The drilling revolution brought on by hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" - the process of shooting millions of gallons of chemical- and sand-laden water underground to coax oil and gas out of massive shale formations - has led to a long, serious debate in Texas. What that debate has largely been abo ... More >>
The United States has ended things between NASA and Russia's space agency. While the U.S. has yet to issue a Taylor Swiftian pop ballad about the breakup, a memo on the split did get leaked. We can't say we didn't see this coming. Things have been, shall we say, tense between the two countries sinc ... More >>
Lots of people in the Republican party are fed up with Sen. Ted Cruz, but Sen. Rand Paul is the guy who is doing something about it. On Monday, the conservative news website, Breitbart News, published an op-ed by Paul, where the senator from Kentucky took Cruz to task -- without ever actually namin ... More >>
Houston Grand Opera takes us on an amazing trip in presenting this opera left forgotten in Soviet archives.
Josh Groban Toyota Center November 12, 2013 The scent of mothballs wafted over Josh Groban's concert Wednesday night at Toyota Center: not from the music, just all the clothing returned from winter storage on Houston's first truly cold evening since, what, February? The 32-year-old L.A. native may ... More >>
As we roll up to the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, a lot of weird stuff keeps getting brought up and it seems like everything that was ever even slightly related to the president, Jackie, or his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, is up on the auction block. The frenzy of merchandising and tra ... More >>
It wasn't long ago that Hair Balls took it upon themselves to compile the list of the five greatest idiocies Rep. Louie Gohmert has uttered. Inhabiting the worst tendencies of a Tea Party/Christianist, Gohmert has taken it upon himself to remind future students of history that the early 21st century ... More >>
The Russian artists of "Perestroika" turn the past into something new.
It was on this day in 1998 that your email inbox was changed forever when the FDA OK-ed the use of Viagra for use in treating erectile dysfunction, the first pill in the United States approved to do so. The drug was originally researched as a treatment for angina, but doctors noticed that while it w ... More >>
It spent nearly 25 years in the hands of a woman who started as a bar owner when she was only a few years short of senior discounts, and upon her death, it was passed on to her beautician because she didn't have any blood family, though she seemed to have the other kind in spades. Bonnie's ha ... More >>
Hells yeah, Benny, get after it dawg! Yeah, we know. The last few weeks, all of these facts blogs have been on cool, big-balled rock bands like the Doors, Queen, KISS and Led Zeppelin - your basic meat-and-potatos groups you get into from listening to too much classic-rock radio with your par ... More >>
Just another brick in the wallFifty years ago today, East German construction crews were in the last stages of preparation for building the Berlin Wall. On August 13, they began, instantly giving an incredible propaganda tool to the free world. The Wall has been down for 22 years and will so ... More >>
For all their similarities, teens separated by geography and culture can be very different, as these photos show.
DynCorp: WikiLeaks is not kindAnother international conflict, another horrific taxpayer-funded sex scandal for DynCorp, the private security contractor tasked with training the Afghan police. While the company is officially based in the DC area, most of its business is managed on a satelli ... More >>
A group of former condo owners say SMU defrauded them of their homes to make way for the new Bush library.
The Argentinean deli serves great sandwiches and empanadas — but leave room for dessert.
With the recent addition of Karachi, Pakistan, Houston now is a sister to 18 other cities around the world. Hair Balls is on the case - we studied all of them so you wouldn't have to. See the first half here.Sister: Luanda, AngolaHow we are sisterly: Houston's only African sister is yet another seap ... More >>
And here is the final installment of David Beebe and John Lomax's 20-plus mile hike from Intercontinental Airport to Spanish Flowers restaurant. Part one is here and part two is here.David Beebe's accounts of the same hike are here and here.Airline's furthest reaches are lined by sprawling and run-d ... More >>
The longest walk in the history of the Sole of Houston requires the longest piece. This being a blog and all, we have decided to break it up into three installments. Coming today, tomorrow and Thursday in this tale of 22-plus miles of concrete, mud, and fairly cold weather: The fending off a potent ... More >>
An open-admissions university has become a national powerhouse in the collegiate game.
Blaffer Gallery hosts the first major U.S. museum exhibition for the filmmaker and video artist
Paul Miles returned from Iraq needing help with the death in his head. He got prison.
Without U.S. participation, the first-ever global-warming treaty was doomed to only partial success. Will Bali be better?
Nam caters to mainstream palates by keeping the flavors mild and the herbs innocuous
A bad reaction to a drug trial sparks an investigation into Houston's Fabre Clinic and its founder
At Casa Juan Diego, compassion -- not green cards -- has always mattered most
Track your true identity along a DNA trail left behind by your ancestors
The naked truth about why Houston isnít the third coast
Underground supergroup Swarm of Angels hedges about its past
Where have all the Turkish restaurants been? Hiding in plain sight as "Mediterranean" cafes.
Firewater's Todd A. lost two friends to suicide in two years. It saved his life.
Vietnamese food served with a side of fresh perspectives
Born in a city quick to bury its past, Sandi Wisenberg still grapples with her own
Chris Strachwitz's 40-year journey through ethnic music deserves an arhoolie of its own
The industry's initial reaction to Welles's masterwork should serve as a lesson to WorldFest filmmakers
The Klezmatics put a radical and progressive spin on traditional klezmer music
Somehow a restaurant from the Black Forest finds its way to Midtown
The forgotten treasure found at King's X
Dismembered bodies. Gold booty and an ex-con's grudge. A trial rips into the mysteries of the disappearance of atheist icon Madalyn Murray O'Hair.
Moviegoers may find both their Sixth Happiness and Seventh Heaven in these 40 featured indie films
A restaurant aims to conquerHouston with Austrian open-faced sandwiches
For parents seeking adoptive children, Vietnam may be the new frontier