We’ve all wished at some point that “Game of Thrones” was more than just a fictional world. And every Sunday, no matter how many times you have to remind yourself it’s not real, you know exactly which house you’d pledge your allegiance to.
But if you’re from Austin and you’re not ready to be ruled by House Lannister, you may need to reconsider — at least, according to a study done by FindTheHome.
The real estate database used its data to see where the “GoT” characters would live if Westeros was the United States. They separated the country into seven groups: House Greyjoy, House Lannister, House Baratheon, House Targaryen, House Tyrell, House Stark and Night’s Watch.
It then created demographic, geographic and industry data for each group based off their characteristics on the show. FindTheHome then matched that data with that of regions in the U.S.
The site found that Austin, or Travis County, falls most strongly under House Lannister. But much of Texas would be ruled by House Baratheon and sprinkled with House Taragaryen.
Folks over at Thrillist created their own list of which characters would best fit each state in the U.S. It may not come as a surprise that they chose a Lannister for our great state — but at least she’s tough. Cersei would be Thrillist’s choice, complete with this little blurb:
Aesthetically pleasing debutante, comes from a ton of money. Can be hateful, and you don’t want to mess with her, but also pretty great if you’re on her side. Has no problem going it alone.
With plans to open for business soon, the Austin singer said in a statement that his cannabis company will offer “the best on the market” and will be based in Colorado and Washington.
The company is in need of a compliance officer, bookkeeper, production manager, sales director and extractor. The website says at least three of the five gigs are salary-based with performance-based incentives.
We imagine these jobs are going to go pretty fast, so better grab those papers and submit your applications. Working for Willie’s Reserve sounds pretty lit.
According to the Dallas Morning News, the die-hard Trump supporter has worn her outfits — complete with a Trumped-out purse — to each of the three campaign rallies she has attended. And at Thursday’s Trump rally in Dallas, she plans to debut her latest outfit.
According to WFAA, the money is intended to help Dallas PD with “enhanced counterrorism efforts” and increase police presence in Dallas neighborhood Oak Lawn. It will go toward approximately 16,000 hours of police overtime.
“These funds will be used primarily to protect the LGBT community,” said Dallas PD chief David Brown. “We will earmark and track the expenditure of these funds to ensure its effective use in creating a safe environment.”
“Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver made television history when he paid off nearly $15 million of debt from Texas on last night’s show.
For 20 minutes, Oliver focused on the systems behind debt collecting and the corruption surrounding them. The episode explained that when Americans can’t pay their debt, it often ends up in the hands of collection companies which can become aggressive, citing incidents where collectors threatened debtors’ lives.
Oliver also wanted to show how easy it is to become a collector. So he and his team at “Last Week Tonight” incorporated a debt collection company called Central Asset Recovery Professionals Inc. (CARP) for $50 online in Mississippi. Soon after, the company was offered a portfolio from Texas of nearly $15 million of out-of-statute medical debt, which is debt so old it can’t be taken to court. Oliver was able to buy it for around $60,000, making the cost equal to half a cent on the dollar.
For that amount, CARP was sent all the personal information of nearly 9,000 Texans, including names, addresses and social security numbers. But instead of going about things the way a debt collector might, CARP decided to go the other direction and pay off the $14,922,261.76 of debt.
“Now clearly this is only going to help the 9,000 people whose medical debt we bought,” Oliver said. “The larger issue is we need much clearer walls and tougher oversights to protect consumers from potentially predatory companies like the one we set up.”
Oliver described the act as “the largest one-time giveaway in television show history.” Even bigger than that time Oprah gave away almost $8 million in cars.
When actor Shia LaBeouf said #TakeMeAnywhere, he really meant anywhere — including Mesquite where he bought a cup of elote from Fuel City gas station.
LaBeouf was in Texas on June 2 as part of his month-long trek across the U.S. for which he is sharing the coordinates of his location, encouraging people to give him a ride anywhere. According to the Dallas Morning News, he locked himself out of a red Camaro and was waiting for AAA when he decided to go inside the gas station.
“The cashier said he was very friendly, very humble, very willing to talk to people,” said general manager Scott Hatch.
To read more about LaBeouf’s Texas stop, click here.
What’s a flood to a man in need of his Whataburger fix?
Gary Gostecnik, 71, of Pattison is a man accustomed to his daily meal from Whataburger. After the Brazos River flooding trapped him in his own home Friday though, he had to go without his “No. 1 with cheese, cut the onions, with extra tomatoes” for days.
“Every time I have talked to him since Friday, he has asked for Whataburger,” his wife Carol Gostecnik told The Dallas Morning News.
But the tipping point came Monday when Gary decided enough was enough. He pulled out a John Deere 8630 tractor and drove it through the surrounding flood and toward the Brazos River Bridge in San Felipe to meet his family before sending his wife to drive to Whataburger.
After receiving his burger, and a few for his neighbors, Gary made his way back home on his tractor and delivered the meals like a true Texas hero.
The Force is strong with Grand Prairie’s Candace Payne, the woman now known for wearing a Chewbacca mask in a video that went viral this weekend.
After making some returns at Kohl’s on Thursday, Payne sat in the parking lot and live-streamed a video of herself on Facebook, gushing over her latest purchase — a “Star Wars” Chewbacca electronic mask. As of Monday, the infectious, record-breaking video has received more than 136 million views, garnering Payne attention from BBC, NPR and “Good Morning America.”
“This is for me,” she said in the video, making it known the mask was not for her two kids. “I mean I’ll let them play with it I’m not a bad mom, I’m not a jerk — but in all honesty at the end of the day it doesn’t go in their toy box. It goes in my room.”
In an interview with Forbes, a Kohl’s representative said the Hasbro toy was originally $44.99 but put on clearance thanks to the overwhelming interest sparked by Payne’s video. And by Friday afternoon, the masks were sold out.
This led other Kohl’s representatives to show up at Payne’s door that same day with numerous toys in hand. They also gave her and her kids $2,500 in store gift cards and 10,000 rewards points.
The video also inspired #HappyChewbacca on Twitter. But the best part might just be the shoutout from actor Peter Mayhew, who has played the part of Chewy.
"I'm such a happy chewbacca.." This lady is still making me smile. Lovely video to come out on my birthday 🙂 pic.twitter.com/khUizi6nFf
In a photo on Facebook, the company revealed one of most highly anticipated products of the line, a berry-colored lipstick named “Como La Flor.” According to MAC, Selena’s sister (and drummer for her shows) Suzette Quintanilla will curate the makeup collaboration.