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I moved to Austin a few months ago, and before I moved, I could tell you three things about the city.
1. The University of Oklahoma sucks for some reason.
2. The barbecue is amazing.
3. Everyone here is weird as hell.
I mean, it’s the motto, right? Keep Austin Weird. It’s what Austinites pride themselves on and for good reason. Weird isn’t bad. It’s new, it’s cool, it’s out of the ordinary.
Middle-schoolers at the Magnolia School in Bee Cave wanted to know, specifically, about the laws that make Austin weird. They asked their teacher, Hali Vik: What are the weirdest laws in Austin and Texas?
Vik didn’t have an answer, so she submitted the question to KUT’s ATXPlained project.
“It’s really important that my students put something out into the world and they hear back from adults so they know … people care,” Vik said. “So, we formulated the question and I sent it in.”
To answer the students’ question, I turned to the most bad-ass librarian I have ever met.
Amy Small and her team at the Texas Legislative Library sat down in a corner of the library and started sifting through books and books and books of old Texas laws. She opened to bookmarked pages and pointed to some of her favorite examples of weird laws. As a woman in journalism who loves wacky crap, I wanted to see the students’ reactions.
Small and I met them in their classroom to deliver the answer. Here’s how they took it: