This museum has over 1,000 toilet seats in its collection

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in News on Thursday 4 September 2014

As if there wasn’t a toilet seat museum in America! This one (who knows if there’s more than one) is located in San Antonio, Texas, and run by Barney Smith, a toilet seat aficionado of sorts.

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Controversial American culture art by Eric Yahnker

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Saturday 7 June 2014

LA-based artist Eric Yahnker loves to poke fun at contemporary American culture. In his solo exhibition, Sticks & Drones, Yahnker ‘strives to navigate the muddy, frequently strained gulf between the reception of recent US affairs at home and abroad’. What does that mean?

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Photo series shows lonely Batman toy wandering Texas

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Wednesday 15 January 2014

We all knew Batman was a lonely guy (who sits inside a dark cave all day waiting for crime anyway?) but we never expected he’s the type to go on solo road trips through Texas and taking dramatic photos. French photographer Remi Noel brought his Batman action figure along on his trip through San Antonio and Texas, snapping photos of the famous caped crusader every opportunity he got.

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Museum of Barbed Wire: Yes, it’s a real place

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Cool Travel on Tuesday 26 November 2013

The Museum of Barbed Wire in Kansas is probably somewhere near the top of the list of World’s Most Boring Places to Visit. Really. Despite the website’s promise that you’ll ‘get hooked on barbed wire history and lore’, I somehow think I’d be painfully bored instead. And I’m really not so sure I want to […]

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This house is made of 50,000 beer cans

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Friday 2 August 2013

In 1968, the late John Milkovisch started using the old beer cans he saved from his afternoon drinking sessions with his wife to make the shiny metallic exterior of the Beer Can House located in Houston, Texas. He ended up using 50,000 beer cans. What can we say? He sure drank a lot.

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Mr & Mrs Smith’s City Spy: Austin, TX

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By Mr & Mrs Smith in Cool Travel on Tuesday 16 July 2013

If Austin was a car, it’d be a VW campervan. The capital of the Lone Star State, Austin has seen its popularity (and population) soar in recent years: between 2000 and 2006, it was the third fastest growing city in the United States. Austin is cultured, kitsch and kooky, and rightfully wears its unofficial slogan […]

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Supercell storm brewing almost in your face

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Events on Wednesday 19 June 2013

After four years of chasing the storms, Phoenix-based photographer Mike Olbinski finally got close enough to capture these astounding images of a supercell storm near Booker, Texas on the morning of June 3. ‘We (My buddy Andy Hoeland and I) had been driving through rain and hail, always on the wrong side when we finally make a gamble to just push south through the storm and get on the far side if we could.

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Daily bacon keeps 105-year-old woman going strong

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Trends on Saturday 11 May 2013

This 105-year-old Texan woman really knows how to throw a party! For her 105th birthday, she organized a three-day event with over 200 guests. And not only does she still party, she also loves mowing her lawn and dancing. What’s the secret to this great-grandmother’s good health? Bacon. Despite the negative health-effects typically associated with […]

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Get a free cab ride at Austin’s SXSW by confessing your greatest tech sin

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Trends on Saturday 9 March 2013

Want a free cab ride to the next venue at South by Southwest this year? No problem! All you have to do is tweet the Kendo UI team using the hashtag #SXSWTechCab and Irin Slutsky will let you know if she can swing it. The Kendo UI cab ride is completely free in exchange for the […]

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Artist Mick Burson paints a wall in Texas

Lost At E Minor Contributor

By Lost At E Minor in New Art on Thursday 9 February 2012

In this video, Mick Burson paints a wall in Denton, Texas, that was inspired by the slums in Brazil. With no sketch, just a level, and a big paint budget, he was able to knock it out in a big three day weekend and make it to work on time Sunday night.

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Ignacio Torres

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By Sarah Jaffe in New Photography on Tuesday 20 December 2011

Ignacio Torres is a photographer I met in my hometown of Denton, Texas. It wasn’t until he moved to New York City, though, that we became friends. I had the honor of working a bit with him this past summer in New York, and through this realized just how unique and phenomenal he really is. […]

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Redneck Hippie: a documentary about gun fanatic Jeff Pierce

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By Sandy Carson in New Film on Friday 25 November 2011

English film-maker Philip Bloom really nails it here, with this short documentary on Texas old time BMX legend and gun fanatic, Jeff Pierce. He’s part redneck, part hippie and part nutcase! I hate guns, but really enjoy nerding out on the camera work here. Shot with a Red Epic and Phantom Flex, the slow-mo on […]

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Large scale sculptures made from thousands of crayons

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By Troy Mattison Hicks in New Art on Tuesday 18 October 2011

Using thousands of large crayons, artist Herb Williams creates a field of sculpture flames for Unwanted Visitor: Portrait of Wildfire at the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock, Texas.

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Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka

The Urban Grocer Contributor

By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 1 June 2011

While vodka may be the last thing you thought you’d come across in the heart of Austin, Texas, it’s just what you’ll find with Deep Eddy. For everything from cocktails to on the rocks, Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka is the perfect antidote to a scorching Texas summer day. It’s not your grandma’s sweet tea, but it has the same slow, sweet, Southern taste — and it’s actually infused with real tealeaves and local clover honey.

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El Cosmico, Texas

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By Lamia Larkin in Cool Travel on Thursday 12 August 2010

With Summer drawing to an end in America, the time to take that last vacation before Fall starts is now. Instead of doing the traditional visit to the beach or camping in the woods, why not try the Texan desert? Located in Marfa, Texas, this ultimate bohemian destination named El Cosmico has been described as […]

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