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Old Rip: The Toad Who Took a Thirty-one Year Nap

By John Bird Eastland, Texas is best known for its most famous citizen of the past—a horned toad named Old Rip. Eastland County was amid a boom in the last years of the 19th century, and a larger courthouse was built in 1897. During the dedication, dignitaries placed various things in the courthouse cornerstone as … Continue reading

Rattlesnakes I’ve Known

During my time in South Texas, Central Texas, West Texas, and the Panhandle of Texas, I’ve been around a rattlesnake or two. Like J. Frank Dobie said in his book, Rattlesnakes, they all have different personalities. Some are friendly, and some are bastards. Once on a ranch in South Texas, I heard a loud buzz … Continue reading

New Study Finds that Male Rabbits Rank Happiest Among Mammals

Special thanks go to Shayne for helping with this story. She contributed the good parts, and we contributed the rest. STEPHENVILLE, TX—Researchers from the Tarleton State University Department of Wildlife Science have concluded that, of all mammals, male rabbits are the most happy, relaxed, and confident. “We’ve conducted a five-year study of North Texas mammals,” … Continue reading

Yellow Labrador Disowned by Family and Church for Dating Chocolate Lab

JASPER, TX—Bowser McCain, Head Deacon at the First Canine hard-shell Baptist Church in Jasper, announced to the church Sunday that he is disowning his daughter. “It breaks my heart to have to tell you this, brethren and sistren,” said a weeping McCain, “but Daisy, our once beloved pup, has run off with a Chocolate Lab … Continue reading

Dog Reflects on Hard Times and Bad Decisions; Concludes He’s had a Good Life

Ranger, Texas: Rufus P. Hadley stares across the prison yard where he’s spent the last twelve of his fifteen years with  both regret and acceptance showing in his large, brown eyes. “I wasn’t more than a pup when I came here,” he said, his gravelly voice betraying long, hard years. “I just got to running with … Continue reading

When Will You Ever Put a Dog in a Chokehold?

That’s what my smirking wife asked me one evening. I was on the couch watching various self-defense videos; the last few were how to defend against attacking dogs. Since my wife and I both run, and she’d been chased more than once, I thought she’d understand the value in knowing the proper way to put … Continue reading

Creation Scientist Says Sea Horses Don’t Exist

According to popular creation scientist Harry Hornelius, sea horses are “mythological creatures.” Standing inside the Sea Horse Exhibit at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD last Thursday, Hornelius explained: “The so-called ‘sea horse’ is a creation of the fallen mind, just like unicorns, centaurs, and dinosaurs. Nowhere in the Bible are sea horses mentioned.” When … Continue reading

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