TEXAS: What's So Funny?

Most Texans blame sheer envy for the fact that in recent years Texas has come to rank well ahead of mothers-in-law as a butt for U.S. humorists. Last week in the Dallas News wry Columnist Paul Crume offered another explanation: "Texas is the only thing left in the U.S. strong enough to stand being laughed at ...

"You can't laugh at other states or cities, for instance, or they will get mad. As a state, California is very sensitive and has a right to be. Anybody who has ever seen Philadelphia knows that it is no laughing matter. Florida is...