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