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

Google Groups: alt.callahans
Newsgroups: alt.callahans
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

Don’t mess with Texas we’re better armed than most
3:36 PM · Mar 14, 2009·Twitter Web Client

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

David J. Brewer
Replying to @VivaLaAmes11
Don’t mess with Texas. We’re armed and ready.
8:41 AM · Jun 13, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • Saturday, February 24, 2007 • Permalink