WATCH: Who knew baby skunks could be so cute?

It’s baby skunk season! I didn’t know that it was baby skunk season, of course, but when driving in Eastern Travis County yesterday for a story, I came upon a family of baby skunks crossing the road. As I was pulling up, their mom was scurrying off into the woods on the other side of the road, and the five or six babies were still on the road.

Several cars ended up stopping to wait as the skunks crossed the road. They were extremely curious about the cars and the drivers who got out to try to shoo them across the road.

This baby skunk was one of several trying to cross the road on Tuesday in Eastern Travis County. Addie Broyles / American-Statesman

They made the cutest little noises and, though their tails were raised, they didn’t spray.

I think we can all agree that these guys are much cuter than the snake-puking-another-snake video that went viral earlier this week.

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You can lead baby ducks to water, and you can make them swim

Baby ducklings check out the water dishes in Jonny Brashear’s backyard. Courtesy of Jonny Brashear

What to do when baby ducks are born in your yard and the water and food is over on the patio? Metroplex resident Jonny Brashear decided to serve as their surrogate escort:

Brashear is a University of Texas alum who works in the tech industry and occasionally writes about Longhorn sports and electronic dance music (including this 2014 piece for the American-Statesman). Last year, a duck laid eggs in a nest behind some bushes on his property. He tracked their progress from hatching to departure on social media.

This year, the same duck (his best guess, anyway) returned to build another nest. When the ducklings hatched this past weekend, Brashear had a food dispenser and saucers of water for drinking and swimming at the ready.

Usually, the mother leads them across the lawn to the food and water. Monday morning, though, mama duck was away briefly, so he stepped into service, with camera phone.

“She was comfortable enough to leave while I was in the backyard with them,” Brashear commented on Facebook. “She flew off to be with her man for a moment. They both landed shortly thereafter. He was not happy with me.”

Follow @bitterwhiteguy on Twitter and Instagram for more duck-cam updates as the spring saga continues.

Watch these water snakes perform ‘synchronized slither’ at Texas state park


Texas weather is starting to warm up, which means more time outdoors and more sun.

It also means snake mating season.

Facebook screenshot.

In a video posted to the Sheldon Lake State Park and Environmental Learning Center’s Facebook page in February, you can see three broad-banded water snakes perform a mating ritual that looks like a “synchronized slither,” as the park put it.

It looks like the non-venomous snakes are swimming through the dirt on the ground at the Houston park. Experts say that this dance is a standard part of snake mating season, and it will become more common as the weather gets warmer.

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The video has been viewed more than 34,000 times since it was uploaded late last month.

Typically, the springtime is when these snakes start to mate. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website, mating takes place in the spring and starts when male snakes seek out the female snakes using their sense of smell. Then, the “synchronized slither” dance method in the video happens, and the female will later have her pick of suitors to choose from when it comes time to mate.

You can watch the video below.

Austin-area home featured in Solange’s new music video

Solange Knowles released her new album “A Seat at the Table” last week. A few days after she premiered two new music videos for songs featured on the album: “Don’t Touch My Hair” and “Cranes in the Sky.” Both the album and videos have already been lauded by critics.

Some Austinites might recognize an Austin-area home and Hill Country landmark in the video for “Cranes in the Sky,” which Vogue reports was shot across the deserts of Texas and mountains of New Mexico.

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The Plant at Kyle is, according to its own website, a house and “architectural landmark” located about 30 miles outside of Austin. The house as it stands today (after “beginning life in the 1920s as a shed at the Alamo Cement plant”) was built out of scrapped materials from a soon-to-be-demolished San Antonio cement plant and has won several architectural awards.

The complex claims to house the “world’s largest screened in porch,” which Solange can be seen dancing in in the “Cranes” video.

Recognize any of the other spots in the video? You can watch it in full below:

Texas man rides a horse named Hollywood into Taco Bell in video

FILE - This Friday, May 23, 2014, file photo shows a sign at a Taco Bell in Mount Lebanon, Pa. Taco Bell and Pizza Hut say they're getting rid of artificial colors and flavors, making them the latest big food companies scrambling to distance themselves from ingredients people might find unappetizing. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
This Friday, May 23, 2014, file photo shows a sign at a Taco Bell in Mount Lebanon, Pa. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

This weekend, a North Texas man straddled his horse named Hollywood, rode it into Taco Bell and wrangled himself a nice hot meal.

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Lathan Crump, a 19-year-old from Commerce, posted a video of his grand entrance on Instagram this weekend, quickly sending him into internet stardom.

According to Fox 4, Crump had just competed in tie-down calf roping on his horse at the Commerce rodeo and he has a tradition of going to Taco Bell after his competitions.

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Video of Texas groom and groomsmen’s surprise wedding dance goes viral

Screen capture via Miranda Marrs/YouTube

After a groom and his groomsmen surprised the bride at this McKinney wedding with some award-worthy choreography, video of the dance went viral.

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The video, which has garnered more than 13 million views on Facebook, is of Lexi Heinrich and her husband Hunter whose dance tunes include Destiny’s Child’s “Bootylicious,” Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make Love to You” and Bruno Mar’s “Marry You.”

According to Fox7, Hunter and his groomsmen had no prior dance experience but they choreographed the dance with his sister — just three hours before the wedding.

“I was a little nervous,” Hunter admitted. “But the second it started going, adrenaline takes over and it was go time.”

Photos: Very Austin Weddings

On the subject of their recent internet fame, Hunter and Lexi said they’re glad people have found the video so enjoyable.

““It was just him trying to be funny and make our wedding special,” Lexi said to Fox7. “And now it’s literally bringing laughter to so many people. That just makes it so much better.”

Related: Cedar Park man competes for $10,000 by creating toilet paper wedding dress

Here is the video taken by the couple’s wedding photographer Miranda Marrs. 


Drake films music video in Texas before kicking off tour in Austin

ORG XMIT: CAPM196 Drake arrives at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Drake arrives at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Why do you have to fight with Drake at the Houston Cheesecake Factory? You know he loves to go there.

The rapper was spotted in his Canada away from Canada (Texas) last week, filming a music video for his hit “Child’s Play,” the Houston Chronicle reports. Whether as part of filming or not, Drake made a point to stop at his favorite chain while in H-Town.

The song “Child’s Play” includes the lyrics: “Why you gotta fight with me at Cheesecake/You know I love to go there/Say I’m actin’ lightskin, I can’t take you nowhere/This a place for families that drive Camrys and go to Disney/They don’t need to know all of our business.”

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As Instagram videos show, the family friendly restaurant wasn’t the 6 God’s only stop in Houston. Drake was also seen filming at another favorite joint (mentioned in songs “No Tellin'” and “Believe Me”) steakhouse/strip club V Live.

Drake, who will kick off his “Summer Sixteen” tour here in Austin tomorrow, has shown extra affection for the Lone Star State, particularly Houston, throughout his career. According to Fader, this is because the rapper first signed with label Young Money in the adopted hometown.

READ: Our fake interview with Drake went really well

While Austin has only two Cheesecake Factory locations, maybe Drake can grab a bite after tomorrow’s show at another Camry-filled parking lot — the Chili’s on 45th and Lamar.

NASA denies accusations it cut live video feed when UFO appeared

Staff members of Juno Mission watch on before the solar-powered Juno spacecraft went into orbit around Jupiter, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., on July 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Staff members of Juno Mission watch on before the solar-powered Juno spacecraft went into orbit around Jupiter, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., on July 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

In case you hadn’t heard about the latest “UFO” cover-up theory circulating the internet, last week people began accusing NASA of covering up a “UFO” when its live-streaming video cut out just as something appeared to be entering Earth’s atmosphere.

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YouTube user StreetCap1 posted the video clip, acknowledging that the object is not necessarily a space craft and it could be something less notable like a meteor. “What made it interesting was the camera cut off when the UFO seemed to stop,” he wrote.

After the video went viral, CNET reached out to NASA for comment. NASA spokesman Daniel Huot said to CNET in an email that the video is from the High Definition Earth Viewing experiment aboard the International Space Station. He said the experiment is on automatic controls to cycle through various cameras, meaning no one is actually monitoring the feed.

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“The station regularly passes out of range of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS) used to send and receive video, voice and telemetry from the station,” Huot said. “For video, whenever we lose signal (video comes down on our higher bandwidth, called KU) the cameras will show a blue screen (indicating no signal) or a preset video slate.”

As for what the object was, Huot said “it’s very common for thing like the moon, space debris, reflection from station windows, the spacecraft structure itself or light from Earth to appear as artifacts in photos and videos from the orbiting laboratory.”


‘Walking Dead’ meets ‘Deadpool’ in video, makes zombie apocalypse fun

Photo via AMC

What’s one way to make the zombie apocalypse in “The Walking Dead” seem like a good time? Switch out the audio for the dialogue in “Deadpool.”

YouTube user AFK Anthony posted his own mashup of the two fan-favorites on July 7, taking the footage of a “TWD” trailer and combining it with the audio from the comic-book hero movie. We get to see Rick Grimes and the crew walk their typical walk through the valley of the shadow of death but this time with some DMX playing in the background.




Chewbacca mom sings Michael Jackson’s ‘Heal the World’ in wake of recent shootings

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR HASBRO - Candace Payne, also known as Chewbacca Mom, streams a Facebook Live video with her custom Chewbacca Mom action figure during a meet and greet at Hasbro HQ in Pawtucket, R.I., Friday, June 17, 2016. Payne is known for her viral Facebook Live video post of herself wearing a Hasbro Chewbacca Electronic Mask. (Stew Milne/AP Images for Hasbro)
Candace Payne, also known as Chewbacca Mom, streams a Facebook Live video with her custom Chewbacca Mom action figure during a meet and greet at Hasbro HQ in Pawtucket, R.I., Friday, June 17, 2016. (Stew Milne/AP Images for Hasbro)

Candace Payne, the Texas woman better known as Chewbacca Mom, is back on Facebook Live — and it turns out she can sing.

The viral star, who reached internet fame after posting a Facebook Live video of herself in a Chewbacca toy mask, recorded herself singing Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World” on Saturday in honor of the victims of recent shootings across the U.S.

“I am thousands of miles, hundreds of miles away from identifying with every single ounce of pain that is being felt by the whole world right now,” Payne said in the video.

Payne, who is from Grand Prairie, said she lives just 30 minutes away from where the fatal shootings of four Dallas police officers and one Dallas Area Rapid Transit police officer were fatally shot at a protest. Though she said she had been silent the past couple of days because she felt sad and hurt, Payne felt like she needed to share Jackson’s song.

“I felt like somebody needs to resing these lyrics again and sing them over our world and just be a good reminder,” Payne said. “I hope that it in someway touches you and inspires you to make a better place.”