Texas is covered with armadillos. And not just on the roads, either. Because of this, we at Austin City Links are dedicating this page to the importance of armadillos (specifically, the nine-banded variety).
Armadillos don't see well. They don't hear well, either. But they do have long, sharp claws, and they have been known to eat lawyers. The armadillo may well be the best-loved animal in Austin.
The Armadillo World Headquarters was once the hottest club in Austin, and it's still quite a legend around these parts. It consisted of a large auditorium and Biergarten, and the inside walls were decorated with large murals of local musical heroes/heroines festooned with armadillos, all by artist Jim Franklin. The cutting table in the kitchen featured casework made from the pine benches of the Vulcan Gas Company, another legendary Austin club. All sorts of people played there, ranging from Willie Nelson and Jerry Jeff Walker to folks like Frank Zappa, Kraftwerk, and Roxy Music. The Armadillo was located at the corner of South 1st Street and Barton Springs Road, but the land was bought out in the 1980's and is now home to a highrise bank building.
Armadillos are so popular in Austin, that they even have a convention named for them. ArmadilloCon is Austin's local science fiction convention, and they never fail to have a great T-Shirt with an armadillo on it.
'Dillos are also used to get around downtown Austin for free. (They're not really armadillos, just these green trolley-looking things.)
Feel free to tell us some more.
Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?
A: To show the armadillo that it could be done.
Q: How many [your favorite group to slander] does it
take to eat an armadillo?
A: Three: one to eat it, and two to watch for cars.
Special thanks to Winston Taylor and Jim Gibson for their memories of the Armadillo World Headquarters.
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