Texas is HUGE!
Literally, it's massive. That might be why the tagline is about everything being big. Oh the metaphors of life.
Next to size is heat. Lord is it hot there.
Those are just a few of the regular Texas deets that often come to mind.
What else do others think of?
Redditor Common-Transition973 wanted to compare notes on everyone's thoughts about the Lonestar state.
"Non Texans , what are your thoughts when you hear 'Texas?'"
I've been to Texas once. Austin. It was cute.
"Literally just the shape of the state itself as seen from a map or something."
All Love Baby
"I’ve been through Texas a few times and the thing that stood out to me was how much people in Texas love talking about how much they love Texas. I had a beer at the Dallas airport when I was waiting for a friends plane and it was a Budweiser bottle but instead of Budweiser the label said Texas on it."
"Diners would serve Texas shaped pancakes. Every gas station had a section for Texas swag- everything from tee shirts to shot glasses to hats to magnets and other Knick knacks."Giphy
"I’ve always found New Yorkers to be obnoxious with how much they talk about how much better they are than everyone else, but Texas is actually on another level. So, I guess when I think of Texas, I think of a bunch of people yelling 'I f**kin' love Texas'."
"Barbecue, don’t get me wrong we’ve got it here in the UK but it’s nothing like what I’ve seen from across the pond. Burnt ends, beef ribs, smoked brisket. I’ve only ever seen it on YouTube and I envy those of you who have tasted it."
"Honestly when I went to Texas and tried the bbq, at both that big well known place and a 'mom and pop' place that my airbnb hosts said was the best in the city. It was... Good. Like it was tasty and all, but just they way people talk about it like its some kind of religious experience or that it's just so different and unlike bbq in other countries, but it wasn't. Its still just meat + dry rub + sauce and I've had comparable bbq in London."
"My Texas is essentially one of those m&m characters. I picture him with those big oval eyes and white limbs. The color of this Texas-shaped m&m is 'American flag.' He’s got a cowboy hat, a piece of wheat sticking out of his mouth, and a perfectly groomed mustache. He’s just walking around in his cowboy boots with his Ak-47 in tow. He vehemently hates the skittles."
"In my native Norwegian the term 'complete Texas' means chaos or out of control."
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Texas means so much in so many ways.
"Cadillacs with giant horns on the front driven by old men in white suits with big white cowboy hats and superbly trimmed mustaches."
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"In my company (in a country on the opposite side of the planet from Texas), 'gone Texas' is a term used to describe a software program that has frozen up to the point where even Task Manager can't abort it. Otherwise we don't think about it very much, except perhaps with mild horror."
"Heavyset white people with guns and large cowboy hats yelling 'DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS!'"
"My favorite part of 'Don’t mess with Texas’ is that comes across as this slogan about how tough and bada** Texans are, but in reality it was an effective anti-littering campaign from the department of transportation."
"Man, as a Muslim in a secular country, is always a ride seeing posts about republicans go on about something something shariah law, something something freedom, something Obama... And then two posts later, there's a r/nottheonion post about Texas basically being white Taliban."
"I think of Gilead but with cowboy hats."
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Well there is still a lot of good in Texas. You just have to dig deep.
With so many streaming platforms and too many recommendations to watch your friends' favorite shows, how do you prioritize what shows to watch?
Those who can afford to sit in front of the TV all day–because that is the commitment it takes to start making a dent in your viewing playlist–must choose wisely in determining which shows to start binging.
If a show fails to grab your attention from the get go, you might be prone to ditch it and go on to the next one on the list.
The risk of course is you might be missing out on something that is worth sitting through the slow-burn, exposition-y episodes of a show that is trying to establish itself at the beginning but becomes wildly rewarding towards the end.
But who has time for all that?
Apparently, there were many TV show viewers whose patience ran thin.
To find out what shows strangers online thought was not worth their time, Redditor itsamu asked:
"What TV series isn't worth finishing?"
You would think fantasy and action shows can sustain your attention, but they're not all created the same.
Not Having The Time For This One
"Once upon a time. It literally repeats the entire first season’s plot."
"I'm the fastest man alive. Except for the main villain of this season. And the random guy I'm chasing who escaped around the corner of the building, despite the fact I can search an entire square mile in under a minute. Nah, he's gone, no need to check."
One Strong Season
"Heroes. Watch the first season, and then stop."
Can't Kill What's Already Dead
"The walking dead, gave up a while ago. Don't even know if it has finished or not yet."
The Outlook Was Already...
"Grimm. Started off so good, just got worse and worse and worse."
Getting Straight To The Point
"Arrow. It ends at season 2, ya hear me? SEASON TWO!"
Many Redditors recommended cutting the length of a TV season by half.
Wrap It Up
"We really should have more limited series. Some shows have premises that are good for a season or two that get ruined by dragging it out for multiple seasons."
The Brits Get It
"Watch more British shows. Fewer episodes generally so they don’t as often run out of ideas or go off the rails. Fleabag for example, two perfect seasons and done."
Even people who enjoy the pacing of dramas found some in the genre quite tedious.
That Final Season
"House of cards. Just stop watching on the last episode of the penultimate season and pretend the last one is still in the works. The last season is insulting on so many levels."
You Gotta Be Toking
"Weeds. Good for the first three seasons or so. Really f'king comes off the rails after that."
They May Have A Case Here
"Suits. It becomes very repetitive after a while."
"Worst Finale Ever"
"The last couple seasons of Castle were garbage. The finale was the worst finale in the history of finales. Yes even worst than GoT and HIMYM. Such a disgrace for a show that used to be cute, fun and sharply written. I can’t even bring myself to watch marathons when they are on and it was one of my favorite shows when it first started."
I'm probably in the minority here but I had to give up on Game of Thrones by the end of its first season.
I think I was expecting more fantasy and dragons straight away, but as I waited for more action, I found myself losing interest in the characters and patience in keeping track of who was related to whom.
So I put a pin in it and started watching other shows.
When I heard about fans complaining about the letdown of an ending, that was enough for me to remove it from my list permanently.
Hey, to each their own.
There is little more fascinating than learning about popular customs and traditions in foreign countries.
This can include trademark foods and dishes, styles of clothing, as well as country specific holidays and traditions.
But as fascinating as these are to foreigners, locals are often less than impressed by their iconic homegrown brands and traditions.
In fact, the very mention of them might result in yawn or an eye-roll.
"What is something popular in your country that you absolutely don't have interest in?"
Why Not Let It Be A Surprise?
"Gender reveal party."- SuvenPan
Fascinating, But Inhumane?
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There Is Better Coffee In Canada
"Tim Hortons."- dearest-ribwich
Unless Being Coached By Ted Lasso...
"I tag along to matches with a mate from time to time but it really is like the scene out of the IT Crowd."- Philster07
Just How Real Is It?
"Reality TV shows."- silviazbitchangry mtv GIF by HacklockGiphy
Big Money, Big Money... Just Not Mine...
"Everybody uses slot machines but it's not my thing."- runaway_train35
Hot Cocoa In The Lodge Will Do...
"I know how to do it, I've done a lot of it, but no thanks."- RuggiardSaturday Night Live Nbc GIF by HULUGiphy
Not Always Indicative Of Domestic Happiness...
"Marriages that are full of spectacle, instagram stories and tons of people."
"I don't even care about marriage that much, but when I do, I want it to be just with the people I actually care about."
"I don't want to give a show."- RoguishBaron
It's easy to see how something commonplace in one country might not elicit the same level of fascination to locals as it does foreigners.
Though based on the selections above, it's fascinating to note how many pet peeves seem to be universal.
Proving that though oceans and mountains may divide us, we're not so different after all.
Everyone is beautiful in their own way.
Something all too easily forgotten in this world of unrealistic, not to mention unhealthy, standards regarding beauty and physical appearance.
Making it all the more upsetting that there are still people in this world who actually feel the need to call people "ugly" right to their faces.
Luckily, those on the receiving end of that unnecessary bullying often have enough self-worth that they have just the right response should such an unfortunate situation arise.
"What's the best answer to being called ugly ?"
Always Rely On The Classics
"Classic Cyrano de Bergerac: 'I give you this to work with, and that's the best insult you can come up with?'"- Terpsichorean_Wombat
You Must Know This From Experience
‘"Hopefully that’s all we have in common.’"- Annoying_pain_in_a**
That The Best You Can Do!
"I've been called worse things from better people."- That-End-322Unimpressed Viola Davis GIFGiphy
The Bar Is Certainly Low
"'And even I wouldn't f*ck you'."- elenchusis
Blessing In Disguise... Or Just A Blessing!
"I once had a guy tell me that he would find me attractive if I wasn’t fat."
"I basically went 'whew! Good thing I’m fat!'”- Low-Stick6746
“'Thanks, its a relief to know that someone like you doesn't find me attractive'”- greedthecuriousReassuring Jimmy Fallon GIF by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonGiphy
You Think You're The First?!
"If I had a dollar for every time someone called me ugly, you'd think I was handsome."- GreyFoxNinjaFan
Not Afraid To Bring Your Mother Into This!
"I've got a face only a mother would love, and your mother loves me very much!"- fenris_dallocort
Learn From The Greats
"A quote from Lincoln after he was called 2 faced:"
"'If I was two faced, do you think I would choose this one to wear?'"- Layer-Motorabraham lincoln net art GIFGiphy
Tell Me Something I Don't Know...
"Just go 'and?' and look at them all confused as if they just pointed out something irrelevant about you, like the color of your hair."
"People really break when you give them an anticlimactic reaction."- Particular_Fudge4856
It's sad to think that people have nothing better to do than to make demeaning comments about others.
Making them all the more deserving of all the clap-backs listed above.
Plus many, many more.
There are just some things children do not need to know.
When you are a parent, you know that the walls have ears.
So try to keep it that in mind when discussing seriously private matters.
RedditoriLuvDILFSSSSwanted everyone to spill some tea on their parents.
"What is something you know about your parents that you shouldn’t know?"
I've blocked all of my parents secrets. I hope.
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"As a kid I saw an old family tree that showed my mom had 3 babies (all different dads) whom she gave up for adoption before meeting my dad. I didn’t say s**t and she didn’t admit it to me until about 10 years afterwards."
"As a teenager I moved in with my mom after not living with her for most of my life and fighting to be a part of hers. One night I heard her and my step dad talking about how the only reason they let me live there was for the tax credits and child support."
"Okay that's just messed no kid should have to hear that from their own parent."
"My mom didn't marry my dad because she was in love with him, she chose him when the man she was in love with told her he couldn't marry a woman who already had another man's child and my dad had no problem with stepkids. She did eventually fall in love with him for what it's worth."
"My mother and stepfather were the direct cause of my little sister’s death due to physical abuse. She had a shunt in her brain and due to the impact of a few hard slaps to the face, it shifted and forced her to choke and die. My other little sister and I are the only ones that know."
"I’ve chatted with CPS and DCF and without additional proof, there are doubts that anything can be done since her death was listed as 'natural causes' and neither of us said anything at the time to any authority figures. It’s been almost five years and I never stop thinking about it."
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"That they definitely should have married other people."
Love and marriage. What a story.
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"As a young kid I overheard my parents screaming in another room about what age I was when my dad left us. Mom said 3 months. Dad said 3 years. I didn’t know he left at all. At least he came back?"
"My mother and father had a deal that my father would get a job, so my mom could finish college, and then my mom would get a job, so my dad could finish college. My father did his part and when it was his time to go back to college, my mom and all her family humiliated him into going back to work. My brother and I are not supposed to know this, we were too young, but I know."
"My parents escaped from Iraq during the worst period of the Saddam regime. As a kid, you don’t know what a war refugee is. I used to think my father worked at the welfare office. I found out years later that my father was going there for PTSD therapy. Having found his papers, I learned my father was tortured in prison for helping his students escape the country, and that the reason why he’s always limping wasn’t because of something genetic."
"But because they smashed his knee with a hammer, and locked him in a dark room for days with no medical help, destroying his career as an athlete and professor of physical fitness. My parents never ever ever talked about the stuff they went through. We grew up thinking we were a perfectly normal family."
"Well, for the first 16 years of my life I thought that my father had died in an accident. Turns out he just didn't care about me and my mom was trying to make 4yr old me feel better because she didn't want me to think it was my fault. It really f**ked with me when I found out at 16 that my biological father was still out there somewhere."
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"When I moved to Colorado with my mom i convinced her to smoke some weed with me. She giggled a lot, laughed at cartoons with me, demanded magic shell with her ice cream and then proceeded to tell me my father was a gay man who cheated on her multiple times with men during their marriage, including while she was pregnant with me."
Well, those are certainly some confessions. My goodness...
Do you have similar experiences to share? Let us know in the comments.