Celebrities come through Austin for Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift performs her only full concert of 2016 during the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on October 22, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Suzanne Cordeiro/For American-Statesman )
Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift performs her only full concert of 2016 during the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on October 22, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Suzanne Cordeiro/For American-Statesman )

This past weekend was the U.S. Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas. Taylor Swift, Usher and the Roots closed out Saturday and Sunday’s race days, but Formula 1 also drew other stars to Austin.

Gerard Butler drank champagne out of a shoe:

A dinosaur drew cheers from adoring fans:

Venus Williams, Christoph Waltz and Rosa Salazar watched the qualifying rounds together:

Gayle King hung out with U.S. Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton:

Gordon Ramsey and astronaut Tim Peake came out for the races:

U.S. Olympian Lindsey Vonn, Gerard Butler and Paul Gasol watched qualifying rounds in the same area:

And Vonn shared the three things she’d be looking for at F1:

 

People are not OK with this ‘zombie babies’ Halloween display

Tis the season for spooooooky decorations on houses and in front yards, but one Houston-area display has people wondering if maybe there’s such a thing as “too far” when it comes to Halloween displays.

A home in Katy, Texas has a blood-spattered crib sitting in its front yard, with a zombie mother tending to three gray, terrifying, beady-eyed zombie babies.

Screengrab via ABC13 Houston
Screengrab via ABC13 Houston

Some neighbors are saying it’s a harmless Halloween display, but others say it may go a little too far, especially in a neighborhood with young children. The homeowner reportedly said that she and her husband are just having fun with the decorations.

‘Gilmore Girls’ one-month countdown starts with new trailer

Pictured (left to right): Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore, Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore Photo Credit: © The WB/Andrew Macpherson
Pictured (left to right): Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore, Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore Photo Credit: © The WB/Andrew Macpherson

With one month until the premiere date, the first official trailer for the “Gilmore Girls”revival is out, and everyone’s back in Stars Hollow.

Best friends Sookie, Lane and Paris make appearances, as well as each of Rory’s ex-flames (and potentially current one!). Luke and Lorelai are still together, judging by the handholding. And Emily Gilmore is coping with the death of her husband in extremely Emily ways.

Photo via Netflix/Youtube
Photo via Netflix/Youtube

We first met Rory and Lorelai Gilmore 16 years ago on the WB/the CW, and the show lasted for seven seasons, ending in 2007. Netflix confirmed the revival of the show as a miniseries, titled “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” in January. The show’s Nov. 25 premiere date was announced with a teaser of Stars Hollow and some typical banter between Rory and Lorelai.

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The streaming service has been stoking the fan flames for a while now — most recently with Luke’s Diner taking over coffee shops around the country.

Netflix posted the latest trailer Oct. 25, and fans are understandably excited.

The “Gilmore Girls” revival airs on Netflix Nov. 25

Apparently, a bunch of Texans are wondering how to sell their souls

Google is a lifesaver, you guys. Just in the last few days, I’ve gotten answers to everything from “How to roast a spaghetti squash” to “how to program a universal remote” — invaluable advice, am I right? It’s the best place to turn when you don’t know how to do something, and apparently Americans don’t know how to do a lot of things, according to a new study from Estately.

The real estate company examined the most popular “how to” questions by using Google’s autocomplete function, then they ran those search terms through Google Trends tool to see which states searched for those questions the most. And the results are, well, interesting.

Apparently, Texans searched “How to sell your soul” more than any other state. I’m not sure I really want to know what that’s about. We were also really curious about how to be romantic and how to be better wives and husbands, which is sweet but also maybe a little bit sad?

Image via Estately
Image via Estately

A few of the terms might say something about the state of education in Texas. People really aren’t sure how to spell out the numbers 40 and 90, and apparently teens (or their parents) are worried about either how to become valedictorian or how to simply graduate high school.

Other things Texans were curious about, from the facepalm-worthy to the potentially NSFW to the downright alarming:

  • How to bathe a cat
  • How to get bigger lips
  • How to get rid of bedbugs
  • How to make gak
  • How to use bronzer
  • How to make a pipe bomb
  • How to hold a baby
  • How to grow a beard fast
  • How to be gay
  • How to become a Jedi
  • How to be on top
  • How to play clarinet
  • How to read minds
  • How to clean a gun

Don’t worry, though, Texas isn’t the only state with bizarre Google searches. People in Hawaii want to know how to be a ninja, North Carolina wants to know how to be awesome and people in Florida and Kansas are having a bit of an identity crisis: They wanted to know how to leave Florida and how to find Kansas, respectively. So if there’s a silver lining to our strange search history, it’s that at least after we sell our souls, we still get to live in Texas.

30 years ago today, a tiny Drake was born

Started from the bottom now you’re 30.

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2016 file photo, Drake performs on stage in Toronto, Canada. Drake is the leading nominee with 12 nominations at the Soul Train Awards. The show will air on BET and Centric on Nov. 27.(Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File)
In this Oct. 8, 2016 file photo, Drake performs on stage in Toronto, Canada. Drake is the leading nominee with 12 nominations at the Soul Train Awards. The show will air on BET and Centric on Nov. 27.(Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File)

October’s very own and Canada’s sweetheart (sorry, Shania Twain) has a reason to pop a bottle of champagne today other than, you know, it’s a day of the week. Drake turns 30 today, but it seems the rapper started the celebration a little early Sunday night.

You can watch a room full of people, including Drake’s parents, sing happy birthday to him at last night’s party below:

According to Hot New Hip Hop, Drake kicked off the big 3-0 alongside fellow famous friends Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, John Mayer, Jamie Foxx and French Montana.

Happy birthday, Drake. May 30 bring you all the heartbreak and any turtleneck you desire.

Read some of our best pieces out of the Drake beat below:

Drake is opening a ‘classy’ strip club in Texas

Drake films music video in Texas before kicking off tour in Austin

An in-depth, emotional (imaginary) interview with Drake

The Roots got some Austin barbecue from a familiar face at F1 in Austin

Update your “celebrities and the food they get while in Austin” file. You’ll have to sort past Secretary of State John Kerry’s chow-down at Iron Works BBQ, as well as President Barack Obama’s trips to Torchy’s Tacos and Franklin Barbecue. Stop before you get to “Weird Al” Yankovic’s own Austin taco run and record The Roots’ pre-Formula One concert dinner.

The Roots perform during the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. Erika Rich for American-Statesman
The Roots perform during the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. Erika Rich for American-Statesman

MORE PHOTOS: USHER AND THE ROOTS ON THE SUPER STAGE

Roots drummer and Prince roller-skating pal Questlove post a photo of a special delivery to Instagram on Sunday. Whereas you and I usually wait in line for Austin’s most delicious brisket, the “Tonight Show” beat-maker has friends in high places with the hook-up. Namely, Austin’s C.K. Chin, owner of Swift’s Attic and Wu Chow.

 

Questlove’s caption reads, “My man (#CKChin@seekaychin did it to us this time—got us @stilesswitchbbq AND @franklinbbq (no line suckas!) I do NOT recommend eating 30 mins before going…..on….staaage w/….ushe—-zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.” Stiles Switch BBQ’s official account returned the love in the comments, as did the joint’s pit master.

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Questlove had plenty of nice things to say about Chin on the F1 stage, too, according to Chin’s Twitter.

So we know that The Roots were well-fed Sunday, but how was their post-race show with Usher? According to our review, it was guaranteed to make you say “Yeah!”

Former Longhorn Tristan Thompson reportedly engaged to Khloe Kardashian

Texas forward Tristan Thompson (13) reacted to being called for a foul during first-half action in the third round of the men's 2011 NCAA basketball tournament against Arizona at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Sunday, March 20, 2011. (Shane Keyser/Kansas City Star/MCT)
Texas forward Tristan Thompson (13) reacted to being called for a foul during first-half action in the third round of the men’s 2011 NCAA basketball tournament against Arizona at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Sunday, March 20, 2011. (Shane Keyser/Kansas City Star/MCT)

Former Texas forward and current Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson is engaged to Khloe Kardashian, according celebrity gossip magazine In Touch Weekly.

According to the magazine, the two had been dating only two months before taking the next step to marriage. Kardashian was previously married to retired NBA player (who had a brief stint with the Dallas Mavericks) Lamar Odom. TMZ reported Kardashian first filed for divorce in December 2013, but called it off after Odom was hospitalized for an overdose. She filed for divorce a second time in May. According to Hollywood Life, however, their divorce will not be finalized until six months after Kardashian’s filing.

In this Jan. 6, 2016 file photo, Khloe Kardashian participates in the panel for "Kocktails with Khloe" at the FYI 2016 Winter TCA in Pasadena, Calif. On Wednesday, April 6, FYI canceled Kardashian's talk show. The final episode will air on April 20. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
In this Jan. 6, 2016 file photo, Khloe Kardashian participates in the panel for “Kocktails with Khloe” at the FYI 2016 Winter TCA in Pasadena, Calif. On Wednesday, April 6, FYI canceled Kardashian’s talk show. The final episode will air on April 20. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

In Touch also reported Thompson and Kardashian plan on marrying on a reality television show, much like Kardashian’s previous marriage to Odom. According to an “insider,” Kris Jenner is encouraging it.

“Kris is terrified that fans will lose interest [in KUWTK],” the source told In Touch. “She desperately wants a new project to work on and thinks Khloé and Tristan’s show would be ratings gold, especially if they include all the drama surrounding the basketball player leaving his pregnant ex for her daughter.”

The magazine’s report has yet to be confirmed by Kardashian or Thompson or any official representatives.

No word on how the Cavaliers have taken the news, but according to weekly Cleveland magazine Cleveland Scene, Thompson’s stats are sure to take a nosedive this year.

Meteorologists discover new information behind mystery of Bermuda Triangle

Photo via Science Channel
Photo via Science Channel

The Bermuda Triangle mystery has become less mysterious.

The Bermuda Triangle has befuddled scientists for its popularity as a missing-ship location. But now, meteorologists have discovered a weather explanation for mysterious disappearances of planes and ships in the area.

The Science Channel posted a video showing satellite photos of clouds above the Bermuda Triangle, with a very unusual pattern — hexagonal.

Meteorologists compared the hexagonal cloud pattern in the Bermuda Triangle to those above the North Sea off the coast of the United Kingdom, half a world away. The satellite images taken over the North Sea were snapped with a camera that can also use radar imaging. Radar images taken at the same time as the satellite photos show sea-level winds reaching almost 100 miles per hour, which can cause waves over 45 feet high.

“These hexagonal shapes over the ocean are in essence air bombs,” meteorologist Randy Cerveny explains in the video. “They’re formed by what are called microbursts, and they are blasts of air that come down out from the bottom of the cloud, and then hit the ocean, and then create waves that can be sometimes massive in size.”

Though scary, this new discovery may allow for aircraft and ships to have forewarning from satellite images. Satellite analysts are looking for more hexagonal clouds and can alert anyone in the area of possible microbursts.

Netflix made Halloween-ready, ‘Stranger Things’-inspired recipe videos

Au jus-tice for Barb? Delicious, devilish dishes inspired by Netflix’s “Stranger Things” are only a press-play away.

(Photo via Netflix)
(Photo via Netflix)

The streaming entertainment service has uploaded two videos in a series dubbed “Netflix Kitchen” to YouTube. That sounds charming. Can you find recipes for Orange Is the New Blackberry Pie? Daredeviled Eggs, maybe made with Luke Cage-free eggs? No, the dishes served up so far are equally clever but hideously darker. Kinda like “Stranger Things,” come to think of it.

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Receiving the lion’s share of the online chatter: “French Onion Barb,” a soup inspired by and fashioned in the post-mortem likeness of the horror show’s fan-favorite ancillary character, the bespectacled Barb Holland. A savory, cheesy delight that resembles the corpse of a dead teenager slain by an extra-dimensional demogorgon, the recipe calls back to the scene where telekinetic sweetheart Eleven (played by Millie Bobby Brown) psychically discovers the goo-covered, slug-infested remains of the show’s resident wet blanket (played by Shannon Purser) in the dark Upside-Down realm.

So, just to be clear, this is French onion soup with a pizza dough version of Barb’s head floating at the top of the bowl. Also, covered in lightly toasted Swiss cheese. Also, you’re supposed to make a little bread replica of Barb trying to escape her death at the bottom of an empty, netherworld swiming pool and affix it to the side of the bowl. Yum!

READ: Members of Survive are doing more than ‘Stranger Things’

Significantly less evocative of cannibalism and flesh decay but equally suitable for your Halloween weekend party: the “Demogorgon Pie,” an ornate pastry inspired by the aforementioned monster terrorizing the world of “Stranger Things.” A flaky fall treat, that pumpkin-cherry-blackberry pie is flanked on all sides by almond-encrusted crust flaps, meant to mimic the demogorgon’s gaping, “Little Shop of Horrors”-esque maw.

The recipes are both on Netflix’s YouTube channel, and I’m eagerly awaiting potential future installments. Can anyone say “Winona Ryder’s A-Z Christmas Cookies”? Seems like a good use of gumdrops.

Taylor Swift shares footage from Formula One rehearsals

Taylor Swift is blessing Austin with her presence mere days from now, and just like all of Austin, she’s revving up for her performance this weekend at the Formula One Grand Prix.

Singer Taylor Swift performs during her "1989" world tour at MetLife Stadium on Saturday, July 11, 2015, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Singer Taylor Swift performs during her “1989” world tour at MetLife Stadium on Saturday, July 11, 2015, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Nearly two years to the day after her latest album “1989” was released, she’ll take the stage at the Circuit of the Americas for her only concert performance this year. It’s a pretty exclusive event, and Austin fans are stoked – and so is T-Swift herself. She posted a few teaser videos from rehearsals for the show on her Instagram account on Tuesday.

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The teasers have given antsy fans a sneak peek into her setlist, so we know now for sure that she’ll at least play “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” on Saturday night.

And this guitar riff sounds a lot like “Fifteen.”

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One huge question still remains: Will she debut new music at Saturday’s show? All signs point to yes, as she’s been releasing new albums pretty much every other October since her debut album in 2006 (except in 2008, when “Fearless” dropped in November), so it seems pretty likely that new music is on the horizon.

Will she do a Beyoncé-style unannounced album drop? That doesn’t seem as likely, because, as my colleague and fellow web producer Maribel Molina wrote in a very long email thread among Statesman Swifties, “I’m a little more doubtful about there being a new album solely on the basis that I really think a surprise album goes against #brand. The advertising/marketing behind any TS album (especially 1989) is always really big and infectious.”

There’s also the argument that she left the Austin and San Antonio areas out of last year’s explosive 1989 World Tour, so this weekend’s show is a great way to make her Central Texas fans happy (at least those of us who didn’t make the pilgrimage to Arlington or Houston last year…#guilty).

Not to mention her longtime touring promoter is based out of Austin, so it’s hard to imagine that doesn’t have at least something to do with Formula One’s huge headliner.

There’s no way to know exactly what’s going to happen Saturday night, but one thing’s for sure: Taylor always knows how to surprise us.

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