Austin is an interesting place. You find downtown situated next to hippy-East, a green belt running through it pass the lake to Zilker Park, just next to South Congress with its electic mix of vintage stores and an eclectic mix of food trucks scattered all across town.
We are very new to Austin but I want to pen down 2 things we just discovered which are hilariously weird:
1. Eeyore’s Birthday
So apparently this epic birthday party started all the way back in 1967 as a spring picnic, organized by a Professor from the University of Texas at Austin. For many years it remained as a UT tradition, but it eventually became part of the Austin hippie subculture and is now a city-wide festival. The birthday party doesn’t actually fall on Eeyore’s birthday – in the Winnie the Pooh classic, Eeyore believed that his friends had forgetten his birthday only to discover that they had planned a surprise party for him.
So if you’re expecting cake, lots of people and food at this party in the woods, you are only half right. Every last Saturday of April, this weird party includes various other activities such as:
- Crazy costumes
- Body painting
- Uni-cycle football
- Egg tossing
- Drum circles
2. Chicken Shit Bingo
Stop to speculate for a second as to what Chicken Shit Bingo could actually entail.
Well, here it is:
The game of bingo, which is the ultimate game of chance and boredom, is one of the 10,000 ways to spend Sunday evenings in Austin. Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon features an amusing game of Chicken Shit Bingo that relies entirely on the unpredictable bowels of a chicken in a cage on a pool table. Contestants throw down hard earned cash on a number and cheer and jeer for about an hour waiting for that special moment, while country singers perform and provide commentary.
We will probably/definitely come across a lot more strange things along the way…
Until then, Keep Austin Weird!