5 Lunchtime Links: Undie Run for charity

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You don’t have to run in your underpants, but it’s encouraged. Photo courtesy Cupid’s Undie Run.

1. February’s underwear race to benefit tumor charity.

No shirt, just shoes, race. The Cupid’s Undie Run on Feb. 20 doesn’t require much of its runners. The course runs only through about a mile-stretch of downtown, and you don’t have to wear clothes. In fact, it’s strongly encouraged that you don’t. Runners, most of whom arrive in just their underwear, will benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation with their $45 registration fee.

2. Micklethwait Craft Meats owner recreates ZZ Top album cover, eats it.

Tom Micklethwait, owner of the popular smoked meats trailer on Rosewood Ave., expressed his love for rock music in one creatively delicious way when he recreated the cover of ZZ Top’s album “Tres Hombres,” and then proceeded to eat it. The best part? He filmed the whole thing so you can watch the whole righteous experience. The original cover was inspired by the since closed Leo’s Mexican Restaurant in Houston.

3. Iggy Pop and Josh Homme will perform at SXSW.

Iggy Pop and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, who have recently collaborated on album “Post Pop Depression” due out later in March, will grace SXSW with a performance in one of their first shows as a duo. Soon after the March 16 appearance at ACL Live, the pair will embark on a U.S. and European tour. Catch ’em before they’re gone!

4. Barbie to come in different body types, skin tones.

Barbie’s timeless, controversial, plastic silhouette will get a new shape when maker Mattel begins selling versions of the doll with three different body types. Now you’ll be able to pick whether you want your Barbie to be curvy, petite or tall. The new Barbie will also be available in seven skin tones, 24 hairstyles and 22 different eye colors. The changes have been in the works for years, after the company repeatedly came under fire for depicting unrealistic standards to young girls who play with the dolls.

5. UT Heisman winner Ricky Williams to appear on “Celebrity Apprentice.”

Will he be fired? Or will UT football legend Ricky Williams go all the way when he appears on the upcoming season of “Celebrity Apprentice?” The Heisman Trophy winner has definitely made his mark on Longhorn football, but it’s unclear how he’ll do when he goes head to head with fellow “celebrities” like Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil, “Real Housewives” stars Kyle Richards and Porsha Williams, and Carson Kressley of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”


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