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Ten Things You Have to Explain to Non-Houstonians

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Houstonians love to brag about their town. But there are misconceptions about every city, whether they regard food, politics or transit.

Here are 10 things Houstonians have to tell misinformed out-of-towners:

10. DJ Screw's influence lives on. Even though he died almost a decade ago, Houston rappers like Bun B and Z-Ro never stop repping DJ Screw.

9. This city is huge. Houston is sprawling. Of American cities with over 1 million residents, Houston is the largest in terms of square miles.

8. A lot of things come out of the bayou. Dead bodies and alligators included.

7. Our mayor is gay. People might think that Houston is red as all hell, but three-time elected Annise Parker is the second woman to be Houston's mayor, and Houston is the most populous U.S. city to elect an openly gay mayor.

6. Houston has a giant (and we mean massive) medical center. The Texas Medical Center is the largest medical center in the world. (The world!)

5. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo isn't just about animals. Checking out cattle and pigs is fun, but even more fun are the fried foods and concerts.

4. No, people don't ride horses to school and work. OK, maybe it's only young kids who are asked, "Do you ride a horse everywhere?" But the answer is no. Cops are probably the only people who ride horses in the city.

3. Chick-fil-a is closed on Sundays, but Whataburger sure isn't. Houstonians love both.

2. Most people have cars. Public transit isn't a huge deal here. Even with the METRO Rail, a lot of people have their own vehicles.

1. You'll meet a lot of people who are not originally from here. With the way companies are hiring in Houston, people come from all over to work here, especially when it comes to the oil industry.

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