Can Texas Secede from the Union?
This is actually really funny and informative.
[I LOVE THIS VIDEO! Where has this been my whole life? //cries tears of joy
… you all hate us don’t you?]
This is great. Houston Texan Andre Johnson’s receipts for $19K he spent on Xmas gifts for kids in Child Protective Services.
That is the best receipt ever.
The shit you DON’T hear about!!!
Armadillos are so cool. I mean, this dude looks prehistoric. And I bet he’d be good at yoga. Those are his little ears tucked under his rear end in that second photo. What a weird and funny creature.
(These photos are from photographer Tim Flach, who has a great series on the human qualities of animals. If you like these, don’t miss his photos of bats. They’re creepy and endearing all at once.)
just. so. weird.
Official Roadkill of the Great State of Texas
You know you’re a Texan when you’ve driven down the highway at night and hit one of these without ever seeing, but you know what it was because of the noise it made
The year 46 B.C. was the longest year on record. By this year, the Roman calendar had fallen 90 days behind the seasons, so in order to make up for the accumulated slippage, Julius Caesar added two extra months to the year as well as 23 additional days in February. Thus, 46 B.C. was 455 days long.
December 1, 1955: Rosa Parks is arrested.
Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man and her subsequent arrest marked the beginning of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which eventually led to the federal ruling that declared bus segregation laws unconstitutional. At the time of her arrest Parks had been working as a seamstress, and she was also secretary of the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP, although her arrest was not planned out beforehand as a move to challenge the state and city bus segregation laws. But even if her action had not been an official gesture of protest, her defiance of the law was the result of years and years of frustration with the injustice of the law and others like it. In her 1992 biography, Parks wrote:
People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.
Martin Luther King, Jr. offered a similar explanation in his own book,Stride Toward Freedom:
No one can understand the action of Mrs. Parks unless he realizes that eventually the cup of endurance runs over, and the human personality cries out, ‘I can take it no longer.’
Parks had been sitting on a bus, on the way home from work. The bus’s white-reserved seats quickly filled up so that several white passengers were left standing, whereupon Parks and three other African-American riders were ordered by the bus driver to move toward the back of the bus, to the “colored” section. The other three obeyed; Parks did not. The bus driver then threatened to have her arrested, to which she replied simply, “You may do that”. The police eventually did come and arrest her, and she was charged with the violation of a Montgomery city segregation law (she was eventually fined $10 after a brief trial). Three days after Parks’ arrest, news of a planned boycott - the Montgomery Bus Boycott - spread through newspapers and black churches; meanwhile, Edgar Nixon and Martin Luther King, Jr. conferred on how to carry out their official challenge of Alabama’s segregation laws. In the end, they decided that Rosa Parks (who was described by King as “one of the finest citizens of Montgomery”) would serve as the plaintiff for a test cause against segregation laws.
After 381 days, the boycott ended. In one iconic image (pictured above), Rosa Parks is pictured riding on a bus of Montgomery’s newly-integrated transportation system. In 1996 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and in 1999, the Congressional Gold Medal.
The cow juice part is funny, because in Spanish today somebody couldn’t remember how to saw milk, so they yelled out “Jugo de vaca!”
#Austin #Texas (at Lester E. Palmer Events Center)
It took me awhile to figure out what this was, but now that I realized, it’s pretty cool!