This week on the Texas Miracle, the Observer‘s weekly compendium of everything you need to know, but maybe wish you didn’t, about the Lone Star State: Our Stump-A-Ferner (that’s foreigner, for you ferners) game show pits a real live New Yorker against a Houston native to see who knows more about the six flags of Texas. Going into this week’s round, the current score is Ferners: 0 and Texans: 0. Will this be the week someone pulls ahead? Tune in to find out.
And: What’s weird in Texas? Observer staffer and Strangest Stater Patrick Michels brings us the wildest news from the far-flung Friendly State, including a vampire heist at a Texas hair salon and a be-hooved Taco Bell patron in Fort Worth.
Plus: As American cops become more and more militarized, what are we to make of the unprecedented use of a killer robot in Dallas this summer? Our journalist roundtable — the Houston Chronicle‘s Andrea Zelinski, Observer freelancer Alex Hannaford, Austin food writer Paula Forbes and host Andrea Grimes — ponders this strange new reality, along with exploring Sid Miller’s latest fantasy: That he’s on Donald Trump’s agricultural squad.