Texas State student’s decision to ride a Barbie Jeep to school receives mixed social reaction

Texas State student Tara Monroe poses with her quirky set of wheels. (Photo courtesy of San Antonio Express-News, provided by Tara Monroe)
Texas State student Tara Monroe poses with her quirky set of wheels. (Photo courtesy of San Antonio Express-News, provided by Tara Monroe)

A Texas State student has taken to driving around campus in a hot pink Barbie Jeep following a DWI arrest last March, and the internet has a lot to say about it.

As soon as the story started gaining traction online, the driver of the Barbie Jeep, Tara Monroe began sharing the story on her personal Twitter account, @tarap_queen.

From there, friends, fans and haters all began sharing their thoughts about the unique situation. Several found Monroe’s ride hilarious, saying she was doing college right and even asking if they could hitch a ride. To her classmates, Monroe has just been rolling in typical Texas State style.

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Others encouraged Monroe to ride her Jeep into Austin’s annual Fun Fun Fun Fest, a proposition that the festival seemed happy to accommodate.

On the flip side, some were not so amused by Monroe’s new choice in transportation, reminding social media that the reason Monroe became car-less in the first place was the result of a DWI arrest. Others thought Monroe should keep it simple and just take public transportation.

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Like it, love it, or are already tired of hearing about it, Monroe doesn’t seem like she’ll be trading in her Barbie Jeep for a bus pass anytime soon. She told the San Antonio Express-News that she plans to take the Jeep out for a night on the town when she turns 21 this November.

Following his VMA candidacy announcement, Kanye 2020 presidential merchandise has hit the online market

Kanye West accepts the Video Vanguard award at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Kanye West accepts the Video Vanguard award at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

He’s conquered the music and fashion worlds, and his next stop is the White House. After a rambling monologue, rapper Kanye West wrapped up his Video Vanguard acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday with the bombshell declaration that he would be running for president in 2020.

Following West’s announcement, an unknown person filed paperwork with the Federal Election Committee on Monday to create a Political Action Commitee for Ye’s campaign. While West himself has not yet taken any strides to solidify his campaign plans, the internet has wasted no time preparing for the 2020 election season with all sorts of Yeezy-fied presidential swag.

Online selling community Etsy has been flooded with gear for West supporters both big and small, with designs catering to more conservative styles as well as those looking to make a statement.

CrownSquare on Etsy.
CrownSquare on Etsy.
LahhDiDah on Etsy.
LahhDiDah on Etsy.
Yoshirt on Etsy.
Yoshirt on Etsy.
ZeroDayShirts on Etsy.
ZeroDayShirts on Etsy.
InkspitDesigns on Etsy.
InkspitDesigns on Etsy.

And should Ye need a second-in-command, Etsy designers already have one in mind. Since it looks like Taylor Swift has put the bad blood that resulted from West’s 2009 mic-grabbing incident behind them, West’s VP should be an easy choice:

TomCarrDesigns on Etsy.
TomCarrDesigns on Etsy.

These shirts aren’t the only swag that Kanye supporters can score. West has promised that everyone who votes for him in the 2020 elections will get a free pair of Yeezy Boost 350s, the insanely popular designer sneakers that West designed for Adidas. The shoes sold out online within hours of their release earlier this month.

However, 2020 is still quite a long way off, so if you’re looking for a roundup of 2016 presidential gear to tide you over until Kanye starts campaigning, we’ve got you covered.

Waco student transforms high school parking space into a hilarious homage to Drake

In this June 27, 2015, file photo, Canadian singer Drake performs at the Wireless festival in Finsbury Park, in London. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP, File)
In this June 27, 2015, file photo, Canadian singer Drake performs at the Wireless festival in Finsbury Park, in London. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP, File)

One Waco high schooler recently found a creative and humorous way to pay homage to Canadian rapper Drake.

Redditor andrewalmond10 posted a photo of a decorated parking space to Reddit on Thursday with the caption, “At my old high school they let the seniors paint their parking spot. This one is my favorite.”

The space was painted over with the student’s license plate information and the words, “If you’re reading this I’m late” to resemble the cover of Drake’s surprise hit album, “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.”

The student captured the essence of the cover art to a T, forgoing punctuation and reproducing the sloppy scrawl of the original. The post has garnered enough attention to land it on the homepage of Reddit.

The original poster has answered several questions in the comments section, including the location of the high school. According to andrewalmond10, the school is located in Robinson, a suburb of Waco.

Another Texan Reddit post earlier this summer of a vintage Austin City Limits pass spurred nostalgia in several locals. Drake has also sent Texas some love recently, by showcasing a tweet from southern burger chain Whataburger at OVO Fest.

Kim Kardashian has dethroned Beyonce as most followed Instagram account

Rreality actor Kim Kardashian blows a kiss. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Rreality actor Kim Kardashian blows a kiss. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Kim Kardashian West dethroned Texas native Beyonce as Queen of Instagram on Monday.

Tech Insider released the official figures and confirmed that Kim K’s 44,005,604 followers indeed surpassed Beyonce’s 43,935,648.

A close examination of the two accounts also revealed that while the two women post similar content (namely – selfies and cute photos of their daughters), Kardashian West posts with a higher frequency than Beyonce, according to Tech Insider.

Additionally, the publication noted that Kardashian West’s photo captions are often longer and more personal, while Beyonce keeps her captions short and sweet, or sometimes forgoes them entirely.

The Kardashian/Jenner clan have a thing for ruling the square-shaped photo app. This summer, Kendall Jenner beat out Kardashian West for most liked ‘gram. Her heart hair selfie surpassed Kim and Kanye’s wedding photo with over 3 million likes in June.

Kardashian West is now triumphant again, but she might not be reigning Instagram for long – pop star Taylor Swift is currently boasting 43,533,226 followers.

5 things you might not know about Blue Bell Creameries

A scene from Blue Bell Creameries in Brenham. Credit: Blue Bell
A scene from Blue Bell Creameries in Brenham.
Credit: Blue Bell

Following a listeria outbreak that led to a company-wide production shut down, Blue Bell has announced that they will resume ice cream distribution in Austin and select cities on Aug. 31.

The company recalled about 8 million gallons of its products in April after federal officials linked 10 cases of listeria, including three deaths, to their products.

It’s been an entire summer without Blue Bell, and in that time, fans have gotten antsy. In May, desperate ice cream aficionados took to Craigslist to get their Blue Bell fix. By August, KVUE reported that a group of middle schoolers were so tired of seeing Blue Bell-less shelves on the freezer aisle that they made a rap about it.

However, the long wait may have caused a few former Blue Bell-ers to forget the company that so many Texans hold dear. Out of sight, out of mind … or out of ice cream, as the case may be.

To refresh your memory, here are five fast facts about Blue Bell Creameries:

• It all began in 1907. According to Blue Bell’s website, the original factory in Brenham opened 108 years ago under the name “Brenham Creamery Company.” The location was used to make butter for many years, until the company decided to begin making ice cream, and later changed their name to “Blue Bell Creameries,” after the Texas flower, the website states.

• Some people are so vanilla. According to a survey conducted by Ranker.com, Homemade Vanilla is the most popular flavor of Blue Bell ice cream, with 648 votes. Cookies ‘n Cream came in second, and Strawberries and Homemade Vanilla placed third.

• Blue Bell knows how to party. For the company’s 100th birthday in 2007, the Houston Chronicle reported that Blue Bell loaded up a pair of 18-wheelers with ice cream and company history displays and hit the road to party in 66 cities within their 16-state market.

The creamery also concocted a special flavor to celebrate the occasion, debuting a mixture of Homemade Vanilla swirled with caramel, chocolate, whipped topping and maraschino cherries called Century Sundae.

• Brenham is “Cow Heaven.” In a 2012 interview with Hotel F&B magazine, Blue Bell representative Lacy Sodolak said, ” it takes almost 60,000 cows to supply milk for one day of production at Blue Bell, which is why we like to say that the cows think Brenham is heaven.”

• Decisions, decisions. Over the years, Blue Bell has grown their product selection by leaps and bounds. The Houston Chronicle reported in 2006 that the company then offered 250 different products, from Cookie Cones to Mooo Bars to classic pints and gallons.

While the company stated that production will be slow as factories begin the process of once again churning out product, it’s only a matter of time until ice cream lovers can once again deliberate over their many Blue Bell options in the freezer section.

Meet the 8 deep fried, bacon-topped finalists in the 2015 Big Tex Choice Awards

Cowboy Corn Crunch, created by Isaac Rousso, will be one of the deep fried delicacies available to attendees of the 11th annual Big Tex Choice Awards. All the nominees will also be served at the State Fair of Texas. (Photo courtesy of State Fair of Texas)
Cowboy Corn Crunch, created by Isaac Rousso, will be one of the deep fried delicacies available to attendees of the 11th annual Big Tex Choice Awards. All the nominees will also be served at the State Fair of Texas. (Photo courtesy of State Fair of Texas)

The State Fair of Texas has released the eight candidates up to win this year’s Big Tex Choice Awards, and the stakes look higher (and greasier) than ever.

In years past, everything from deep fried lattes to funnel cake ale to fried bubblegum have taken home prizes in the annual competition for Most Creative and Best Tasting caloric game-changer.

Take a look at the competition for 2015:

• Chicken Fried Lobster with Champagne Gravy — This white collar-esque creation adds a shot of Texas charm to a typically sophisticated dish.

• Cowboy Corn Crunch — A fried combination of sweet corn, jalapeño, cream cheese and bacon. Served in a cone, because why not.

• Deep Fried Alligator’s Egg Nest — Not made of actual alligator eggs, but served in a “nest” of french fries regardless.

• Fernie’s Holy Moly Carrot Cake Roly — A cannoli of carrot cake, cream cheese, cinnamon and graham cracker coating. Also included: two different types of caramel dipping sauces.

• Fried Beer-Battered Buffalo — Served with chipotle sauce and covered in bacon so you can have a side of meat with your meat.

The Smoky Bacon Margarita takes the smokiness of freshly-cooked bacon and infuses it into a frozen lime margarita. It comes served in a souvenir cup. (Photo courtesy of State Fair of Texas)
The Smoky Bacon Margarita takes the smokiness of freshly-cooked bacon and infuses it into a frozen lime margarita. It comes served in a souvenir cup. (Photo courtesy of State Fair of Texas)

• Lone Star Pork Handle — A bone-in pork chop battered in Lone Star Beer-flavored rub. The bone doubles as a convenient carrying handle for added mobility.

• Pretzel-Crusted Pollo Queso — Balls of savory Tex Mex served with jalapeño ranch.

• Smoky Bacon Margarita — Yeah, you read that right. Served in a souvenir cup so you can look back fondly on the experience of drinking bacon-flavored alcohol for years to come.

You can try all of these dishes, and many more (just take a look at the 2014 nominees to get an idea) starting in September. The 2015 State Fair of Texas will run from Sept. 25-Oct. 18. More information about the Big Tex Choice Awards can be found on the State Fair of Texas’ website.

Lefties share their struggle using #GrowingUpLeftHanded hashtag

UntitledIt’s not easy being left-handed in a right-handed world. According to lefthandersday.com, lefties are a minority group – only about 13% of the world’s population is left-handed.

Thursday is National Left Handers Day and lefties on Twitter are celebrating by using the hashtag #GrowingUpLeftHanded to share their collective struggle.

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Right-handed people will just never understand.

To see which celebrities can relate to the aforementioned struggles, click through our gallery of famous lefties.

Miley Cyrus questions Taylor Swift’s “role model” status, has beef with music industry

Miley Cyrus makes a surprise appearance with Mike Will Made It at the Fader Fort Converse stage during SXSW in Austin on Thursday, March 19, 2015. Lukas Keapproth/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Miley Cyrus makes a surprise appearance with Mike Will Made It at the Fader Fort Converse stage during SXSW in Austin on Thursday, March 19, 2015. Lukas Keapproth/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Despite featuring a squad almost 20-strong, racking up over 400 million views and being nominated for nine Video Music Awards (VMAs), there is one person that Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video has failed to impress.

That one person would be host of the upcoming VMA’s, former Disney star Miley Cyrus.

In a recent interview for the September issue of Marie Claire, Cyrus stated her thoughts on the video, saying, “I don’t get the violence revenge thing. That’s supposed to be a good example? And I’m a bad role model because I’m running around with my t**ties out? I’m not sure how t**ties are worse than guns.”

Cyrus also had a beef with the music industry itself, saying, “Kendrick Lamar sings about LSD and he’s cool. I do it and I’m a druggie whore.”

Neither Lamar nor Swift have made a comment on Cyrus’ interview.

Cyrus isn’t the only artist who might need to worry about an awkward run-in with Swift at the VMAs on Aug. 30 – Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry had a public Twitter spat with Swift last month, following the announcement of the 2015 VMA nominees.

Whataburger to celebrate 65 years of hamburgers

Whataburger, 1961. Courtesy photo.
Whataburger, 1961. Courtesy photo.

It might be hard to imagine, but there was once a time when hamburgers only came in bite-sized slider form. Luckily, Harmon Dobson changed all that in 1950 when he decided to bring his vision to life. That vision was of a burger one would need two hands to eat.

That was the beginning of Whataburger, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The Texas-based fast food chain is fixing to celebrate 65 years of burger flipping.

Harmon Dobson at Whataburger. Courtesy photo.
Harmon Dobson at Whataburger. Courtesy photo.

Rob Rodriguez, Senior Vice President of Operations, recently said, “”Today, we’re a little bigger and we offer a few more menu items, but all of us remain committed to taking care of the values Mr. Dobson, his wife Grace, their children and all our more than 34,000 family members have held so dear for 65 years and counting: serve the highest quality products, treat others with respect and invest in the community,” according to the Express-News.

And to think that the recently rated best burger chain started out as a small stand selling burgers for 35 cents.  The Express-News put together a photo gallery chronicling Whataburger’s growth through the years, including snaps of the chain’s first stand in Corpus Christi and scans of Dobson’s journals. The full gallery can be viewed here.

Whataburger has made headlines recently for taking a stand against Texas’ new open carry law, and for making an appearance at Drake’s OVO Festival set.

To celebrate the big six-five, the chain will be offering free meal upgrades on Whatameals on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Zayn Malik is officially taking his career in a new direction

Singers Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Louis Tominson, and Harry Styles of One Direction attend the 42nd Annual American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Singers Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Louis Tominson, and Harry Styles of One Direction attend the 42nd Annual American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Zayn Malik broke teenage hearts everywhere in late March when he made the decision to leave One Direction, the wildly popular boy band that he and his four friends had formed in 2010.

In a statement released at the time, Malik said, “I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight.”

It looks like the former Directioner has had enough time to rest – Malik announced on Wednesday via his personal Twitter account that he is officially starting a solo singing career.

Malik has been signed to RCA Records, the same label that has signed Justin Timberlake, Usher and Britney Spears. Malik posted a photo of himself signing a contract at the record label, followed by another tweet reading, “#REALME.”

Some fans read the “real music” and “real me” mentions as digs at One Direction, but Malik retweeted a message from a fan, explaining what he really meant:

https://twitter.com/zaynhealy/status/626488911796248576

Simon Cowell, creator of the televised British music competition “The X Factor,” similar to “American Idol,” also tweeted his support of Malik. Cowell was instrumental in One Direction’s rise to fame, signing the band to his record label, Syco, after they placed third in the competition in 2010.

No word yet on when we can expect Malik’s first solo album, but the remaining members of One Direction are currently touring North America.