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Chicken Shit Bingo earns Austin a spot on yet another national list

Chicken Shit Bingo earns Austin a spot on yet another national list

Ginnys Little Longhorn Saloon Chicken Shit Bingo
Chicken Shit Bingo at Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon in Austin has been named one of the quirkiest must-sees in the U.S. The Little Longhorn Saloon/Facebook

Forget South Congress, Sixth Street, Barton Springs and all of those music festivals: Chicken Shit Bingo is Austin's real pride and joy. CNN recently identified 15 quirky destinations to visit this year, and amid Cold War relics, hot sauce tours and testicle festivals, the site also names Chicken Shit Bingo at Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon.

For those who haven't played, the concept is simple. Every Sunday at the Little Longhorn, a chicken roams around on a makeshift bingo board. Human participants buy squares and wait for the chicken to deposit its unsavory nugget. The owner of the lucky (or unlucky) square wins.

Part of the beauty of Chicken Shit Bingo, CNN says, is that it demands "very little of your attention." All you have to do is "buy a number and hope that the chicken eats the feed and poops on your square." While you're waiting, enjoy cold brews and Texas tunes (crooner Dale Watson often takes the stage) courtesy of the Little Longhorn. The news network also suggests stopping off at Lucy's Fried Chicken (just up the block) for a post-bingo meal.

Other quirky hot spots around the U.S. include Elvis Presley's birthplace in Mississippi, the site of Tony Soprano's last supper from The Sopranos, and the world's largest truck stop in Iowa. No mention of our beloved Big Tex, who earned the title of America's quirkiest landmark in last year's USA Today poll.