Fun Facts: Dallas Edition

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Postcard from Dallas, 1911. It looks pretty much the same. Image: Wikipedia.
Postcard from Dallas, 1911. It looks pretty much the same. Image: Wikipedia.

 

Greetings from Dallas, where the hair is big and the BBQ is burnt on the ends. As I am a gal who would do anything for Texas-big hair and would climb over my own mother to get to a plate of burnt ends, Texas suits me fine. (Sorry about the burnt end thing, Mom.)

I’m here to teach and speak at the Dallas Quilter’s Guild show this weekend. It’s a big one and, since I need to get up extra early tomorrow to try and get my hair as big as possible before leaving the hotel, I’m going to keep things simple and make tonight’s post a list. Besides, when I thought of doing this, a super-quick check on “fun facts about Dallas” yielded terrific results right away.

And now, I give you: FUN FACTS ABOUT DALLAS!!!

  1. The frozen margarita machine was invented in Dallas in 1971. (What goes better with burnt ends, amirite??)
  2. The entire Statue of Liberty could fit into Cowboys Stadium — with the roof closed. 
  3. The Dallas Public Library permanently displays one of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence. How about that. (They’ve got a First Folio of William Shakespeare’s “Comedies, Histories & Tragedies”, too. Neat.)
  4. My dad is an ordained Methodist minister who graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) sometime in the 1990s, I believe.
  5. The Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport spans 27 square miles — larger than the island of freakin’ Manhattan.
  6. Barney & Friends was born here. In other words, Barney was born here. Also born in Dallas: Laser Tag, Liquid Paper (a.k.a. white-out), the ATM, microchips, and lots of other stuff. Oh, and the frozen margarita machine. See No. 1.
  7. The Holiday Inn Dallas-Richardson is very nice. My room is clean and the bathroom is spacious.
  8. The Dallas Arts District is the largest urban arts district in the United States. I think that’s cool.
  9. I saw the chick who shot J.R. in the parking lot.

*CORRECTION: In the initial publication of this post, Pendennis referred to “the guy who shot J.R.” when in fact it was a female who shot J.R., which, now that we think about it, makes sense. We regret the error. 

7 Responses

  1. Jackie O
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    Come on, Mar….everyone knows it was a woman that shot J.R.!!

  2. Christina
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    #9 It was a woman! 🙂

  3. Sandi Wierzbicki
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    Have fun! Our son lives in FW so we get there there often. If you can, get to Buckees for some beaver nuggets(like Carmel corn, but better)
    I’m also an Iowa girl, Illinois retired teacher, and now in Fl. Love your blog!!

  4. Lori jansen
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    Mary..you talked about wanting new bag…go to Sam Moon! One visit there and you will have lots to write about! I love Dallas!

  5. Deborah boschert
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    I’m so happy you’re here. I’m just having one quick cuppa before I head out to see you!

  6. Linda Hrebec
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    Mary – Thanks so much for the great talk this morning in Dallas. You made me laugh out loud more than once and I really (really) needed that today.

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