Shaped Like Texas

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I moved to Texas to attend graduate school in 2005. As part of my coursework and also for fun, I made a short documentary film about things shaped like the state of Texas.

When I chose the topic of my film, I began to research what kinds of things had been made in the shape of Texas. Being originally from Indiana, I had some experience with state-shaped items and state pride, but that was nothing compared to what I found in Amarillo. I knew my friend and I would have to drive up and check out a couple of places we heard specialize in Texas-sized and Texas-shaped foods. We stayed at The Big Texan Steak Ranch and spoke with one of the owners about the 72-ounce steak challenge and making mashed potatoes in the shape of Texas. Then we went to Arnold Burgers, where we spoke with the owner and saw her Texas-shaped “designer” burger offerings in multiple sizes. The specially-made Texas-shaped hamburger buns easily topped my apartment complex’s Texas-shaped swimming pool (not as rare as you might think!). We also caught a rare glimpse of Arnold’s huge oversized burger made for the football team to share.

What a fun trip, and talk about state pride—Texas has it!

Morgan Blue is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and a lover of state-shaped novelties.

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