highest state income tax, high gasoline tax, carbon emissions tax, one of the highest unemployment rates, highest paid teachers - lowest performing schools in nation, more than twice the state debt of any other state, 60% of all students receive free or reduced lunch expense, highest small business failure rate, and on, and on. Yeah, your state is so awesome, that's why so many Californians move to Texas to buy homes and live.

jmLaCostaandLaJolla
jmLaCostaandLaJolla

@johnathonsremmus as you should be embarrassed to be proud of texas. You have absolutely nothing going there except for low class day jobs that you idiots constantly go on and on and on about.....

jmLaCostaandLaJolla
jmLaCostaandLaJolla

@Lux da Candela don't expect your kids to have a proper education. We moved back to La Jolla....

avalagressa
avalagressa

I'm from New York two and I'm thinking of moving to Texas so I looked up the good things about don't listen to these jerks.

homanngrace
homanngrace

We would love to have you. Most of all, though, I hope you enjoy our PEOPLE. That's what Texas is all about. Welcome friend.

Kodeman
Kodeman

Come on down friend!

Jim Washburn
Jim Washburn

It's "y'all," not "ya'll."  The apostrophe goes where stuff is left out.  y[ou ]all => y'all

staroy18
staroy18

@Gloria Rivera-Richard  

oh i got it, your speechless and cant think of all the amazing things thats cool bro its overwhelming i know

TexasGirl26
TexasGirl26

And your point is. That's Texas you don't like it then gtfo seriously. Tbh I belive Texas is the only state that has it's shit together and it's a proven fact that texans are nicer. So back off yuppies let us Texans drink our beer and watch our football and having BBQ's and have a great time. You yuppies can just got back to texting and tweeting and facebooking or whatever it is y'all yuppies do a leave Texas alone. All y'all are is jealous and ignorant. Just because had a bad time in ONE city doesn't mean you can write the whole state off. Ok bye bye Huns I'm gonna go make some steak and mashed taters and gravy and homemade biscuits and salad for dinner tonight while you can call your local, disgusting, cheap, unhealthy Chinese restraunt and sit at home bored as hell.

cklingsporn
cklingsporn

@JohnBossi @Calboy  yeah, fuck you callboy!! you say California is a hub for the entertainment and technology industries??...yeah, well it's also a hub for assholes....I went to school in Boston (*B* Strong!!), studied abroad in London, and have spent a decent amount of time in many others cities in the U.S, and within the last year and a half that I have spent in LA I have never met so many self-involved, douchebag, pricks in my life!!  so frankly, I don't know what you think you are bragging about, lol.... it sounds to me like you'd prefer to measure the worth of a place in its tourist attractions, rather than the quality of its people... so for that I can really only feel sorry for you.... there is a reason we Texans all love it so much, and it has more to do with the other, every day, fellow Texans that inhabit our great state than whatever amusement park or pop culture phenom you are boasting this five minutes. Grow up.

joshdestardi
joshdestardi

@JohnBossi @Calboy California is WAY too expensive, but you should review their overall budget..things have vastly improved.  Not a California person, just correcting a misconception.

staroy18
staroy18

@jmLaCostaandLaJolla @johnathonsremmus 

i also quite like the fact that you have those dots ........ at the end of your sentence its like saying "hmm do-do i want to hurt their feelings? let me just trail off so they think im a coward, that way when they rebuttle and im getting my ass kicked i can show them the dots and they will back off because i was just joking" dont ever, EVER Mess with Texas I.E. The Best. 

staroy18
staroy18

@jmLaCostaandLaJolla @johnathonsremmus

we should be embarrassed? you honestly make me laugh, TEXAS IS THE BEST COUNTRY IN THE GOD DAMN WORLD, your liberal infested state needs to be jack hammered off the side of America, the History Texas has is far greater than that of every other state combined, as Davy Crocket said: you can all go to hell, I'm going to Texas. although i would probably pick hell over that hell hole you call a home Cali-forn-Eye- AYE, fucking retarded name, Ours means friendship, which you know nothing about

TexasGirl26
TexasGirl26

Seriously? Poor education? Ha that's a joke right? Texas has some of the highest test scores in the US! Wtf are you talking about? Did you grow up in Texas? Did you go to school in Texas? Did your kids grow up in Texas? Did they go to school in Texas? Cause if so it wanna know what school district you lived in cause texans are some of the smartest people. Stop talking about stuff you have no idea about. It's like a European talking about football when they haven't even been to a game. Please stop this right now. You have no idea what the education is like in Texas because you didn't got to school in Texas. You're just embarrassing your self. And you're pissing me off. I can't stand arrogance. Get your facts straight.

staroy18
staroy18

@TexasGirl26 He didn't go to school in Texas? I'm sure he didn't go to school at all.

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