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Comic #4592

1 {scene: on a plane}
1 Terry: Some facts about Texas.
2 Terry: It has an area of 695 thousand square kilometres.
3 Steve: Crikey! So it’s quite small then.
4 Terry: It’s the second largest US state.
4 Steve: That’s not even big enough for a decent cattle station!

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I know it's an artefact of the USA having the relatively large number of fifty states, but I'm always amused when people express how "big" Texas is.

I live in the state of New South Wales, which has an area of 801,000 square kilometres, some 15% larger than Texas. And New South Wales is one of the small states of Australia.

A cattle station is the Australian/NZ term for a big farm where cattle are raised. The American English term is a "ranch". The largest cattle station in Australia is Anna Creek Station, which covers 23,700 km2. You could almost fit 30 of them into Texas, so Steve is in fact exaggerating a tiny bit here.

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