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Matthew McConaughey will find himself in the hot seat during this week's episode of "Hot Ones."
McConaughey will join host Sean Evans in the popular show known for the tagline "the show with hot questions, and even hotter wings," at 10 a.m. Thursday on YouTube.
Hot Ones was created by Evans in 2015 and has since aired over 190 episodes. The show continued airing after the pandemic but in recent episodes, guests have filmed from home.
The premise of the show involves Evans interviewing his guests while eating 10 wings with different sauces, ranging in hotness. Throughout the show, guests typically begin to feel the heat of the wings, and struggle to focus on the questions asked.
All the hot sauces featured in Hot Ones are rated in Scoville Heat Units ranging from 1,700 to over 2 million. Although water and milk is provided to offset the spicy wings, some have not been able to finish all the wings. If a guest isn't able to finish all 10 wings, they can find themselves in the show's Hall of Shame.
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday that Texas will opt out of further federal unemployment benefits related to the pandemic effective June 26, citing the number of current job openings and concern about potentially fraudulent unemployment claims. The benefits include a $300 weekly supplement.
"The Texas economy is booming and employers are hiring communities across the state," Abbott said in a statement. "According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the number of job openings in Texas is almost identical to the number of Texans who are receiving unemployment jobs."
TWC listed 837,273 job openings as of Monday afternoon compared to 226,849 unemployment insurance claims filed statewide between March 31 and May 1. An estimated 1 million Texans were unemployed as of March, according to latest estimates released by the state agency.
Some local business owners, including Doc's Backyard Grill owner Charles Milligan, suspect unemployment benefits are deterring Austinites from returning to work. But others agree with economists who say multiple factors are at play, including health concerns and child care availability.
We're seeing lots of posts about how nobody wants to work right now. Just wanted to share our experience.
We received over 60 resumes for a taproom bartender position we posted last week. Every applicant we've set up an interview with has shown up.
People want 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 work.
— Austin Beerworks (@AustinBeerworks) May 11, 2021
Abbott also cited fraudulent unemployment claims. Between March 2020 and April 2021, TWC received 4.48 million unemployment benefit applications, 611,000 or around 14% of which were tagged as suspicious. Most of those tagged were blocked before any benefits were paid out, according to an April 29 press release.
Federal law requires the effective date of such benefits change to be at least 30 days after the U.S. Department of Labor is notified.
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