Just how Houston are you? Take this quiz to find out!

Houston, we have a quiz! Unveiling the ultimate adventure to test your H-Town savvy

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Grab your cowboy boots and buckle up, because this edition of the Things To Do newsletter is taking you on a wild ride through the heart of Houston! 🐎🏙️ We’ve dusted off one of our most beloved quizzes from the KPRC 2 vault to see just how Houston you truly are. So, tighten your boots and let’s saddle up for some good ol’ Houston fun!

Now, I know what you’re thinking – this ain’t your grandma’s traditional Things To Do newsletter, and you’re absolutely right! We’re flipping the script and throwing convention out the window because, hey, Houstonians are anything but conventional. So, buckle up for a rollercoaster of Houston goodness because, in lieu of our usual programming, we’re treating you to a super fun Houston-centric quiz extravaganza!

Picture it as your personal Houston GPS, guiding you through the city’s twists and turns, highlighting the spots you might have missed, and shining a spotlight on those hidden gems waiting to be uncovered. It’s like a treasure hunt, but instead of X marking the spot, it’s all about marking your Houston experiences off that bucket list. Get ready to navigate through the quirks and charms of H-Town with our quiz – the compass to your Houston adventure! 🗺️✨

So, what are you waiting for? Take the quiz, tally up those points, and let us know how Houston you really are! And remember, no cheating – this is Houston, not the Wild West!

Y’all have a rootin’ tootin’ good time!

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🚀 The ‘Just how Houston are you?’ quiz

  1. If you’ve met Mattress Mack, add 5. If you are Mattress Mack, add 20. If you’re not sure who the heck Mattress Mack is, subtract 20.
  2. If you’ve soaked up the view from the observation deck at the top of the San Jacinto Monument, add 10. If you overcame a crippling fear of heights to do so, add 5.
  3. If you’ve feasted your way through Chinatown, add 10. If you’ve shopped at Hong Kong City Mall, add 5.
  4. If you call that little road that parallels the freeway a feeder road, add 5. A feeder, add 10. A frontage, access or service road, subtract 15.
  5. If you’ve seen someone snapping their quinceañera photos in Hermann Park, add 5. If you had YOUR quinceañera photos taken at Hermann Park, add 15.
  6. If you’ve purchased a book from Brazos Bookstore, add 10. If you proceeded to walk across the street and purchase more books at Murder By The Book afterward, add 5 more.
  7. If you know what a SLAB is, add 5. If you know what the acronym SLAB stands for, add 5 more. If you yourself drive a slab, add 15. Does your slab have swangas? Add 20.
  8. If you’ve gone shopping at The Galleria, add 10. Ice skating, add 5. If you’ve ever gotten lost in The Galleria’s labyrinth-like parking garages, add 5.
  9. If you’ve eaten your weight in waffles, wings, pancakes and “biskits” at the Breakfast Klub, add 10.
  10. If you’ve purchased records at Cactus Music or Vinal Edge, add 10. Both? Add 10 more.
  11. If you’ve walked the spiral path up to the top of the 30-foot mount in McGovern Centennial Gardens, add 10. If you picnicked on the Centennial Green afterward, add 5 more.
  12. If you’ve snapped a photo of downtown Houston’s skyline while at Eleanor Tinsley Park, add 10. If you’ve watched the city’s annual Fourth of July firework show at Eleanor Tinsley Park, add 5. If you knew Eleanor Tinsley, add 5 more.
  13. If you’ve taken a ride on Hermann Park Railroad, add 10.
  14. If you’ve gotten lost in downtown Houston’s sprawling underground tunnel system, add 10. If you grabbed a bite to eat while you were down there, add 5 more.
  15. If you know who the Allen Brothers are, add 10. If you know which one married Charlotte Baldwin, add 5. If you think the Allen Brothers are some sort of musical duo, you’re mistaken, subtract 15.
  16. If you’ve feasted on deep-fried delights at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, add 10. If you did so while donning a cowboy hat and/or boots, add 5. If you saw a show at NRG Stadium afterward, add 10. If you’ve never been to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, subtract 20.
  17. If you’ve fed the giraffes, or any other adorable critters, at the Houston Zoo, add 10.
  18. If you’ve enjoyed a slice of pie at House of Pies, add 5. If you’ve tried every flavor on the menu, add 20.
  19. If you’ve sat in silent reverie at the Rothko Chapel, add 10. If you spent your time there pondering just what was going through Mark Rothko’s mind when he created those massive black and blue canvases, add 5. If you were asking yourself some variant of “Where are the paintings?” subtract 15.
  20. If you can name at least three Pappas franchises, add 10. If you’ve eaten at two or more of them, add 15 more. Can’t even think of one? Subtract 20.
  21. If you’ve been to The Alley, add 10. If you think The Alley is a narrow lane, path or passageway that runs between buildings, subtract 15.
  22. If, at some point, you’ve found yourself stuck in traffic for no apparent reason – no accidents, no stalled cars, no rush-hour commuters, no construction, no massive events – add 10. If you managed to keep your cool while completely immobilized on the freeway, again, as previously stated, for no apparent reason, way to go champ, add 5.
  23. If you’ve visited at least three museums in Houston’s Museum District, add 10. If you’ve visited all 19, add 20.
  24. If you can name five famous Houstonians, add 5. If you are a famous Houstonian, add 20.
  25. If you’ve feasted on a big ol’ pile of mudbugs, add 10. If you sucked the heads dry, add 5.

🌟 Bonus round!

  1. Lifelong KPRC 2 viewer? Add 10. Watching from outside Houston? Add 10. KPRC 2 Insider? Add 15. Subscribed to multiple newsletters? Add 5 for each!

📊 Scoring breakdown

  • Below 0: Plenty to learn, but you’re on the right track!
  • 0-100: You’ve got the lay of the land, but there’s room to grow.
  • 100+: Congratulations! You’re a bona fide Houstonian.

So, how did you do? Did you rise to the occasion or find yourself on the other side of the grading curve? Share your score down below in the comments section!

And to our seasoned Houstonians, We want to hear from you! What questions would you toss into the mix to separate the real deal from the newbies? What quintessential Houston experiences define a tried-and-true Houstonian? Drop your thoughts and suggestions in the comments! 🤠🏙️

About the Author

Briana Zamora-Nipper joined the KPRC 2 digital team in 2019. When she’s not hard at work in the KPRC 2 newsroom, you can find Bri drinking away her hard earned wages at JuiceLand, running around Hermann Park, listening to crime podcasts or ransacking the magazine stand at Barnes & Noble.

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