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: BRAZORIA COUNTY – Four new paddling trail segments on the Brazos River comprising the Stephen F. Austin Paddling Trail have recently been added as official Texas Paddling Trails.
The resilient longhorn, able to survive on sparse foliage and water, has endured in Texas for more than 100 years. But the recent sale of about 100 longhorns by theTexas Parks and Wildlife Department has spurred debate about the breed’s future in the state.
Texas Business reports: The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued an advisory warning people not to consume or to limit consumption of certain fish caught in all waters off the Texas coast due to unsafe levels of mercury.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission bought approximately 658 acres to expand a state park in El Paso that already ranks as the largest urban park in the continental United States.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department contracted with Taylor Marine Construction Inc. to make the first significant structural repairs to the Battleship TEXAS in more than 20 years.
Texas Business reports: ATHENS—Puxatawney Phil may herald the onset of spring for folks in the Northeast, but for Texans there is another signal: The beginning of the annual white bass run upstream from reservoirs into rivers.
Texas Business reports: ATHENS—In reservoirs scattered throughout Texas, under the black skies of cool, fall nights, loud generators drone and bright lights beam from strange-looking boats built to transmit electrical current into the water to catch fish. Crews from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Inland Fisheries district offices use these electrofishing boats to collect information on fish populations, including Texas’ most popular fish—largemouth bass.
Texas Business reports: SAN ANTONIO—Laurus Corporation, a U.S.-based private real estate investment and development firm, completed the acquisition of the Hilton San Antonio Airport Hotel in San Antonio.
While the city’s slogan is “Keep Austin Weird,” Chris English, founder of Haunted ATX, is keeping Austin scary. English provides the one and only mobile haunted tour in Austin, a year-round venture that is particularly popular around Halloween.
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.
Texas Business reports: BURNET—Add one more reason to visit or revisit Longhorn Cavern State Park this summer other than its constant 68-degree environment. Workers have rewired the National Registered Landmark and replaced decades-old incandescent lights with hundreds of energy-saving, 12-volt halogen lights to better illuminate the cavern’s natural features.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved $3,014,992 million in federal funding for 26 National Recreational Trail Grant projects in communities across the state.
Texas Business reports: ATHENS—Professional angler Tommy Martin of Hemphill and lure manufacturer and angler Lonnie Stanley of Huntington will be inducted into the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame June 2, 2012, at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens.
From the coastal beachfront of South Padre Island to Big Bend National Park in the west, Texas businesses dependent on tourists say their areas are safe despite the drug-related violence in northern Mexico.
Texas Business reports: The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued an advisory limiting the consumption of gafftopsail catfish from Texas waters of Sabine Lake in Jefferson and Orange counties.
Texas Business reports: FORT WORTH, Texas and SYDNEY—American Airlines and Qantas Airways today welcomed the U.S. Department of Transportation's final approval of the airlines' trans-Pacific joint business agreement (JBA), which will allow the carriers to coordinate services between the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS and GRAPEVINE—The Gaylord Texan's new 10-acre, $13-million Paradise Springs waterpark, designed by landscape architecture and land planning firm TBG Partners, boosted the resort's leisure travel business by nearly 40 percent since its Memorial Day opening.
The 1.5 million Mexican free-tail bats fly off on their nightly hunt for insects is one of the many free attractions that brings hundreds of visitors to Austin. Photo by Stephanie Bathurst.
Those Bats Also Bring Money to Austin J.P. Foley recently spent a Sunday evening standing under the Congress Avenue Bridge for the third time in four years, waiting for the city’s famous million-bat colony to take flight.Full Story » Nick Swartsell for Reporting Texas
Texas Business reports: CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas AgriLife Extension Service nature tourism program is offering a new online marketing platform, guide training and certification program for Texas fishing guides and coastal tourism service providers.
Rodeo Clowns: Make ‘Em Laugh While Dodging Bulls Clowns, like any other entertainer, prepare for the show with makeup and costume like actors bustling behind closed curtains. But rodeo clowns take both of their roles — comedian and athlete — very seriously. For them, backstage is also a locker room, full of muscular men and sweaty athletic gear. As the announcer’s voice echoes underneath stadiums in Austin and Houston and outside trailers in Edna, Texas, they prepare physically and emotionally. When the overture is over, after the national anthem is sung, it’s time to face the bulls.Full Story » By Abbey Adkison for Reporting Texas
Texas Business reports: FORT WORTH—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, announced a temporary emergency closure on parts of Lake O’ the Pines due to ongoing fire suppression operations in the area.
Texas Business reports: The theater company Generations, in association with Rice University’s Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, will present the coming-of-age drama "Spring Awakening" with a rock-music score.
Texas Business reports:A 16-year-old Egyptian girl who lived 2,300 years ago could not have imagined today's CT Scans. But because of the impact such technology has had on archeology, much has been learned about the mummified mystery teen -- all without ever unwrapping her.
Texas Business reports: Southlake—Travelocity signed a distribution agreement with S7 Airlines of Russia, a member of the oneworld alliance, and will offer the airline’s full range of content through Travelocity.com, Travelocity Business, and the Travelocity Partner Network.
Texas Business reports: LV Air founder Sean Smith will meet with Dynamic Air in Dallas this week to work-out final details of lease agreements for 767 jets and flight crews for cheap luxury flights to Las Vegas, officials announced.
Texas Business reports:Dallas—The popular tourist attraction, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, has added a color film that shows John F. Kennedy addressing Austin supporters the night before his assassination in Dallas.
Texas Business reports: Fort Worth—American Eagle Airlines, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, announced new nonstop service from Central Nebraska Regional Airport in Grand Island, Nebraska to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, beginning June 9.
Dr Pepper Hologram. Photo by Jenna Thompson. Copyright 2010.
Museums Adapt In Down Economy Museums are places of wonder. Massive dinosaur skeletons and looming mammoth tusks have inspired awe in visitors young and old for decades.Full Story » Jenna Thompson, special to Texas Business
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