AUSTIN (KXAN) - The headlines were tantalizing. The reports were compelling. And the facts were ... bogus!
Yup, April Fools' Day in Austin played right into the keeping it weird spirit of Texas' capital city.
For example, Texas Monthly issued a prank tugging at the heartstrings of an old rivalry. The magazine Tweeted:
After writing that Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp and UT Board of Regent Wallace Hall paved the way to renew the rivalry with the common goal of embarrassing The University of Texas as much as possible, an "anonymous source" was quoted saying:
"I could get in a lot of trouble for telling you this, because it's not part of the public contract," said one official at the 40 Acres. "But there was a gentleman's agreement that if UT didn't win ten games for two straight years, ESPN could take over the entire football program.
Then the Burnt Orange Report issued a fake story saying State Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Houston, introduced a bill that would ban the production, consumption, or transport of breakfast tacos in Texas. The liberal-leaning blog and news site said the conservative Riddle was calling her bill the "Terror Taco Prevention Act."
Riddle is then quoted in a bogus interview with the Texas Tribune saying that making breakfast tacos leads to more illegal immigration.
"Where did this idea come from that everybody deserves beans and eggs in a taco, potatoes in a taco, migas in a taco, whatever? It comes from Mexico. It comes straight out of the pit of thousands of kitchens across our state. And it's cleverly disguised as having a tender tortilla shell. It's not a tender tortilla. It's ripping the heart out of this country."
UT's McCombs School of Business also joined the April Fools' fray, with their "first ever feline-in-residence," Business Cat.
The McCombs website wrote :
"McCombs really rolled out the red carpet for me," Business Cat said, "and I immediately clawed it up."
He hinted at innovative new programs he plans to implement during his residency, such as a multi-disciplinary degree in Laser Pointer Chasing, the TVL (Tender Vittles Lab) startup competition, and the BHP (Bossing Humans Program).
Then the Twitter account, @TexasHumor, tweeted out the following:
@TexasHumor: "Willie Nelson announces retirement: #SadDay http://t.co/rrMlBeRVGY
The tweet accompanied a photo of Willie, and text saying, "Retweet to scare the livin' daylights of everyone."
Austin concert venue Mohawk also had a lot of Texans fooled with their press release stating that they would be relocating to East Riverside along with Antone's and Emo's. The press release stated :
"The Mohawk's official new address is unknown, but it is rumored to have plans to build other stuff around it, like a Red Lobster trailer in the back (those biscuits are the jam – real talk). In celebration of this exciting news, local taggers have already begun to claim turf by marking the area with ‘YOLO RED RIVERSIDE' and ‘TOTES GONNA TWERK IT.'"
Even Austin's mayor Lee Leffingwell participated in the so-called holiday. His office released a statement saying:
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