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25 Things No One Tells You About Moving To Texas

The stars at night really are big and bright.

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1. You'll come to find out that high school football has a cult following...

2. ... And you'll finally understand the hype behind homecoming mums.

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Sometimes literally.

3. The heat is beyond anything you've ever experienced.

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4. And you'll develop the ability to adapt to four different seasons in one day.

Weather chameleon.
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Weather chameleon.

5. They don't play around when it comes to BBQ.

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6. And once you have authentic Tex-Mex you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.

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7. It will become blatantly clear that chips and queso are the state's unofficial appetizer.

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8. You'll learn that the regional beers are unique, and nothing short of amazing.

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Shiner Bock, Ziegen Bock, Lone Star, and Deep Ellum IPA to name a few.

9. The beaches are truly a site to behold...

It's not all G-town brown.
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It's not all G-town brown.

10. ... And the swimming holes aren't bad either.

Jacob's Well in Wimberly, Texas.
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Jacob's Well in Wimberly, Texas.

11. People don't actually ride their horses everywhere...

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Well, most of the time.

12. ... And that becomes apparent everyday during rush hour.

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Damn you 610!!!

13. Manners are pretty commonplace throughout the state.

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Expect "Howdys", open doors, and sincere compliments when you move to Texas.

14. Just as you thought, there are plenty of beautiful wide-open spaces.

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15. And contrary to popular belief, it isn't all deserts and tumbleweeds.

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16. Oh, and the cities are pretty....

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17. ... Damn...

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18. ... Impressive!

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19. It will feel like almost every other vehicle on the road is a truck.

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Texas is the nation's largest market for truck manufactures.

20. Road trips across the state will feel like road trips across the country.

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The state is big, really big.

21. You'll discover that boots are pretty fashionable, and that most residents own at least one pair.

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Some stereotypes are kind of true.

22. The regional snacks may seem odd at first...

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23. ... But taste absolutely amazing.

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24. You find out that the state has a rich and storied history.

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Remember the Alamo!

25. You'll realize that Texans are pretty damn proud.

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And after a while, you'll be proud to be a Texan, too.

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