Yesterday afternoon, Texas gaped as the resurrected Big Tex experienced, in the vaguely unsettling words of State Fair spokeswoman Sue Gooding, a "premature birth." Fair Park's official Twitter feed announced the successful delivery with an equally unfortunate metaphor: "Ta-daaa! Big Tex drops his robe earlier than announced."
Rest assured that Big Tex was fully clothed in his custom-made Dickies when high winds prompted fair officials to remove his cloak of secrecy a day earlier than planned to reveal....a giant, semi-animatronic cowboy that looked pretty much like the old model. A bit more junk in the trunk, but otherwise indistinguishable.
Well, not quite indistinguishable. A close inspection reveals that the face has a darker complexion than before, leading many to pose a vital question:More »