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    18 Things You'll Understand If You're Dating A Texan

    That moment when you say "y'all" unironically for the first time.

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    1. You learn that you haven't had ~real~ BBQ yet.

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    Don't try to take your S.O. out for BBQ if you live up north. You'll get a long lecture about how it isn't REAL brisket unless it's smoked for eight hours.

    2. And Texas BBQ is way better than those other kinds.

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    Memphis? Psshht. Kansas City? Nah.

    3. You learn that all sodas are Cokes.

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    There are many different kinds of Cokes, but they're all Cokes.

    4. But Dr. Pepper is the best kind of Coke.

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    It's made in Texas, and now it's pretty much all you drink.

    5. You start saying "y'all" without any irony.

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    You're not quite sure how it started happening, either.

    6. You refer to your S.O.'s parents as "Mr. _____" or "Mrs. _____" even though you're a grown-ass adult.


    7. You get called a Yankee, and even though you are one, it feels like a personal attack.


    Also, it takes a second to realize they're not talking about the baseball team from New York.

    8. They tell you about the mums they got/gave in high school and you wonder if Texas is actually another country.

    Then you see a picture of said mum and then you wonder even more.

    9. You realize that all the Tex-Mex food you've ever had was a lie.

    Because they take you to a Tex-Mex place in Texas and it's just so damn good.

    10. You try sweet tea for the first time and wonder how anyone can just drink pure sugar.

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    "So, it's like iced tea, but with 20 sugar packets added?"

    11. You sometimes find yourself actually rooting for *shudder* the Cowboys.

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    Though you've noticed it's still OK to make fun of Tony Romo.

    12. But you've also learned that college football — or even high school football — can be just as important.

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    Friday Night Lights is for real.

    13. You look around one day and find that you own at least a dozen Texas-shaped objects.

    14. Or things with the state flag on them.

    15. You learn that tubing means something very different from what you're used to, and usually involves the Guadalupe river.

    Pictured left: Northerner tubing, involving speedboats and sore arms. Pictured right: Texas tubing, featuring lazy rivers and floating coolers of beer.

    16. Sometimes you have to hold your tongue when they talk about how great Texas is.

    Because your home state is also pretty great, and it still has functioning Planned Parenthood clinics.

    17. But then you visit the Lone Star State and you start to get it.

    18. ...especially after you have Whataburger for the first time.

    SO GOOD.

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