Five stories that have North Texas talking: Whataburger does prom; Fort Worth’s The Toadies transcend the second dimension for X-Men comic; my, how Dallas has grown; and more.
Ah, prom night. How do you feel when remember yours? Nostalgic. Nauseous. How about hungry? That’s probably how a dozen teenagers from Roma, Texas, who experienced their night through orange-colored glasses, will feel years from now.
Whataburger, the Texas burger chain, planned a couple’s prom night that included limousine transportation, professional photography and a fast food feast served on glassware and linen tablecloths. Oh, there were orange corsages and boutonnieres for everyone, too.
— Whataburger® (@Whataburger) May 10, 2016
In April, Fernando Lopez Garcia submitted his “promposal” video to Whataburger via social media as a part of the 2016 #WhatAProm competition. Sliding off a sedan with a live saxophone solo as his soundtrack, Garcia asked his date to prom in the presence of their fellow students in the parking lot of their high school. She said yes, and so did Whataburger, earning them the night of their young lives last weekend. Read more. [GuideLive, Whataburger]
Watch the promposal:
- The Toadies, will appear alongside The Flaming Lips in August issue of an X-Men comic. Fittingly, the Fort Worth rockers, who began playing since the ‘90s, will be drawn into X-Men ‘92 in which “the storylines revolve around the 1990s iteration of X-Men” according to Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The idea to feature the two rock bands came from writer Chad Bowers, who’s also a huge fan of their music. He told Billboard: “Getting to reference not just the bands, but the music and what those songs meant to us is pretty surreal, and unlike anything either of us imagined we'd be doing on X-Men '92. Mark Reznicek, Toadies drummer and comic book creator, is thrilled as well. “As a lifelong fan of comics in general, and X-Men in particular, I couldn’t be more excited that the Toadies are appearing as characters in X-Men ‘92.” Read more. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Billboard]
- Dallas-Fort Worth has expanded its square mileage by 48 percent since the 1970s. That number comes from a recent in-depth study on metropolitan growth in the U.S. from BuildZoom. CultureMap reported: “To put that into perspective, DFW added 269 square miles of urban development in the 1970s. From 2000-2009, we gained a whopping 398 square miles. Only Atlanta added more land during that time: 632 square miles. Houston was third, with 393 square miles.” In 2010, D-FW totaled 1,833 square miles. See how much the metro has grown since the 1940s. [CultureMap]
- A rogue bull was lassoed by a rancher after it casually walked around an Arlington neighborhood for four hours. On Monday, police started getting calls around 4:45 p.m. about the bull — one of two that got loose, The Dallas Morning News reported. “The bull was eventually captured at 8:38 p.m. after a man who runs a ranch in Dalworthington Gardens grabbed his horse and successfully lassoed the bull, police said.” Read the transcripts from confused 911 dispatches and watch the video of the chase below, taken by Scott Burns. [The Dallas Morning News]
- With graduation season underway, the burden of student loan debt looms larger and larger. Compared with other cities around the U.S., Dallas, Fort Worth and Denton aren’t the worst places for students to pay off loans slowly but surely. The least merciful North Texas City — Dallas — has a debt-to-income ratio of 74 percent, according to a study from WalletHub. The average student loan debt is $33,253 and average income is $45,100. See how other North Texas towns fared. [WalletHub, Dallas Business Journals]