If you're a writer--whether you mess around with fanfiction on Wattpad or are an award-winning published author--you'll know that writers need to know useless facts.
See, for us, they're not useless. We need to know what kind of make-up was in common use in the Byzantine empire and under what circumstances sheep were used to mow the lawns at the White House. And I'm here to give you a few useless facts about Texas that you'll need to know, whether you're writing a Wild West novel or a short story set in modern Dallas.
That being said, I can only tell you about north Texas--think Dallas, Fort Worth, and north of that. Down south by San Antonio is the hill country, which is pretty much a hotter version of the Ozarks, and further south in Houston and Galveston is extremely humid and practically Mexico. But north Texas is a pretty neat place, and having lived here for almost five years, I can tell you that it's a very interesting place as well.
First off, there are seasons. But kind of. They usually alternate days within the same week. For example, this past Tuesday was a high of about 35 degrees with freezing rain in the afternoon and evening. Tomorrow, Friday, is supposed to be a high in the 60s. But for the most part, summers are hot and dry. Grass dies without sprinklers, and even native plants start to turn yellow after a while.
Speaking of native, we've got quite the assortment of plants and animals. Just in my neighborhood--I live near the woods off a rural highway--I've seen squirrels, snakes, turtles, rabbits, armadillos, coyote tracks, raccoon tracks, and possum tracks. And there's a lot of birds. We've got everything from crows to sparrows to hawks to owls to my personal favorite, the scissor-tailed flycatcher, which is also the state bird of Oklahoma.
And the crows absolutely love to congregate in Walmart parking lots, but that's a story for another day.
Oh, yes, can't forget about the bugs. There are tons of bugs in Texas, and they're all huge. The grasshoppers are about three inches long. Out of the 3,800 species of spiders that live in North America, about 3,850 of them are found in Texas. We also have tarantulas, scorpions, black wasps, red wasps, and fire ants. (But they'll usually leave humans alone so long as we don't bother them.)
Another thing about Texas is the sun. It's hot. It's super hot. It's furious and raging and has declared war against every living thing. Think Adolf Hitler with a flamethrower. Cars are deadly hot in the summer unless you have air conditioning, and don't try walking on pavement without shoes.
The people who inhabit Texas are awesome. There's really no other word to describe them. They love Chick-fil-A, sweet tea, and Jesus, and they sell purses made out of red, white, and blue leather with special pockets built in for concealing a gun. Some of them wear shorts in December; others refuse to leave the house when the temperature dips below 45. A quarter inch of snow shuts entire cities down for a week.
Oh, speaking of snow--we hardly ever get snow. We get ice.
What did I forget to mention about Texas? What's a cool fact about the state you live in? Let me know in the comments below! God bless you, dear reader, and don't forget to like us on Facebook!
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.