Study: House Lannister would rule Austin if ‘Game of Thrones’ was real

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Photo via “Game of Thrones.”

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.

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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.

Looking to puff up your bank account? Then pass your resume over to Willie Nelson

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Willie Nelson performs during the Willie Nelson & Family New Year concert at ACL Live at the Moody Theater in 2015. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

If you’re looking to be a “trailblazer” in the weed industry, want to make $65,000 a year and love your fair share of Willie Nelson, then you may just be the right person for these jobs.

Nelson’s cannabis brand Willie’s Reserve, which he announced last year,  is hiring for five different positions and applications are now open.  According to the company’s website, Willie’s Reserve is a line “of marijuana products that celebrate Willie’s love of cannabis and the culture surrounding it.”

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.

This Texas woman dresses in nothing but Donald Trump’s face

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd for singing "Happy Birthday" as he speaks during a campaign rally at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., Tuesday, June 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd for singing “Happy Birthday” as he speaks during a campaign rally at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., Tuesday, June 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

They say fashion is a statement — and this Texas woman’s outfit says a lot.

Plano’s Barbara Tomasino, 66, is known for her custom-made dresses made up of images featuring presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

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.

“Donald Trump is the main course, and I am the appetizer,” Tomasino said to The Dallas Morning News, where you can read more about her. 

Tomasino said she just wants Trump to notice her. She even created her on Twitter account in hopes that she’ll reach him one day.

Check out this video of her by Star-Telegram at a Fort Worth rally.

 

Mark Cuban to give Dallas PD $1 million in wake of Orlando shooting

FILE - In this May 11, 2015, file photo, Dallas Mavericks basketball team owner Mark Cuban answers questions from the audience before President Barack Obama spoke in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. The NBA has fined Mark Cuban for commenting about the team's agreements with DeAndre Jordan and Wes Matthews during the league's free agent moratorium. NBA spokesman Tim Frank confirmed the penalty, which ESPN.com reported Tuesday, July 7, 2015, was for $25,000. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster), File
Dallas Mavericks basketball team owner Mark Cuban answers questions from the audience before President Barack Obama spoke in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban announced his donation of $1 million to Dallas Police Wednesday morning in light of the Orlando mass shooting.

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.”

Read more about Cuban’s donation at WFAA.

John Oliver pays off $15 million in Texas medical debt on ‘Last Week Tonight’

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“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.

 

Hollywood’s Shia LaBeouf came to Texas and bought a cup of elote

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Actor Shia LaBeouf attends the German premiere of the movie Transformers 3 in Berlin on Saturday, June 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

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.

 

 

 

Texas man trapped by Brazos River flooding rides tractor to Whataburger

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Gary Gostecnik delivers Whataburger to his neighbors trapped by the Brazos River Flooding. Photo via Dora Ann Gostecnik/@Dora_Ann_G

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.

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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.

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Video of Texas woman in Chewbacca mask goes viral, breaks Facebook Live records

Candace Payne wears an electronic Chewbacca mask in video that went viral May 19. Photo via Candace Payne/Facebook.
Candace Payne wears an electronic Chewbacca mask in video that went viral May 19. Photo via Candace Payne/Facebook.

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.

Whataburger offering Houston-area first responders free meal during flood relief effort

(Photo courtesy of Whataburger)
(Photo courtesy of Whataburger)

After torrential amounts of rain flooded areas of Houston, Whataburger announced it would be helping out those who have been helping others.

More than a foot of rain fell in the Bayou City on Monday, flooding area suburbs, overwhelming drainage systems and closing major roadways. Eight people have died in the area floods according to the latest report. In a show of support, the Texas-born fast food company offered a complimentary meal to uniformed first responders at any of its locations in the Houston area

View more photos of flooding around the state at statesman.com.

MAC releases teaser photo of Selena-inspired makeup line

** FILE ** Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman. ORG XMIT:
Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman.

Even 21 years after her death, the Queen of Tejano music has found another way to excite her fans across all generations. The cosmetics company MAC gave fans a sneak peek at its upcoming makeup collection inspired by the late singer Selena.

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.

MAC has attached celebrities to its brand and created products inspired by everyone from Caitlyn Jenner, Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj. Jenner’s daughter Kylie might have the internet buzzing about her ever-growing lip kit collection, but even she has shown Selena some love.

Selena’s line came to fruition after a petition on Change.org garnered more than 37,000 signatures, urging MAC to create a collection for the Texas singer. The company listened and announced the upcoming Selena project in July of last year. The tentative release for the products is October 2016.