Homecoming Mums In Texas: Five Examples Of An Arms Race Gone Mad

What? No bears on that thing?
Homecoming season is nigh, and in Texas that means...very, very, very large homecoming mums.

Nowhere else, it seems, do high school girls put their energy, money, ego and shamelessness into effect when it comes to what used to be a simple flower and ribbon.

Even back in the day, as in the photo on the right, you could argue things were getting out of hand. But that's nothing like today.

"Peer pressure has always existed, and today the girls want the biggest flower, the most adornments and the maximum number of streaming ribbons," says the website McAdamsFloral.com. "To accommodate the current trends, florists begin ordering flowers, a multitude of colored ribbons in various widths and textures, and press-on glitzy letters in the early summer."

Here are five prima facie examples of Texas mum madness.
5. Here's a tip -- if your mum weighs you down to the point that you're getting back pain, or it covers enough of your body that an Amish Taliban woman would feel right at home in it, it just might be a little too big.

Also, at a maximum, a mum should cover just a single breast, we believe.


4. Bears have apparently replaced real flowers on these things because...because...because bears have long symbolized homecoming?

This one doesn't look so much like a mum as it does a biker chick's wedding dress.

And to be honest, those bears don't look too happy about their lot in life: "I wanted to be a companion for some sweet toddler who would tell me her secrets and make me her best pal, but instead I'm going to end up almost drowning in Mike's Hard Lemonade vomit."

3. And it's not just bears. Sparkle ponies, cuddly plush tigers -- it all says football.


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THANK YOU!!! i've always found giant mums tacky and ugly. they have strayed so far from their original purpose and no longer have anything to do with school spirit! if the "tradition" is still around when my daughters get to high school, their mums will be weighed & measured before they wear them. if it requires a tow rope to hold it up around your neck, it will not be allowed in my house!

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