Your proposal probably won’t top this couple’s cute Chick-fil-A proposal

The South MoPac Chick-fil-A was the site of a sweet marriage proposal this week.

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A post on the fast food restaurant’s Facebook page included photos of the March 27 proposal, when Chick-fil-A customer Nick asked Sarah to marry him. According to the Facebook post, the two have known each other since they were 3 years old.

Nick got down on one knee…

Presented Sarah with a ring…

Put the ring on Sarah’s finger…

And celebrated.

“CONGRATULATIONS TO THE HAPPY COUPLE ON THEIR ENGAGEMENT!!! Nick and Sarah have known each other since they were 3 years old! And tonight, he built up the courage to ask for her hand in marriage! How sweet is that!?” the Chick-fil-A post reads.


Texas university to introduce pigeon birth control

One Texas university is taking real action when it comes to its pigeon problem.


According to the Houston Chronicle, Texas Tech will begin battling an overpopulation of pigeons by filling feeders around campus with edible birth control. The birth control, called Ovo, will be mixed with cracked corn and prevents eggs from fertilizing.

An official with the school, Sean Childers, said the initiative won’t have an immediate impact, but will eventually start to reduce the pigeon population in the area over time. Childers also reported that the school spends over $100,000 in pigeon cleanup around campus each year.

Hate Austin rent prices? Online list says Leander is cheaper


We all know it’s expensive to live in Austin. One recent study suggested that it takes a yearly salary of at least $52,578 to afford a home here, something that is becoming increasingly more difficult to afford if you’re a single man or woman.

A house on Garden Street is for sale on Thursday November 19, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

But take heart, those of you who rent homes or apartments in Austin: At least you weren’t paying the area’s highest rent prices this past month. That honor goes to Leander, our neighbor to the northwest. That’s right, it was cheaper to rent a domicile in Austin than it was in Leander, at least, according to rental site Zumper.

Zumper released a report this week detailing the drop in rent prices throughout the Austin area, a swath of land that includes all the way from Georgetown to San Marcos. The report found that for the month of March, Austin had a median one-bedroom rent of $1,080 a month, while renting the same domain in Leander would set you back $1,110. Both are still much higher than the $887 state median, however.

The cheapest rent in the Austin area for March belonged to San Marcos, at $860 a month for a one-bedroom.

Read the full report here.




Austin veterinarians report increase in rattlesnakes biting dogs

Austin veterinarians have reported an increase in the number of dogs bitten by rattlesnakes this year, according to KVUE.

Jim Holcomb of Hill Country Animal Hospital told the station, “The snakes are coming out of hibernation, they’re cranky and are more likely to strike when other times they might try to avoid that.”


The story does not offer any specific figures to back the claim.

If you live in an area that is especially populated by rattlesnakes, some veterinarians recommend the Red Rock Rattlesnake vaccine, which helps dogs develop antibodies that can neutralize rattlesnake venom. Dogs have to be 16 weeks old to receive the vaccine. Although it can help slow any effect the venom has, it is still important to get your dog to the vet immediately if you suspect it has been bitten by a rattlesnake.

READ: Texas family’s toilet-snake surprise leads to discovery of dozens more

According to the Houston Chronicle, the recent hotter than usual weather has at least one upside: rattlesnakes rattle when its warmer, serving as the perfect warning for you and your best friend.

Take a look inside this West Lake Hills mansion with a ‘waterfall’ pool

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We all have dreams. Less traffic in Austin. A new iPhone. All of those are attainable, but here’s something that you’ll have to cough up a pretty penny to afford: An oh-so-gorgeous house in West Lake Hills. Look at that view you can stare at from those nice black chairs. Gorgeous. It also costs $6.8 million.

But the place sure is fancy. Take a look at those “artisan” walls. Don’t the fish look gorgeous as they try to swim above you while you sleep? What if they fall out of the wall and hit you with their slimy scales? But, you can see downtown from the window.

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And look at the beautiful negative-edge pool against the clear night sky.

READ: UFO houses, Tesla charging stations and 385 acres: What $9.24 million gets you at one Austin ranch 

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But hey, if you’re independently wealthy or have a trust fund, you can buy the place. It has 4,736 square feet of interior space opening up onto another 1,310 square feet of outdoor space. It apparently sits on one of the highest hills in the area with great views of the Hill Country and the city skyline. And with manicured lawns and mature oak trees, you’ll have the privacy to live happily ever after overlooking Austin.

RELATED: Austin-area housing outlook bright for 2017 

Woman finds ‘teeth’ in barbacoa tacos in Pflugerville

Are those… are those teeth?

That was one woman’s question after she found what she thought were teeth in barbacoa tacos ordered at Pflugerville restaurant El Rincon. According to San Antonio’s KENS5, Courtney Aguilar took to Facebook to share a picture of the tacos saying, “When you order barbacoa tacos but get teeth instead.”

The restaurant has since responded saying they get their barbacoa from a vendor. The vendor in turn responded clarifying that what the woman saw was actually cow lips.

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The San Antonio Express News’ food writer Mike Sutter confirms, “The reality is this: Barbacoa is a rough business. It starts with a whole skinned cow’s head, wrapped in burlap and baling wire and buried in a smoking hole in the ground overnight. In the morning, somebody with a sledgehammer opens up that skull and the harvesting begins: all the fatty and lean soft tissue from lip to crown. Sometimes the brains, sometimes the eyes, sometimes the tongue if it’s not being held out for lengua.”

Take a taco tour of Austin

Here are some of the Texas vanity plates rejected in 2017 so far

Vanity license plates are fun. But, if the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles has anything to say about it (and it does), not too fun. According to Houston’s ABC13, around 300 license plates have been rejected in the first two months of 2017.

Traffic on West Cesar Chavez Street in this view looking west from North Lamar Boulevard on Wednesday February 8, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Here’s a list of proposed plates you won’t be seeing on a car anytime soon:

  • SLAY-N
  • WTF*87
  • SLO AF
  • D3Z NUT5

Instead of trying to creatively work the phrase “deez nuts” onto your license plate, you could consider putting your money toward a plate sponsored by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the proceeds from which go to support the state’s environmental efforts.

Or you could reapply next year.

Surprise! The El Arroyo sign’s got Ides of March jokes


It’s March 15, otherwise known as the Ides of March. That’s the day Roman emperor Julius Caesar was stabbed to death by his own senators and son-in-law Marcus Brutus in 44 B.C.

From Flickr user Hilverd Reker.

(It’s also the title of an excellent 2011 film about an idealistic presidential campaign staffer and the governor he works for starring Ryan Gosling and George Clooney.)

The phrase was popularized in William Shakespeare’s titular play about Caesar: “Beware the Ides of March.”

It was a day full of conspiracy, betrayal and knives (and indeed, bad stuff seems to continue to happen on March 15), but everyone’s favorite Austin taco restaurant sign has a lighter take on the day famous for conspiratorial bloodshed.

Et tu, El Arroyo?


What do Texans search for on St. Patrick’s Day?

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day — but what’s the holiday really all about? According to Texans’ Google searches: green beer.

3/17/13 Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman analyzed search data across the U.S. and found what each state is searching in relation to everyone’s favorite day to don green. You might not be surprised to hear, with Texas it’s all about the green beer. The only other state to share the same search was West Virginia.

WHERE: Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Austin

Other popular searches include, “how to cook cabbage,” “bars near me” and “Irish people” (this one was popular in Massachusetts, which reportedly has the largest Irish population in the country). Hawaiians were all about “Guiness,” while Alaskans search for “pub crawls.”

Most of the searches can be categorized within three groups: booze, food and basketball. Good to know what the holiday’s all about…

Could Texas vehicle inspections become a thing of the past?

What is a year without forgetting and then remembering and then having to have your car inspected?


A Dallas lawmaker, however, wants Texas to join the 34 other states that don’t require an annual vehicle inspection of their residents, the Houston Chronicle reports. Senate Bill 1588 would completely eliminate regular mandatory vehicle inspections, during which a car’s braking, mirrors and signals are tested and emissions are measured.

The author of the bill, Republican Sen. Don Huffines, said that getting rid of inspections would initially lose the state $150 million, but would also qualify Texas residents for a certain type of tax cut. A press release issued by Huffines reads:

“With significant technological advances in vehicle design and technology, this 66-year-old program is a relic of the past. State government is wasting Texans’ time & money on the annual chore of passenger inspections when 34 other states, including populous states like California, don’t require it of their drivers. Once you realize that these inspections aren’t about safety, it’s clear that they’re simply a tax on Texans’ time and money.”

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