Someone Paid $7,250 For a License Plate That Says "DALLAS"

What’s your license plate say? Probably just a nonsensical combination of letters and numbers in random sequence, huh? Boooring—and lacking in hometown spirit. 

Capitalizing on hometown spirit is something that MyPlates.com, which is licensed through the state to provide vanity plates in a truly staggering array of design options to Texas motorists, made a lot of money on this week. The website auctioned off plates with the names of various cities throughout Texas and the United States, revealing the affection—or lack thereof—among Texans for their hometowns.

Revenge Porn Isn't Illegal In Texas, But It Can Cost You Half a Million Dollars

Let’s get this out of the way: “Revenge porn,” or the act of sharing private, nude images of a person without their consent, is an odious, vile thing. It’s not the fault of the person who allowed the photos to be taken, it’s the fault of the person who chooses to share the photos. And, as courts found last month, it’s not something that should go unpunished. A Houston woman was awarded $500,000 in damages after photos that she had shared with her ex-boyfriend ended up posted, maliciously and with ill-intent, on a number of websites. ABC 13-KTRK in Houston explains

Did We Just Witness the End of Ted Nugent's Political Relevance?

When you think about it, the fact that Ted Nugent has somehow remained a relevant cultural figure is bizarre. The last time he released a single that charted on the Billboard Hot 100 was in 1980, when he dropped “Wango Tango” upon an unsuspecting populace, which rode the guitar solo and girl-as-car metaphor to the number-86 spot. His recording career effectively petered out in 1988 with the more-whimper-than-bang album If You Can’t Lick ‘Em… Lick ‘Em, which featured cover art that would make you sneak it home in a plain brown wrapper if you brought the record home to your parents’ house. 

Are We Over-Celebrating the Kid Who Returned a Lost Wedding Ring?

Let’s be clear about this from the beginning: This story from the Houston Chronicle about a Waco teenager who found someone else’s wedding ring inside of a baseball glove he purchased at Academy Sports and Outdoors is a nice little story about a young person who exhibited a basic sort of human decency. Here are the details, from the Chronicle

Ryan Alexander and his mother, Holly Alexander, bought the glove on Feb. 15 at an Academy Sports + Outdoors store in Waco, near their home in Mart, Holly Alexander said.

Ryan, a 16-year-old sophomore at Riesel High School near Waco, was trying out his new glove the next afternoon and realized there was a ring inside it, his mother said.

The Alexanders told the store about the find, and Academy began trying to locate the original owner, said spokesman Eric Herrera, who works at the company’s headquarters in Katy.

Both Academy and Louisville Slugger, the glove manufacturer, put the search out on their Twitter accounts and contacted the Texas-based James Avery jewelry company, which made the ring, inscribed with “I (heart symbol) my Marine.”

Texas, We Should Talk About Your License Plate Addiction

Listen, Texas, we should talk about this license plate problem that you have. We get it. Custom license plates are fun, and they’re a source of revenue for the state, and what’s the harm in allowing a given company/school/organization/etc that wants to demonstrate its Texas-ness by placing its logo on an official state license plate—especially if they’re going to pay for the privilege? 

But, look: You’ve got nearly four hundred options now, and some of them are ugly. They crowd the actual content the plate is supposed to contain—namely, an alphanumeric that makes a car identifiable—in favor of a picture of a hamburger or a dolphin or something. Plus, not to get all design snobby here, but some of them use comic sans. Have a little self-respect. 

Banana-Suited Man Arrested In Beaumont While Brandishing an AK-47

We’ve covered the clashes between open carry advocates and their opponents before, and we’re pretty confident that the two sides’ entrenched positions are clear to everyone—advocates say that they have the legal right to carry long arms in Texas and that people should feel safer knowing that stable, law-abiding people are armed in public to protect them from potential criminals, while opponents argue that the sight of weapons in public makes people feel unsafe. 

Of course, nothing says “stable” and “safe” like a guy in a banana suit, which is probably why Derek Poe, the owner of Beaumont’s Golden Triangle Tactical (who himself was charged with disorderly conduct for carrying an AR-15 on his back while walking through Parkdale Mall, where his shop was located) hired someone to don a bright yellow banana costume and stand at the Eastex Freeway by Highway 105 on Saturday with an AK-47 loaded with a fifty-clip magazine. 

Why Do Sports Fans Hate on Athletes So Much?

On Saturday night, at the very end of a road loss to Texas Tech, Oklahoma State basketball star Marcus Smart shoved Jeff Orr, a self-described Texas Tech “superfan” who travels thousands of miles a year to attend the school’s games. The game broadcast makes it clear that Orr shouted something at Smart, and Smart responded by shoving the fan. It’s impossible to tell, from that video, what Orr said. 

Texas-Raised SEC Football Star Becomes the Biggest NFL Draft Story in Years by Coming Out

If Michael Sam does well in the NFL, the movie that will no doubt eventually be made about him will have a much more satisfying plot arc. 

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Sam, the SEC’s reigning defensive player of the year who helped lead the Missouri Tigers to a 12-win season (and picked up a surprising #5 ranking by the end of the year), came out as gay. It would appear that after decades of waiting, Sam’s name finally became the answer to the ever-present question of “Who will the first openly gay NFL player be?” 

Ted Nugent Will Be Speaking at a League City Event For Veterans, Which Means Controversy Has Already Ensued

The fact that just seeing the words “Ted Nugent” tends to stir strong feelings in the reader probably the best thing in Ted Nugent’s life right now—except maybe for the chance to play “Stranglehold” to a screaming audience whenever he wants, or perhaps going bow-hunting. Still, to say that the Motor City Madman enjoys courting controversy would be an understatement. 

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