Absolutely fascinating read on the history of the Schlitterbahn water parks, the family that created them, and the terrible cost of bringing the world's tallest and fastest waterslide into existence.
Back in 1896, a passenger agent for the Katy Railroad suggested a novel way to get rid of some of their recently-deprecated locomotives: crash 'em together in a free public spectacle to promote the railway. They borrowed a tent from the Ringling Brothers, set up an isolated track out in the middle of nowhere, and invited the general public to come see.
40,000 people showed up (making the temporary town of Crush the 2nd most populous city in the state) and the event was indeed a smash. Pity about all the dead and injured spectators, tho.
Thursday, Sep 28th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: Sepharo
A father from Texas realized there were no theme parks where his disabled daughter could play. So in 2007 he decided to build it himself. A former property developer, he sold his homebuilding businesses in 2005 to set up The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to help people with disabilities. Then he set about creating the "world's first ultra-accessible theme park".
In a bid to raise awareness of the raw deal women get over reproductive services, Texas politician Jessica Farrar has proposed a bill that would fine men $100 per offense for masturbating without a sanctioned medical environment.
Tuesday, Mar 14th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: bashturn
Summing it up? To open carry or concealed carry, you need to take a safety course and pass it successfully. This seems like fairly common sense legislation.
Wednesday, Dec 30th 2015 (2:04pm)
It stands unadvertised on the outskirts of a remotely north Texas city and yet remains the most familiar roadside attraction in the state. If it weren't for the Alamo, it just might be the most familiar attraction period.
For more than 30 years, Cadillac Ranch has lured sightseers into a dusty Amarillo wheat field with the promise of offbeat nostalgia. Though it was dreamed up after the Mother Road fell into obsolescence, this work of art captures in perfect spirit the character of bygone Route 66 kitsch.
Monday, Nov 30th 2015 (2:44am)
"Science? We don't need no stinking science in our schools. We need more Jesus. Prayer will save our nation."
Uh, sure. And Jesus will drive you far further behind India, Russia, and China. Good move. Thank you Jesus. Thank you Lord.
Wednesday, Sep 10th 2014 (12:02pm)
Christopher Elton Campbell killed 24-year-old Renee Horton in a DWI crash, and was just sentenced to 10 years probation with a catch: he must always wear a bracelet with her name on it and spend holidays, her birthday, and the day he killed her in jail.
Monday, May 2nd 2011 (12:00am)
A Taco Bell customer enraged that the seven burritos he ordered had gone up in price fired a BB gun at an employee and later fired an assault rifle at officers before barricading himself in a motel room, police said.
Tuesday, Mar 22nd 2011 (12:13am) | Thanks: FakeWorest
I mean, sure, you can expect the march of progress over 20+ years, but this promotional video that I can only assume came from the Chamber of Commerce's tourism department leaves me a bit less than eager to return to that sparklin' city by the sea.
Tuesday, Aug 24th 2010 (12:13am)
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When I was growing up in south Texas, we weekended in a small town called Rockport, where my parents kept their boat. Rockport had a weekly newspaper called 'The Toast of the Coast Herald', and the cover of the Herald was always full of the week's DWI mugshots. The editor of the Herald's goal was to publicly expose and humiliate the week's drunk drivers - a tactic I wholly agree with and enjoy seeing implemented. I've always thought we should bring back the public stocks, and this was a media-based version of that.
Looks like that spirit is still alive and well, as bustedinaustin.com has taken that concept and run with it, albeit with all manner of criminal. Stuff like this is why, even for all its faults, I loves me some Texas and insist on going back there to spend my remaining years.
Wednesday, Jun 3rd 2009 (7:15am) | Thanks: brady
Being a born n' bred Texan, I'm certainly no stranger to the concept of the buried-school-bus-underground-bomb-shelter-slash-wine-cellar-slash-secret-clubhouse, but stashing a stolen bulldozer underneath a golf fairway? That's a new one.
Friday, Mar 13th 2009 (7:17am)
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