As You Might Expect, All Of The Most "Taco-Crazed" Cities In America Are In Texas

Real estate blog Estately.com has proven, incontrovertably, something that we all already knew was true: Texans like tacos more than anybody else likes tacos.

In a post on Estately called “The Most/Least Taco-Crazed Cities In America,” the blog analyzed the fifty largest cities in the U.S. to determine which cities loved tacos the most, and which city residents were content to drive through a Taco Bell. The methodology is perhaps a bit suspect, but quantifying taco love is an inherently subjective enterprise, and we’ll give them some credit for at least revealing how they came up with the list: 

As If You Needed It, Further Proof That Houston Is So Much Bigger Than Most Cities

Houstonians live in a really big city. We know that people know that, but thanks to an intrepid Reddit user, we now have a succinct visual shorthand for just how big the city really is: Namely, these maps, which overlay the 88 miles of Beltway 8 on top of a number of other major world cities. 

The maps, created by a Reddit user with the handle “Youllfindaway,” help explain why going from one end of Houston to another seems like a gargantuan task, while a commute across, say, San Francisco doesn’t even come close to comparing. Take a look: 

A Certain Cyclist You Might Know Is Aiming For Some Public Image Redemption

We learned last year that Lance fatigue is a real thing for people in Texas, especially those in Austin, who went through the entire roller coaster of emotions as Lance went from an inspirational hero to a disgraced doper. 

But the fact that Armstrong was once such a highly-regarded figure who fell from grace so publicly holds a lot of appeal to a public that loves redemption narratives. We love to raise people to “hero” status, we love the drama of watching them fall, and at some point—when we’ve seen them debased enough—we like to see them come back. That’s especially true in sports, where on-field success is often treated as shorthand for personal redemption. It runs contrary to our sensibilities that a bad person would be great at something we collectively adore, and so we feel compelled to adjust our perception of that person’s morals to match the glory we see on the field. 

Where Does Your Town Rank On The List Of "Most Exciting Texas Cities"?

“Exciting” is an inherently subjective adjective, and one that can’t be quantified objectively. Everyone has a similar baseline for what a word like “beautiful” means, but one person’s “exciting” may well be an agoraphobic neighbor’s definition of a hellish nightmare. That didn’t stop the folks at real estate blog Movoto from attempting to rank the top ten cities in Texas on a scale of “most exciting,” though—or, as they’re apparently calling it, a scale of “Galveston” to “Bryan.” 

It’s a weird list, in other words, where Galveston—a place with a beach, yes—ranks above more, ahem, widely acknowledged places like Austin, Dallas, and Houston by claiming the top spot. All three of those cities do place, though, which puts them ahead of Dullsville, Texas (population 1.38 million bored nerds)—also apparently known as San Antonio. El Paso—and the entirety of West Texas—also fails to make the list. 

It's Been a Weird Week to Be an Airline

It’s been a weird week for Texas-based airlines. On the bright side, they haven’t had an entire flight disappear with no trace. On the downside, this week has seen both Southwest and American Airlines planes forced to make emergency landings under unusual circumstances, and U.S. Airways’ tweet heard ‘round the world. Southwest also had a viral video hit happen when a weird comedy routine from a flight attendant during the safety instructions was filmed, which is mostly a good thing for them—though if an emergency had occurred, it’s unlikely anyone on the plane would have been properly prepared. All in all, it’s been a strange enough week for the various airlines headquarted in Texas (or, in U.S. Airways’ case, about to be) that it makes the fact that American Eagle picked this week to re-brand as Envoy Air seem downright logical: It’s a good time for a fresh start. 

Pizza Patrón's Newest Pie Is NSFW

Here’s a spicy pizza recipe: Take a large pie and put about 90 slices of jalapeño-stuffed pepperonis on top, then add another batch of freshly-diced peppers to the top. Here’s a spicy PR strategy: Name the resulting pizza “La Chingona.” 

That’s the dual-threat plan of Pizza Patron, the Dallas-based chain that has a knack for landing itself in the news as a result of its various marketing strategies. In the past, the chain made headlines for announcing that they would accept pesos—not an unreasonable decision for a chain that markets itself to a Latino customer base in border states—and for handing out free pies to anyone who placed an order in Spanish. (Their partnership with point-of-sale system Revel Systems last month, which made them the first pizza chain in the U.S. to accept Bitcoin payments, garnered less attention.)

Robert Rodriguez Is Not Suing The State Of Texas, But One Of His Financiers Is

 “As always, I stand with Texas” is a pretty badass way to declare that one isn’t a party to a lawsuit against their home state. That was the sign-off that filmmaker Robert Rodriguez used when he responded to a suit filed by a financier against the Texas Film Commission for failing to provide certain incentives for making the movie in-state. 

According to the Austin American-Statesman, the lawsuit—filed by Machete Productions LLC—claims that the financier “spent millions of dollars in Texas and created hundreds of jobs for Texans producing the film,” and that the Film Commission “improperly denied the grant based on a perception that the film glorifies the role of a Mexican Federale (Mexican Federal Police Officer) and sympathizes with immigrants.”

Man, There Are A Lot Of Brands To Interact With At SXSW, Y'all

Pretty much everyone in Austin this week is either doing SXSW things, or really, really tired of hearing about SXSW things. Either way, there’s a question about the festival that’s gotten harder and harder to answer over the past few years: What exactly is SXSW? 

It’s a film, music, and technology conference and festival—but describing it like that doesn’t really summarize the experience of rushing from the Spotify House to the Mophie Hangar to the FADER FORT Presented By Converse to the SXSubway Square, or taking in a performance at the Doritos #BoldStage, or walking past a pedicab adorned like the Iron Throne from HBO’s Game of Thrones. It doesn’t explain why this dude jumped from thirty feet up to snatch a ticket for Lady Gaga out of the air, thanking Doritos all the way down. It doesn’t cover the line that started at 2am on Tuesday morning for Samsung Galaxy owners to receive a free ticket to see Jay-Z and Kanye West play an intimate show at an as-yet-undisclosed location. It doesn’t cover exactly what occurs at HBO’s Game Of Thrones: The Exhibition at the Austin Music Hall, or the live-action Mario Kart racing that Pennzoil set up over the weekend at the Palmer Events Center. 

Dan Patrick's Twitter Typo Was Heard 'Round The World

State senator Dan Patrick, former talk radio host and potential Lt. Governor nominee, found himself something of an Internet celebrity yesterday. If by “celebrity,” you mean “punchline,” which in this case, we do—quite literally. 

That is to say, his tweet in response to the gay marriage ruling handed down yesterday by a federal court that found Texas’ ban to be unconstitutional turned the candidate and state senator into today’s living example of “read that tweet twice before you send it.” 

A Blind San Antonio Man Is The World's Greatest Card Cheat

According to our state mythology, cheating at cards in Texas used to be enough to get a man shot. These days, it’ll get you a lengthy profile on CBS This Morning and a feature-length documentary—especially if you’re able to up the ante by pulling off your amazing feats of dexterity as a blind person.

That’s the easy hook to this 4-minute spot from CBS that aired yesterday, about San Antonio resident Richard Turner, who spends the segment blowing the mind of the network’s Manuel Bojorquez. Turner, in between describing his life story (which includes 10-20 hours of practicing card tricks every day for decades) explains how, as a blind man, he developed a sensitivity to textures that allows him to identify certain cards without seeing them. He also demonstrates dealing from the bottom of the deck, cheating at three-card-monty, and other tricks that would make him an unsavory character in a saloon. 

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