AUSTIN (KXAN) - A potential threat from North Korea towards Austin was met with more laughter and shrugged shoulders than any kind of fear.
"I don't think anyone takes those threats seriously. They make those threats all the time," said Lance Hoke who was casually walking the hike and bike trail as news of the threat spread.
The idea of missile landing in Austin was cause for plenty of jokes on Twitter. A #whyaustin hashtag created theories on why Kim Jong-Un would want to destroy Austin.
One person speculated that Kim is upset with Trudy's limit of two Mexican martinis per customer while another wondered if he had been kicked out of the Alamo Drafthouse for texting.
But Rodger Baker, Vice President of East Asian Analysis at Stratfor, thinks there is a perfectly logical explanation.
"What you are really seeing is an older map from when George W. Bush was president," said Baker. "Hitting Texas would have been a symbolic target."
The manner in which the threat was discovered also is reason for skepticism.
"If you are trying to do secret targeting, you are not going to publish it on the front page."
Baker says it is unrealistic to think North Korea even has the capability to launch a missile that could hit Austin and would not even make a sensible target if North Korea wanted to hit the United States.
The City of Austin also had a humorous take on the situation with a 1951 instructional video.
The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
A man is charged with murder in the shooting death Wednesday of a woman at a North Austin auto repair shop, police said Friday.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
As the Austin area prepares itself for an impending winter storm on Friday, Dec. 6, many schools have already announced delays.
It's the first criminal charge following a yearlong criminal investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
With freezing temperatures pushing through the region, heating systems will likely be working overtime, which can bring rising energy bills.