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Big Tex Destroyed by Flames
NBC5 Dallas Fort Worth ^

Posted on 10/19/2012 9:07:33 AM PDT by DarthFuzball

Edited on 10/19/2012 10:23:32 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Stunned attendees at the State Fair of Texas witnessed the iconic Big Tex go up in flames Friday morning.

Some fabric that made up the towering structure's hand and sleeves could still be seen as firefighters gathered around the scorched area.

Big Tex's 75-gallon hat, 50-pound belt buckle and slow drawl -- "Howdy, folks!" -- have been greeting fair visitors since 1952. This year's fair, which closes Sunday, had been celebrating Big Tex's 60th birthday.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Local News
KEYWORDS: bigtex; burntdickies; statefair; texas
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1 posted on 10/19/2012 9:07:34 AM PDT by DarthFuzball
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To: DarthFuzball

Just WOW!


2 posted on 10/19/2012 9:08:33 AM PDT by DarthFuzball ("Life is full of little surprises." - Pandora)
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To: DarthFuzball
Ruint! Gone!


3 posted on 10/19/2012 9:10:10 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: DarthFuzball
The pics are heartbreaking! Tex turned 60 years old, this year.

Come back, soon, big guy.

4 posted on 10/19/2012 9:10:16 AM PDT by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: DarthFuzball

The motor that runs his mouth caught fire.


5 posted on 10/19/2012 9:11:13 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: DarthFuzball

Echos of the Terminator.


6 posted on 10/19/2012 9:13:22 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: ruesrose

There is always Hope!


8 posted on 10/19/2012 9:16:18 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Jane Long
The pics are heartbreaking! Tex turned 60 years old, this year.

Awww.... he stood for 60 years? I've never seen him in person, but that is heartbreaking. He's a symbol of the great state of Texas.

Can Big Tex be rebuilt?

9 posted on 10/19/2012 9:16:42 AM PDT by nutmeg (I'm with Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz: Romney / Ryan 2012)
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To: ruesrose

LOL!


11 posted on 10/19/2012 9:17:23 AM PDT by nutmeg (I'm with Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz: Romney / Ryan 2012)
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To: DarthFuzball

The LIeberals are gonna have a field day with this one. Oh well, they need something to cheer about lately.


12 posted on 10/19/2012 9:18:07 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: mylife

Nooooooo!


13 posted on 10/19/2012 9:18:27 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan
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To: mylife
Wow. Burning Man II?
14 posted on 10/19/2012 9:20:25 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: DarthFuzball

Anyone have duct tape?


15 posted on 10/19/2012 9:21:12 AM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: DarthFuzball

Dang—Big Tex is getting too old to handle munching on those habanero chili peppers.


16 posted on 10/19/2012 9:21:34 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: DarthFuzball

At least Big Tex died with his boots on, like a true cowboy.


17 posted on 10/19/2012 9:23:27 AM PDT by Licensed-To-Carry (Hey Obama! All you have done is awaken a sleeping giant and filled us with a terrible resolve!!)
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To: BuckeyeTexan
He will be back next year. I think Wrangler set fire to his new Dickies ☺
18 posted on 10/19/2012 9:24:26 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: nutmeg

Fair officials say he will be rebuilt.


19 posted on 10/19/2012 9:26:40 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: nutmeg
Can Big Tex be rebuilt?

Just like Texas, his foundation remains strong =)

20 posted on 10/19/2012 9:27:44 AM PDT by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: DarthFuzball
"Howdy F..F..choke, choke..F..Folks"


21 posted on 10/19/2012 9:29:30 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Jane Long

Like a rebuilt car engine, it will never be the same - the soul resides in the original. The face was the center of the creation, originally a giant Santa Clause, purchased in the early 60’s to become Big Tex. Tell me how they’re going to recapture THAT?!


22 posted on 10/19/2012 9:31:54 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: NYTexan; penelopesire; mylife; laurenmarlowe

Makes me sad.


23 posted on 10/19/2012 9:35:06 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan
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To: fwdude
He has been redone before


24 posted on 10/19/2012 9:35:11 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

We of the New Mexico Liberation Front claim responsibility, having sent Zozobra to do the deed.


25 posted on 10/19/2012 9:36:58 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: mylife

Wow, much more manly, less metrosexual, in the early years.


26 posted on 10/19/2012 9:37:09 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: DarthFuzball
A giant man was seen fleeing the scene on a giant blue ox and wielding an axe.
27 posted on 10/19/2012 9:43:46 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Bastages! Cabrone’s!


28 posted on 10/19/2012 9:45:53 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: fwdude

Let us pray that next year he does not look like John Wylie Price LOL


29 posted on 10/19/2012 9:47:48 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
Let us pray that next year he does not look like John Wylie Price LOL

If he does, I'LL burn him down.

30 posted on 10/19/2012 9:51:31 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: DarthFuzball

It was prolly self inflicted. Big Tex got tired of seeing OU kick the longhorn’s asses every year in football.


31 posted on 10/19/2012 9:54:25 AM PDT by crosshairs (America: Once the land of the free. Still the home of the brave.)
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To: fwdude
LOL!!!


32 posted on 10/19/2012 9:55:12 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: crosshairs
You'd better duck. ☺
33 posted on 10/19/2012 9:55:59 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: DarthFuzball

Competition for Burning Man?


34 posted on 10/19/2012 9:58:21 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: fwdude

BTW that’s some fine tailoring LOL


35 posted on 10/19/2012 10:00:49 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife; fwdude

True story. Back during the height of JWP’s “No justice, no peace” protests, my spouse was in the Parkland Hospital cafeteria. A sweet little old black lady was ordering a hamburger.

“Can I get mustard on that?” she asks.
“Yes, ma’am. You sure can.” The cook answers.
“Well can I get cheese on that too?”
“Yes, ma’am. Anything you want.” He says sweetly.
She pauses for a minute, sort of confused. Then she asks the cook - serious as a heart attack - “Then why that man outside protestin’ the cafeter’a, hollerin’ ‘bout ‘No mustard, no cheese!’ “


36 posted on 10/19/2012 10:30:34 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan
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To: BuckeyeTexan

LOL!
Yer making it up LOL!


37 posted on 10/19/2012 10:31:57 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Nope. You can ask him yourself on Saturday night. :)


38 posted on 10/19/2012 10:33:13 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Are you sure he aint makin’ it up? LOL


39 posted on 10/19/2012 10:41:03 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: DarthFuzball

This is really sad for Texans. Big Tex has been an icon of the state fair for as long as I can remember and each year he gets a new “outfit”.

I sincerely hope that fair officials will not overreact and decide to “retire” Big Tex because of this.


40 posted on 10/19/2012 10:45:09 AM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: DarthFuzball
Tex had just been reprogrammed to repeat Obama’s latest stump speech when unexpectedly the seat of his pants burst into flames.
41 posted on 10/19/2012 10:54:41 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,")
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To: mylife; Peanut Gallery

PG and Thekidz are at the Fair today.

I just spoke with her to confirm Thekidz have not been traumatized by personally witnessing Big Tex’s self-immolation.


42 posted on 10/19/2012 11:17:50 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (So long and thanks for all the fish.)
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To: DarthFuzball
Just Sad, but we will rebuild.
43 posted on 10/19/2012 11:21:34 AM PDT by Texans
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To: Professional Engineer

Good to hear that the little tykes aren’t taking it too hard LOL


44 posted on 10/19/2012 11:25:22 AM PDT by mylife (If Obama is all "bound up" maybe he needs some Mittamucil)
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To: Texans

Holy Cow!


45 posted on 10/19/2012 11:26:28 AM PDT by mylife (If Obama is all "bound up" maybe he needs some Mittamucil)
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To: nutmeg
Can Big Tex be rebuilt?

This is Texas...of course he will be rebuilt, bigger and better than ever.

46 posted on 10/19/2012 11:38:26 AM PDT by dfwgator (World Series bound and picking up steam, GO GET 'EM,TIGERS!)
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To: crosshairs
Big Tex got tired of seeing OU kick the longhorn’s asses every year in football.

I believe the series record still favors the Longhorns, 59-43-5.

Although in this millenium, you do lead the series 8-4.

47 posted on 10/19/2012 11:38:32 AM PDT by Scoutmaster
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To: mylife; Texans

Dad Burn’it - Big Tex Will Be Back!


48 posted on 10/19/2012 11:49:33 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

ROFL!


49 posted on 10/19/2012 11:56:37 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: mylife
The motor that runs his mouth caught fire.

Ok, that's funny right there, I don't care who you are...

50 posted on 10/19/2012 12:07:29 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Conservatism didn't magically show up in Romney's heart in 2012. You can't force what isn't in you.)
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