Texas Rangers’ Michael Young almost punched Elvis Andrus for wearing creepy mask

ORG XMIT: 1112997 Texas Rangers Elvis Andrus celebrates scoring the go-ahead run in the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 2 of the World Series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, on Thursday, October 20, 2011. The Rangers scored twice in the ninth inning to pull out a 2-1 win to tie the series at one game apiece. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT)
Texas Rangers Elvis Andrus celebrates scoring the go-ahead run in the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 2 of the World Series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, on Thursday, October 20, 2011. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT)

Just as former Texas Rangers third baseman Michael Young was riding around the infield on Saturday in celebration of his induction to the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame, one of his worst nightmares approached — shortstop Elvis Andrus in a scary mask.

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Though we’re not sure if he knew about Young’s severe distates for clowns, Andrus ran up to him while wearing a mask of Jigsaw from “Saw” and Young nearly hit him square in the face. He later commented on the incident and his “irrational” fear in the Ranger’s broadcast booth.

Lockhart hot air balloon crash: What Texas officials, citizens are saying

After 16 people involved in a hot air balloon crash near Lockhart were reported dead on Saturday, Texas officials and citizens took to social media to express their prayers and condolences.

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Authorities say there are fatalities after a hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people caught on fire and crashed near Jolly Road and Cistern Road between Maxwell and Lockhart. Photo by Ralph Barrera.

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Gov. Greg Abbott posted his statement about the incident which he said was “tragic and heartbreaking.”

U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio, also sent out his condolences to the victims and their families.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn called the event “terrible.”

Vice chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, Amy Clark, sends her prayers.

The account for the SH 130 toll road also commented on the crash.

Aside from Texas officials, citizens on Twitter mainly expressed their condolences and disbelief.

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Austin author’s Facebook rant captures everyone’s feelings about I-35

Traffic is backed up on I-35 near the 183 flyover heading south into downtown Austin on Monday, March 7, 2016. A collision involving a motorcycle near Rundberg, contributed to the traffic delays. LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Updated: A photo of Mopac was originally featured here.  Traffic is backed up on I-35 near the 183 flyover heading south into downtown Austin on Monday, March 7, 2016. LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

When Austin author Jen Hatmaker was driving through Buda a few days ago, she saw a Billboard that read: “One day you will love I-35. Until then, drive safe.”

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The very notion that she could harbor endearing feelings toward the highway, which everyone who’s ever been on it knows is more than unpleasant, led Hatmaker to write this lengthy but spot-on Facebook post about I-35 below.

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From the two-year long hunt for the I-35 Austin rock thrower to the never-ending construction, it’s understandable why Hatmaker’s post has received more than 30,000 likes on Facebook and over 7,000 shares.

Here are just a few of the most amusing comments:

Someone mowed the word ‘Trump’ in big letters on a Texas lawn

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he speaks during a campaign rally, Friday, July 29, 2016, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he speaks during a campaign rally, Friday, July 29, 2016, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

From, way up high, large letters spelling the word “Trump” can be seen mowed into the lawn of a small Texas city.

According to ABC7, a neighborhood in Baytown found itself a little surprise recently when people noticed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s name freshly cut into the lawn of an empty house.

Neighbors said they haven’t seen the owner in a while and no one seems to know who is responsible for the word. It’s also unclear whether the cut grass is supposed to be a prank or a show of support of Trump.

You can see the full story and video here. 

What fried creations might you see at the State Fair of Texas?

Helen Anders/AMERICAN-STATESMAN, 09/26/10  -- The State Fair of Texas Ferris wheel can be seen for miles in Dallas. Received 09/27/10 for 1003statefair.
Helen Anders/AMERICAN-STATESMAN, 09/26/10 — The State Fair of Texas Ferris wheel can be seen for miles in Dallas. Received 09/27/10 for 1003statefair.

What are Texans coating in batter and dumping into a vat of hot oil this year?

A list of 55 fried foods has been narrowed down to 34 semifinalists, which will now be in the running for one of the eight spots available in the State Fair of Texas’ “Big Tex Choice Awards” competition. Many of the foods are served as balls (only two “on a stick” options this year), and several feature bacon as one of the main ingredients. And you know what’s wrong with Jell-O? Not quite fried enough.

Fairgoers might have the chance to try “cookie fries,” bacon-wrapped churros, fried nachos and, unfortunately, something called “crunchy fried oinkers.” Thirsty after, you know, eating enough fried food to last you the year? Wash it down with some “edible colas,” which we assume are, you know, fried.

Check out a full list of the contenders below:

According to Guide Live, the first round of cuts were made based solely on a food’s name and description. The delicious part of judging has yet to begin. Many of the contestants will be available for consumption during the fair, set to run from September 30 to October 23.

Check out last year’s winners and contenders (including a smoky bacon margarita) here.

Blind burger taste test proves Texas’ favorite still reigns

This Thursday, July 9, 2015 photo shows a Whataburger restaurant in San Antonio, Texas. The iconic Texas restaurant chain will not allow the open carrying of guns on its properties, taking a stand against a new law legalizing the practice. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
This Thursday, July 9, 2015 photo shows a Whataburger restaurant in San Antonio, Texas. The iconic Texas restaurant chain will not allow the open carrying of guns on its properties, taking a stand against a new law legalizing the practice. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Turns out you don’t even need to open your eyes to enjoy a Whataburger.

Texas Monthly recently held a “highly unscientific blind taste test” to determine how the Texas favorite held up against four other popular chain burgers. Are you surprised that Whataburger came out on top with five out of 11 first place votes, or is it as obvious to you as the choice between spicy and regular ketchup?

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According to testers, Smashburger, In-N-Out, Shake Shack and Five Guys don’t really hold up when stacked alongside a Whataburger, which scored 46 out of 55 points and was ranked first the most times.

Check out how the other burgers ranked here, or scroll through our favortie burger options that don’t come from an orange-and-white-striped shack here.

Texans have spoken, and they’re saying “Whataburger forever, y’all.”

Spirits in the outfield? Photos show the Astros might’ve had ghostly company this week

HOUSTON, TX - JULY 26: Marwin Gonzalez #9 of the Houston Astros celebrates after hitting his second home run of the game in the eighth inning New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park on July 26, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Marwin Gonzalez #9 of the Houston Astros celebrates after hitting his second home run of the game in the eighth inning New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park on July 26, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

First things first: press play on Ray Parker Jr.’s theme to “Ghostbusters.”

Okay, ready? Here it goes: Houston’s Minute Maid Park might just be haunted.

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On Tuesday night, Wall Street Journal reporter Jared Diamond snapped some photos of what looks like a white, ghost-like vapor hovering over the Houston Astros-New York Yankees baseball game.

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And for obvious reasons, people had a field day with the possibly paranormal guests.

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Never mind that the Yankees won 6-3. The Astros had bigger things to worry about — are there really spirits in the outfield? Who did the ghosts want to win? Are these apparitions actually just someone’s wind-swept smoke? We may never know.

This Texas city spent nearly $100,000 on a single public toilet

A Portland Loo installed at Jamison Square in Portland. Portland Loo photo Portland Loos are simple, sturdy flush toilet kiosks located in public areas. The loos are free to the public and accessible around the clock every day of the year. Portland Loos give the community clean, safe, and environmentally-friendly restroom facilities.
A Portland Loo installed at Jamison Square in Portland. Photo via handout.

In an effort to make its streets cleaner, the city of San Antonio is getting its first 24-hour public restroom — and it cost nearly $100,000.

According to the Rivard Report, the city will unveil its new toilet downtown on Thursday. The single restroom is called the “Portland Loo,” which is a type of toilet that has been successful in Portland, and cost the city $97, 700 — though that’s just the price not including installation.

The toilet, whose price has been a point of contention among city taxpayers, was approved by City Council to fight costs associated with cleaning public urination and to keep people from using downtown business for their bathrooms. The restroom is designed with a sink on its exterior to prevent people from bathing and the bottom of the structure is made up of open grates so police officers can check for illegal activity.

“People don’t realize how much we spend in time and energy and effort,” San Antonio District 1 Councilman Roberto Trevino told KSAT12. “Never mind the inconvenience of having to clean up our sidewalks because so many people urinate or defecate on our downtown streets and sidewalks.”

In 2014, the American-Statesman’s editorial board wrote about whether public toilets could help Austin’s watersheds and discussed the use of Portland Loos. And in 2013,  the Austin school district budgeted $833,333 for each of Austin’s high schools to receive new outdoor restrooms and concession storerooms. But estimates by architects showed that the restrooms, complete with multiple toilets, would cost about $163,000 at Akins High School and $120,000 at Eastside Memorial High School.

And don’t forget about the glass-walled public toilet in Sulphur Springs that made it to top 10 in the “America’s Best Restroom” contest that only cost $54,000.

Evil cat that’s ‘a reflection of your cold dark heart’ is up for free in Austin

An Austin Cragislist ad posted just a few days ago reads: “Free cat to thick-skinned family or individual.” And as if that headline wasn’t already a bit strange, the rest of the ad hinted that the cat might possibly be a demon in disguise.

Stock photo via Flickr
Stock photo via Flickr

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The cat named Ringo is up for grabs, though the ad says he doesn’t typically respond to that name. Whoever posted the ad even gives potential new owners some ideas on what to call him, including Lucifer and Diablo.

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The ad also features a photo of the gray and white cat hissing at someone not pictured and another shot of him biting at a person’s hand. The ad says Ringo is the perfect cat for anyone who fits the following descriptions:

If you are looking for a companion that is a reflection of your cold dark heart.
If you hate people and are looking for a pet that shares your disdain for the human race. 
If you can’t afford to go to the zoo but want to experience what it is like living in a lion’s cage.
If you are tired of being blamed for all the problems in your relationship and would like something to share the blame with.
If you are into are a glutton for punishment and enjoy sadomasochistic behavior i.e. being bitten, boxed and hissed at continuously. 
If you want a constant reminder of your ex-lover that broke up with you via text message and then ignored your calls for months.

Whoever owns this cat just really wants him gone. Good luck to you if you choose to take this vicious kitty home.

Love ‘old Austin’? Good news: City ranked No. 2 best for senior citizens

If you’ve been around long enough to remember when Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard was 19th Street, and if your mouth still waters when you think of a flame-kissed Holiday House hamburger, the Austin of today might seem unfamiliar at times. But don’t worry — it’s still the place to be for the 65-and-over set, according to new rankings.

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Senior care services website SeniorAdvice compiled a list of the top 10 large U.S. cities for seniors, and Austin is sitting pretty at No. 2. There’s more to the city than weirdness, according to the list:

“The city scores higher than both the state and national averages when it comes to senior-friendliness. With perks such as mild winters, low rainfall, an active outdoor community, and excellent access to healthcare, Austin is a very livable place for Texas seniors to call home.”

(RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
(RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Other perks of living out your golden years in the capital of Texas: financial accommodation and opportunities for outdoor activities, like Lady Bird Lake and the greenbelt. However, SeniorAdvice’s suggestion that seniors can “enjoy the mild climate” is good for a knee-slap or 2,000.

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To read more about the site’s criteria, delve into the arcane internet listicle science of a “SeniorScore,” and check out Austin’s detailed score breakdown, too.