Austin News Quiz

Test your Austin pop culture skills with our 2013 quiz

Stephen Robinson and Michael Frey, West Sixth Street, Kung Fu Austin
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Bar Rescue logo
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The Brixton sign
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Texas Christian University
Ramen Tatsu-Ya in Austin
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Austin skyline from above
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As the final hours of 2013 pass, take a quick look back at a few of the pop culture moments that made headlines here in Austin, across Texas and, in some cases, around the world.

Which downtown bar ignited a racially-charged, social media frenzy after admitting a white man in basketball shorts while denying entry to his African-American friend standing directly behind him?

Kung Fu Saloon

Michael Frey and Stephen Robinson tried to enter Kung Fu Saloon to join a group of friends who were already inside. Frey and Robinson approached the bouncer together. Both were wearing shorts that ended below the knee, a violation of Kung Fu's dress code.

Frey, who is white, was allowed to enter. Robinson, who is black and was sporting the same basketball shorts as his buddy, was not.

In March, Bar Rescue aired an episode featuring two local Austin bars. What were their original names?

The Brixton (which was renamed by Bar Rescue as "Rocket Room 6" before the owners changed it back less than two days later) was one bar featured in the episode.

Headhunters on Red River Street also underwent a renovation during the episode. They have kept their new name, "Metal and Lace," for about a year.

11-year-old Carson Huey-You made headlines when he started his freshman year at what Texas university?

Texas Christian University.

The 11-year-old is attending Texas Christian University to become a quantum physicist. Huey-You is starting off his freshman year at age 11, although he was admitted at age 10. The dean of admissions couldn’t recall ever accepting such a young student — or one with such a spotless record.

Can you name the three Austin restaurants that made it onto Bon Appetit's Best New Restaurants list?

Ramen Tatsu-ya, Jeffrey's and Sway all made the list in 2013.

Why did North Korea threaten to nuke Austin (along with Washington, DC, and Los Angeles) in 2013?

Well, we don't really know, but it did inspire a pretty awesome Twitter hashtag #whyaustin.