questionswhat would happen if a person tried to mess with…

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The first person who seriously messed with Texas was Santa Anna, and it didn't turn out very well for him. More recently, Robin Ventura made the mistake of messing with Nolan Ryan with hilarious consequences.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zwDkrGKlCg

That said, it's just a marketing campaign to keep us from littering.

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Texas is where woot lives (and I'm assuming the ferocious @wootbot) so be cautious

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Alaska is larger and better than Texas.

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This saying started out as their "don't litter" message and I think if you litter there's a pretty steep fine...plus it's rude :-)

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I've been hoping that if we mess with Texas enough, we can drive it to secession. So far, we have been unfortunately unsuccessful.

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@lparsons42: No, remember, that was tried once back in the 1860s... didn't turn out that well.

Anyway, who would want that source of sweet, sweet crude and woot-offs to secede?

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They would wind up in the basement of the Alamo.

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@promyst: I've never heard the saying: "Don't mess with Alaska"...

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About $500-$2000 and even jail time

What are the penalties for littering in Texas? Who enforces these laws?

Littering is against the law and you can be fined up to $500 (as you may have seen on those blue Don’t Mess with Texas signs). Repeat the offense, and you could face a fine of up to $2,000 and 180 days in jail.

It gets worse.

Discarding trash that weighs more than five pounds is considered illegal dumping and carries even steeper fines. In Texas, failing to cover your pickup-truck load is against the law and carries a fine of up to $200 for the first offense and $500 for repeat offenders.

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Pretty sure every person that every person would be grilled and fed to the hounds

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THE STARS AT NIGHT ARE BIG AND BRIGHT..................