5 Lunchtime Links: What to expect on Sixth Street and other Halloween preparation

ORG XMIT: AAS1010302332273704 Ricardo B. Brazziell AMERICAN-STATESMAN 10/30/10 Halloween goers on 6th street Saturday, October 30, 2010.
ORG XMIT: AAS1010302332273704 Ricardo B. Brazziell AMERICAN-STATESMAN 10/30/10 Halloween goers on 6th street Saturday, October 30, 2010.

1. What you need to know before heading to Sixth Street this weekend.

Given that you’re able to make it out this Halloween despite today’s horrific weather, make sure you’re ready for another kind of storm: Sixth Street on Halloween. This infamous combination promises to draw all types in their Halloween-best this Saturday, but what can you expect? Read about last year’s experience here, and keep these seven things in mind if you do make it out this weekend.

2. Today is National Candy Corn Day.

Today celebrates everyone’s favorite vegetable-turned-candy. However, these sugary orange, white and yellow “corns” aren’t as widely loved as Texans might like to believe. According to a poll that asked 40,000 Americans what their favorite Halloween candy was, Texans’ love for candy corn greatly surpasses all other sweet options. We can at least take comfort in Oregon, Wyoming, Tennessee and South Carolina seeing things our way; candy corn was also their state-favorite.

3. Austin ranked 2nd worst place to live if vampires rise from coffins.

According to this “unnatural hazards” map by Trulia is the second place you’ll least like to be in the event that vampires rise from their coffins and begin hunting for a snack. Determined by the number of blood banks and hospitals per 50,000 people, Austin fell only behind San Diego, CA. As if we didn’t always find the large bat colony highly suspicious.

4. 6 haunted places in Austin.

We’ve all heard the rumors surrounding the Driskill Hotel, but what else does Austin have to offer haunting-wise? Several lesser-known establishments throughout the city are said to offer a little more than what their storefronts read. Among them, Austin Pizza Garden — go for a slice, stay for a spook.

5. Map shows most searched Halloween costume by state.

Still looking for a last minute costume idea? Are you guilty of searching any of the options real estate website Estately found to be most popular in their “Costumes each state googled more than any other state” map? Unfortunately, Texans were the most likely to take to Google to search for controversial Caitlyn Jenner costume — the subject of a Change.org petition signed by nearly 20,000 people asking costume makers to “stop exploiting Caitlyn Jenner with a transphobic costume.” We can’t say California’s “pregnant nun” and Illinois’ “slutty pumpkin” are especially respectable either…

5 Lunchtime Links: Kanye West releases silent film showing fashion line creation and more

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 03: Kanye West, Travis Scott and Rihanna attend Vogue 95th Anniversary Party on October 3, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor Boyko/Getty Images for Vogue)
PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 03: Kanye West, Travis Scott and Rihanna attend Vogue 95th Anniversary Party on October 3, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor Boyko/Getty Images for Vogue)

1. Kanye West releases silent film showing fashion line creation.

Rapper Kanye West doesn’t say anything in his new “Yeezy Season 2 Film,” and people have a lot to say about that. The video which starts with a warning reading “This documentation has no sound,” shows the creation process of West’s new fashion line and features a lot of shots of the back of the designer’s head. When West finally broke the silence and commented on his line in a Vanity Fair interview he had this to say: “I think sweatshirts are the way of the future.” You can view the film in its entirety here.

2. Amy’s Ice Cream on South Congress closes after rent increase.

The latest Amy’s Ice Cream news is less than sweet. The local favorite’s deep South Congress location, open 10 years, closed after rent on the space doubled. The landlord refused a counter offer and has already found a new tenant for the strip mall. Amy’s director of business communications says it will continue to consider expanding outside of Austin.

3. Fox picks up “Miss Universe” pageant.

Fox bought the rights to air NBC-reject “The 64th Annual Miss Universe Pageant” marking what IMG’s senior vice president of original content called “a new era for the Miss Universe Organization.” The pageant, to air Dec. 20, was dumped by NBC after co-owner Donald Trump made anti-immigration remarks about Mexicans.

4. Weird Al Yankovic and Austin comedians create sports spoof.

Weird Al Yankovic teamed up with some weird Austinites in creating his most recent spoof titled ““Every Press Conference Ever (ft. Weird Al Yankovic).” Playing “Grizzled Coach” the parodist, Jason Small, host of “ATX Uncensored-ish” Brian Gaar and Austin comedic actor Kirk Johnson act out a hilariously accurate post-game press conference. You can watch the video below.

5. Today is National Cat Day.

We aren’t kitten you, today is the day to celebrate the laziest, sassiest domestic pets out there. Give your cats a little extra love on National Cat Day and tag @austin360 in your furry photos.

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Weird Al Yankovic and familiar Austinites create hilarious sports spoof

The guy who brought you the comedic musical hits “Like a Surgeon” and “Eat It” back in the day joined forces with some of Austin’s best for a great take on the cliches of post-game press conferences of sporting events.

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Weird Al Yankovic stars as “Grizzled Coach” in this video for The Kicker. (Photo screenshot via YouTube)

The clip, aptly titled “Every Press Conference Ever (ft. Weird Al Yankovic)” was made for The Kicker, a site of funny sports content from the comedy site Above Average. Weird Al Yankovic stars as the “Grizzled Coach,” looking alarmingly like a twin to Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. Alongside him are Jason Small as “Star Player” and Austin comedic actor Kirk Johnson as “Bench Player.”

The Austinite cameos don’t end there, as the host of “ATX Uncensored-ish” (and former American-Statesman reporter) Brian Gaar identifies himself as the “sad reporter, sports section, local paper” trying to get a handle on the emotions that come with loving the team. KVUE’s Kris Betts tackles women in sports media as the “Attractive female, sideline reporter, major sports network” asking if the coach would show her the same respect as the men in the room.

Rooster Teeth, a production company with an Austin presence, shared two of its own in the sketch. Gavin Free is a “young male blogger, sportshits.com” looking to take a quote out of context and Burnie Burns is every fan that’s ever known what the coach should have done as the “obnoxious reporter, some east coast paper.”

Local comedian John Ramsey and Ryan Darbonne of the Austin Film Festival play the bickering sports broadcasters with director David Ward in the production room.

Check out the full video here:

Giant pumpkin transformed into ‘Donald Trumpkin’

Image credit: CNN/Twitter
Image credit: CNN/Twitter

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

An Ohio woman has captured GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s likeness on a 384-pound pumpkin, and the creation is quickly going viral.

The “Trumpkin,” as the creation has been nicknamed, is the work of Jeanette Paras. She is known for drawing caricatures of noteworthy people on pumpkins, though she does not consider herself an artist.

In past years, Paras has drawn caricatures of George Bush,  Bill Clinton, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus. She says she does the pumpkin drawings for fun and does not sell her creations.

She puts them on display for others to enjoy. The “Trumpkin” includes a yard sign that mimics a Donald Trump campaign sign, with the slogan, “Make Pumpkins Great Again!”

According to the CNN report, Paras said the hardest part of the process is choosing the pumpkin shape that best suits her subject.

For more, visit CNN.

5 Lunchtime Links: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup-stuffed burger debuts and more

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Works Gourmet Burger Bistro

1. Canada reveals Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup-stuffed burger.

Today is National Chocolate Day, and this burger is well aware. This burger, revealed earlier this month by Ontario burger chain The Works, is both topped and stuffed with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Additionally its garnished with bacon and fried onion strings. Looking for a less adventurous way to celebrate National Chocolate Day? Check out these pudding-filled cupcakes instead.

2. Lauryn Hill to replace D’Angelo at Fun Fun Fun Fest.

This isn’t the late 90’s but Lauryn Hill can still save us. Fun Fun Fun Fest has announced that the R&B singer will replace previous Sunday headliner D’Angelo and the Vanguard after the soul singer canceled his set ahead of the Nov. 6-8 festival. Hill, who hasn’t had a new release in over 15 years, is known for her 1998 album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.”

3. Taco Bell to offer free breakfast Nov. 5 after making World Series deal.

On the off chance that the reason you haven’t yet had Taco Bell’s breakfast is the prices, we’ve got great news. The chain will offer free A.M. Crunchwraps to patrons who make it out on Nov. 5 after promising to do so if a base was stolen within the first two games of the World Series. You have the Royals’ Lorenzo Cain and the Mets’ Juan Lagares to blame — I mean thank.

4. Artist creates Donald Trump “Trumpkin” out of 374-lb. pumpkin.

Not sure what to carve into your Halloween pumpkin this year? An Ohio artist added another possibility to the list when she carved a Donald Trump caricature out of a 374-lb. pumpkin and called it a “Trumpkin.” The pumpkin sits on her front porch, behind a sign reading “Make pumpkins great again.”

5. Foam sculpture at Laguna Gloria activated three times a week.

Roger Hiorns’ installation “A retrospective view of the pathway” at the Laguna Gloria museum has proven that bubbles and large amounts of them are as loved as ever. The Contemporary Austin has announced that the installation, which spews non-toxic foam out of two oversized tubs, will now be active three times a week: Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m., and Tuesdays at 4 p.m. The museum also offers free admission on Tuesdays.

5 things to know about the Royals’ dramatic Game 1 win in the World Series

 

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Kansas City Royals celebrate after Alcides Escobar (2) scored on a sacrifice fly by Eric Hosmer during the 14th inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the New York Mets Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Kansas City Royals celebrate after Alcides Escobar (2) scored on a sacrifice fly by Eric Hosmer during the 14th inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the New York Mets Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After five long hours, the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets 5-4 Tuesday night to take the first game of the World Series.

But this was no typical game. From one player’s devastating news to a surprising power outage, drama on and off the field quickly made headlines.

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. The hard-fought matchup tied for the longest World Series game ever by innings, according to ESPN. The 14-inning game also earned the title of longest World Series Game 1.
  2. The Royals’ Alcides Escobar hit an inside-the-park home run in the first inning. That hasn’t happened in a World Series game since 1929, according to NPR.
  3. Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez’s father died of heart failure before the game. According to The Associated Press, Royals manager Ned Yost said Volquez did not learn the news until he left the game after pitching six innings.

“It was just, you know, it was sad, a sad situation,” Yost said. “You find out an hour before the game that your starting pitcher’s father passed away, and it was hard. But again, you wanted to honor the family’s wishes, and they requested, ‘Don’t tell Eddie. Let him go out and pitch Game 1 of the World Series.'”

Another source – who asked not to be identified – told the AP that Volquez learned about the death before the game.

Daniel Volquez, 63, died in the Dominican Republic.

  1. A power outage briefly halted Fox’s broadcast in the fourth inning, according to ESPN. As a result, the game was delayed for about seven minutes.

“A rare electronics failure caused both the primary and backup generators inside the Fox Sports production compound to lose power,” Fox said. “The issue was immediately addressed, although it resulted in the audience missing one at-bat during the time needed to switch to carriage of Major League Baseball’s international feed, powered by a different generator on site. The on-field delay was due to replay capability being lost in both teams’ clubhouses.”

  1. Google Fiber had its own technical difficulties. According to CNN, the service went down for about an hour in Kansas City, preventing fans from watching the game.

Google apologized on Twitter, saying, “We’re so sorry about the outage in KC.”

 

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Bacon can’t be all that bad: World’s oldest woman eats it every day

 

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

 

Miss Susie Susannah Mushatt Jones with her niece Lois Judge,72, as they celebrate her 113th birthday with a party at the Vendalia Senior Center in Brooklyn. Miss Susie was born on July 6, 1899 in Alabama, the third of eleven children. She is the only one still alive. She never had children  but has more than 100 nieces and nephews. (Photo By: Debbie Egan-Chin/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
Miss Susie Susannah Mushatt Jones with her niece Lois Judge,72, as they celebrate her 113th birthday with a party at the Vendalia Senior Center in Brooklyn. Miss Susie was born on July 6, 1899 in Alabama, the third of eleven children. She is the only one still alive. She never had children but has more than 100 nieces and nephews. (Photo By: Debbie Egan-Chin/NY Daily News via Getty Images)

A recent World Health Organization report dropped a bombshell on bacon lovers: The breakfast staple and other processed meats apparently are linked to a cancer risk as high as that posed by cigarettes.

But the world’s oldest person probably will be unfazed by that news.

According to USA Today, 116-year-old Susannah Mushatt Jones, who was honored as the world’s oldest woman earlier this year by Guinness World Records, eats bacon for breakfast every day. Tech Insider reports that Jones considers the food “one of her secrets to longevity.”

The Alabama native, who now lives in New York, even lauds the pork product with a sign in her kitchen: “Bacon makes everything better.”

Jones was born July 6, 1899.

Read more here.

Get free breakfast from Taco Bell Nov. 5 thanks to World Series stolen bases

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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The Kansas City Royals may have come out on top in Game 1 of the World Series, but they weren’t the only winners Tuesday night.

According to Taco Bell, fast-food fanatics scored a free A.M. Crunchwrap as part of the restaurant’s “Steal a Base, Steal a Breakfast” promotion.

The deal works like this: If a player steals a base in the first two games of the World Series, customers can redeem their free Crunchwrap on Nov. 5. Customers also can get a free Crunchwrap on Nov. 10 if a player steals a base in games 3-7.

The Nov. 5 freebie is already in the bag, thanks to steals from the Royals’ Lorenzo Cain and the Mets’ Juan Lagares.

Learn more here.

 

Florida man in coma after e-cigarette explodes

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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MIAMI – A southwest Florida man is in a medically induced coma after his electronic cigarette reportedly exploded.

According to WINK, 21-year-old Evan Spahlinger of Collier County was smoking the e-cigarette Monday when it blew up, burning his face and neck.

Spahlinger was taken to a Naples hospital, then transported to Miami.

“They said he has internal and external burns and damage to his lungs from the explosion itself,” Ema Richardson, Spahlinger’s sister, told WINK. “And possibly the mouthpiece went, when the cigarette exploded, it went down his throat and exploded again.”

Officials said the cigarette’s lithium battery is probably to blame for the incident.

Read more here.

Police disguise themselves to catch drivers using phones

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BETHESDA, Md. – Police in Maryland are using a different technique to nab drivers who are texting while driving.

The Montgomery County Police Department has dressed an officer as a homeless man along a busy road in Bethesda, WTTG reported.

The officer has a sign that said “I am not homeless. I am a Montgomery County Police Officer looking for cell phone texting violations.”

He also has a wireless microphone so he can tell an awaiting uniformed officer which driver was breaking the law.

In Maryland, it is illegal to text and drive, even while waiting at a red light. It is also illegal to use a hand-held cellphone in the state, WUSA reported when the law went into effect.