1897, Eastland, TX
. A cornerstone was being laid in the foundation of the new county courthouse
(to replace the old county courthouse
, not to be confused with the original county courthouse
). People put various items in the hollow space in the marble, time capsule style. Just before they sealed the box court clerk Ernest Wood (E.E. to his friends), acting on a whim, grabbed a horny toad
that his son, Will Wood, had picked up on the way in to town and placed it in the box. Entombed forever
. But...31 years later, 1928. Eastland, having decided it needed a NEW new courthouse, was about to demolish the old one. Someone recalled the time capsule, and the unfortunate horny toad, and 3,000 people showed up to see the poor dead lizard. "As a county official held up the dusty reptile, his leg twitched, and then his whole body came alive." [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt
on Sep 28, 2007 -
Geostationary Banana Over Texas
is an art intervention that involves placing a gigantic banana over the Texas sky. This object will float between the high atmosphere & Earth's low orbit, being visible only from the state of Texas & its surroundings. From the ground, the banana will be clearly recognizable and visible day & night; it will stay up for approximately one month.
posted by jonson
on Dec 28, 2006 -
Giant Concrete Caterpillar.
Driving on I35 south out of Dallas to Austin, you pass through Italy, Texas, and on the side of the road is Bruco
, the Texas Italian Caterpillar, and the home of the Monolithic Dome Institute
, makers of fine homes
, and churches
. These domes
and disaster resistant
. (See previous thread
). They also can be visually interesting
. These domes are concrete as opposed
to R. Buckminster Fuller
's Geodesic domes
, such as Epcot Center
or the incredibly interesting Eden Project
posted by dios
on Oct 10, 2006 -
Hooray for Kinky Friedman --
Friedman isn't going to solve Texas' problems, but neither is any other politician. The whole premise of his campaign is to mock the process—as his slogan goes, "How hard can it be?"
posted by ZenMasterThis
on Oct 6, 2006 -
writing as Jaxon, may have created the first underground comic, God Nose, in 1964
. In 1969 he was one of the founders of RipOff Press. Jackson's work at that time included horror stories (in Skull Comics, RipOff's tribute to EC) and political fare. Jackson returned to his native Texas
in the 70s and began work on a series of comics on Texas history
. In 1979 he published Comanche Moon
, the story of the abduction of Cynthia Ann Parker and of her son, the great Comanche chief Quanah Parker
. Jackson was influenced by Texas History Movies, a 1920s comic strip by Jack Patton and John Rosenfeld
that was compiled into booklets and used in Texas schools until the 1960s. Other works by Jackson
included the story of Spanish-Americans in the war for Texas independence, the Alamo as seen from both sides, and a look at Sam Houston's relationship with the Cherokee
. The subjects of Jackson's comics
tended to be history's dispossessed and, in 1998, he published Lost Cause
, a look at post-Civil War white Texans. Accused of racism
, Jackson replied
that he intended to show history as it was
, not as people wanted it to have been. The Comics Reporter
: "Jackson's Texas was capable of grotesquery and atrocity because Jackson's art was able to communicate extreme, transcendent moments without hesitation or shame."
Aside from comics, Jackson wrote a number of books on Texas
history, including the award-winning Los Mestenos,
a study of Spanish ranching in Texas. He was a lifetime member of the Texas State Historical Society. Jackson's health deteriorated as he grew older and he suffered from diabetes and prostate cancer. On June 8, Jack Jackson committed suicide
near the Stockton, Texas cemetery where his parents are buried.
posted by CCBC
on Jul 26, 2006 -
Texas Riparian Law
I found this intriguing because I 1) live in Texas, 2) have walked many Texas creekbottoms, 3) have a lot of lawyer friends, and 4) as an English major, find the language somehow beautiful.
posted by rleamon
on Jun 29, 2006 -
Art teacher in hot water over topless photos
- Meet Tamara
, a 29 year old art teacher at Austin High School (notable alumni
) in Austin, TX. She's in danger of losing her job with the Austin independent School District over inappropriate photos posted to her Flickr account
(may be NSFW). "I'm an artist and I'm going to participate in the arts," Hoover said. "If that's not something they want me to do then I want to be told that. I don't feel as if I was doing anything that was beyond expectations."
posted by nitsuj
on Jun 17, 2006 -
was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 1991. A few days before his execution in February, he was granted a stay
because he was found to be incompetent, a paranoid schizophrenic. Today, the judge has ordered that he be forced to take his medication
so he can be legally put to death.
posted by Roger Dodger
on Apr 12, 2006 -
The billionaire attorney. The King of Torts. Legendary Texas Lawyer. He is Joe Jamail
. He is most famous
for his record setting verdict in Texaco v. Pennzoil
(which eventually made it to the US Supreme Court
) in which Joe secured a $10.3 billion dollar judgment (though it is not known for sure, some speculate that Joe walked with $1 billion in attorney's fees in that case). In addition to being well known for his success, he is almost as legendary for his colorful demeanor. One such example was when he got reprimanded
for his behavior
in Paramount Communications Inc. v. QVC Network, Inc.
. But to see him in action with your own eyes, we have video of classic
Joe during a deposition he was giving. (via brainwidth
posted by dios
on Apr 7, 2006 -
that Tom DeLay, the scandal-embroiled Republican Congressman from Texas and former Republican House Majority Leader, has dropped out of the race for the 22nd District House seat.
posted by teferi
on Apr 3, 2006 -
Mascots helping Mascots
High schools across America have witnessed the devastation brought about by several recent natural disasters, such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. An outpouring of sympathy and concern, and a desire to help, have come forth from high schools wanting to assist those in need. To enable schools to help other schools, the National Federation of State High School Associations has initiated a fundraising program called the Mascot Adoption Program.
posted by ColdChef
on Mar 13, 2006 -
Apparently. Strange BBC piece on Christian Texans converting to Islam. I have a hard time believing these people don't eat pork.
posted by mosessmith
on Feb 2, 2006 -
A memo from the Department of Justice in Texas'
voting division reveals that, back in 2003 during the Texas GOP's redistricting push, the division unanimously agreed that the redistricting plan sponsored by the state GOP and Rep. Tom DeLay was illegal under the Voting Rights Act. The plan was pushed through anyway, being the most effective in securing additional House seats for the GOP.
posted by XQUZYPHYR
on Dec 2, 2005 -
Why were American military sent almost instantly when Rita threatens Texas but we were told that they could not be sent to Louisiana till requested? What is the history behind Posse Comitatus? Does the president have the authority just on his say so to send troops into a "sovereign" state? Nice summary of history here.
posted by Postroad
on Sep 22, 2005 -
"Kinky Friedman's candidacy is bound to be something;
what that something is is still up for debate." The New Yorker
checks in on Kinky's gubernatorial campaign (previously discussed here and here)
My platform is to remember that when they went out searching for Sam Houston to try to persuade him to be the governor--and he was the greatest governor this state has ever had--rumor has it that they found him drunk sleeping under a bridge with the Indians.[more inside]
posted by kirkaracha
on Aug 21, 2005 -
Bird's Eye Views
: Hand drawn panoramic maps of 44 Texas cities circa 19th century in high resolution. Aerial mapping minus airplanes and cameras.
posted by Orb
on Jul 24, 2005 -