5 Lunchtime Links: Mariah Carey’s hit dethroned

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 26: Mariah Carey attends the 89th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Juan Ramos/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 26: Mariah Carey attends the 89th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Juan Ramos/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 26: Mariah Carey attends the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Juan Ramos/Getty Images)

1. What song is more popular than Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You”?

For the first time Mariah Carey’s “classic” 1994 hit “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” which has topped Billboard charts for years, is not the most played holiday song in stores. The not quite as danceable, but still cheery cover of Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime” by the Shins has officially dethroned Carey’s poppy Christmas tune. The song now occupies second place followed by Christina Aguilera’s “Christmas Time” and Waitresses’ “Christmas Wrapping.”

2. Adele announces tour dates, Austin performance.

On Nov. 4 and 5 of next year Austin will get a special, soulful visit from Grammy Award winner Adele. The British singer will play the Frank Erwin Center during her first tour in five years, which begins July 5. Tickets, expected to sell out quickly, go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m., only at TexasBoxOffice.com. Each customer is limited to four tickets.

3. Serena Williams named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year.

Serena Williams is the first female athlete to be named Sportsperson of the Year on her own by Sports Illustrated in more than 30 years. The 34-year-old was No. 1 in the WTA rankings all season and won five titles. “She was a terrific candidate in a year of terrific candidates,” said editor Paul Fichtenbaum. The last female athlete to hold the title by herself was runner Mary Decker in 1983.

4. Buda resident share’s uncommon bond with pet capybara.

If in looking at a capybara all you see is a giant hamster, you’re not alone — nor are you especially wrong. The capybara is the world’s largest rodent, and no one can tell you better than Buda’s Melanie Typaldos. Typaldos has had three pet capybara’s in her life, but currently plays owner only to “Mudskipper,” who is six-months-old and 120 pounds.

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5. Where to eat on Christmas and Christmas Eve.

Not feeling quite up to cooking this Christmas? Or just looking to grab a bite the same way you would any other day? The problem of where to eat out on Christmas is a problem no longer. Check out our list of restaurants that will be open on the holiday, including a sub-list of Chinese restaurants.


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