Anne Dingus

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Anne Dingus was born and raised in Pampa and attended Rice University. After graduating in 1975, she worked as a journalist at NASA and in the oil industry. In 1978 she joined the staff of Texas Monthly, first as a fact-checker and then as a writer. She wrote on a variety of topics, particularly history, popular culture, and humor. Her 1994 article “More Texas Sayings Than You Can Shake a Stick At,” which contained 662 Texas rural expressions, was by far her most popular article and quickly became a book. Dingus left the magazine in 2005 after more than twenty years on staff.

293 Articles

January 21, 2013

Irregular Joe

His stories are grotesque, disturbing, and award-winning: Meet Nacogdoches’ Joe R. Lansdale, the most twisted writer in Texas.

January 20, 2013

Bob Wills

Which future Texas governor hired Bob Wills to play on his Fort Worth radio show?

Texas Primer|
January 20, 2013

Leon Jaworski

At what age was Leon Jaworski the youngest lawyer in the history of Texas?

Texas Primer|
January 20, 2013

Mary Martin

How many times did Mary Martin shampoo onstage while appearing in South Pacific?

January 20, 2013

Phyllis George

Phyllis George and Texas’ other former Miss America’s didn’t let the tiara go to their head.

January 20, 2013

Fave Combo

Let's hear it for beans and cornbread, the tastiest of plate-mates, a classic Southern supper—and a meal any fool can cook.

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January 20, 2013


From bullet bras to panties emblazoned with the Lone Star flag, a brief history of women’s underwear in Texas.

August 31, 2005

The Answers

1. a, 3; b, 1; c, 2 2. d 3. the horny toad 4. c 5. b 6. XIT 7. c 8. 1936 9. a, 2; b, 5; c, 6; d, 7; e, 1; f, 3; g, 4 10. buffalo 11. Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar was the second president of the

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May 31, 2005

A Cook’s Tour

From tamales and chile con carne to boiled fish and macaroni with mushroom sauce, the first-ever compendium of Mexican American cooking, Mexican Cooking: The Flavor of the 20th Century—That Real Mexican Tang, takes readers on an unusual culinary ride.

October 1, 2004

A Texas Survival Kit

What to do if you're bitten by fire ants, lost in the wilderness, sprayed by a skunk, attacked by a shark, stuck in a lightning storm, swept away by a riptide, or caught in any of eleven other worst-case scenarios.

September 30, 2004

Case by Case

What to do in ten more worst-case scenarios, from getting bitten by a brown recluse to getting caught in a dust storm.

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July 31, 2004

The Rat Unpacks

I've been collecting vintage Texana since I was ten years old, and believe me, I've got loads. But it's time to sell.

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