A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from April 23, 2012
Texas Earthworm (a rattlesnake)

A “Texas earthworm,” under the theory that “everything’s bigger in Texas,” is a rattlesnake. The name and image of a “Texas earthworm” has been put on T-shirts since at least 2009.


Famous Quotes and Quotations
Funny Texas Quotes
Texas Earthworm
(this was on a sign that depicted a rattlesnake)

14 October 1954, San Antonio (TX) , “Around the Plaza” by Renwicke Cary, pg. 25, col. 1:
Leonard Smith, the retired infantry colonel, passing along a bit of foolishness he received in a note from his wife, Betty, who’s visiting Little Rock. To wit: “Ft. Worth keeps no python. It ain’t no snake a-tall. It’s just a Texas earthworm that’s been taking Hadacol.”

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Thread: A REAL SNAKE IN THE GRASS
Charger68
08-24-2008, 07:03 PM
Texas earthworm and having that snake so far from the guy creates the illusion of a huge snake, it’s not nine feet and a hundred pounds!!! But if ya killit, eat it, rattlesnake is some good eating!! Tastes like RATTLESNAKE!!!!

Google Books
AKC Gazette
American Kennel Club, Inc.
Volume 126
2009
Pg. 47:
Avoiding the Texas Earthworm
In south Texas, it is not uncommon to I see a T-shirt picturing a rattlesnake, coiled to strike, captioned TEXAS EARTHWORM. At first glance one may find it amusing, yet it carries a serious and sometimes deadly message. A member of the pit viper family, there are approximately 30 species and numerous subspecies of the rattlesnake.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Monday, April 23, 2012 • Permalink