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17 Things You'll Recognize If You Grew Up In Houston, Texas

"This is how they made me. Houston, Texas, baby."

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1. Tex-Mex

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The unlimited chips and salsa, delicious margaritas, and the sweet, sweet victory of your clothes smelling like fajitas for the rest of the evening.


2. Marvin Zindler

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You could always count on Marvin Zindler to bring you cutting edge investigative journalism. You also could count on his legendary phrase "Sliiiime in the Ice Machine!", and his iconic signoff ""Marrrrrvin Zindler..... Eyeeeeeewitness NEWS!" Rest in peace, Marvin.

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There is no higher honor than being able to say you were born and raised in the same city as Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter. She's our hometown hero and has repped the city no matter where she goes. Plus she loves Frenchy's chicken like the rest of us!

5. Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

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Ahh, the Houston Rodeo. All of our favorite fried foods, slightly sketchy theme park rides, and musical lineups to satisfy Houston's diversity (like The Chainsmokers, what?).


6. Space Center Houston

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Remember the scene in Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory when the children first enter the factory for the first time? That's what it was like as a kid entering Space Center Houston for the first time. You could pretend to be an astronaut for the day while looking at cool gravity exhibits, space films, and eating freeze-dried space food. Why can't we be kids forever?!

7. AstroWorld

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AstroWorld was a magical place. No matter how old you were, AstroWorld was a theme park for everyone. It's ingrained in Houston's DNA, and we'll never forget all of those awesome summer days riding the Dungeon Drop. RIP Astroworld.

9. Breakfast

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Our breakfast game is STRONG. Tacos, Shipley's, kolaches, panaderias, brunch, the list goes on. How is one ever to decide? (pro tip: get them all)


11. Mattress Mack

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Gallery Furniture is the the most well-known furniture store in Houston thanks to Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale's legendary TV commercials. It was hard to watch TV and miss his iconic phrase "Gallery Furniture saves you money!"

12. Throwback Teams And Logos

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We'll never stop representin'. Especially when it's #ThrowbackThursday at the Rockets game!


16. Radio Stations,,

You could always count on hearing the latest jams in the car on your way to work or school. We know good music in Texas, and Houston is home to a lot of it.

17. Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake at the 2004 Superbowl

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Maybe you forgot this happened in Houston, but yes. Houston is home to one of the most scandalous halftime shows in history. What will this year bring?