Are you a true Austinite? These questions put you to the test

The hashtag #HoustonVerificationQuestions was trending on Twitter this week, as Houston residents asked each other questions about living in the city. Twitter users polled each other on everything from rap lyrics to what speed limit signs really mean.

A handful of people have caught on to the trend in Austin. For example, if you’re an OG Austinite, you know the answer to this one and you can’t help but sing along:

So, what are Austin’s verification questions? The Statesman web team gathered these ideas (answers below):

  1. Where can you redeem your used Longhorns game ticket for a free crunchy taco?
  2. How many people does it take to finish a Don Juan?
  3. Where was the airport before Austin-Bergstrom International Airport?
  4. What temperature is Barton Springs Pool?
  5. Where is the original Kerbey Lane Café located?
  6. Before “Lady Bird Lake,” it was called ________.
  7. What was the best show you saw at Liberty Lunch?
  8. Who has two braids and no regard for recreational drug use laws?
  9. Which South Congress café is “sorry” to be open?
  10. Can you  name at least two surnames of the former Austin mayor whose first name is Carole?
  11. Finish this iconic Austin song lyric: “I wanna go home with the _______.”
  12. How do you pronounce Manchaca? What about Burnet? Buda? Guadalupe?
  13. Do you know what Celebration Station is? What about Pandamonium? Discovery Zone?
  14. What season is it if it’s 90 degrees?
  15. Do YOU know Betty Blackwell?
The Austin skyline from the 23rd floor of the Skyhouse Apartments on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
The Austin skyline from the 23rd floor of the Skyhouse Apartments on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The hashtag hasn’t really taken off in Austin just yet, but now that Dallas is catching on to the trend, Houstonians are feeling a little salty:

It’s OK, y’all. We’ll just sit back and watch the feud.




  1. Taco Bell.
  2. It depends on the size of your stomach and how determined you are (also, probably how much you drank the night before).
  3. You now know the area as the Mueller development.
  4. Between 68 and 70 degrees year-round.
  5. It’s on Kerbey Lane. Shocker.
  6. Town Lake. The name was changed in 2007 to Lady Bird Lake to honor Lady Bird Johnson, the wife of President Lyndon B. Johnson.
  7. Liberty Lunch closed in 1999, but its spirit lives on. Read more about the effort to preserve the memories of one of Austin’s most beloved music institutions.
  8. Willie Nelson, a.k.a. the unofficial mayor of Austin. He’s been arrested at least five times for marijuana possession.
  9. Magnolia Café, an Austin staple.
  10. Carole Keeton Strayhorn, born Carole Stewart Keeton, went by the name Carole McClellan when she served as Austin’s mayor in the 1970s, but she was Carole Keeton Rylander when she was elected to the Texas Railroad Commission in 1994. So…you had a lot of options here.
  11. Armadillo. What else? (Here are 10 facts about the official small mammal of Texas.)
  12. Man-shack. Burn-it. Byoo-duh. Guada-loop. Any questions? 
  13. If you were a kid in Austin in the 1980s and 90s, the only correct answer to this question is, “the best place in the world.” These were basically indoor playscapes (think Chuck E. Cheese, but better), and pretty much everybody had their birthday parties there. I distinctly remember going to see that horrible Shaq movie “Kazaam” and then going to Pandamonium afterward, which is probably the most ’90s Austin kid thing to ever happen.
  14. Trick question. All of ’em. 
  15. Everybody knows Betty Blackwell.

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