Hannah Thornby

Hannah Thornby is a social content producer for statesman.com, austin360.com and mystatesman.com.

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GoFundMe for Fort Hood’s “Hug Lady” raises twice its goal in less than 24 hours
 Ralph Barrera/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Ever heard of Fort Hood’s “Hug Lady?” Hundreds of thousands of Fort Hood soldiers do. 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....

8:44 PM Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015

Ralph Barrera/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Ever heard of Fort Hood’s “Hug Lady?” Hundreds of thousands of Fort Hood soldiers do. 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....
Send us your photos for Veterans Day
 Send in your photos for Veterans Day for our Veterans Day gallery. To send them in, email us at readerphotos@statesman.com.

3:27 PM Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015

Send in your photos for Veterans Day for our Veterans Day gallery. To send them in, email us at readerphotos@statesman.com.
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. According to Forebears, a website which since 2012 has been using nearly every source imaginable — everything...

11:04 PM Monday, Nov. 09, 2015

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. According to Forebears, a website which since 2012 has been using nearly every source imaginable — everything...
Man’s story of father’s death at Airbnb rental 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...

10:19 PM Monday, Nov. 09, 2015

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 most Austin things ever to happen, according to Reddit
 Reddit, the “front page of the Internet,” is home to dozens of Austin-based sub-Reddits, which are each chock full of interesting tidbits and stories about the capital city. Though the most wide-ranging subreddit — R/Austin — is often dominated by non-residents who use the space to ask Austinites questions about...

8:58 PM Monday, Nov. 09, 2015

Reddit, the “front page of the Internet,” is home to dozens of Austin-based sub-Reddits, which are each chock full of interesting tidbits and stories about the capital city. Though the most wide-ranging subreddit — R/Austin — is often dominated by non-residents who use the space to ask Austinites questions about...
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...

7:56 PM Monday, Nov. 09, 2015

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 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. The financial news and opinion website recently used Google Trends and Google Adwords to name the most distinctively popular brand searches in each state, because...

10:56 PM Friday, Nov. 06, 2015

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. The financial news and opinion website recently used Google Trends and Google Adwords to name the most distinctively popular brand searches in each state, because...
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. Census Bureau. Using...

11:03 PM Thursday, Nov. 05, 2015

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. Census Bureau. Using...
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 Austin City Council regulations...

8:00 PM Thursday, Nov. 05, 2015

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 Austin City Council regulations...
Uber offering horse and buggy rides to protest regulations
 Credit: Uber Austin 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 Austin City Council...

5:57 PM Thursday, Nov. 05, 2015

Credit: Uber Austin 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 Austin City Council...
Fun Fun Fun Fest riders: the 10 best and weirdest demands from the fest’s artists
 This year, Fun Fun Fun Fest is celebrating 10 years as one of the most unique festivals in a city that is full of festivals. To commemorate the anniversary, the people who have put the fun in Fun Fun Fun Fest for the last 10 years have been spilling the beans on all the behind the scenes goings-on — everything from that one time...

11:51 PM Wednesday, Nov. 04, 2015

This year, Fun Fun Fun Fest is celebrating 10 years as one of the most unique festivals in a city that is full of festivals. To commemorate the anniversary, the people who have put the fun in Fun Fun Fun Fest for the last 10 years have been spilling the beans on all the behind the scenes goings-on — everything from that one time...