Manakamana places you atop the world, 11 times.
We know that self-control is a finite resource. For example, you're on a diet. You're using up a lot of your self-control on not eating unhealthy foods -- salads for lunch -- but you might have a few more glasses of wine at that happy hour/networking event than you otherwise might given that your se ... More >>
Houston Astros owner Jim Crane is tired of fan complaints about the crappiness of the Houston Astros. Give him $10 million and he'll gladly listen, but otherwise, just pay the team's highly inflated prices for Opening Day and shut up. It's not a very fan-friendly approach to take, especially when he ... More >>
The Super Bowl is a few weeks into the rear view mirror now, OTA's are a few months away, so for NFL players we are in the first "Crime Season" of the NFL calendar. Crime Season occurs in dormant weeks and months where undisciplined players really don't have anything to do except get into trouble wi ... More >>
Once, while reflecting on his tumultuous tenure as Secretary of Defense during the Vietnam War, Robert McNamara said: "Don't answer the question you were asked. Answer the question you wish you were asked." This may have allowed the folly of the Vietnam War to continue for nearly a decade, but it wa ... More >>
In case if you haven't heard Canadian songstress Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," above is the song's official music video. You can also find this jam, which is currently comfortably sitting at the very top of the Billboard charts, blaring after about every other song on most top-hit radio statio ... More >>
Fired and liars rhyme. Just sayin'. This week, Bobby Petrino, a married father of four, was canned from his gig as head football coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks. As Hair Balls previously rapped about, Petrino was let go for lying about his motorcycle accident, his extramarital affair with a fello ... More >>
That up above, the dreamy rendering of the area that used to house the downtown Post Office? It's "Bayou Commons," which is "strategically designed to be downtown Houston's first residential district celebrating cultural diversity and urban lifestyle." But don't go looking for it yet.
Before there was "Shit Girls Say," there was "Boys Will Be Girls." The funnier take on the concept from the Harvard Sailing Team made the Internet rounds in the spring of 2010 and forever popularized the phrase "Totes the best hun-cal fro-yo." Now, the sketch comedy group comprised of neither Harvar ... More >>
The Texas Attorney General's Office says a drugmaker lied in order to push an antipsychotic on foster children. So why are kids as young as three still taking the drug?
An iPhone looked like this?The mind of a 17-year-old male is a wondrous thing to behold, especially because oftentimes it isn't working properly. Take the case of one unnamed Montgomery County teen who, according to the police blotter, now faces charges of impersonating a public servant. Su ... More >>
Despite Sam Houston's fervent wishes, Texas joined the Confederacy during the Civil War. Perhaps old Sam would have endorsed the move if he knew it would eventually lead to the phenomenon of confederate-flag bikinis. These bikinis, to be sure, do not promote slavery or racism. Instead they make a m ... More >>
Derek Boogaard in his last enforcer gigDerek Boogaard, the ungainly 6-foot-7 hockey enforcer who went from the Aeros to the NHL's Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers, has died at the age of 28. He was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment on Friday. No cause of death has been determined, b ... More >>
Senator Tommy Lee Jones?Geoff Berg, host of KPFT's Partisan Gridlock show is leading the improbable battle to draft Tommy Lee Jones as a Democratic candidate for the Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison. They've got a Facebook page and everything, including a petition with an op ... More >>
Can Hogg make the jump to an IB school?It was the politest group of revolutionaries Hair Balls can ever remember meeting. Gathered in the church parlor at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in the Heights, a small group of mothers gathered last night to discuss their petition drive to revital ... More >>
So it seems the only difference between the two-hour Wednesday Idols and their one hour counterparts on Thursdays is twice as many "wacky" interludes (über Green Bay Packer fan Megan Frazier is going to make one lucky man...really miserable someday) and a third more shots of Steven Tyler wal ... More >>
Amy Chua's controversial book/parenting guide, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, has moms everywhere wondering how to tame their young ones. But you don't need a copy of the book to learn how to breed strong, smart, successful cubs, because Rocks Off has found the musical translations of Chua ... More >>
Last week we gave you our 10 Sexiest Texans of Our Lifetime. It was a list that was, admittedly, vagina-biased. We make it up to the people who love guys with this definitive list, which involved more asking around than the first one. Here are, then, the 10 sexiest Texas men of our lives: 10. Sea ... More >>
We're getting closer to a midterm election that, more and more, is coming to resemble two dachshunds we had as a kid who would lose their little doggy minds over a chew toy and attack each other in a weiner-dog whirlwind of until separated by a garden hose. The attack ads are a-flying, and e ... More >>
David Fincher commented on Mark Zuckerberg's status. With The Social Network, he invites you to join him.
Its all in the knowing
Galveston joins the chior invisibleThere is a blog out there called 24/7Wall St., and it went out on the great search for web hits with a almost-scientific survey that produced a list of "America's 10 Dead Cities."Among them: Buffalo and Detroit. Also New Orleans, which is a little more debatable ... More >>
You did your homework? Cha-chingStudents at 25 Houston ISD schools -- and their parents -- will have a chance to earn cash by, get this: Doing their homework!"Why not?" was the consensus reached today by the seven trustees at a workshop meeting. Equipped with a $1.5 million private donation from ... More >>
Better than Boston or San Francisco!The online Forbes empire never tires of putting together lists that rank American cities in any number of categories, all in the vain hope that media in the city named number one will write about -- DAMN! Fell for it again!!Okay, we'll give them an item, since ... More >>
Another treat for whacked-out male conspiracy theorists
Another HISD school has declared total victory in the battle against swine flu (No political correctness here, pork industry!!). Harvard Elementary in the Heights, one of the first district schools to close down, will reopen tomorrow.The city's health department has given the OK for the move, HISD s ... More >>
Things we did not know until today: The University of Houston had a kick-ass debate team in 1969, one that swaggered in to the national finals predicting victory only to lose to Harvard. And one of the members of that team has never gotten over the loss, and gotten so depressed about it he considere ... More >>
There's some sort of school up north called Harvard, or something like that (we guess it's like Rice), and it has some sort of business school.Now apparently when you get a degree from that there Harvard business school, you can pretty much pick and choose what city you want to work in. (Or, as they ... More >>
The fried potato pancakes called latkes are the traditional food of Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday which begins this year on the night of December 21. Explanations about the connection between the Eastern European potato pancakes and the commemoration of a battle against the ancient Assyrians generall ... More >>
We wondered yesterday if the woman who may set hundreds of drunk drivers free because she failed to test breathalyzer equipment could possibly be the same woman who won a Teacher of the Year award in 2007 for her work at Sharpstown Middle School. No way, we thought, although how many Deetrice Walla ... More >>
Gawker has posted an item on a New York Sun article by some Harvard economics professor saying Houston is a terrific city that encourages growth, while New York has policies that deter growth. "Go there now, so I can have your apartment!" Gawker's poster wrote. As you can imagine, the hip and shar ... More >>
Take It On the Run
The fight for a TV show about truth, justice and high school football
SNL writer T. Sean Shannon stands up for himself at the Laff Stop
Will it be the Aeros' brawler or brainiac who gets to the NHL?
The Bush inaugural is a wonderful, wonderful thing
Tatyana Ali's back, all right, along with more face stars than you can shake a booty at
October 29 - November 4, 1998
Reactionary and racist, Just Cause is just too dumb to get worked up about