5 Lunchtime Links: House of Cards announcement

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This image released by Netflix shows Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood, left, and Robin Wright as Clair Underwood in a scene from "House of Cards." The show was nominated for a Golden Globe for best drama series on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. The 72nd annual Golden Globe awards will air on NBC on Sunday, Jan. 11. (AP Photo/Netflix, Nathaniel E. Bell)
This image released by Netflix shows Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood, left, and Robin Wright as Clair Underwood in a scene from "House of Cards." The show was nominated for a Golden Globe for best drama series on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. The 72nd annual Golden Globe awards will air on NBC on Sunday, Jan. 11.  (AP Photo/Netflix, Nathaniel E. Bell)

This image released by Netflix shows Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood, left, and Robin Wright as Clair Underwood in a scene from “House of Cards.” The show was nominated for a Golden Globe for best drama series on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. The 72nd annual Golden Globe awards will air on NBC on Sunday, Jan. 11. (AP Photo/Netflix, Nathaniel E. Bell)

1. House of Cards special announcement set for tonight’s GOP debate.

Everyone’s favorite evil politician (no, not that one) will make a special guest appearance during tonight’s GOP debate. No really, it’s not that one. “House of Card’s” Frank Underwood will make an announcement tonight during what promises to be an interesting debate. As neither a premiere date nor trailer for the show’s upcoming fourth season has been released, many believe the announcement will concern one or both. Or maybe Underwood has something else to declare, and we’ve finally found a candidate evil enough worth voting for.

2. Austin named 1st on “booziest” cities list.

Match has given Austinites one more thing to drink to. The online dating website recently used information taken from its users profiles to compile a list of the U.S.’s “booziest” cities, and yours truly took first place. The findings were based on where singles answered when they were asked where they most regularly drink. The site also used its data to figure out the most distinctive drink in different cities. Austin’s is, of course, the margarita.

3. Austin Trail of Lights reopens.

The Austin holiday season was temporarily robbed of light when Zilker’s Trail of Lights closed this weekend, after more than two inches of rain flooded the park’s grounds. However, the holiday attraction is back and shining, after announcing its reopening yesterday. The Trail of Lights will continue through December 22.

4. Merriam-Webster names suffix as word of the year.

Merriam-Webster has named the suffix “ism” as its 2015 word of the year. The dictionary company said it saw a rise in lookups for words like socialism, fascism, racism, feminism, communism, capitalism and terrorism. Merriam-Webster’s editor called 2015 a “serious year” and said the lookups show “We’re educating ourselves.” Last year’s word was “culture.”

5. Tedeschi Trucks Band closes 41st season of “Austin City Limits.”

The dozen members of Tedeschi Trucks Band closed out a memorable season of “Austin City Limits” with their traditional American sound, during a show Monday that was streamed live on ACL’s YouTube channel. The band ended their set with the 1960s Coasters/Ray Charles smash “Let’s Go Get Stoned.”


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