It's an old joke: Why did the chicken cross the road? Answer: To prove to the possum it can be done. Now when you shift your location westward--specifically west Texas and its ilk--you change the critter from possum to armadillo.

Armadillos are as prevalent in that desolate part of the country as parole officer appointments are in Lindsey Lohan's smartphone calendar. And now, the armored rodents have come to the tri-state.

A professor at Indiana State University says that armadillos have been spotted in southern Indiana for the last ten years. Warm winters are cited as the reason for the migration, but I want to know how they get across the Mississippi River. You'd think most travelers would notice something like an armadillo stowing away in the backseat or next to the golf clubs in the trunk.

Whatever. They are here, and if they stay long enough, they'll get a festival named after them.