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Friday Wrap: Clay Aiken's Political Career, Anti-microbial Smartphones, and More...

by: Burnt Orange Report

Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 04:00 PM CST

It's Friday! Time for your Burnt Orange Reporters to close some browser tabs and touch on the issues of the week.

This week, Texas got a new football coach: Charlie Strong. Amid plenty of absurd reaction pieces, we found this Blazing Saddles-inspired gif, poking fun at people who didn't know what to make of the hire:

Below the jump, learn how to pronounce some tricky cheeses, browse the real estate listing for Chuck Norris's old house, look at some upside down peope in right side up clothes, and more...

Chuck Norris Facts: You don't own Chuck Norris's old house. It owns you.

-Katherine Haenschen


Sometimes picking a cheese can be overwhelming (especially if you don't have a trustworthy cheesemonger to help you on your way). Thanks to this handy dandy list, you can rest assured that there are ten you can pronounce correctly. (The oh-so IRR-a-tee is a personal favorite of mine.) Now that you can say it, go grab a slice!

-Genevieve Cato


In the near future, your iPhone, Android phone, or tablet may be able to clean itself from harmful microbes. This week, Gorilla Glass announced their new version of Gorilla Glass, a product found on many popular portable devices, will include an anti-microbial agent designed to disinfect the device through its entire life. Here's Corning's video announcement of the new generation of Gorilla Glass:

-Joseph Vogas


Oklahoma, where the fatal atomic wedgie comes sweeping down the plains!

-Katherine Haenschen


A photographer took pictures of upside-down people wearing right-side up clothes. But don't take my word for it.

-Natalie San Luis


Today a set of new rules from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will go into effect to help protect homeowners and homebuyers from the types of harmful mortgage practices that caused the housing crisis.

-Emily Cadik


If Chris Christie isn't enough for you, check out this primer on other political scandals based on abuse of the power of one's office.

-Katherine Haenschen


He won America's hearts with his voice, now he's hoping to win them with his politics--Clay Aiken is reportedly considering a Democratic Congressional run in his home state of North Carolina.

-Katie Singh


Things are shaking up at the Texas Railroad Commission after a series of earthquakes in North Texas caused damage to citizens' homes. Local residents' concerns have led to the Commission hiring a seismologist to help determine if there is a connection between the quakes and oil and gas waste disposals in the Barnett Shale used during fracking.

-Joe Deshotel


Houston has a critical shortage of hipsters.... for now.

-Katherine Haenschen

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