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For this project, we ask you what you want us to investigate and what stories you'd like us to tell.

We get a lot of unanswerable ATXplained questions. So we asked John Aielli to answer them.

 A bobblehead of John Aielli

This story was originally published on June 26, 2019.

Why do some Austin drivers think turn indicators are optional? Why are bugs so big in Austin? Are swingers running rampant in Steiner Ranch? 

We get scores of unanswerable questions for our ATXplained project. Sure, we could ignore them — and, frankly, we kinda do sometimes — but we decided to give (at least some of them) a chance to be explained. Having said that, many of them — if they can be explained at all — can't be explained through objective fact-finding. They require a subjective, tactile approach that can only be conjured and honed by the truly singular mind of KUTX's John Aielli. 

Check out his answers below. 

In the first installment of this series, John answers a perennial question of many an Austinite. He also answers another, more obscure, question about hanging out in garages.

John Aielli Answers The Unanswerable ATXplained Questions (Part 1)

In this installment, he makes a poignant observation about the size of bugs in Texas and the arguably anatomical shape of the Austin Motel sign.

John Aielli Answers The Unanswerable ATXplained Questions (Part 2)

Here, he addresses graffiti, when it's time to leave Austin (or not) and dinosaurs.

ATXPlained Live Show 2020: John Aielli Answers the Unanswerable ATXPlained Questions (Part 3)

Here, John gives advice to concert-goers.

ATXPlained_John Aielli_Concert Conduct.mp4

Editor's Note: John Aielli passed away in 2022. KUT's Mose Buchele wrote about his life and legacy here.

Andrew Weber is a general assignment reporter for KUT, focusing on criminal justice, policing, courts and homelessness in Austin and Travis County. Got a tip? You can email him at Follow him on Twitter @England_Weber.
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