Moby Goes to Austin TX for X-Mas

We spent Christmas in Austin visiting family. Here’s our Austin trivia quiz. Fill in the blanks. Answers are at the bottom of each picture. Keep track of how many you get right. Leave a response and post your score. Winners (and losers) get a beer next time we see you.

1. First, an easy one: _____ was governor of Texas from _____ to _____ (years).

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George W. Bush was governor of Texas
from 1995 to 2000.

2. These _____ are native to _____ (continent) and are descendants of pet birds released in Austin. During the ______ (decade) they established self-sustaining colonies and now Austin has many of them living in town.

Monk Parakeets, native to South America, took hold in Austin in the 1970s.
Monk Parakeets, native to South America, took hold in Austin in the 1970s.

3. _____ is Austin’s premier outdoor swimming pool. The pool is part natural riverbed, part concrete and dam, and is fed by a natural spring with a year-round temperature of about _____ degrees. The spring’s average flow averages _____ million gallons/day.

Barton Springs maintains a temperature of about 70 degrees and has an average flow of about 31 million gallons/day. (3 points)
Barton Springs maintains a temperature of about 70 degrees and has an average flow of about 31 million gallons/day.

4. David G. Burnet served briefly as ad-interim president of the Republic of Texas in 1936. He holds a striking resemblance to_____. Staff members noted that he “grumbled ungraciously, was hard to please, and spent all his time giving orders and collecting _____.”

David G. Burnet looks just like Larry V. Callister. Unlike Larry, Burnet liked to give orders and collect souvenirs.
David G. Burnet looks just like Larry V. Callister. Unlike Larry, Burnet liked to collect souvenirs instead of doing his job.

5. This tree, found throughout the south, is known as a _____  because _____.

There are many kinds of live oaks found in the south.  They don't lose their leaves and remain green all winter.
There are many kinds of live oaks found in the south.
They don’t lose their leaves and remain green all winter.

6. Although hideous at dancing the Texas two-step, Larry and Moby excelled at Austin’s three-step back-in parking. The city went to this parking system in _____ (year) in order to increase parking capacity along _____ (famous Austin street).

Parking along South Congress Avenue's tourist strip has been back-in angle parking since summer of 2011.
Parking along South Congress Avenue’s tourist strip has been back-in angle parking since summer of 2011.

7. The Shipe House was built in 1892 in Austin’s Hyde Park neighborhood, site of the old state _____. Wood from the _____ was used in the home’s construction.

The Shipe House was built on the site of the old state fairgrounds and was partially built using wood from the grandstands.
The Shipe House was built on the site of the old state fairgrounds
and was partially built using wood from the grandstands.

9. The _____ is a famous BBQ place about  30 miles southwest of Austin and encourages customers to BYOB because _____.

The Salt Lick allows customers to bring in their own beer and wine. Why? Who knows. Texas liquor laws differ by county, and even place within a county. Some are dry, some wet, and some fall in between. Dripping Springs, in Hays county (location of the Salt Lick) allows selling/drinking alcohol (according to the Texas liquor commission's list from Nov. 2013), but who knows. This is so confusing that you should give yourself a point for any damn answer.
The Salt Lick allows customers to bring in their own beer and wine. Why? Who knows. Texas liquor laws differ by county, and even place within a county. Some are dry, some wet, and some fall in between. Dripping Springs, in Hays county (location of the Salt Lick) allows selling/drinking alcohol (according to the Texas liquor commission’s list from Nov. 2013), so who knows why the Salt Lick doesn’t sell booze.
Give yourself one point for any damn answer.
After a time-consuming search for an answer, I came up with nothing.

10. _____ was governor of Texas from 1963-1969. He is also known because he _____.

John Connally was riding in the car when President Kennedy was assassinated and was wounded (apparently--?--by the same bullet that killed Kennedy).
John Connally was riding in the car when President Kennedy was assassinated and was wounded (apparently–?) by the same bullet that killed Kennedy.

11. Another easy one: Austin is know for its _____. Larry sampled as many as he could. This one is manned by daughter Katie’s boyfriend, Nick.

Food trucks and carts are everywhere in Austin.
Food trucks and carts are everywhere in Austin.

12. William Sidney Porter, whose pen name was _____, moved to Austin in 1884 when he was 22. He worked for the First National Bank of Austin where he was accused of _____. Rather than stand trial, he fled to Honduras where he coined the term _____.

O. Henry (famous for his short stories) was accused of embezzlement. While in Honduras, he coined the term "banana republic."
O. Henry (famous for his short stories) was accused of embezzlement. While in Honduras, he coined the term “banana republic.”

13. The Texas state capitol displays the seals of six countries that–at one time–had sovereignty over Texas. The six countries are __, __, __, __, __, and __.

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The six countries are:

  • Spain (1519-1685 and 1690-1821) Above center.
  • France (1685-1690)
  • Mexico (1821-1836) Above left.
  • The Republic of Texas (1836=1845)
  • The Confederate States of America (1861-1865)
  • The United States (1845-1861 and 1865-present) Above right.

14. Austin is famous for its _____.

Austin = live music. Our favorite was The White Horse with country music every night, cheap beer, and no cover. Love it!
Austin = live music.
Our favorite was The White Horse with country music every night, cheap beer, and no cover.
Love it!

15. _____, one of Larry’s favorite plants loves the parks and waterways of Austin. According to the city of Austin, urushiol oil can remain on plants for _____ years after they die.

This poison ivy plant could give Larry a rash even after being dead for 5 years.
This poison ivy plant could give Larry a rash even after being dead for 5 years. Wow! Can that be true?

16. The Frost building in downtown Austin is reputed to look like an _____. Urban legend holds that the architects of the building were graduates of University of Texas’s rival, _____ University, whose mascot is said to resemble this building.

Is the Frost building really an owl placed in downtown Austin by a Rice University architect in order to mock UT?
Is the Frost building really an owl placed in downtown Austin
by a Rice University architect in order to mock UT?

17. _____ (name of bridge) is home to about 750,000 nesting female _____ that migrate here to give birth each summer. It’s the largest urban colony of these in North America. Watching these is a favorite Austin summertime event.

Narrow slits in the concrete under the Congress Avenue bridge
provide nesting sites for Mexican free tailed bats.

18. These are home to _____ , which are native to Austin but winter in _____.

The purple martin winters in South America but nests in Austin.
The purple martin winters in South America but nests in Austin. You’ll find these birdhouses in many Austin parks.

19. The so-called _____ plant is really an _____. It blooms every _____ to _____ years and then dies. Flower stalks can reach 15 feet.

Commonly called the century plant, members of the agave plant bloom every 10-25 years.
Commonly called the century plant, members of the agave plant bloom every 10-25 years.

12 thoughts

  1. Not sure I got any right…maybe a few?! Still was a great lesson and fun to read! Thanks! Looking forward to sharing that drink once you get over to our neck of the waters 🙂
    Desiree

  2. I got a 74, including the self-appointed Extra Credit. Which I still give even though RSD forbids it. What’re they gonna do? FIRE me?!?

    And Vermont has BYOB service as well, FYI

  3. I really bombed the triva test. How embarrasing not to know vital information about an area that is poised to succeed and become a new nation!

  4. We had a huge agave that flowered and died. It was amazing! Like Jack and the Beanstalk. Nice turtles in that Barton Springs, too! I like Austin. Sounds like you did, too!

  5. I believe Hays county used to be dry and the Salt lick never changed. You can bring in your own cooler however! Been there twice, want to go back.

  6. Proud to say that I answered only 1 & 1/2 correctly–Connally and O. Henry. Why would I want to know anything about Texas except that I never want to go there?!!! Hope you enjoy your visit in the red state though. The food is probably pretty interesting and there’s always the Bush (so-called) Library. Take care and Happy New Year to you and Moby.

    1. That Library probably has no books other than the Dick and Jane series, which is because they think it is about how Cheney has put Fonda in her place..

  7. I went to OSU, I could only answer beer related questions. One quick add, if you haven’t already left. Go to the bike shop of Austin’s disgraced favorite son. Ask why they call the shop Mellow Johnny’s and why some refer to him as Juan Pelota. kinda funny. have fun guys be safe.

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