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: The Texas Department of State Health Services issued an advisory warning people not to consume blue marlin caught in all waters off the Texas coast due to unsafe levels of mercury.
Mercury is a naturally occurring element that can also be a byproduct of human activity. If consumed regularly, it can cause harmful effects to the central nervous system, particularly in children including infants exposed before birth. Symptoms of prolonged exposure include tingling of the skin, loss of coordination, visual and hearing impairment and slurred speech.
Additionally, women of childbearing age, including women who are nursing, and children under 12 years old should not consume swordfish caught off the Texas coast. The advisory recommends women past childbearing age and adult men limit their consumption of swordfish from this area to no more than two meals per month.
The advisory was issued after testing revealed that blue marlin and swordfish examined from the northwestern Gulf of Mexico contained mercury at concentrations that exceed DSHS health guidelines of no more than 0.7 mg/kg. The average levels found in blue marlin were 12.9 mg/kg, more than 18 times the DSHS guidelines. The levels in swordfish, 1.18 mg/kg, were more than 1.6 times the recommended levels. Regular or long-term consumption of blue marlin and swordfish from these waters may result in adverse health effects.
While most recreational fishermen catch and release blue marlin and swordfish in the Gulf of Mexico, some fish is kept for personal consumption. Because of the large minimum catch size, any legally caught blue marlin will have high levels of mercury. With increased recreational swordfish catches, anglers are eating more and larger swordfish that can have elevated mercury levels.
Note: An advisory for the Texas Gulf Coast is already in place recommending that king mackerel greater than 43 inches total length not be consumed; for king mackerel 37 to 43 inches total length, women of child bearing age and children less than 12 years of age should consume no more than one meal per month, and women past childbearing age and adult men should consume no more than one meal per week; and king mackerel less than 37 inches total length are safe for unrestricted consumption. A meal is 8 ounces of fish.
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