Virginia Postrel (no visible links) has been posting about lame city slogans for Dallas-Fort Worth and other metropolitan areas. So far no mention of what the Austin Lounge Lizards say in a love song entitled "Dallas, Texas":
I'm goin' back to Dallas, Texas,
To see if anything could be worse than losing you.
This is from their best album, The Highway Cafe of the Damned (1988).
Some city and state slogans include embarrassing double entendres. I don't know whether it's true, but I was once told that the garbage trucks in Athol, Massachusetts were (perhaps still are) emblazoned "Help Keep Your Athol Clean". The commonwealth of Virginia's long-running "Virginia Is For Lovers" campaign inspired their northern neighbor to come up with "Maryland Is For Crabs". Not a bad slogan for those who love bluish crustaceans, but "crabs" is also a slang term for crab lice, aka pubic lice, which are spread through sexual contact. Maybe I have a dirty mind, but when 'crabs' are mentioned in a context which also implies 'lovers', I can't help but think of the venereal kind.
To get back to Texas cities, I was once (1981?) part of a multi-state E.P.A.-financed team measuring air pollution in the Houston area. We found plenty: in fact our SO2 meters kept pegging out at 1000 ppm. Or maybe it was the NO2 meters. All I remember now is the sight of the plotter pen banging up against the top edge of the paper grid. One of the three companies in the consortium that had won the E.P.A. contract was headquartered in Austin. In the week and a half I spent in Houston, every single one of their employees separately took me aside at some point and said: "You know, not all of Texas is like Houston. You really should visit Austin some time."Posted by Dr. Weevil at October 24, 2002 09:21 PM