Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: A California firm recently won a $6.3 million contract to build levee improvements along the U.S.-Mexico boundary.
The contract amount, $6,324,094.50, was awarded to Magnus Pacific Corp. of Roseville, California.
The firm must build levee improvements for 9 miles of levee segments in Presidio County.
The project is authorized under the Urban Levee Remediation of the Rio Grande and Cibolo Creek.
The project includes 1) preparation of right of way; 2) improving existing top of levee; 3) constructing 6-inch flex base along top of entire levee system, including maintenance ramps; 4) reconstructing levee embankment and maintenance access ramps: 5) constructing slurry trench and toe drain; 6) placing riprap protection; 7) replacing sluice gates assemblies inside the existing 17 gatewell structures; 8) cleaning and removing debris from opening of culverts, and inlet and outlet structures of the existing gatewells; and 9) removing and installing existing fence and fence gate.
The contract was handled by the International Boundary and Water Commission office in El Paso.
The Rio Grande was established as the Texas boundary with Mexico in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848. There has been flooding in Presidio in the past from the Rio Grande, even though it dwindles to almost nothing at Presidio. Presidio County, because of its unusual triangular shape and the shape of the Rio Grande, has more of its county line shared with Mexico than with the United States. The Presidio levees project is part of an infusion of $220 million by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The funding is targeted to accelerate work on 170 miles of levees of the Rio Grande flood control system in Texas and New Mexico. The El Paso-based International Boundary and Water Commission has reported the work improve flood protection for more than two million U.S. residents.
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