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
You can only have two roosters in a Fort Worth residential area.
That was the controversial report last week in cowtown, that same town that will host the Super Bowl broadcast operations on February 6.
When one consider most residents of Fort Worth never have been around a rooster, or hen, or chickens, it may give you a bit of pleasure that chickens served as the subject for a considerable amount of that city’s time.
I once had a rooster and hens. The rooster actually served a purpose, though he'd spur and peck at both dogs and people.
Most of the dogs were scared of the rooster. But one day, a dog was not scared. That was the rooster’s end.
I still miss hearing that rooster in the early morning. Nobody else at my residence does, however, as they do not do mornings.
While Fort Worth council voted 9-0 on the ordinance, they didn’t outlaw roosters at homes. You can still own two roosters. The rationale used to support the ordinance was the issue of cockfighting. Supporters of the ban said too many people bred roosters for the illegal sport. Of course, cockfighting continues despite the law.
It was not a boring discussion about biotechnology. Despite the problem of cockfighting, it is refreshing to see people argue over the number of chickens that can be kept.
Before the vote, Fort Worth residents could keep up to 12 fowl, all which could be roosters of couse, on a half-acre or less.
Now you are limited to two roosters per Fort Worth residence. Only one will rule the roost, or back fence, or clothesline.
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