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Texas: Slang for Crazy

Texas: Slang for Crazy

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We also have some extremely weird stuff you can only find in Texas, and this podcast is here to share that weirdness with you.
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Texas: Slang for Crazy

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The Donkey Lady of San Antonio
Could the deformed body of a donkey woman haunt a bridge just outside San Antonio?
October 22, 2020
The Ghost Lights of Bragg Road
Looking for some creepy tales and scary lights? Look not further than The Big Thicket.
October 17, 2020
Black Diamond, the Killer Elephant
An animal with behavioral problems and a trainer who reduced precautions? What could have gone wrong in Corsicana in 1929.
October 3, 2020
Dead Man’s Hole
Turn off onto County Road 401 for the site of a Civil War horror.
September 25, 2020
The Reluctant Alien Invasion
In 2008 Stephenville, Texas got more attention than they wanted when lights appeared in their skies.
September 18, 2020
The Treue der Union Monument and the Massacre on the Nueces
A group of about 60 German immigrants are honored by a Union monument in traditionally Confederate territory.
September 11, 2020
Ms. Pearl the Giant Squirrel and the Pecan Pie Vending Machine
On Highway 71 outside of Austin visitors are granted access to a Giant Squirrel and a pecan pie vending machine.
September 4, 2020
The Work of David Adickes, or the Giant Head of Stephen Austin and Mount Rush Hour
Giant heads dot various spaces in Texas, but they have one thing in common: artist David Adickes.
August 28, 2020
The Attempted Murder of the Treaty Oak
A famed Austin tree almost died for a pretty strange reason.
August 21, 2020
The Satan Storm
Kopperl, Texas lived through the heated horror of what is known as “The Satan Storm.”
August 14, 2020
The Invention of the Frozen Margarita
An East Dallas Entrepreneur’s mission to find a consistent way to make a chilly beverage changed the world.
August 7, 2020
That Time Japan Unsuccessfully Bombed Texas
The unexpected Fugo bomb was more souvenir than fear in two Texas towns.
July 31, 2020
The Life Size Wax Last Supper of Ft Worth
This major piece of art today is behind a velvet rope in Ft Worth.
July 24, 2020
The Grave of the Chicken Fried Steak
At Taste of Texas in Houston there is one item that is quite permanently off the menu, and there is a tombstone to prove it.
July 18, 2020
Ding Dong, Texas
There’s a tiny little town in Central Texas with a ringer of a name.
July 11, 2020
The Creation of the Amber Alert
In 1996 a young Texas girl was abducted and murdered. Her loss lead to the creation of one of the first alert systems for abducted children.
June 28, 2020
William Henry Ellis: Texas Slaved Turned Mexican Millionaire
How a smart man from the South used assumptions to his advantage.
June 21, 2020
June 19th is an important holiday for BIPOC folks (as it should be for everyone). Did you know it started in Texas?
June 13, 2020
Martyrs’ Park, Dallas
This “junk space” hold the horrifying memories of three murders of African Americans.
June 6, 2020
The House on the Hill, or The Murder of Llano’s Norton Sisters
When Cordelia and Catherine Norton died a day of one another, no one suspected foul play.
May 24, 2020
Bella, Official Cat of the Alamo
The Alamo has its very own Calico Kitty Cat.
May 17, 2020
The Popeye Statue of Crystal City, Texas
Though a cartoon character, Popeye may have had a bit to do with the solvency of a South Texas town during the Great Depression.
May 3, 2020
Fred, The Ghost of Buffalo Billiards
A beloved 6th street hangout in Austin has more than just pool tables and beer.
April 26, 2020
The Old Goatman Bridge
We travel virtually to North Texas for the tale of the Goatman of the Old Alton Bridge
April 20, 2020
The Cursed Clocktower of Gonzales County
The Clocktower of the Gonzales county courthouse worked great, until a man was hung in 1921.
April 11, 2020
La Lechuza
We are bringing back urban legend month. This week we talk about shape shifting owl witches known as La Lechuza.
April 4, 2020
Pamela Dickinson Mann
This week is devoted to the woman who defied Sam Houston.
March 28, 2020
The Angel of Goliad
While the name assigned to the Angel of Goliad varies, what is agreed upon is that she was a hero to the Texans.
March 21, 2020
Lottie Deno (Carlotta Tompkins)
In the 1800’s it was rare to see a woman at the Card tables, but Lottie Deno wasn’t most women.
March 14, 2020
Bessie Coleman
Often forgotten but never duplicated, this week we discuss the amazing Bessie Coleman.
March 8, 2020
Clark Stanley, The Rattlesnake King
This week we discuss the Texan who helped us get the term snake oil.
February 29, 2020
Texas Questions: What is that Big Red Button?
Theses a big red button on the Preston street bridge in Houston. What is it and can I press it?
February 26, 2020
LEAF (Llano Earth Arts Festival)
Rock stacking is the name of the game on the Llano River during this incredible festival.
February 22, 2020
The Cowgirl of the Typewriter
Writer Frances Kavanaugh took Hollywood by storm with her Texan upbringing and skills as a Western screenwriter.
February 15, 2020
The Creepiness of Caddo Lake
In East Texas, one lake is large enough and strange enough to stir the imagination.
February 8, 2020
Royse City, Texas is home to a majestic castle featuring a family of well trained and friendly llamas.
February 1, 2020
Texas Questions: What the Heck is a Fiesta Medal?
In this special Texas Question Tori explains what a Texas Medal is and where the heck they came from.
January 29, 2020
The Battle for the World’s Largest Pecan
Seguin, TX is currently the reigning champion for the World’s Largest Pecan, but there was a battle to get there.
January 25, 2020
The Maceo Family Empire of Galveston
Texas has its very own successful crime family in Galveston, but few would know it.
January 18, 2020
That Time Big Tex Caught Fire
In 2012 a long standing Texas icon caught fire.
January 11, 2020
Bob “Daddy-O” Wade
Bob Wade had a deep love for Texas and his art work has made a lasting impression on the Lone Star State.
January 4, 2020
Texas Questions: New Years Eve
We answer short listener questions. This round: How do Texans celebrate the New Year, and what’s with all the Black-eyed-peas?
December 31, 2019
The Texas Pledge of Allegiance
Each morning school kids in the United States start their day with not just one, but two pledges in Texas.
December 29, 2019
The Cisco Santa Claus Bank Robbery
I’m Cisco, Texas a bank robber dressed as Santa Claus shattered the concept of Peace on Earth with a major manhunt.
December 21, 2019
Don Pedro Jarmillo, Folk Saint
A healer in Falfurrias may have been dead for over 100 years, but his legend has turned him into a Folk Saint.
December 8, 2019
The Robber Baron Cave
Outside of San Antonio along the Old King’s Highway is a strange cave system and former speakeasy.
December 1, 2019
The Drama and Prestige of the Pearl District
San Antonio’s Pearl district has a dark and fascinating history of murder, mental institutions, and redemption.
November 24, 2019
Help the Wilde Collection
On November 1, 2019 someone set fire to one of the most amazing places in Houston, The Wilde Collection. Let’s help them rebuild.
November 16, 2019
How a Texas Grocery Store Ended the Soviet Union
An unplanned grocery store stop outside Houston just might have helped end the Soviet Union.
November 9, 2019
Wurstfest of New Braunfels
For 10 days each year the City of New Braunfels gets crazy in the name of sausage.
November 2, 2019
The Candy Lady of Terrel
We finish off this Halloween month with the spooky urban legend of the Candy Lady.
October 27, 2019
The Catfish Plantation
If fried catfish and ghosts are your idea of a good time, I’ve got a place for you. Check out our show notes at
October 20, 2019
El Muerto- The Headless Horseman of Texas
Sleepy Hollow may be better known for its headless rider, but Texas just might have the more gruesome story.
October 13, 2019
The Midget Mansion Murders
This week we focus on a good old fashion San Antonio urban legend. Want to contribute your ghost stories? Share them with us at
October 6, 2019
The Adrian E Flatt MD Hand Museum
We wanted to give Dallas, TX a little love this week. What better way than highlighting a museum dedicated to casts of the human hand?
September 29, 2019
The Magic of Buccee’s
Chances are if you’ve driven through Texas you’ve seen a convenience store with a giant logo of a beaver.
September 22, 2019
The Homecoming Mum
During football season in Texas this tradition means go big or go home.
September 15, 2019
The Marshall, TX Fire Ant Festival
Fire Ants are wicked little creatures. So why does Marshall, TX have such an affinity?
September 7, 2019
The Chicken Ranch- Texas’ Worst Kept Secret
Texas had a whorehouse in it (god have mercy on our soul) until 1973, known as The Chicken Ranch.
September 1, 2019
Save Our Lakes
Lake Mcqueeny, Lake Placid, Lake Meadow, and Lake Gonzales are scheduled to be drained for repairs September 16, 2019.
August 24, 2019
Ozymandius Legs- Amarillo, TX
Though the sculptor, Lightnin’ McDuff, has passed, this strange sculpture in the desert can still draw a crowd.
August 18, 2019
The Missing Body of Julie Mott
Julie Mott’s Body is still missing 4 years after being taken from a Mission Park Funeral Home in San Antonio.
August 11, 2019
Sally Skull- The gun-toting siren of Texas
Sally Skull is a legend in Texas. Learn why with this episode.
July 28, 2019
Morgan’s Wonderland- San Antonio, TX
Kids and adults with special needs don’t always get the chance to experience the fun of an an amusement point. Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio hopes to change all that, and succeeds.
July 22, 2019
The National Museum of Funeral History- Houston, TX
This week we explore the surprisingly upbeat National Museum of Funeral History in Houston, Texas. Special thanks to the museum. Visit their site at for more on tickets. 
July 15, 2019
A Statue of Accidental Mansplaining
"Classmates" at the University of the Incarnate Word probably would have been just a regular campus statue...but we have Twitter. Thanks to Women in The World and Roadside Attractions as additional resources. 
July 10, 2019
An Intro- Welcome to Texas: Slang for Crazy
Texas is a magical place, but it's also uniquely weird. Subscribe and join us weekly. 
July 10, 2019