Five stories that have North Texas talking: order a 24-karat-gold-covered pizza on Super Bowl Sunday; you can't get an Uber in Midland or Galveston; travel to the moon; and more.
In October, Fort Worth attorney and self-proclaimed, “Texas Law Hawk,” Bryan Wilson released a YouTube video promoting his law practice. The video alternates between Wilson yelling and a hawk screeching while the boisterous lawyer trumps through the Stockyards, pops wheelies on his mini motorcycle and busts a fake Halloween DUI scenario.
It rests on the border between hilarious and insane, and therefore, it went viral. He has a few similarly campy commercials, but this one has more than 1.5 million views on YouTube:
Wilson’s Internet fame and very loud voice won him a place in Taco Bell’s Super Bowl 50 ad.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported: “Taco Bell on Monday released a series of teaser ads for its Super Bowl commercial campaign, and Wilson was among three celebrity pitchmen appearing in videos holding a green box, because the Taco Bell product is so “top secret,” the company hasn’t even told them what it is yet. (Houston Rockets guard James Harden, and alien expert Giorgio A. Tsoukalos are the other featured personalities in the ads.)”
[Fort Worth Star-Telegram]
- Pizza Hut is offering pizza topped with $100 worth of 24-karat gold flakes for the Super Bowl. The Plano-based company chose to celebrate to the nines because it’s the Golden Anniversary of the game, which will be played in “The Golden State” — California. The Dallas Morning News reported: “Fans who order a Stuffed Garlic Knots Pizza from Pizza Hut on the day of the Big Game will have a chance to receive one of 50 Golden Garlic Knots Pizzas. The limited-edition pizza will be delivered in a custom, specially-designed golden box along with a $100 Pizza Hut Gold Card.” Only seven states, including Texas, are participating, so literally go for the gold, DFW. How much Pizza Hut pizza will America eat this Sunday? [Dallas Morning News]
— Pizza Hut (@pizzahut) February 2, 2016
- Residents of far north Fort Worth have to boil their water for cooking, drinking and making ice at least through this morning due to a city tank issue. The order was issued Thursday. Officials say water may have been contaminated when operational error wrongly led to draining of an elevated tank and loss of water pressure.” The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported: “The impacted area is bordered by Sendera Boulevard on the north, Willow Springs Road on the west, Haslet city limits on the east and Bonds Ranch Road on the south. It includes the Trails of Fossil Creek and Fossil Hill subdivision, according to a statement from the city.” Around 3,500 to 5,000 residents will be affected, including students of six Northwest Independent School District schools. Read more. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram, KERA News]
- Three Texas cities might have to change local laws in order to keep Uber as an active ride-sharing service for their residents. The Texas Tribune reported: “Citing 'burdensome regulations,' Uber ended service in Midland and Galveston on Monday. On Tuesday, Austin city officials debated how to move forward after a political action committee — largely funded by Uber and its top competitor, Lyft — submitted enough voter signatures to challenge a new ordinance the companies have argued will force them to leave that city as well.” Apparently if you’re a Midlander and try to access the app, Uber will generate a message criticizing the city council. Read more. [Texas Tribune]
- NASA has been shut down since 2011, but you can still travel to the moon. A new digital exhibit produced by the Texas Archive of the Moving Image includes film footage of the Apollo missions of the 1960s as well as home movies from Texas families watching the dramatic launches. From the press release, curator Dr. Afsheen Nomai said: “While the space program as a whole was truly national in scope, it is not a stretch to say that the heart of the Apollo program was in Texas. It was at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston that manned components of the Apollo spacecraft were designed and tested, it was where the astronauts were trained and returned to after their time on the Moon, and it was their lifeline to call to while in space.”