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: 

Open Carry Advocates Scared the Sourdough Out of a Bunch of Jack in the Box Employees

Stop us if this sounds familiar: An armed group in a Texas city, semi-automatic rifles strapped across their backs, descended on a place where you don’t typically see a bunch of large guns, scaring the hell out of the people who caught a glimpse of them. It’s no wonder that some people thought that perhaps the armed group might be up to no good—only to learn that the group was just exercising their right to carry a long-arm firearm openly in public in the state of Texas. 

This latest example of the growing trend occurred at a Fort Worth Jack In The Box location. As NBC DFW reports

Beyoncé Got Called Out For the "Hyper-Sexualization" of Her Music

Last week, the indie rock band Warpaint spent three sold-out nights in Austin, opening for The National at their stand at ACL Live. It was an introduction to the group for many Texans, and a high-profile way for the group to promote its self-titled second album. This week, the band made international headlines by attacking one of the most beloved Texans in the world: Queen Bey herself, Beyoncé Knowles Carter. 

In an interview with British music magazine Q, the band’s guitar player Theresa Wayman decried female pop stars, singling out both Rihanna and Beyoncé for the “hyper-sexualization” of their music

Why Do Multiple Texas Cities Want to Host the Sriracha Factory that Caused Health Problems in California?

Sriracha is a tasty hot sauce manufactured by Huy Fong Foods that, for those with adventurous taste buds, makes everything from scrambled eggs to pizza a finer experience. But the process of manufacturing the substance has been unpopular among residents of Irwindale, California, a small town of about 1,400 just twenty miles outside of Los Angeles. And where Irwindale smells a spicy controversy, Texas cities smell spicy opportunity.

Sriracha hasn’t always been based in Irwindale—the company relocated to the city in 2010, after being offered a sweetheart deal to build a $40 million factory. As the Los Angeles Times reported in November

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. 

Are Buses the Future of Texas Travel?

Depending on traffic and what part of each city you’re trying to get to, it takes roughly three hours to get from Dallas to Austin, Austin to Houston, Dallas to Houston, or Houston to San Antonio by car. That’s almost as much time as it takes to fly between most of those cities, when you factor in getting to the airport, parking, taking the shuttle from the parking lot to check-in, getting boarding passes, security screenings, waiting around while they check to make sure that there’s not some kid hiding in the wheel well of the plane, landing, deboarding, walking to baggage claim, etc. 

With that in mind, a new bus line launches next month with the intention of competing with airlines like Southwest for business travelers going between—initially, anyway—Austin and Dallas. As the Dallas Morning-News reports:

San Antonio Is Home to This Very Fat Kitty

Chubby animals are adorable, but Melvin, a 26-pound tomcat rescued from a San Antonio home earlier this month, isn’t just a roly-poly little guy to roll around: He’s the fattest cat ever recorded at the city’s Animal Care Services, and as cute as it sounds, that’s actually a very dangerous thing for the animal. As MySA.com (which also has photos of Melvin) reports

[Dr. Marilyn] Gotbeter [chief veterinarian at Animal Care Services] said obesity is a snowball effect: the animal begins to gain weight when it doesn’t exercise and eventually it becomes too fat to exercise, which brings on other physical problems such as arthritis, heart problems and other issues.

“When we have them out working with doctors, even if they are barely moving, they get exhausted very quickly,” she said. “They basically pass out.”

The two felines have a long road to recovery, said Gotbeter, but with a caring owner, it is possible.

Houston ISD Is Spending $250,000 to Change Culturally Insensitive Mascot Names

The owner of Washington’s professional football team just lost another ally in his struggling campaign to convince the world that his team’s mascot is a celebration of a noble history, rather than a racial slur: the Houston ISD school board, which voted in January to change the names of culturally insensitive mascot names in the district’s schools, unveiled the new mascots yesterday. 

Thus do the Lamar High School Redskins become the Texans, the Welch Middle School Warriors become the Wolf Pack, and both the Westbury High Rebels and the Hamilton Middle School Indians become the Huskies. (Rebels and Indians coming together: Albert Pike would be proud.)

Tracking the Well-Being of Texas Metros Areas

Gallup polling released its “U.S. Community Well-Being Tracking” poll this week, which charts the percentage of residents of a given area basedon their overall health and well-being. The list looks at a wide swathe of U.S. cities, but Gallup’s filtering also allows for us to break it down by state, meaning that we can take a look at every Texas metro area with at least 300,000 people in it (which gives the short-shrift to much of West Texas), and put them in a head-to-head competition. 

The poll breaks down several different categories by percentage of the population: Obesity, frequent exercise, frequent consumption of fresh produce, smoking, daily stress, and insurance—as well as an overall well-being number. 

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