Amanda O'Donnell

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Amanda O'Donnell is a social content producer for the Austin American-Statesman.

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US Postal Service to debut first ever scratch-and-sniff stamps in Austin
 What does summer smell like? You’ll have to scratch to find out. The U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday that it would debut its first ever scratch-and-sniff stamps right here in Austin, Texas.  According to a press release, the stamps are set to be revealed at a ceremony June 20 at the Thinkery. Each stamp is decorated...

Posted: a day ago

What does summer smell like? You’ll have to scratch to find out. The U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday that it would debut its first ever scratch-and-sniff stamps right here in Austin, Texas.  According to a press release, the stamps are set to be revealed at a ceremony June 20 at the Thinkery. Each stamp is decorated...
Pond keeps unwanted pet fish out of San Marcos River
 Conservationists are hoping that a small pond in San Marcos will help protect endangered species in the San Marcos River. The pond, about 4 feet long and 3 feet wide, was built about a year and a half ago by the San Marcos Discovery Center for people who want to drop off unwanted pet fish. Otherwise such non-native fish, if dumped into the...

Posted: a day ago

Conservationists are hoping that a small pond in San Marcos will help protect endangered species in the San Marcos River. The pond, about 4 feet long and 3 feet wide, was built about a year and a half ago by the San Marcos Discovery Center for people who want to drop off unwanted pet fish. Otherwise such non-native fish, if dumped into the...
Austin Answered: What are all those white bikes around town?
 Austin Answered is the Austin American-Statesman’s attempt to get you the answers to your questions. And stat. Readers are encouraged to write in with questions about things they’ve grown curious about while living in, what strives to always be, a very weird place.  An anonymous asker posed the question recently: &ldquo...

Posted: a day ago

Austin Answered is the Austin American-Statesman’s attempt to get you the answers to your questions. And stat. Readers are encouraged to write in with questions about things they’ve grown curious about while living in, what strives to always be, a very weird place.  An anonymous asker posed the question recently: &ldquo...
Texas Humor founder responds after woman requests ‘learn English or go home’ T-shirt
 The founder of the popular online shop and various social media accounts of Texas Humor, took to Twitter Thursday to respond to a woman’s request for a T-shirt reading “Welcome to Texas, learn English OR GO home!”  Texas Humor sells T-shirts, hats and other merchandise branded with various Texas-themed sayings...

Posted: 6 days ago

The founder of the popular online shop and various social media accounts of Texas Humor, took to Twitter Thursday to respond to a woman’s request for a T-shirt reading “Welcome to Texas, learn English OR GO home!”  Texas Humor sells T-shirts, hats and other merchandise branded with various Texas-themed sayings...
What is ‘delicious’? Torchy’s Tacos featured in ‘Jeopardy!’ answer
 What is “If you can’t answer this ‘Jeopardy!’ question you definitely need to rethink calling yourself an Austinite?”  Torchy’s Tacos was pleased to see they got a “Jeopardy!” shout out Monday. Austin’s beloved taco joint was featured in a clue in the category ...

Posted: 7 days ago

What is “If you can’t answer this ‘Jeopardy!’ question you definitely need to rethink calling yourself an Austinite?”  Torchy’s Tacos was pleased to see they got a “Jeopardy!” shout out Monday. Austin’s beloved taco joint was featured in a clue in the category ...
WATCH: Impressive lightning strike illuminates downtown Austin
 Although it didn’t rain in Austin for long Tuesday night, the lightning put on a spectacular evening show.  KXAN shared a video of an impressive strike of lightning lasting nearly 10 seconds that illuminated the city skyline on Facebook and Twitter. The video, which was taken by Ashley Green, has since been shared some 11,000 times...

Posted: 7 days ago

Although it didn’t rain in Austin for long Tuesday night, the lightning put on a spectacular evening show.  KXAN shared a video of an impressive strike of lightning lasting nearly 10 seconds that illuminated the city skyline on Facebook and Twitter. The video, which was taken by Ashley Green, has since been shared some 11,000 times...
Conservationists in San Marcos build pond specifically for unwanted pet fish
 If for whatever reason you decide you and your pet fish are not going to work out, do not throw them into the San Marcos River.  If you remain tempted, however, to dispose of your former friend in a public body of water, San Marcos conservationists have a solution. The San Marcos Discovery Center has built a small pond specifically for...

Posted: 8 days ago

If for whatever reason you decide you and your pet fish are not going to work out, do not throw them into the San Marcos River.  If you remain tempted, however, to dispose of your former friend in a public body of water, San Marcos conservationists have a solution. The San Marcos Discovery Center has built a small pond specifically for...
5 places to eat wings in Austin
 It doesn’t have to be football season for you to sit down and enjoy picking the meat off a big plate of chicken wings. It doesn’t have to be cold outside and it doesn’t have to be the Fourth of July.  When you think about it, every season is wing season. Here’s where you can really revel in that delicious fact...

Posted: 8 days ago

It doesn’t have to be football season for you to sit down and enjoy picking the meat off a big plate of chicken wings. It doesn’t have to be cold outside and it doesn’t have to be the Fourth of July.  When you think about it, every season is wing season. Here’s where you can really revel in that delicious fact...
What is Texas’ most popular vanity license plate design? 
 For the second year in a row Texans have made it clear they have a preference when it comes to vanity license plates.  In 2017 (and 2016) the state’s “Classic Black” design was the best selling vanity license plate, according to MyPlates.com. The design, of which some 9,500 were sold during 2017, was the standard...

Posted: 9 days ago

For the second year in a row Texans have made it clear they have a preference when it comes to vanity license plates.  In 2017 (and 2016) the state’s “Classic Black” design was the best selling vanity license plate, according to MyPlates.com. The design, of which some 9,500 were sold during 2017, was the standard...