Hannah Thornby, Austin American-Statesman

Hannah Thornby

Austin American-Statesman

Austin, TX, United States

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Past articles by Hannah:

GoFundMe for Fort Hood’s “Hug Lady” raises twice its goal in less than 24 hours

Ever heard of Fort Hood's "Hug Lady?" Hundreds of thousands of Fort Hood soldiers have. The "Hug Lady, also known as Elizabeth Laird, has been at almost every single deployment and homecoming ceremony to give hugs to incoming and outgoing Fort Hood soldiers since 2003. → Read More

Man’s story of father’s death at Austin-area Airbnb goes viral

A man's story about his father's tragic death at an Austin-area Airbnb is going viral. Posted Monday by a writer named Zak Stone on Medium.com's Matter blog, "Living and Dying on Airbnb," recalls a tragic incident two years ago when Stone's father died while in town to visit family for Thanksgiving: "The... → Read More

The most Austin things ever to happen, according to Reddit

Reddit, the "front page of the Internet," is home to dozens of Austin-based subreddits, which are each chock full of interesting tidbits and stories about the capital city. → Read More

The most popular surnames in Travis County in 1880 and 2014

How much has Travis County changed in the last 100 years? It's not as easy as say, looking at then-and-now pictures of the Austin skyline, but one way to tell is to look at how how people's last names have changed. → Read More

The most distinctive brand searches in every state, according to Google Trends

What's one of the ways that the 50 states differ from each other? How much each google McDonald's, according to a new post from 24/7 Wall Street. → Read More

How weird is Texas compared to the other 49 states?

Weirdness. Some would say it's immeasurable. Business Insider, on the other hand, would say it's very much quantifiable -- so quantifiable, in fact, that it's possible to rank the weirdness of each and every state plus the District of Columbia using numbers released from the U.S. → Read More

Uber offering horse and buggy rides to protest regulations

If you ask Uber, trying to regulate its service and other ride-hailing companies would be to undo progress on how people get around nowadays. This was clear in a Statesman editorial board conversation last month with David Plouffe, a chief adviser to Uber, in which he argued that proposed ... → Read More

Austin named a top city for conferences

Have you ever seen throngs of out-of-towners wearing conference badges hanging from lanyards making their way through downtown or heading back across the Congress Avenue bridge to their hotels? Chances are you have, even if... → Read More

Texas election day: Uber offering free rides to and from the polls

Happy Election Day, Texas! To make it easier on voters, Uber is offering free rides to and from polling places today, Nov. 3. http://twitter.com/Uber_ATX/status/661558453903691776 First-time Uber users can use the promo code "TexasVOTES" for rides up to $15 each way. → Read More

Former Austin City Council candidate buys JebCanFixIt.com before Bush campaign

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tried to re-jumpstart his bid for president earlier this week with a new slogan: "Jeb Can Fix It." Besides a flurry of mocking Internet memes, the new slogan's first downfall came by way of an Austin man, former Austin City Council District 6 candidate Jim Flanni... → Read More

New Texas college rankings unlike any we’ve seen before

For the first time in its long history -- the newspaper was first established in 1843 -- the Economist has gotten into the college rankings game. What makes their new rankings noteworthy is not that the Economist is adding to what's already a college... → Read More

Are these the snobbiest cities in Texas?

Are you reading this because you think that Austin might have just been named the snobbiest place in Texas? Spoiler alert: It wasn't. According to RoadSnacks, an "infotainment" website, that would be Piney Point Village outside of Houston. → Read More

Interactive map shows Texas’ most congested roadways

A new interactive map of data from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute puts Texas drivers' traffic woes from around the state in perspective. → Read More

Astronaut Scott Kelly tweets picture of Hurricane Patricia from space

Don't know what to think of Hurricane Patricia, the Category 5 Hurricane which on Friday became the most powerful hurricane ever measured in the Western Hemisphere? Astronaut Scott Kelly might be able to offer some perspective: http://twitter. → Read More

Texas-born singer, Austin-based political strategist rank among America’s most influential women

One of the most influential women in America, according to Marie Claire, lives among us. Austin-based political strategist Rachel Kania made the women's magazine's recent list, which sought to recognize "impressive women operating largely behind the scenes. → Read More

Are these the most hipster places in Austin?

Can hipsterdom be quantified? A little over a year ago, Priceonomics made waves with their "Hipster Music Index," which sought to evaluate alleged "hipster music tastes" by a simple comparison of how many bands a person likes are shared and discussed on Facebook versus how often those bands ... → Read More

Are hipsters reviving archaic language?

Let's get something out of the way upfront: A lot of hipsters live, grow mustaches, drink craft beer and ride fixed-gear bikes in our fair city, the city of Austin. This reality has been discussed again and again. → Read More

‘Texas’ is slang for ‘crazy’ in Norway

Y'all already all know that Texas is known for its slang. The state is home to a slew of Southern colloquialisms as well as totally unique sayings you won't hear anywhere else. → Read More

‘Texas’ is slang for ‘crazy’ in Norway

Y'all already all know that Texas is known for its slang. The state is home to a slew of Southern colloquialisms as well as totally unique sayings you won't hear anywhere else. → Read More

Texas Tribune Fest 2015: Follow ‘One on one with Nancy Pelosi’ live

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