Weird http://kut.org en Where Austin Fans Buy Their World Cup Flags http://kut.org/post/where-austin-fans-buy-their-world-cup-flags <p>With World Cup fever peaking, flag stores in Austin have been selling out of the old red, white and blue. The&nbsp;<em>oldest</em>&nbsp;red, white and blue, in fact –&nbsp;the Dutch flag, in use since 1572.</p><p>Flag stores always stock up for the Fourth of July, says Michele Kronberg, the self-described “boss-queen” of <a href="http://www.austinflag.com/">Austin Flag and Flagpole</a> on South First Street. “It’s our busiest time of the year,” she says. “We don’t really have a Christmas season.” But exploding demand for foreign flags, driven by the World Cup, caught her off guard.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:49:53 +0000 Ryan Kailath 10712 at http://kut.org Where Austin Fans Buy Their World Cup Flags Listen: A World Cup Translation for Texans http://kut.org/post/listen-world-cup-translation-texans <p>Been following the World Cup? &nbsp;If so, you can stop right here. &nbsp;</p><p>This one's for the rest of us.&nbsp;</p><p>Sonny Carl Davis (you know, that guy from "Bernie" who <a href="http://youtu.be/JREkqCvLzSo">broke Texas into five states?</a>) has been thinking about America's new love affair with what much of the rest of the world calls football. &nbsp;</p><p>Sonny's been doing so much thinking, he reckoned it high time to offer something of an explainer for fellow Texans baffled by the phenomenon. Texans like … him. Take two minutes to listen:</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:55:14 +0000 Texas Standard Staff 10694 at http://kut.org Listen: A World Cup Translation for Texans Big Tex Is Named The Country's Quirkiest Landmark (Of Course!) http://kut.org/post/big-tex-named-countrys-quirkiest-landmark-course Big Tex, the beloved but odd State Fair of Texas icon, has been named the country’s quirkiest landmark.&#160;<p>After four weeks of online voting, the larger-than-life cowboy earned the most votes&#160;<a href="http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-quirky-landmark/">in the <em>USA Today</em> and 10Best&#160;"Best Quirky Landmark" contest.</a> The winner was announced Wednesday.&#160;<p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:30:54 +0000 Eric Aasen 10686 at http://kut.org Big Tex Is Named The Country's Quirkiest Landmark (Of Course!) Listen: The Worst Yelp Reviews of Barton Springs and Mount Bonnell http://kut.org/post/listen-worst-yelp-reviews-barton-springs-and-mount-bonnell <p>Mount Bonnell and Barton Springs are two of Austin's eternal treasures –unblemished reminders of Austin's natural beauty.</p><p>But to a handful of reviewers on Yelp, they're totally overrated.</p><p>Mount Bonnell's scenic overlook <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/mount-bonnell-austin">rates a solid four stars</a> on Yelp; Austin's crown jewel, Barton Springs Pool, clocks in <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/barton-springs-pool-austin">at four-and-a-half</a>.&nbsp; But proving you can't please everyone, a collection of contrary reviews offer an antithetical take on these two Austin institutions.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:00:36 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Matt Largey 10656 at http://kut.org Listen: The Worst Yelp Reviews of Barton Springs and Mount Bonnell What Is That Webby Stuff on Austin Trees? http://kut.org/post/what-webby-stuff-austin-trees <p>It’s not yet autumn but fall webworms are showing up on trees across Central Texas.</p><p>The caterpillars form webbing on leaves – and spend much of their lives eating those leaves.</p><p>"Typically people notice they have fall webworms when they start to see the webbing actually starting to cover the tips of the branches and, if they look closely at those webs or they break open those webs, they'll actually see the caterpillars inside," Wizzie Brown says.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:00:03 +0000 Laura Rice 10624 at http://kut.org What Is That Webby Stuff on Austin Trees? How to Sound Like You're From Austin (in 90 Seconds) http://kut.org/post/how-sound-youre-austin-90-seconds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What do you think of when you think of Austin?</span></p><p>Live music, hot summers, breakfast tacos and the people come to mind for starters. But spend a little time here, and another thing jumps out at you – the "Austin correct" pronunciation of local streets and landmarks.</p><p></p><p>Take <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/@30.2857938,-97.7421852,18z">Guadalupe Street</a> across from the UT Campus ­–&nbsp;pronounced <em>Gwad-a-loop </em>by generations of students and residents.</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 19:58:08 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Matt Largey 10561 at http://kut.org How to Sound Like You're From Austin (in 90 Seconds) Seen These Signs in Downtown Austin? We Met the Guy Behind Them http://kut.org/post/seen-these-signs-downtown-austin-we-met-guy-behind-them <p>You may have seen them on your morning commute: handmade signs, around Lamar and Barton Springs, offering services and sentiments that seem more than a little bit off.</p><p><strong><em>Public Notice: That Rash Won't Just Go Away</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>R.I.P. Weird, 1969 – 2014. We Will Miss You!</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>If You Lived Here, You'd Be Homeless By Now</em></strong></p><p>Some even have a phone number attached:</p><p><strong><em>I Buy Broken Dreams: 512-333-1984</em></strong></p><p>They're the work of one person – a homeless man in his 30s named David. Not that he refers to himself by that name. "I go by the name of Liar, which has nothing to do with <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyre">the instrument</a>," he says.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152060344&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 15:05:41 +0000 Joy Diaz & Wells Dunbar 10522 at http://kut.org Seen These Signs in Downtown Austin? We Met the Guy Behind Them As Austin Nears Urban Rail Decision, Proof Traffic's Always Been Awful http://kut.org/post/austin-nears-urban-rail-decision-proof-traffics-always-been-awful <p>Austin is inching its way towards the creation of a possible new rail line.</p><p>Later today<a href="http://projectconnect.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">, Project Connect</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a group of regional transportation officials including the City of Austin and Capital Metro, is widely expected to unveil a proposed route for urban rail. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The announcement is a further refinement of preliminary findings tapping </span><a href="http://kut.org/post/highland-and-east-riverside-austins-best-spots-urban-rail" style="line-height: 1.5;">the East Riverside and Highland Mall regions</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> as prime corridors for investment – a finding many </span><a href="http://kut.org/post/why-highland-urban-rail-advocates-question-project-connect-process" style="line-height: 1.5;">Austin transit advocates found fault with.</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Once set for the ballot by the Austin City Council, citizens will vote on whether to approve rail funding in an election this November.&nbsp;</span></p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147575061&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe> Fri, 02 May 2014 16:53:50 +0000 Joy Diaz & Wells Dunbar 10348 at http://kut.org As Austin Nears Urban Rail Decision, Proof Traffic's Always Been Awful Five Things You May Not Have Known About Eeyore’s Birthday http://kut.org/post/five-things-you-may-not-have-known-about-eeyore-s-birthday <p><strong>Update</strong>: See some photos from Eeyore's&nbsp;2014 bash below.</p><p><strong>Original story</strong> (April 25): &nbsp;It doesn’t get much more Austin weird than&nbsp;<a href="http://www.eeyores.org/">Eeyore’s&nbsp;Birthday Party</a>&nbsp;– the annual Pease Park bacchanal known for outrageous costumes and booming drum circles.</p><p>This Saturday, April 26 is the 50<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;anniversary of the party.&nbsp;To mark the occasion,&nbsp;KUT&nbsp;News puts down the turkey leg to bring you five things you may not have known about the long-running festival.</p><ul><li><strong>It started as a UT thing.</strong></li></ul><p>Scott Sexton is the president of the Friends of the Forest foundation, the Austin nonprofit that puts on&nbsp;Eeyore’s&nbsp;birthday. He notes that the first celebration was dreamt up by UT English major Lloyd Birdwell&nbsp;Jr. and his fellow students.</p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:53:30 +0000 Wells Dunbar 7530 at http://kut.org Five Things You May Not Have Known About Eeyore’s Birthday PHOTOS: Austin's Funky Chicken Coop Tour http://kut.org/post/photos-austins-funky-chicken-coop-tour <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The sixth annual Funky Chicken Coop Tour </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">was held in Austin on Saturday. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Residents gathered to collect maps to 14 chicken coops, made ready by owners (and their chickens) for visitors.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Coop tourists traveled by bike or car to visit chicken coops in residential backyards, a community garden, a farm and at schools and community organizations.</span></p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:43:39 +0000 Ilana Panich-Linsman 10259 at http://kut.org PHOTOS: Austin's Funky Chicken Coop Tour Snakes or No Snakes, Safety Tips for Texas Bluebonnet Pictures http://kut.org/post/snakes-or-no-snakes-safety-tips-texas-bluebonnet-pictures <p>With spring in full swing, it's time for wildflower pictures – including photos among Texas' iconic state flower, the bluebonnet.</p><p>But something's taking the bloom off this wildflower season: images of snakes among the flowers.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:54:22 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Trey Shaar 10142 at http://kut.org Snakes or No Snakes, Safety Tips for Texas Bluebonnet Pictures PHOTOS: Disaster Response Drill at Austin-Bergstrom Airport http://kut.org/post/photos-disaster-response-drill-austin-bergstrom-airport <p>Austin-Bergstrom International Airport held a full-scale disaster response&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">exercise on its airfield today, allowing first responders to practice their skills using an actual airplane.</span></p><p>The drill involved aircraft, firefighters, EMS responders, medical service vehicles and more. Several volunteers played the role of plane crash victims, complete with simulated injuries. Responders even tagged volunteers' bodies via a triage system, ranking them by the medical attention required.</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:32:59 +0000 Ilana Panich-Linsman 10110 at http://kut.org PHOTOS: Disaster Response Drill at Austin-Bergstrom Airport Why Some Stores Fail and Others Thrive in Austin's Second Street District http://kut.org/post/why-some-stores-fail-and-others-thrive-austins-second-street-district <p><strong>Update</strong>: Toy Joy was bought Monday by Fred Schmidt, owner of <a href="http://www.wildaboutmusic.com/">Wild About Music</a> on E. Sixth Street. Schmidt <a href="http://austin.twcnews.com/content/news/298415/toy-joy-sold-at-auction-to-local-business-owner">told Time Warner Cable News</a> he plans to keep the store downtown. "We're going to continue with this business as it has been — only make it more successful than it has [been] in recent years,” Schmidt said. “We're very committed to Toy Joy, its concept, its premise and what it has been in Austin for several decades now."</p><p><strong>Original story</strong> (March 31): Toy Joy will be <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ToyJoyAustin/posts/616913558393908?stream_ref=10">auctioned off</a> today. The iconic Austin store closed its doors on March 16, after struggling for the last few years.</p><p>In 2013, the owners thought a new location in a hip part of town would help, so they moved from Guadalupe Street – close to the Drag – and into downtown’s Second Street District. But Toy Joy didn’t make it.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142353489&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:39:44 +0000 Joy Diaz 10062 at http://kut.org Why Some Stores Fail and Others Thrive in Austin's Second Street District Austin Toy Museum Looks to Open Next Year http://kut.org/post/austin-toy-museum-looks-open-next-year <p>A new museum is getting ready to open in Austin, but this one doesn't focus on art or state history.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">This one <a href="http://www.austintoymuseum.com/">is all about toys</a>.</span></p><p>A group of Austin collectors are creating a home to display vintage toys, ranging from the 1900s to the 1980s.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Caleb Zammit is part of the group putting together the museum. He's been collecting toys for years. Right now, his collection of over 200,000 toys is neatly arranged in almost every room of his house.</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142463106&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:08:08 +0000 Joy Diaz 10073 at http://kut.org Austin Toy Museum Looks to Open Next Year In Time for SXSW, a Brief History of Austin's 'Don't Move Here' T-Shirts http://kut.org/post/time-sxsw-brief-history-austins-dont-move-here-t-shirts <p>The story of Austin's various "Don’t Move Here" t-shirts is, in many ways, the story of Austin itself: the transformation of an undiscovered secret into something much bigger.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While the "Don’t Move Here" meme certainly predates its first recorded t-shirt printing – not to mention the concept of a "meme" itself – modern history posits spring 1997 as the time it was first put to cotton.</span></p><p>It was then that Austin pop-rockers <a href="http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/AMDB/Profile?oid=oid:71540">The Wannabes</a> minted a batch of merch bearing the slogan.</p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:45:31 +0000 Wells Dunbar 9915 at http://kut.org In Time for SXSW, a Brief History of Austin's 'Don't Move Here' T-Shirts Rundberg's 'Running Man' Looks to Take His Message Beyond Austin http://kut.org/post/rundbergs-running-man-looks-take-his-message-beyond-austin <p class="p1">He's everyone's favorite cardio-loving community activist — a relatively new emissary of Austin weird.</p><p class="p1">His name is Broderick James, but he's better known as the Rundberg Running Man, a local fixture you can find dancing, running and freestyle rapping&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">on the corner of Lamar and</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Rundberg on a daily basis<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. While many </span>Austinites<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;know him for his daily exploits</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, most people outside the city would simply peg him as a typical fitness freak.</span></p><p class="p1">James wants to change that, only there's a problem: money.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 19:01:30 +0000 Andrew Weber 9791 at http://kut.org Rundberg's 'Running Man' Looks to Take His Message Beyond Austin Why This Austin Professor's Living In a Dumpster For a Year http://kut.org/post/why-austin-professors-living-dumpster-year <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An Austin professor has survived the first night in his year-long plan to live in a dumpster.</span></p><p>Dr. Jeff Wilson – aka “Professor Dumpster” – is an environmental science professor at <a href="http://htu.edu/">Huston-Tillotson University</a>. He’s also the face of <a href="http://dumpsterproject.org/">The Dumpster Project</a>, an educational experiment that aims to transform a 33-square-foot trash dumpster into a fully sustainable space.</p><p>"There was no mint on the pillow," he says, "and it wasn't exactly <a href="http://www.whotelaustin.com/">the W</a>, but I did stay warm."</p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 20:13:35 +0000 Kelly Krupa 9722 at http://kut.org Why This Austin Professor's Living In a Dumpster For a Year Find an Insect Like This? Don't Kill It – It's Killing Your Cockroaches http://kut.org/post/find-insect-dont-kill-it-its-killing-your-cockroaches <p><em>Story originally published Jan. 2, 2014.</em></p><p>It’s that time of year when insects want to get out of the cold and into your house.</p><p>Most people aren’t big fans of sharing their space with these creepy-crawlers. But if you see one particular insect – you’re better off <em>not</em> grabbing the bug spray.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/127608802&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:05:00 +0000 Laura Rice 9290 at http://kut.org Find an Insect Like This? Don't Kill It – It's Killing Your Cockroaches Coming Soon to Austin Parks: Brush-Clearing Goats? http://kut.org/post/coming-soon-austin-parks-brush-clearing-goats <p class="p1">The Sustainable Food Center's <a href="http://www.sfcfarmersmarket.org/markets/sfc-farmers-market-east">East Austin farmer's market </a>had a perennially irritating problem: Poison ivy was blocking a portion of the market's space. They couldn't use chemicals or herbicides <span class="s1">— it wouldn't exactly jive with their goal of sustainability.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p3">So they got creative, turning to a four-legged, environmentally (and people) friendly alternative: Goats.</p><p class="p3">Now, Austin parks may be looking to adopt the strategy to beautify green spaces across the city, as well.</p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 19:51:54 +0000 Andrew Weber 8993 at http://kut.org Coming Soon to Austin Parks: Brush-Clearing Goats? Seven Awesome Things For Sale in Richard Garriott’s Auction http://kut.org/post/seven-awesome-things-sale-richard-garriott-s-auction <p></p><p>There’s many ways to describe Richard Garriott de Cayeux: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Garriott#Game_design_career">computer gaming pioneer</a>, <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/cinema-weekend-cows-drugs-deep-space-and-non-sparkling-vamps">sometime astronaut</a> and Austin resident. And now you have the chance to bid on items from Garriott’s one-of-a-kind collection.</p><p>This Saturday, the <a href="http://www.austinauction.com/default.htm">Austin Auction House</a> is offering over 500 items and collections from Garriott’s estate – presumably housed at <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Britannia_Manor">Britannia Manor</a>, Garriott’s <a href="http://www.realtor.com/news/richard-garriott-lists-britannia-manor-ii-photos/">ornate home</a> overlooking Lake Austin.</p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 16:58:38 +0000 Ryan Groves 8713 at http://kut.org Seven Awesome Things For Sale in Richard Garriott’s Auction