Dallas - Fort Worth October 07, 2017
17 Extremely Weird Things Only People From Dallas – Fort Worth Do
We’re proud. Boastful. Bigger than life. And yeah, perhaps a bit weird. Like everything else we do around Dallas – Fort Worth, it is our uniqueness (or quirkiness) that makes us who we are. Here are 17 things that we Dallasites – Fort Worthians do:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. We pose with BIG signs whenever they appear.
The BIG campaign (where the person forms the "I" in the sign) is the genius of Visit Dallas. The signs build on the city's nickname as "Big D" and appear throughout the city and sporting different themes and colors throughout the year.
2. Showcase our longhorn cattle drive heritage everywhere and every chance we get.
We have 49 bronze steers and three cowboys statues at Pioneer Plaza...
And a prominent art mural painted on the side of a building in downtown Fort Worth...
And even conduct two "mock" cattle drives for tourists daily in the Fort Worth Stockyards.
3. Still say "howdy" and "y'all."
As cosmopolitan as some of us think we are, our Texas slang remains a part of our vocabulary.
4. Drive everywhere... for no other reason than we can.
Maybe it's that everything is so spread out here, or a control issue, but most locals prefer personal transportation over any other options.
5. Worship all things deep-fat fried.
Be sure to check out this year's state fair double winner: a deep-fried Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger.
6. Believe there is no such thing as a homecoming mum that is "too gaudy."
It's tradition. Not much learning gets done anyway wearing those atrocities to school.
7. Attend the State Fair of Texas every fall and take an obligatory photo in front of the 55-foot "Big Tex."
8. Visit the legendary Texas Woofus while on the fairgrounds.
A mythical chimera was first sculpted in 1936 as a mix of main animals of Texas livestock. The Woofus features the mane and neck of a horse, a turkey tail, pig body, duck wings, sheep’s head, and of course, Texas longhorns.
9. Walk amongst them...
"The Bronze Crowd" is in the Nasher Sculpture Garden in Dallas.
10. See what our new "friends" are looking up at the Nasher.
This always makes for great Instragram or Facebook memories.
11. Put Texas on all things possible.
We know it's a little boastful, but we just can't resist. The Dallas Arboretum even celebrates our state with a pumpkin display.
12. Buy western clothes to look the part when going to the annual Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo or the ongoing Mesquite Rodeo.
Hey, at least you know these classics never go out of style!
13. Visit the Dr. Pepper Museum in Waco so we who know to thank for our favorite soft drink.
TEXAS: Dr Pepper was invented in Texas in 1885. The museum is located at 300 S. 5th St. in Waco.
14. Dress for fall when the temperatures drop below 85 degrees.
There are only sporadic days when we even need a jacket, but we still love the fall fashions, y'all!
15. Visit Gilley's in Dallas...
To experience a mechanical bull ride from John Travolta's 1980 movie,
16. Behold the eye.
This 30-foot eyeball stares at passersby fronted by a carefully manicured lawn. It is located at 1607 Main St. in Dallas.
17. Get lost in the cattlepen maze at the Fort Worth Stockyards.
What other unusual… ok, weird… things do people do for fun in Dallas – Fort Worth?