AGRICULTURE: Big as All Outdoors

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Every Texan knows the tales of Pecos Bill, the mythical great-granddad of all cowboys. Pecos Bill was born in Texas (naturally, say Texans) and raised by coyotes. Rattlesnakes hid when they heard him coming, because Pecos Bill's bite might poison them. He used mountain lions for saddle horses, invented centipedes and tarantulas for pets.

Once, on a bet, Pecos Bill mounted an Oklahoma cyclone and rode it across three states, flattening out mountains and uprooting forests, thus making the flat Texas Panhandle. Aside from such playful interludes, Pecos Bill spent...

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