The Chicken Ranch

The Chicken Ranch outside of La Grange was one of the worst-kept secrets in the State of Texas. Political leaders from Austin, possibly a US President, and the football players of at least two major Texas Universities visited the site on the regular. So why did The Chicken Ranch, one of the most famous houses of ill-repute get taken down? It was all about politics.

#SaveOurLakes

Lake McQueeny, Lake Placid, Lake Meadow, and Lake Gonzales are scheduled to be drained on September 19, 2019 by the GBRA. This could severely damage the areas surrounding these lakes and bankrupt homeowners and businesses, though there is also a chance the man-made dams could collapse in a sudden pressure of water.

Follow #SaveOurLakes or groups like Friends of Lake McQueeny to keep up with the story.

The National Museum of Funeral History- Houston

The National Museum of Funeral History in Houston, TX is a surprisingly upbeat place with an incredible collection of funeral memorabilia, including an entire section on what happens when a pope dies.

Special thanks to the museum. Visit their site at  https://www.nmfh.org/ for more on tickets. 

A funeral carriage at the National Funeral History Museum- Photo by Victoria Biggs

The Accidential”Mansplaining Statute” of San Antonio

In 2015, a statue entitled “Classmates” became and internet Meme sensation. This statue actually exists in San Antonio at the University of the Incarnate Word.

Why the Name?

To most of the world, Texas is known as a big state in southern America.
But to Norwegians, it is also a word that frequently crops up in everyday conversation – often in the phrase “Der var helt texas!” [That was very completely/totally texas!].

https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34622478

In September 2015, I left California for good. After years of trying desperately to afford the basics, I found myself in the tiny town of Llano, TX. About a week after moving here, I had about 20 friends from my life back in California send me a link to a BBC article referencing Norwegians and their delightful habit of referring to chaos as “Texas.” In short, Texas was slang for crazy. What my friends didn’t realize was how deeply I was falling in love with the state of Texas. We have incredibly weird monuments, museums, historical figures, and laws. Texas is the only state that had an embassy in London. In my attempt to learn everything I could about the Lonestar State, I found a wealth of cool true crime cases, bizarre art installations, and totally crazy figures that I couldn’t help but adore. Each week, I will present a new topic via podcast. You can follow them here: https://anchor.fm/texas-slang-for-crazy