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 Pickup Truck. Photo by Karnegie Musa. Copyright 2012.
I see an old pickup and feel a twang. It’s a twang of longing, of nostalgia, of my Heart’s Desire.
I have borrowed pickups and I have loaned pickups. I’ve driven pickups without lights on highways under the moon. I have slept in pickup seats and pickup beds. I’ve banged my head on gun racks and headache racks.
I’ve laughed at pickups jacked up on giant tires into monster trucks as I’ve watched drivers struggle ungracefully into them. I’ve tossed scraps to dogs in the back of pickup beds.
I’ve been to parties in a pickup bed complete with keg, piano, piano player and partiers as it drove down I-35. I’ve camped out afterwards in roadside rest stops in my pickup.
I’ve traded in a dead pickup on an SUV, and regretted it. I swore never to be without a pickup again.
I watched a meteor shower for hours one night while laying in a pickup bed. I’ve watched drive-in movies in a lawn chair set on the pickup bed with ice chest and snacks.
I’ve sat on a pickup tailgate many times while having serious conversations. I’ve loaded and hauled and unloaded my worldly possessions in a pickup. I’ve loaded and hauled and unloaded other peoples' worldly possessions" in a pickup.
One close relative lived several years in the camper of a small pickup. I’ve lazed about in pickups, and worked too hard in pickups. I’ve hauled ladders and toolboxes. I’ve seen goats duct-taped and hauled in a pickup. I’ve thrown empty cans in the back of my pickup, in the pickups of friends, and in strangers’ pickups as I walked by in a parking lot. I don’t lose any sleep over that, but I’m not proud of those almost unthinking acts.
One acquaintance, not close, covered the entire pickup body with bumper stickers. One acquaintance, not close, painted scriptures until he covered the entire pickup. One friend drove a pickup made of spare parts from a junk yard.
I’ve driven one pickup 200,000 miles. The pickup I now drive soon will reach 200,000 miles. That’s about 39,000 miles short of a one-way trip to the moon. So, I hope to keep this one for a moon shot of sorts. To feel and test the mettle of the truck as it rattles with its squeaks and quirks is a type of glory in Texas.
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