A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from February 24, 2007
“Don’t Mess With Texas—We’re Armed”

“Don’t Mess With Texas” is the famous 1986-86 anti-littering campaign. “Don’t mess with Texas—we’re armed” is an unofficial variation (from at least 1997) that has been printed on images.


Rejected State Mottos
TEXAS: 
Si Hablo Ingles
See, EVERYTHING is bigger in Texas!
Don’t Mess with Texas—We’re Armed

Google Groups: alt.callahans
Newsgroups: alt.callahans
From:
Date: 1997/04/02
Subject: Recycled Humor #5

> > TEXAS:
> > Don’t Mess with Texas—We’re Armed >

5 April 1997, The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC), “What’s the best pick for motto on license tag?” by Elsa McDowell, pg. 1:
Now that the state license tag dilemma has been resolved (families-first versus smiling faces) Howard Peckenpaugh allows as how other states also have faced difficulty choosing their mottoes.

He sends a list of state mottoes that were rejected:
(...)
Texas: Don’t Mess with Texas - We’re Armed

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Don’t mess with Texas we’re better armed than most http://twitpic.com/23ibq
3:36 PM · Mar 14, 2009·Twitter Web Client

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Don’t mess with TEXAS.  We’re armed. 
#BadMottosForStates
4:20 AM · Mar 21, 2016·Twitter for iPhone

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Replying to @VivaLaAmes11
Don’t mess with Texas. We’re armed and ready.
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