How Did Dallas Get Its Name?
Here's a weird thing about Dallas. No one knows how it got its name. The city of Dallas has no answer, and founder John Neely Bryan didn't leave us any clues. He's said to have claimed to name it after his buddy Dallas, but no one is quite sure who that buddy is. Vice President George Mifflin Dallas? Maybe, but did Bryan know him? It's doubtful. (Either way let's be glad he didn't go with "Mifflin.")
Weirdly, most people are pretty confident that Dallas County was named for VP George Mifflin, but they're not convinced about the origin of the city's name. Even others suggest, inspired by Bryan's eventual commitment to a psychiatric word, that the friend he referred to wasn't even a real person.
Others have cited potential suspects as Alexander James Dallas and Trevanion (!) Barlow Dallas. And we can be sure it's not named for Bryce Dallas Howard, as that was the other way round. And I will bet $30 that it isn't named for the character played by Todd Farmer in the 2001 horror film Jason X, despite his appearance on a Wikipedia list of famous people named Dallas.
Meanwhile, there are several Dallases in the world named for a small town in Scotland, so there's potential there was an influence there, but again, it's all inconclusive!
So there you have it. An article that opens with a question and closes by not answering that question. You're... welcome?
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I suppose I owe you a puzzle for your trouble, and this one's inspired by, what else, the name of our fair city. Each clue below leads to a word that can be spelled using only the letters of DALLAS. Numbers in parenthesis indicate word length. Can you identify them all?
1. It completes the Simpsons quote "You don't win friends with..." (5)
2. "Oh woe is me!" (4)
3. Young fellas (4)
4. Spots (3)
5. Word that can follow CURE or AFTER (3)
6. Like someone who says "Oh woe is me!" (3)
7. Green or Gore (2)
Scroll on down for the answers to these questions, at least!
This Valentine's Day, we're devoting some time to broken hearts. Well, not broken exactly, but changed, at least. Each of the following clues can be answered with a word made from scrambling the five letters of HEART and adding one more. For example, "Soap suds" leads to LATHER, or HEART + L. We'd love it if you gave this puzzle a shot!
2. What's passed through a sewing machine
3. Come together
4. Enemies, or really anyone who suggests the slightest criticism
5. Use a microwave, perhaps
7. December door decor
Scroll dowwwwwwwn for the answers!
As a Dallas resident, you're probably wondering how to watch the big game between the Patriots and the Rams on Sunday. There are a few ways to do so:
Want to sulk because Dem Boys didn't make it to Atlanta? Go right ahead! It's your right as a proud Dallasite. What are you going to do, pull for the Patriots? Haha. The Rams? Not a chance. Let your hate flow through you. Bring out the old Aikman jersey and try not to burn a hole in your TV with your anger-focused eyes.
2. Covered in Wing Sauce
More wings are consumed on Super Bowl Sunday than on any other day, by me at least. It doesn't matter if the Bills are playing or not, (and they are almost certainly not), I'm gonna rep Buffalo. And it doesn't matter whether you like bleu cheese or ranch, even though bleu cheese is the superior dip.
3. For the Commercials!
Just kidding, watch the good ones on YouTube the next day like everyone else. Besides, the Hobbs and Shaw trailer came out already, what else do you need?
4. At One of Dallas' Many Fine Sports Bars and Restaurants
Or pretty much anywhere with a TV!
5. While Planning Something to Do in Dallas
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OK, that settled, here's an NFL-themed puzzle.
The answer to each of the following will include the (singularized) name of an NFL team, (Think "Steeler," rather than "Steelers"). The team name may sometimes be hidden within another word. Numbers in parenthesis indicate word length.
1. Drink endorsed by Billy Dee Williams (4, 2)
2. Cheetah Girls star Symone (5)
3. Region of south Asia on the Ganges delta (6)
4. Printer type (6)
5. Pirate Edward Teach’s nickname (10)
6. Game show that Terry Crews once hosted (3, 5, 2, 2, 1, 11)
7. Hagar the Horrible, for example (6)
8. British car manufacturer (6)
9. Doomed ship captained by Edward J. Smith (7)
10. He played Thomas Whitmore in Independence Day (4, 7)
11. Flipper, for for one (7)
Scroll way down for the answers!
1. COLT 45
6. Who Wants to Be a MilLIONaire
10. BILL Pullman