How to Confuse Out of Towners: Amarillo’s Quirky Things
Amarillo is a unique town. We are smack dab in the middle of I-40 and we are in the top of Texas, so we have things very unique to our map dot.
We have some very strange things happening in Amarillo, things that make other people go hmm.
Here are some Quirky things about Amarillo that always need explanation.
What is a Sod Poodle?
We get this question a lot, and we didn't even know what a Sod Poodle was until we got our minor league baseball team.
Answer: a prairie dog.
And if I may expand on this...I don't care who said that "sod poodle" has always been a nickname for prairie dogs....none of us Amarillo natives had ever heard anybody use the term before the baseball team names were announced. Periodt.
Why are there random giant legs in a field and why do you have Cadillacs stuck upside down in the ground?
These two questions have the same answer.
Answer: A very eccentric man by the name of Stanley Marsh, thought he would create art installments in some random fashion around the area. Believe it or not, the giant legs and upside down rusty cars are just two of the weird art projects that the controversial philantropist funded.
What's with the giant steak?
Answer: The Lee Family opened The Big Texan decades ago and to attract visitors they created a 72oz steak challenge. If you can finish it you win the meal, a t-shirt, and bragging rights. If you can't you just ate a $72 meal. Many try and fail, but few have accomplished the feat. At least one has completed 2 of these complete meals in less than an hour, in fact 15 minutes, shout out Molly Schuler.
Is it true there are nuclear warheads in Amarillo, can the city explode?
Answer: We have Pantex between Amarillo and Panhandle, they disassemble nuclear warheads, and it is possible we could explode but highly unlikely.
What's that Smell?
Answer: It's the smell of money. It's the luxurious smell the cows make in Hereford and feed yards all over the Texas Panhandle. As I heard it called, its "The Perfume of the Panhandle"
Why do people say "Do What"?
Answer: It's a generational thing, when someone says something, and the brain heard it but didn't register what you just said, "Do What?" comes out. In normal people speak, it would be, "What did you just say?"
Where the heck did my catalytic converter go?
Answer: Unfortunately, this seems to be a prime-time thing to steal now in Amarillo. The thieves are quick and even cut and run in the daylight. Fortunately, a group of thieves was caught, unfortunately, others exist. Here's some tips on how to keep your catalytic converter safe.
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