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It’s Been Wild: 3 of Our Favorite Weird Texas Stories of 2019

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Although the internet can also be a source for the new, improved, and noteworthy, it can often simply be a format through which we find humor and release. Such is the case with some of the not-so “news-worthy” articles we’ve had the opportunity to share throughout 2019. Our writers and editors spend hours each day immersed in some heavy topics, which can take an emotional toll. That’s why we also like the weird assignments that help boost our sense of humor. Thankfully, we know we can rely on clumsy criminals, wild animals, or even wild produce to cut the tension! Here are three of our favorite weird Texas stories of 2019.

1. Wine in a Pringles Can

It’s Been Wild: 3 of Our Favorite Weird Texas Stories of 2019

Photo: Wikipedia/Rocketsagan

In January 2019, a Wichita Falls woman was banned from her local Walmart following the consumption of wine from a Pringles can, while riding a motorized shopping cart. It was reported by local press that when she was approached by a police officer at 9 a.m. (yes, that says “a.m.”), she had already been cruising around the Walmart property since 6:30 that morning. Since that event, area businesses made light of the situation by serving wine in Pringles cans themselves, or selling tumblers made from the very same.

2. Fishing For Avocados

It’s Been Wild: 3 of Our Favorite Weird Texas Stories of 2019

Photo: Facebook/Texas Parks and Wildlife

In April 2019, the South Llano River was chock-full of avocados when 42K pounds of the produce took a plunge. A delivery truck spilled the load near Junction, in the Texas Hill Country, resulting in a social media frenzy after the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department requested help in the clean-up. Local press live-streamed the recovery effort for the truck and, thankfully, the driver wasn’t injured. We’re not entirely sure the avocados were so lucky.

3. 400-Pound Feral Hog Capture

It’s Been Wild: 3 of Our Favorite Weird Texas Stories of 2019

Photo: Facebook/Wyatt Walton

In September 2019, a 400-pound feral hog was captured at the Gateway Hills Golf Course near San Antonio. Lone Star Trapping was called in by the course, having a record of trapping these beasts to the tune of approximately 1,200 in the past three years. Feral hogs have become a growing concern in Texas over the past decade, and some estimates suggest there might be as many as six million in the state.