Even in Hawaii, these Texas parents brought the Lone Star state to their baby

You can take the family out of Texas, but you can’t take the Texas out of the family. Even in Hawaii.

With just tamales and a bottle of Big Red, some enterprising parents made their baby Thomas internet-famous.

In Hawaii, thousands of miles away from their beloved Texas, Christina and Javier Sustaita were hosting Javier’s grandmother for a visit. The elder Sustaita apparently makes the “best tamales,” according to Christina, quoted in the Houston Chronicle. While the family didn’t eat the tamales at first, they did the next-best thing: they put the napping Thomas on top of the delicious treats with a bottle of Big Red by his side, and started a photo shoot.

And so a Texas legend was born. Large social media accounts like Texas Humor Twitter and Big Red’s Facebook posted the picture and it went viral. “Parenting: you’re doing it right,” Texas Humor tweeted. “Never too small to enjoy Big Flavor,” posted Big Red, which received almost 1,000 likes.

“I couldn’t believe how many people actually shared the post on their Instagrams as well, so that was really awesome,” the new mom said, who took the pictures. Our hats go off to her.

h/t: Houston Chronicle

WATCH: Twitter video appears to show man wakeboarding in Texas State floodwater

via Twitter

It seems part of calling yourself a Texas State Bobcat is having a little fun when your campus transforms into a giant puddle.

Flooding has been known to periodically reclaim Texas State as part of the river that surrounds it, and students have been known to respond with an appropriate amount of shenanigans.

READ: Texas State students take to Twitter as San Marcos floods

A video posted to Twitter appears to show a student wakeboarding on the campus, which flooded yesterday and eventually resulted in classes being canceled. The tweet says the fun happened at Texas State.

The video shows a wakeboarder riding the “waves” made by the truck he’s tied to.

When life hands you a flooded campus…

Swim in the sky with this terrifying glass-bottom Texas pool

A Texas apartment complex is giving residents a chance to swim in the sky.

Stock image via pexels.com

The glass-bottom pool at Market Square Tower gives those brave enough to swim in it a unique view of downtown Houston. According to the Houston Chronicle, the pool, located 40 stories up, “extends 10 feet beyond the side of building and 500 feet above Preston street.”

The apartment complex posted a video of what it looks like to walk in the glass-bottom portion of the pool to Facebook. The bottom of the pool is comprised of an 8-inch-thick layer of plexiglass. For those who aren’t into swimming above it all, there is another (opaque-bottom) pool located on the fourth floor.

The Houston Chronicle reports that living at the complex could cost you anywhere “from $1,805 for a 564-square foot studio, to $18,715 per month for a 2,993-square-foot penthouse.”

Courage not included in listed rates.

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Austin education company accidentally sends out email with cats as featured event speakers

It happens to the best of us.

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General Assembly Austin, a company aimed at educating adults and companies to help with career development and hiring, simply wanted to promote its upcoming panel between some of Austin’s hottest designers, but they got a little too excited when sending out the email around noon Thursday: Turns out the featured speakers for “Inside the minds of brilliant Austin designers” are a little, well, four-legged.

Whoever writes General Assembly’s emails apparently likes to have a bit of fun with their placeholder text and also seems to have a bit of animosity toward his or her furry friend—and the cat seems to have an issue with its owner playing League of Legends or looking at their phone too much. Just another day in the life of a cat owner.

The company quickly recognized its error, correcting it a little more than an hour later with another email saying, “Well, this is embarrassing. At GA, we love cats almost as much as we love sending emails, but some creative placeholder copy slipped by us before we deployed today’s email for our upcoming event. We’re still finalizing the lineup of some awesome speakers—we hope to see you April 12!”

Austin for 51st U.S. state? We have the population to back it up

We get it, we get it: Austin isn’t always like the rest of Texas. Certain folks love to call the city “the People’s Republic of Austin,” due to its liberal policy bent and undying embrace of the strange. Though we’re not likely to implement a Maoist political structure at City Hall anytime soon, comrades, the Live Music Capital of the World does actually have enough people to encourage dreams of statehood.

RELATED: BookPeople tweets SXSW clapback to keep Austin weird

Austin’s population is so large that if it were a state, it would be the 45th largest in the U.S., according to a study by LawnStarter, a local lawn care service. Why grass-cutters are concerning themselves with comparative demographics, I’ll never know. Nonetheless, the company used city and U.S. Census data to count Austin’s teeming masses at 943,795 people, higher than those of Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming. Poor Wyoming only has 585,501.

MORE: Map shows 24 high rises set to change Austin’s skyline

The study is quick to point out that land-wise, these beautiful states are all massive compared to ATX. If you plopped 326-square-mile Austin in the middle of Alaska (a sprawling, 656,424-square-mile snow beast), it would look like one of those little birds hitching a ride on a hippo. Even delicate, syrup-drenched Vermont is 30 times larger than Austin when it comes to area, at 9,615 square miles.

Now, there are much larger cities in the U.S. Austin is only the 11th largest, and Houston, Dallas and San Antonio all pack more people in than we do. However, the entire Austin metro area is the country’s fastest growing, and it recently hit the 2-million-people mark. Factor in our distinct cultural identity and the fact that even the European Union sees potential for us to stand on our own feet, and we could basically start shopping for our own constitution.

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The jokes that won Austin’s digital road signs contest

A few Austinites have proven themselves funny enough to make it in the big time. If you consider the city’s digital road signs the big time, that is.

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Earlier this year, the Austin Transportation Department crowdsourced ideas from the city and requested “clever driving and safety tips to display on electronic roadway signs all over town.” Participants were given a month to submit their witty messages (with “local flavor,” mind you) for consideration. The signs were asked to alert drivers to changes in traffic, severe weather conditions or general safety reminders.

The winners of the #ontheroadATX contest, which received more than 300 possible sign ideas, have since been whittled down to 15 winners. Are these entries as funny and informative as you demand of your digital road sign?

Other notable winners include:

  • ROAD CONSTRUCTION AHEAD. PLEASE DRIVE WILLIE SLOW
  • WORK WORK WORK WORK WORK… WORKERS AHEAD SLOW DOWN!
  • DID YOU USE YOUR BLINKER? IT WOULD BE A LOT COOLER IF YOU DID
  • DAZED AND CONFUSED? STOP STARING AT YOUR CELLPHONE
  • THIS AIN’T YOUR FIRST RODEO. SO BUCKLE UP

Look for one of these messages on a digital road sign on your next commute! If that commute includes MoPac we all know you’ll have plenty of time to read it…

READ: Need a laugh? These Austin parody accounts on Twitter should do the trick

‘Missing senator’ fliers posted around Houston demand meeting with Ted Cruz

The kinds of fliers you usually see alerting you to a lost and beloved pet are popping up around Houston. But, as one resident told the Houston Chronicle, “That’s not a cat. That’s Ted Cruz.”

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As the Houston Chronicle reports, a group of residents are posting “Missing senator” fliers around the city in hopes of arranging a face-to-face meeting with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. The flier features a bulleted list with “identifying markers,” including, “Answers to Ted” and “Will attempt to repeal ACA if cornered.”

The group responsible for the fliers has an online presence as well. A Twitter account with handle @whereiscruz joined the social media site in February and uses hashtags like #TedCruzismissing and #doyourjob.

The group, which says it’s comprised of “your Texas constituents,” also drafted an online petition at Change.org saying, “We watched your staffers lie to us about availability of appointments.  We watched you get into a twitter battle with Deadspin while we stood on the sidewalk waiting to voice our concerns about the welfare of our state. We have called and your voicemail box is full.”

The petition, which is 200 signatures shy of its goal of 1,500, ends, “We expect to hear from you soon.”

READ: Beto O’Rourke poised to announce run for Ted Cruz’s Senate seat Friday

Map shows 24 high rises set to change Austin’s skyline

Austin’s skyline, much as you would expect of the fastest growing city in the U.S., is everchanging. Downtown construction has become the norm, and it’s not long after you grow accustomed to a certain configuration of high rises and sky gaps that the whole thing up and changes.

Austin Skiyline from the boardwalk south of the lake in 2016. Nell Carroll/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Austin Curbed, the real estate version of Eater, has mapped out 24 high rises set to change Austin’s skyline in the near future. The map aims to serve as a guide to “current construction in and around downtown.”

The map also includes a list identifying each project with a rendering of how the building is expected to look. Although the majority of the buildings are residential, other additions of note include the SXSW offices on Lavaca Street and a 25-story office building at 405 Colorado designed by the same architectural firm behind the Frost Bank Tower.

Familiarizing yourself with Austin’s future skyline by clicking around on the map is fun, but as most who live here know — more change is but a closed street and weeks of diverted traffic and construction away.

SLIDER: The Austin skyline, then and now

What George W. Bush actually thought of Trump’s inauguration, according to reports

Although former President George W. Bush might have been a little caught up during President Donald Trump’s inauguration, it seems the mood of the whole affair managed to penetrate his rain poncho.

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New York magazine reports that, according to three people at the inauguration, Bush walked away with a distinct impression of the ceremony. “That was some weird [expletive],” the witnesses claim Bush said after leaving the dais.

Bush, who has recently been on tour promoting a new book of paintings, has garnered attention for his comments on Trump’s administration, including a demand for answers on the administration’s ties to Russia. According to New York magazine, several Democratic lawmakers have taken to “social media to admit that they already pined for the relative normalcy of his administration.”

READ: George W. Bush adopts new, furry family member

What Mayor Steve Adler has to say about Austin’s brisket wars

Southern Living had no idea what it was getting into when it ranked two beloved Austin barbecue joints, Franklin and Salt Lick, on its “South’s Best Barbecue” list.

People wait in line for 4 to 5 hours to taste the food from Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas. Johnny Livesay cuts brisket inside the restaurant. Matthew Odam’s Top 10 barbecue restaurants in Austin.
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The restaurants’ inclusion alone wasn’t what got barbecue lovers smoking, however. It was the order in which the two were ranked.

Franklin has established itself as an undeniable gold meat standard when it comes to barbecue in Austin. Regardless of how stupid you think waiting in line for brisket is, you’ve either done it, know someone who’s done it or read a lot about doing it.

Well (in Southern Living’s ranking at least), Salt Lick cut the line, ranking No. 6 on the list — two spots ahead of Franklin at No. 8.

WATCH: What does a day of work at Franklin Barbecue look like?

Naturally, the discrepancy elicited a response from our city’s mayor. Mayor Steve Adler took to Facebook Wednesday to weigh in on the beef saying he could not pick a favorite and declared himself “mayor of all the brisket and of every rib.”

Adler appealed to the city’s brisket unity, asking citizen’s to “take solace… that barbecue exists at all and is widely available in such huge quantities in this magical city.”

That being said… which side are you on?