Don't Mess With Texas? Ten Other State Slogans Turned to Romance-Novel Titles

Romance writers are up in arms because Texas is suing one of them for using Don't Mess With Texas as a title for a book the state finds too steamy. The Texas Department of Transportation says the phrase is trademarked and they have to take steps to protect it; romance-novel writers and fans say lighten up. (A federal judge denied TxDOT's request for a restraining order.)

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We think author Christie Craig of Houston, who wrote Don't Mess With Texas, is onto something. Official state slogans are perfect for romance novels. We think. Here are our ten:

Don't Mess With Texas? Ten Other State Slogans Turned to Romance-Novel Titles

10. Wisconsin The dude is certainly taking a long, loving look at someone's dairyland.

Don't Mess With Texas? Ten Other State Slogans Turned to Romance-Novel Titles

9. New Jersey Answers the eternal question of love: "What exit?"

Don't Mess With Texas? Ten Other State Slogans Turned to Romance-Novel Titles

8. Maryland Seems there should be a comma halfway through the first word of the title.

Don't Mess With Texas? Ten Other State Slogans Turned to Romance-Novel Titles

7. Michigan Looks like she already has. Probably a Yooper.  

Don't Mess With Texas? Ten Other State Slogans Turned to Romance-Novel Titles

6. Utah That ain't all that's connecting!!!

Don't Mess With Texas? Ten Other State Slogans Turned to Romance-Novel Titles

5. New Hampshire Sadly, this probably is the name of some romance novel out there.

Don't Mess With Texas? Ten Other State Slogans Turned to Romance-Novel Titles

4. Delaware Worst penis nickname ever.  

Don't Mess With Texas? Ten Other State Slogans Turned to Romance-Novel Titles

3. Missouri Finally, the spelunker love story for the ages.

Don't Mess With Texas? Ten Other State Slogans Turned to Romance-Novel Titles

2. Idaho Bridget "Potatoes" Houlihan was a wild Irish lass who could not be tamed. Until one day a longhaired swordsman in need of a shirt came to town and thus began the torrid passion that brought her fame.

Don't Mess With Texas? Ten Other State Slogans Turned to Romance-Novel Titles

1. Louisiana And we're not talking about the fishing!


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