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
So many people in Texas want their own Texas ranch. Yet it’s a paradox how the all-too familiar forces of growth and industry and energy change the landscape and still, we think we’re immune from the force of numbers.
We have this idea in our head that nothing will change in Texas, that Texas will remain ranch and farms and cattle and cotton with oil derricks in the distance, and most of us want our own ranch and horses and boots and that the only change will be when we get our own ranch and horses and cattle and crops and a few oil derricks dotting the cotton fields
We possess the illogical notion that while we always hear about the water tables falling, that will never change and we’ll never hear that the water’s gone.
We try to ignore the increasing pressure on our minds from the population, which doubled from 1950s 7.7 million to 2000’s 20 million and then to 25 million in 2010. Despite people and more people and more people, those of us from Texas families of six and seven generations feel rural though the vast majority live in cities. Though we wonder at how long it’s been since we saw a tumbleweed blow down Main Street, we don’t make the connection.
We still want our little ranch and cattle and cotton, though we remember when Houston was the size of Austin now. We want our ranch though we remember when the road from Dallas-Fort Worth to San Antonio was rural with vast stretches of crops and livestock and not chopped up with development. We remember when Dallas and Fort Worth were two distinct cities, yet still don’t adjust our desire to have a ranch of our own.
We want to walk out of the house and not see another house in sight, walk over to the stable and saddle up with an old worn saddle with our name and brand tooled in dark leather, and ride easily to where nothing built by humans can’t be seen, or heard.
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