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:

 

‘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

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.

‘Pepe’ creator takes back meaning of meme, will push positive vibes

Photo via Anti-Defamation League
Photo via Anti-Defamation League

A new Pepe the Frog cartoon drawn by original creator Matt Furie showed the downward spiral the meme has taken.

In a new comic posted yesterday on The Nib, Furie depicts the sad frog slowly transforming into a blonde, wrinkled version of himself with mouths for eyes and fanged teeth. This seriously dark commentary on how his cartoon character became an out-of-control meme is aptly titled “Pepe the Frog: To Sleep, Perchance to Meme; The creator of Pepe draws his alt-right election nightmare.”

Pepe the Frog is not meant for white supremacist purposes, and Furie’s cartoon commentary condemns the racist ways his character has been used.

The Anti-Defamation League put the frog into its “Hate on Display” database on Sept. 27, where the swastika and Ku Klux Klan robes are also listed. The frog had been appropriated from its humble beginnings by internet users for racist, bigoted and anti-Semitic ideas, the ADL’s news release explained.

Matt Furie, the original creator of Pepe, decided enough was enough. On Oct. 14, the ADL published a news release announcing the partnership between Furie and the organization.

“Pepe was never intended to be used as a symbol of hate,” ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt said. “The sad frog was meant to be just that, a sad frog.  We are going to work with Matt and his community of artists reclaim Pepe so that he might be used as a force for good, or at the very least to help educate people about the dangers of prejudice and bigotry.”

Furie will create a series of positive Pepe comics, which will be shared out with the hashtag #SavePepe. Furie called the use of Pepe as a hate symbol a complete nightmare in the news release.

“As the creator of Pepe, I condemn the illegal and repulsive appropriations of the character by racist and fringe groups,” Furie said. “The true nature of Pepe, as featured in my comic book, ‘Boys Club,’ celebrates peace, togetherness and fun. I aim to reclaim the rascally frog from the forces of hate and ask that you join me in making millions of new, joyful Pepe memes that share the light hearted spirit of the original chilled-out champion.”

Furie originally told The Atlantic he was fairly unconcerned with the direction the meme had gone.

“I think that’s it’s just a phase, and come November, it’s just gonna go on to the next phase, obviously that political agenda is exactly the opposite of my own personal feelings, but in terms of meme culture, it’s people reapproppriating things for their own agenda,” Furie said to the magazine.

Kenneth Bone gives post-debate interviews, proves he is hero America needs

Kenneth Bone listens as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton answers a question during the second presidential debate with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at Washington University in St. Louis, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (Rick T. Wilking/Pool via AP)
Kenneth Bone listens as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton answers a question during the second presidential debate with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at Washington University in St. Louis, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (Rick T. Wilking/Pool via AP)

Kenneth Bone quickly became America’s sweetheart on Sunday at the second presidential debate, when he asked candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton:

“What steps will your energy policy take to meet our energy needs while at the same time remaining environmentally friendly and minimizing job loss for fossil power plant workers?”

When he arrived at the debate, he only had seven Twitter followers, he told ABC News. Now, he has over 89,000. (And don’t be fooled by the numerous Ken Bone Twitter accounts that have popped up since Sunday’s debate; the real Ken tweets from @KenBone18.)

Bone appeared Monday on the Jimmy Kimmel Show, where Kimmel asked the 34-year-old St. Louis husband and father if he knew that his fans were calling themselves “Boneheads.”

“That’s fantastic,” Bone said. “I’ve been calling my family that for years.”

Before his Jimmy Kimmel Show appearance, Bone also talked to CNN about his fame and his even more famous red sweater. He originally planned on wearing an olive suit, he said, until he split the seat of his pants. His wife helped him change quickly to his Plan B outfit: IZOD red sweater and khakis.

The sweater sold out completely on Amazon, but that hasn’t stopped IZOD from indirectly using Bone’s fame to push their product.

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Bone told CNN he was leaning toward Trump before the debate, but was impressed by Clinton‘s composure.

Bald eagle trapped in grille of car rescued, given to wildlife sanctuary

ORG XMIT: MIDTN101 In a June 30, 2011 photo, an adult North American Bald Eagle, 28-years old, is pictured at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Mich. Michigan's population of bald eagles has risen, leaving the birds once listed as an endangered species to search out good places to live, according to wildlife officials.  (AP Photo/ The Detroit News, Daniel Mears)
In a June 30, 2011 photo, an adult North American Bald Eagle, 28-years old, is pictured at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Mich. Michigan’s population of bald eagles has risen, leaving the birds once listed as an endangered species to search out good places to live, according to wildlife officials. (AP Photo/ The Detroit News, Daniel Mears)

A Florida man had America’s bird give him quite the surprise.

A bald eagle flew in front of a citizen’s car and became lodged in the grille, Clay County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook.

The sheriff’s office and Clay County fire personnel helped free the bird, and gave him to the B.E.A.K.S. Wildlife Sanctuary for further care. The bird looks a little ruffled, but the sheriff’s office said everything is fine.

Photo via Clay County Sherriff's Office/Facebook
Photo via Clay County Sherriff’s Office/Facebook

Writer who supplied introductory words for Beyoncé’s ‘***Flawless’ says artist’s brand of feminism is not for her

Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is interviewed during the Washington Ideas Forum at the Harman Center for the Arts September 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. Adichie said she would have a very difficult time writing about racism and the recent shootings of unarmed black men in America, saying, "I almost feel that language has failed me." (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is interviewed during the Washington Ideas Forum at the Harman Center for the Arts September 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. Adichie said she would have a very difficult time writing about racism and the recent shootings of unarmed black men in America, saying, “I almost feel that language has failed me.” (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie finally explained why she does not like to speak about her role in Beyoncé’s music in interviews.

Adichie, who has written three novels and a short story collection, first read her essay “We Should All Be Feminists” in a TEDTalk. Her writing has influenced fashion, and she has spoken on how she does not think makeup and feminism are mutually exclusive. But in a interview with Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant published Oct. 7, she said she does not completely agree with Beyoncé’s brand of feminism.

Beyoncé sampled Adichie’s essay in her 2013 song “***Flawless.”

“We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller,” Adichie’s voice says over black and white visuals of Beyoncé and some backup dancers. “We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you would threaten the man.”

Beyonce performs during the Formation World Tour at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, September 29, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by 13thWitness/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
Beyonce performs during the Formation World Tour at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, September 29, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by 13thWitness/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)

Adichie told de Volkskrant although she likes how Beyoncé has taken a stand on political issues and portrays a woman in charge of her own destiny, their styles of feminism do not overlap neatly. According to Adichie, Bey’s feminism gives a lot of space to the necessity of men.

“We women are so conditioned to relate everything to men,” Adichie said. “Put a group of women together and the conversation will eventually be about men. Put a group of men together and they will not talk about women at all, they will just talk about their own stuff. We women should spend about 20 per cent of our time on men, because it’s fun, but otherwise we should also be talking about our own stuff.”

Adichie was clear that the artist did ask her for permission to use her words. But she said she felt resentment when media clamored to interview her — not about her own work, but about Beyoncé.

“Another thing I hated was that I read everywhere: now people finally know her, thanks to Beyoncé, or: she must be very grateful,” Adichie said. “I found that disappointing. I thought: I am a writer and I have been for some time and I refuse to perform in this charade that is now apparently expected of me: ‘Thanks to Beyoncé, my life will never be the same again.’ That’s why [I] didn’t speak about it much.”

Disney takes Dug from ‘Up’ from cartoon to real life

Photo via Disney
Photo via Disney

Seven years later, Dug still holds a special place in our hearts.

While Pixar film “Up” has been followed by other popular animated films (“Inside Out,” “Finding Dory”), the characters of the film are timeless. In a truly wonderful Throwback Thursday move, Disney posted a hidden-camera video Thursday called “Dug in Real Life.” A golden retriever, equipped with talking collar, ran around greeting people and asking for back scratches.

“I have never met a talking dog!” a boy said to Dug.

“And I have never met nicer-smelling human,” Dug said back.

The video received over 1 million views on Facebook three hours after Disney posted it on their Facebook page.

While Disney has been rebooting many of their animated classics, no word on if ‘Up’ (and Dug) will be getting a live-action movie.

Satirical website presents Donald Trump’s (fake) cover letter

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Henderson Pavilion on October 5, 2016 in Henderson, Nevada. Trump is campaigning ahead of the second presidential debate coming up on October 9 with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Henderson Pavilion on October 5, 2016 in Henderson, Nevada. Trump is campaigning ahead of the second presidential debate coming up on October 9 with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

What if Donald Trump ran for president with a job application? Seattle design studio Hum Creative imagined what an interactive version of his application might look like, starting with a cover letter. It begins “Dear America, I’m submitting my resume for commander in chief. It’s really, really tremendous.”

HireTheDonald.com, which does not take a favorable view of the candidate, continues with a fictional personal statement, skills and endorsements. Almost everything is interactive and the design is bold, with a lurid red, white and blue color scheme accompanying quotes from Trump and links to different news articles. The bottom of the website features an Election Day countdown and a message to vote for Hillary Clinton.

Drew Hamlet, lead designer at Hum, posted the site on Designer News, an online community for designers to connect. Forum members can comment and upvote posts, in a similar style to Reddit. Most commented on the design of the website, but a few voiced their concerns with its political slant.

“Really nice design and informative!” Matthew Kosloski wrote. “I like everything about this except for the Hillary Clinton endorsement at the bottom; you should not tell people who to vote for.”

Connor Norvell focused on the design aspect, commenting, “This is beautiful, regardless of your political affiliation. I love you hum.”