We are the best … right?
Everyone has an opinion, but here’s the age-old question: who has the right opinion?
Earlier this week we reported that the US News and World Report ranked Houston 39th on its “Best Places to Live in the US” list, after 27th from the previous reader.
While we were against ranking behind Austin and Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW are two cities – putting them together is a scam, we think), we can grudgingly accept the opinions of the US News and the World Report … maybe.
But then, TIME Approved “The Greatest Places in the World in 2021” and guess who made it on the list. Was it DFW? Lower? Was it Austin? No, too strange. But did Houston make it into the top 100 in the world? Because why shouldn’t we?
“Houston – which welcomed around 100,000 new residents in 2019 – has become one of the most diverse cities in the American South,” said Kayla Stewart wrote Per TIMEwhich confirms all of our pride and joy in Bayou City.
We are a little confused by the conflicting reports, however, and we weren’t the only ones. Rice University’s Children’s Institute recently introduced a new feature dedicated to breaking down the multitude of rankings our beautiful city lands on.
“These best places for lists”, writes Andy Olin for the feature, “which there are many, range from happiness, safety, and cycling to foodies, nude gardening, and working from home. … These leaderboards are mostly just for fun. None of them are likely to “drive” political change in real life. But what’s wrong with a bit of fun? ”
Really what is wrong with a little fun? But of course if you think DFW is better than Houston you are wrong.
Please adopt Hank
A local foster dog named Hank goes viral for 15 minutes after brightly colored and swearword-filled descriptions of his crafty ways went viral.
“He has 54 pounds of pure, pristine, kinetic energy with eyes like the sea,” wrote his foster mother Christine Clauder online. “Unfortunately, this ocean also sank the Titanic.”
Clauder found Hank last May and has been caring for the lovable, resilient and energetic puppy ever since.
“He’s got so much energy that Governor Abbott called us to see if he could hook up the Texas power grid,” Clauder continued bitteadopdank.comthat is dedicated to the search for its eternal home.
Her imaginative and exaggerated descriptions of “Hellion” and its “fancy AF”, “loyal AF” and “somehow trained” temperament sparked joy on social media and earned Hank letters People, today, and insider.
It might even have given him a home. Since July 23, there has been an adoption ban and this lovable dog. Good luck, Hank.
He’s a rocket man
Shoot at the moon, even if you miss it, you can go on an alien joyride with a billionaire. Seriously.
On July 20th, Amazon founders Jeff Bezos officially launched into suporbital space on a rocket from its space tourism company Blue Origin. After taking off in West Texas, Bezos, along with his brother and several other passengers, spent a total of 10 minutes above the ground and only three minutes in weightlessness.
Bezos’ success follows another billionaire, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson, who blew up suborbital from New Mexico on July 11th. Branson also spent a total of three minutes in a weightless state.
While these two adventures sparked conversations about the future of space travel as well as many memes, they caught the attention of the Federal Aviation Administration.
On July 19, the FAA announced It opened a new Houston branch to oversee and reinforce commercial space operations in Texas and New Mexico, such as the recent Bezos and Branson escapades.
“To keep the public safe as the pace of commercial space operations accelerates, the FAA must adapt, be agile and remain vigilant,” Wayne Monteith, assistant administrator for commercial space transportation for the FAA, said in a statement. “The Houston office will help us achieve these important goals.”
While the new office feels a little “that’s why we can’t have beautiful things”, supervision in this area is one very good thing So we descend into a science fiction world of supervillains and disasters at the end of the day.