5 Lunchtime Links: President Obama joins Facebook and more

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President Barack Obama pauses after speaking at the 2015 White House Tribal Nations Conference, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, in Washington. In conjunction with the conference, shoe company and apparel maker Adidas announced it will provide free design resources to schools looking to shelve Native American mascots, nicknames, imagery or symbolism. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Barack Obama pauses after speaking at the 2015 White House Tribal Nations Conference, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, in Washington. In conjunction with the conference, shoe company and apparel maker Adidas announced it will provide free design resources to schools looking to shelve Native American mascots, nicknames, imagery or symbolism. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama pauses after speaking at the 2015 White House Tribal Nations Conference, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, in Washington. In conjunction with the conference, shoe company and apparel maker Adidas announced it will provide free design resources to schools looking to shelve Native American mascots, nicknames, imagery or symbolism. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

1. President Obama joins Facebook.

President Barack Obama has friends from high school he wants to keep up with just like everybody else. What else could have motivated the new POTUS Facebook page that has received over 20,000 likes (and who knows how many pokes) in under an hour? Obama said he hopes to use the site to “have real conversations about the most important issues facing our country.” Plus, it’s a great place to post pictures of his dogs.

2. Gunnar Hansen, Leatherface in ‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ dies.

The actor to first play iconic killer Leatherface in the original “Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” Gunnar Hansen, died Saturday of pancreatic cancer. Like many of the other actors in the classic 1974 film Hansen was a UT grad, studying English and Scandinavian Studies, after moving to Austin from Iceland. Hansen details playing legendary horror figure Leatherface in his 2013 book “Chain Saw Confidential.”

3. Mumford & Sons announces U.S. tour dates.

It’s Mumford & Sons fans’, and banjo lovers’, dream come true. The twangy British band has announced their U.S. tour dates for 2016. With only one Texas appearance scheduled, the closest the band will make it to Austin is Houston. Along with the announcement the band also released its third single from new album “Wilder Minds,” called “Ditmas.”

4. Home Slice giving away free pizza for 10 years.

$5 can usually buy you a slice, maybe two. To celebrate its 10th anniversary Austin-favorite Home Slice is offering one lucky person around 4,000 slices of pizza for the same price (an 8-slice pizza a week for 10 years). The restaurant is selling $5 tickets offering participants a chance to win 10 years of free pizza. Home Slice co-owner Jen Strickland said employees can’t wait to get to know the individual’s family and friends over the next decade — given they opt to share.

5. Texans search American Airlines on Google more than any other state.

If you had to take a guess what brand would you assume Texas residents search more than any other state? Whataburger? Ford? Dr. Pepper? If you went with any of these Texas favorites you’d be wrong. According to a study by the Wall Street Journal’s 24/7 based on Google Trends, Texas’ most distinct brand search is American Airlines. Although the airline calls Fort Worth home, we can’t help but list off more fitting options…


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