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15 of the Most Ridiculous Texas Stories of 2016 

From hundreds of stolen salamanders to fake signs banning Trump supporters from Taco Cabana, these are just some of the ridiculous things that happened in 2016.
San Antonio Cop Suspended for Putting Whataburger Before His Job
"During the early morning hours of November 22, 2015, disciplinary reports show, SAPD Officer Gary R. Nel was at a Whataburger in northwest San Antonio eating when a call came in about a "very intoxicated" man who was at that very same location. While Nel was chowing down, another officer showed up at the location and told Nel he was heading outside to confront the suspect. Instead of helping out the other officer, "Nel continued to eat," suspension paperwork states. "
Softcore Porn Actress In Ad Dumped by Ted Cruz Endorses Donald Trump
" Lindsay, a Houston native who lives in Los Angeles, tells CNN she's thought about it and has decided to endorse Donald Trump."
Texas Game Wardens Found Nearly a Half-ton of Pot Buried in Dunes on South Padre Island
"During what might be the busiest time of the year on South Padre Island — Spring Break and Semana Santa — Texas Game Wardens uncovered more than 900 pounds of pot hidden within sand dunes."
Hundreds of Endangered, Native Salamanders Missing from San Marcos Lab
"Federal investigators say the salamanders could have been lifted for their black market appeal — the species' rareness makes the stolen population worth about $15,000."
Power Ranger Says Texas Comicon Promoter Cheated Him Out of $1,300
"The San Antonio man who starred as the Red Ranger in the 1990s sitcom Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is mad as hell at Texas Comicon promoter Kris Kidd."
Case of the Abandoned Suckerfish: Animal Care Services Finds Peculiar Fish in Apartment
"The 2-foot-long fish was found in an abandoned apartment on the Southeast Side, with a dead fish inside the tank, too. Five dogs and three cats were also found in the home. "
Deez Nuts, Dead Gorilla Are About as Popular as Jill Stein in Texas
"If third-party enthusiasts in Texas believe Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein is a viable alternative to Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, they might want to take a look at a recent poll that shows she is tied with a dead gorilla and down a percentage point from a teenage prankster that goes by "Deez Nuts."'
Have You Seen One of These Fake Signs About Mexican Restaurants Banning Donald Trump Supporters?
"Circulating widely on social media, one sign, riddled with grammar errors, says Trump supporters cannot "HAVE YOUR TACO AND EAT IT TOO" at Taco Cabana. This is likely fake."
City Council Approves Group Cycles and Donkey-Drawn Carriages
"Donkeys, mules and zebras (if you could legally get your hands on one) also now have the all-clear to pull carriages. City Council also doubled the fee for carriage driver permits from $15 to $30."
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Trump Piñatas Are Flying Off the Shelves Ahead of SA Visit
"“The store has sold over a dozen in the past few weeks, and Reyes plans to stock more. But she won’t have any in time for Trump’s arrival in San Antonio — it takes her at least 15 days to make one of the larger piñatas. She hopes that a shipment of the smaller ones will arrive soon, but heavy rain has slowed down production since most of the piñatas are made outside."
Report: Cattle Rustlin' Is on the Rise
"A report by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association shows that ranchers in Texas and Oklahoma reported 6,423 head of livestock stolen or missing in 2015. That's up from 5,790 in 2014."
Olmos Park Convenience Store Sells Winning Powerball Ticket
"The Texas Lottery tweeted today that a Powerball ticket purchased at the Olmos Mart (4302 McCullough Ave.) matched five of last night's winning numbers without the Powerball — good enough for a $2 million prize."
Santikos Theaters Claims Company Hacked Its Phone Lines
"According to Santikos, CBS Telephone & Data allegedly spent hours hacking into the computer-based phone system Santikos previously purchased from the company, programming disconnected messages."
Happy Monday! (Also: Someone Left a Pile of Poop Outside Our Office)
"A kind reader left us a not-so-subtle message: a copy of last week's book, just feet from our front door, adorned with a steaming, fly-buzzing pile of feces."
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San Antonio Cop Suspended for Putting Whataburger Before His Job
"During the early morning hours of November 22, 2015, disciplinary reports show, SAPD Officer Gary R. Nel was at a Whataburger in northwest San Antonio eating when a call came in about a "very intoxicated" man who was at that very same location. While Nel was chowing down, another officer showed up at the location and told Nel he was heading outside to confront the suspect. Instead of helping out the other officer, "Nel continued to eat," suspension paperwork states. "
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